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Manchester United Update – Evans, Jones, Scholes & Fletcher

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Sunday was a slow, slow news day. So slow, in fact, that Sky Sports was reporting on what Dave Whelan thought of Paul Jewell (really, should we be redefining fluff or what) and Ballack’s realisation that his career will be over in 3 years was taken as his undying love for new club Chelsea.

I mean, seriously, give me a break.

But if you dig deep, you can find a couple of good reads on Manchester United from the weekend and last week. Here’s the best of them.

Paul Scholes interview – a trip down memory lane with Scholes. Yes, you’ve probably read it already…

Darren Fletcher interview – Fletcher is earning grudging respect from Manchester United fans after his much-improved performances this season, and the interview highlights the life that goes on behind the scenes. He’s not our best midfielder, but he is improving, and maybe, just maybe, he can turn things around and justify his place in the squad this season.

I’ve been reading rumours around the Net that David Jones is about to sold off, and for my money that’s absolute rubbish. Right now Manchester United are short of central midfielders – once the Carling Cup and FA Cup come along Manchester United will need to dig in deep and that’s where Jones will get his chance to break into the first team. If you’ve seen him play in pre-season you’ll know that he’s right up there with Rossi and Evans in terms of being a quality player – definitely first-team material.

Jonny Evans – It’s good to see Jonny Evans do well for Northern Ireland. Not that I give a damn about the team, but it does mean that in a year we will have a quality centre-back pushing for a first-team spot. Some people had said earlier that Manchester United had too much depth in defence, but he is good enough to be a regular backup and could even be the eventual replacement for Rio Ferdinand (we can hope, right?).

Oh, and Ronaldo had a gem of a game on the weekend for Portugal. Here’s a video clip of his overhead kick goal that wasn’t given.

Maybe he can pull it off for Manchester United against Wigan?

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