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Manchester United vs. Pompey

Old Trafford

22/4/09

20:00

Pompey v Man U

Pompey make the trip to Lancashire once more in a what has been a somewhat delayed fixture, we face a Man U side who as I type are in pole position for the title once more, but have just crashed out of the FA cup to Everton.

Vital Quotes:

Well Man U rested their big guns on Sunday, either in respect to Pompey on wednesday, or just disrespect to the cup itself, anyway, they slipped out of the cup again, and again it was the ref's fault, seem to remember it was at old Trafford last term!
Fergie will no doubt have all the big boys back for the league fixture however, but if either Vidic or Ferdinand is absent they have had a tendency to ship goals of late.

Pompey come into the fixture feeling a lot more comfortable after dispatching with the side from Greater Manchester on saturday, but our record in league fixtures at Old Trafford is dismal, you have to go back to the days of the Busby babes for our last win on their turf.

Manchester United Team News:

Expect Ronaldo and Rooney to return, slimy and Shreck are well rested, and will be asked to fire in the goals to get United bandwagon rolling once more.
The likes of Wellbeck and Gibson will probably slip right off the radar for this match, but Machedo is becoming an unlikely match winner and should be poised from the bench.

Player to watch: Ronaldo

He might make my skin crawl just looking at him, but the memory of last seasons free kick against Jamo sticks in my mindbank, thats enough to make him number one danger man in a team full of mavericks.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey are definitely without Kranjcar, his ankle isn't as bad as first feared, but will still be enough to keep him out until May.
Glen johnson will probably be asked to continue in his midfield role, as much as having another defender further up the pitch as anything.
Sean Davis should be okay after opening up his knee injury again, whilst Belhadj will be hoping to replace Kranjcar on the left.
Gekas may feature in the squad as he plays in the reserves tonight.

Player to watch: Belhadj

He's been stewing on the bench of late, but injury may have pushed back into the frame, and what better stage to show what we have been missing?

Match Facts & Stats

19th October 1957, that was the last time we came away with maximum points up there, Pompey were a fading giant at the time whilst United seemed destined for great things with a youthful looking squad, everyone knows the rest.

Ref Watch:

Douglas Trendle (Inner London)

Match Prediction:

Can Pompey smash a 52 year hoodoo or will it be service as usual? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Up to jolly old Newcastle




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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 21 2009

Time: 9:04PM

Your Comments

I don't know why, but I have a gut feeling we may see a welcome surprise from our boys at OT. Which probably means we'll take a beating!
powered_by_pies
I don't know why, but I have a gut feeling we may see a welcome surprise from our boys at OT. Which probably means we'll take a beating!
powered_by_pies
I don't...
pompeycarpet
I don't...
pompeycarpet
...not meaning to be pessimistic or anything?
pompeycarpet
...not meaning to be pessimistic or anything?
pompeycarpet
I think we ought to just write this off now and hope we get away without any injuries.
hammersmithblue
I think we ought to just write this off now and hope we get away without any injuries.
hammersmithblue
looks like kaboul is out doesnt it, so johnson back to right back with pennant right wing? i would do that as i do not rate belhadj when he plays right wing, hopefully he comes in on the left, even if that means nugent dips out tbh...altho 'could' he do the kranjcar role? he seemed to do it ok on saturday...
pompeyrug
looks like kaboul is out doesnt it, so johnson back to right back with pennant right wing? i would do that as i do not rate belhadj when he plays right wing, hopefully he comes in on the left, even if that means nugent dips out tbh...altho 'could' he do the kranjcar role? he seemed to do it ok on saturday...
pompeyrug
I mean... the thing is.... Manchester United are not really that good .. If you look closely at their team it is littered with weakenesses which I am positive Pompey's attacking formation can exploit..... Everybody knows both these clubs hold a false position in the league and should... in reality... swap places. I predict an easy victory for Paul Harts Pompey which will see the Red Devils exposed for what they really are.. a bunch of untalented overpaid misfits who fool us each week by preending to be exceptional


Time for your medication Mr Chix
Chix
I mean... the thing is.... Manchester United are not really that good .. If you look closely at their team it is littered with weakenesses which I am positive Pompey's attacking formation can exploit..... Everybody knows both these clubs hold a false position in the league and should... in reality... swap places. I predict an easy victory for Paul Harts Pompey which will see the Red Devils exposed for what they really are.. a bunch of untalented overpaid misfits who fool us each week by preending to be exceptional


