The man American commentators call “Fergie’s Dog of War” has been United’s top of the pops in South Africa. He scored a corking goal in the opening game and caused all manner of havoc in every match he played. I was a big fan of the South Koreans and during the tournament have found their fans some of the best to hang out with, shame they couldn’t go further.
Viva la resistance eh Patrtice? Although Nicolas ‘The Incredible Sulk’ Anelka is credited with inspiring the French team’s uprising as captain Patrice must chew down a large slice of the blame. As a frustrated football player who will never get the chance to play at a World Cup I wag my finger angrily in the direction of the French squad and hope they feel my wrath.
A leading candidate for not only the biggest disappointment of the finals, but also the worst player. He has been beyond reproach for United this year yet sadly the expectations of England and the rabid tabloid press seem to have crushed him. May well have been lacking match sharpness and still recovering from injury but he still had a shocker. I would have dropped him after Algeria. Nobody has provided a better argument in the last 2 years for the selection of Michael Owen. Ouch.
Fabio Capello emerges from 'clear the air talks' with JT and the England squad
Has got off lightly here. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that England would not have conceded four goals against Germany had he been on the pitch. Alas, being clattered by Emile Heskey in the opening training session gave him a get-out-of-jail-free card and misses the vilification. Spent the tournament proving how dangerous it is for top players to have Twitter profiles.
Did as good a job for England as he did for United last season.
Described by the Serbian manager as “not so much a rock but a mountain range” after qualification the big man didn’t really put a foot wrong in South Africa. Mind you, he didn’t really get much of a chance either. The Serbs being dumped out in the group stage and finishing below Australia robbed Vidic of his chance to elbow some of the game’s bigger players. He was part of the defence that kept out the free-scoring Germans though, and that deserves credit. Pity I don’t expect him to be at United for much longer.
David Beckham ™
England’s best player of the finals by some distance. The only thing that seemed to work out for us was the success of the 2018 bid’s progress. The only man to have pulled on the national shirt and shown some class in the last decade may well be called upon for the finals of that summer if things carry on like this.
Eighty million pounds?! You’re having a laugh. Perhaps if Cristiano paid more attention to the fact he plays as part of a team as opposed to having ten back up dancers Portugal may have gone further. I must say though, I very much enjoyed his goal against DPR Korea.
This guy looks like an astute signing and I expect him to put plenty of pressure of people like Macheda and Berbatov this season. Has already achieved more at a World Cup than Wayne Rooney.
Here’s hoping. A terrific talent who seems to understand the art of skinning a defender as well as having an appreciation for playing as part of a team. He has really announced himself this month and there will be a lot of bidding for him. Has stated a desire to join United so let’s hope we can afford him.
‘Ageing striker announces desire to join Manchester United’ could be translated as ‘Fabiano wants large pay-check before retirement.’ The hit-man has put away some peachy goals and he couldn’t harm us if he joined, I am not certain Fergie is all that interested though.
All in all, had the tournament been rated on the basis of players’ clubs United would be finishing far below Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Villareal. FC Porto would also be out of sight. I’ll try to ignore that I guess. Who are your tips to win from here on in?