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Pompey vs. Man U

Empire stadium

10/08/08

15:00

On Sky

Pompey v Man United

The Football league may kick off tomorrow, but the official season curtain raiser is 24 hours later, and it involves our beloved Pompey.

Vital Quotes:

The Champions of 08 play the FA cup winners of 08 in a fixture which holds little significance for the season ahead, but does supply a showcase for the two winners of the top domestic trophies.

This doesn't mean either team will be taking it easy however, Pompey have been installed as underdogs once more, but if we roll over and die it will hardly bode well for the future of the England national side, 5 of Pompey's expected line-up were deemed good enough to have represented their Country within the last 12 months!

Pompey Team News:

Pompey will have a familiar look, Muntari will be absent after his move to Inter, but hopefully Diarra will be fit to prove he could of kept Domenech in a job after missing all France's Euro flops.
Mendes looks like he has stepped back into the good books, he is showing signs of becoming a first choice in midfield again after a bit-part last season.

The back 4 should be identical to that of the first choice of last term, after missing out on Shorey Hermann gets another chance to show he is worthy of the left-back slot on form rather than lack of choice, Distin and Campbell will start in the centre, but you can bet your kidneys that Primus will make a fairy tale return somewhere along the lines.

On the right you have a choice of Little or Utaka, Little has been a bright light in the pre-season matches, and his competition maybe the catalyst for a more consistent season from Utaka the otter.

Upfront and Defoe can at last play at Wembley domestically, after missing Spurs' Carling win and being cup-tied for ourselves, it will surely be a point to prove exercise for him. Partnering him will be Crouchy, 2 metre Peter has returned to the good side of the South coast, this time as an England regular rather than a lanky prospect, he will hope to hit the ground running and show his Sid and Eddie act will be a success for England as well as Pompey.

Player to watch: Crouch

He is the only guaranteed new face to start, but he is familiar to the Wembley turf and is a handful even if he isn't in front of goal, but then again he is going to score isn't he?

Man U Team News:

Man United have had a successful pre-season, but it has been at a cost, Rooney has gone down with a virus, Ronaldo is a couple of months off of a return, Carrick and Hargreaves doubtful and Neville returning after a year out.
Upfront Fraizer Campbell may get a chance to show what he is worth, while Tevez will be the only regular striker available.
Anderson is chasing Olympic gold with Brazil but Paul schole will spray passes around from the centre of the park as he has done for the last 43 years in the Man United engine room.

Player to watch: Scholes

Maybe getting on, but he is the Jesse James in Man United's posse, getting slower in the legs, but not in the brain department.

Match Facts & Stats

Well they beat us last time out in Nigeria, but in this first part of a competitive double-header it will be a bit more nip and tuck ith Pompey surely being more open than in Africa.

Ref Watch:

Not Naughty Clattenburg

Match Prediction:

The press will go for Man U, but Pompey will be out to prove they have strengthened rather than weakened in close season, but better stage than Wembley? Something Pompey to say?

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Next Fixtures:

After the Champions, its the cushy job of Chelsea at the Bridge a week later.




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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 8 2008

Time: 9:00PM

Your Comments

Last season is gone, time to prove everyone wrong again lads!
paultsmouth
I doubt it will be a good game, Man u have a very stong defence, but no rooney or ronaldo means they will not offer there usual threat (more becuase no ronaldo than anything else). It would be good to win, but not entirely necessery...
pompeycarpet
Bring on the real one on bank holiday monday.
pompeyyong
I'm hoping for a din-dong like when Phillipe Albert lobbed Schmeichel in Newcastles demolition of Man U years back
paultsmouth
The winners of the Shield rarely go on to win the League and United always win it in Extra Time or on Penalties!
eastneydave
good luck lads from all at Vital Chelsea - do em!
merlin
Thanks Merlin, I am hoping that we can help to show the first cracks in Ferguson's squad and watch as they tumble from the top.
pompeywa
As long as we stop Scholes distributing the ball we can have this, am putting a flutter on 2-1,what about Ben Sahar coming on late in 2nd half and banging in a through ball from Diarra????
Harfin
We'll miss Diarra if he doesn't play but we will need him more for the league. I'm hoping to enjoy this Wembley match as the last 2 were to tense to really enjoy, well until the final whistle. Enjoy the whole day just incase it is awhile before we return again. Forever Pompey.
storagematt
Well said Matt. Let's all have a great day. Party time, whatever the result!
NinjaTim
Alot will depend on how you contain Tevez. Keep him quiet and a shock could be on the cards.
united4life
who's teves?
pompeycarpet
Merlin's not at all alone. Most of us at Chelsea have a real soft spot for your club. We wish you well tomorrow. Man Utd was unimpressive against Juve. You can win it.
RadioactiveD
cheers guys - im just going for a great day out, not epxecting anything just want to enjoy what 'might' be the last visit we make to wmebley... altho i hope not, 3 in 4 months has wetted the appitite :-)
pompeyrug
Thats it Rug a good day out and get the season started on a roll. Can we win? Who knows but a performance will help. PUP!! Sing it loud all.
eastneydave
pompey scummers. come on the saints
th3saint
nice input th3saint, thankyou for your contribution, remember though, you call us skates, we call YOU scummers, enjoy your struggles this year
paultsmouth
Ha Ha Ha...A SCUMMER who doesn't know what his traditional enemy is called!!!!!!!!!
pentonpompey
lol hows ur fizzy pop league ? ur be playing my hometown swindon next year u scum ! Anyway lets get back on the subject of the best in hampshire ! pompey to win 1-0 defoe . The team is already selected and it is :James , Johnson , Campbell , Distin , Hreiderssson , Utaka , Diop , Diarra , Kranjcar , Crouch , Defoe
stfc ballboy
Time to sheep dip the site, a scummer has been on!!!
storagematt
ewww... I think i'm allergic...
pompeycarpet
Tomorrow is all about a fun day out, I am not going to be too bothered by the result as long as we dont get a thrashing and we play well.

Nice job th3saint, how did you get on against Cardiff today? lol
sneakay
Is it clean yet? Nice that they started the season so well. Late winner for Cardiff but according to reports the Scum were rubbish!
eastneydave
im pretty sure our last competitive match was against a team called cardiff...
jbaker
Play up Pompey!
Lou the Gunneress
 

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