The_Black_MambaThis is the is the starting Fergie might (imo should) go with against Benfica, considering that Cleverley is out and there might also be injuries to Evra and Evans Smalling, Fabio and Fletcher might come back into the starting eleven. The one thing that we've had this season is energy and speed in midfield and playing Fletcher instead Carrick will allow us to continue the blistering start we've made, don't get me wrong Carrick is a good passer of the ball but he slows us down where as Fletcher has energy to burn to ensure we boss the midfield. I predict a 1-3 score with Rooney, Hernandez and Nani getting the goals.
Subs: Lindgaard, Evans (if fit), Fabio (if Evra starts), Carrick, Park, Giggs, Berbatov
mojojojo101Rio has apparently stayed in Manchester and will not be playing against Benfica, Jones and Evans will probably play at the back unless Evans isn't fit, where Smalling will come into the centre with Fabio coming in at RB.
I also think Valencia maybe brought in for this game, he might not start but will, along with Park probably feature at some point.
In midfield I think Carrick will start alongside Anderson with Fletcher coming on later in the game.
man20cI think SAF might use this.
Rooney as trequartista on european nights perhaps?
FeriAtsFerguson shocked many with his squad selection I believe. His desire to rotate before the Chelsea game is understandable tho.
Of all the surprise names. Lindegaard inspired more confidence than De Gea, didn't he?
The_Black_MambaI think it's clear why we have made such a good start to the season, and it's because we don't have Carrick playing. The guys is just too slow, he can't tackle and he constantly gives the ball away. As for Lindegaard he made a great impression and I hope he and De Gea can have a good battle for that #1 jersey, I think it's always good to have competition for places and to have two good keepers is fantastic.
mojojojo101@The_Black_Mamba... how can you blame Carrick for Utd not winning that game, his job was simple, to shut down the space denying space for Aimar and Gaitan to play and then play simple passes in order to retain possesion.
Aimar was well controlled, especially in the second half and Gaitan really had to work hard and drift into wide areas in order to pick up the ball. Some of his passes were over ambitious but generally his passing was assured, simple and safe, if you have a problem with that then you should probably take it up with SAF.
The fact is that very the whole of the midfield who played against Benfica lacked match practice and in the first half the 4 more offensive players were very reluctant to support Rooney.