Manchester United is getting ready to take on Tottenham in Premier League action, and the match is significant because it could be the first time Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney start in the Red Devil lineup together, according to the Telegraph. I am excited at what could come out of the duo, as both have a knack for finding the back of the net. Plus, Shinji Kagawa has been making some terrific plays wherever he is asked to patrol, which means it could be a long game for Tottenham.
According to ManUtd.com, different combinations of players in the attack could be what makes this year special for Manchester United. With options that include Rooney, van Persie, Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, and Chicarito Hernandez the Red Devil attack can seem like a hurricane unleashed upon opposing teams, and that is amplified when the squad is playing at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson has a glut of quality players at his disposal, and keeping everybody well rested is just as tricky as keeping everybody involved.
Of course, the Tottenham match is followed closely by a Champions League match with CFR Cluj on October 2 and a match with Newcastle on October 7. I think while Sir Alex and United fans across the globe are eager to see what the van Persie and Rooney combination can accomplish on the pitch, the United boss might opt to keep the pair on the sidelines. I expect him to substitute often in each of the three coming matches, just like everybody else probably does.
Manchester United got some bad news on the injury front with regards to Antonio Valencia who will not be available for the Tottenham game, according to the Telegraph. That being said, Darren Fletcher is available, which is just another ray of light for the Red Devils. I hope United gets an early lead so that any number of players can get a rest heading into a Champions League match.
Exactly what Sir Alex has up his sleeve for Tottenham remains to be seen, but the squad will look a lot different than the one that secured a victory over Newcastle in the Capital One Cup. Options abound up front, but the backline seems to be a source of worry, at least until Nemanja Vidic can get over his knee problems. Manchester United will look to set the pace early, as they always do at Old Trafford, and hopefully Rooney and van Persie will be involved in the mix.
Jason Gallagher is a long-time Manchester United fan, following the performances of the Red Devils since the days of Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
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