Managers often moan that international breaks are a disruptive irrelevance during the season. Sir Alex Ferguson will certainly feel the current round of fixtures were extremely ill-timed given United’s superb victory in the North East last time out as they bounced back from an eye opening home loss a week prior. Any momentum gained from the win at St James’ Park was immediately lost as Ferguson watched from the departure lounge as several of his Red Devils jetted off to represent their country across the globe. The Old Trafford chief has only one objective this season and that is to wrestle the title away from the blue half of Manchester. With an uninterrupted run to the New Year he will eager to hit the ground running and ensure his players are ready the brutal Christmas schedule that usually sees United shift upwards through the gears.
This week on FFC does Ferguson need to majorly overhaul his defence and can United convince captain Nemanja Vidic to resist the allure of a bumper Russian payday in January?
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Quote of the Week
“I have to disagree with Jason Roberts. I think he is making the wrong point. Everyone should be united, with all the players in the country wearing the Kick it Out warm-up tops. I don’t know what point he is trying to make. “I don’t know if he is trying to put himself on a different pedestal from everyone. But he really should be supporting all the rest of the players who are doing it.” Sir Alex Ferguson condemns Jason Roberts’ stance on the Kick It Out campaign