Time for your medication Mr Chix
Chix
Let's just hope Paul Hart doesn't Buster Bloodvessel eh Paul .. 'Ive just a feeling' he nearly did on Saturday when Belhadj dared to have a shot on goal ! .... 'Buona Sera'
Chix
Let's just hope Paul Hart doesn't Buster Bloodvessel eh Paul .. 'Ive just a feeling' he nearly did on Saturday when Belhadj dared to have a shot on goal ! .... 'Buona Sera'
Chix
If we win I will be doing the can-can Chix
paultsmouth
If we win I will be doing the can-can Chix
paultsmouth
If we win, I will need serious tranquillising. But we won't. Believe me...
hammersmithblue
If we win, I will need serious tranquillising. But we won't. Believe me...
hammersmithblue
But I would love to see Belhadj get 90 minutes and also would like to see Herman dump Ronaldo on his peachy butt as many times as possible without consequence.
hammersmithblue
But I would love to see Belhadj get 90 minutes and also would like to see Herman dump Ronaldo on his peachy butt as many times as possible without consequence.
hammersmithblue
Tonight all depends on our start..they get an early goal and i can see us going under, but if we hold them for a bit, hopefully till half time, then we've got a chance, just look at the fa cup match last season!!
jonathanl50
Tonight all depends on our start..they get an early goal and i can see us going under, but if we hold them for a bit, hopefully till half time, then we've got a chance, just look at the fa cup match last season!!
jonathanl50
chix... crouch or rooney? CROUCH! jamo or Edwin VDS? JAMO! Johnson or raphael? JOHNSON! Belhadj or park? BELHADJ! distin+campbel or vidic+ferdinand?...errr...
pompeycarpet
chix... crouch or rooney? CROUCH! jamo or Edwin VDS? JAMO! Johnson or raphael? JOHNSON! Belhadj or park? BELHADJ! distin+campbel or vidic+ferdinand?...errr...
pompeycarpet
... i agree chix
pompeycarpet
... i agree chix
pompeycarpet
yep the longer we can keep it at 0-0 the more chance we have of getting something, and who knows, maybe even a win...
manyoo will view this as a game they 'will win', but if we can frustrate them the gaps will appear, we just have to take the chances - i really hope we start with belhadj as his pace could cause big problems for them, why not give him a free kranjcar style role, lets be honest he will cover more ground than niko will, and at speed, granted he lacks some of his quality but he will not be afraid to run and then shot. i do not see it as a risk, i see it as brilliant thinking doing this, but then again i would, as i thought of it :-)
pompeyrug
yep the longer we can keep it at 0-0 the more chance we have of getting something, and who knows, maybe even a win...
manyoo will view this as a game they 'will win', but if we can frustrate them the gaps will appear, we just have to take the chances - i really hope we start with belhadj as his pace could cause big problems for them, why not give him a free kranjcar style role, lets be honest he will cover more ground than niko will, and at speed, granted he lacks some of his quality but he will not be afraid to run and then shot. i do not see it as a risk, i see it as brilliant thinking doing this, but then again i would, as i thought of it :-)
pompeyrug
This is a tough ones guys - they don't come much harder but i do fancy you for a point because i think the've hit a brick wall at the moment.
Thaibluefan
This is a tough ones guys - they don't come much harder but i do fancy you for a point because i think the've hit a brick wall at the moment.
Thaibluefan
I'm quite prepared to write this game off, get away with a small defeat, no more than 3 goal margin. No injuries, no red cards & get something at Newcastle on Monday!
storagematt
I'm quite prepared to write this game off, get away with a small defeat, no more than 3 goal margin. No injuries, no red cards & get something at Newcastle on Monday!
storagematt
No-one should write any game off! There is always a chance to take something no matter how small the odds are!

To be honest, I think Hart will start with Kanu in the holding role, and possibly Wilson or Noe in with Johnno on the right. He will want to keep as much of the shape from the last matches as possible, and this is the only way I can think of him doing it.

sneakay
No-one should write any game off! There is always a chance to take something no matter how small the odds are!

To be honest, I think Hart will start with Kanu in the holding role, and possibly Wilson or Noe in with Johnno on the right. He will want to keep as much of the shape from the last matches as possible, and this is the only way I can think of him doing it.

sneakay
I'm with you Matt, I don't think there's any chance United won't beat us tonight - but I'll be delighted if I get proved wrong. I also think 0-0 would be a smashing result for us tonight. Just want no new injuries or suspensions, go and kick the geordies a$$es on Monday.
tracyc
I'm with you Matt, I don't think there's any chance United won't beat us tonight - but I'll be delighted if I get proved wrong. I also think 0-0 would be a smashing result for us tonight. Just want no new injuries or suspensions, go and kick the geordies a$$es on Monday.
tracyc
Just heard that Fergie was being interviewed today about the game, and asked why "you haven't asked me about my old friend H##### (Jamie's Dad)" Does he really not know? Does he know anything about us this season at all?
tracyc
Just heard that Fergie was being interviewed today about the game, and asked why "you haven't asked me about my old friend H##### (Jamie's Dad)" Does he really not know? Does he know anything about us this season at all?
tracyc
Where's Match Day Live ?
Chix
Where's Match Day Live ?
Chix
 

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