Friday, January 22, 2010

Never thought this would happen!

It is an FA Cup weekend and United are playing a league match. I never thought this could happen so early on in the FA Cup season.

Oh well! C'est la vie!

The news out of Old Trafford is that Mame Diouf has put himself in the running for a place in the squad against Hull with a hattrick in a reserve match against Sunderland which ended in a 4-0 scoreline. I highly doubt Diouf will be in the starting lineup, but he will certainly make the bench. I am quite a fan of the fellow. He's got some great qualities, and I think he can only get better as he gains experience in a league as tough as this. Well, it's certainly much tougher than the Norwegian league!

The bad news is that O'Shea is out for a long time. Not the best player in the world, he is. But, he is an important member of the squad when you take into account his "utility-ness". He's even popped up and scored goals, including one very important winner against a certain side coached by a Spaniard and now find themselves running out of trophies to win.

Hull may be languishing without an away win this season, but don't count them out just yet. The fact that they are third from bottom and the second half of the season is already underway may just push them to perform. That, and the fact that they are tied on points with West Ham and Wolves and just a point behind Burnley should make them want to get the points.

Having said that though, it is more likely than not that United will come away with full points on Saturday. The Red Devils, after all, need to ensure they get all the points they can. After the midweek matches, they are now third, a point adrift of Arsenal and Chelsea. And with Chelsea still with a game in hand, United need to get their act together and make sure the pressure is on the top two.

Still no news about a possible starting lineup from Old Trafford as I write this, and since I won't be around tomorrow to check up on this, I guess I will just have to wait for the start of the match to find out who plays.

My prediction: MU 3 Hull 0

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