Manchester United have some injury concerns for the game against Newcastle on Saturday and do we.
Mikel Merino, Paul Dummett, and Christian Atsu will not make the game, and captain Jamaal Lascelles is extremely doubtful.
But Ciaran Clark came through playing for Ireland against Denmark in their two playoff games which they lost 5-1 on aggregate.
Denmark were much the better team in Dublin and won 5-1 with a masterclass performance given by Christian Eriksen who scored a wonderful hat-trick and looked world-class.
He also seems to be very modest and a team player, and that’s always good to see these days.
But what a player this man is – just think if he was part of the Newcastle side.
OK – end of dream – but it was a good one!
Rafa and Jose – hello, how are you?
Back to Newcastle.
It was great to see Martin O’Neill take off Ciaran Clark after 70 minutes in Tuesday’s game, so he will likely start for Newcastle on Saturday and partner the impressive Florian Lejeune in central defense.
If we get anything at all out of this game, we will have to be close to our very best.
It will also help if the Red Devils have an off day – that’s called being lucky – and we need some of that after what happened against Bournemouth.
Rafa has also had two weeks to prepare for this game and then we will have another week to prepare for the game against Watford.
Including the Watford game at home – which is becoming a vital game for us to win – we have 10 games in just 37 days.
Let’s hope our injured players are back by then.
The Chronicle has pointed out that we have won only 3 times at Old Trafford since the war….
But there are two ways to look at that – one is we have little chance of winning the game – which is the usual reaction.
But the other way is to say we are due a win, and we’re sure Rafa will have our lads thinking they can win this game on Saturday.
That’s only if we play well and follow the game plan almost to perfection.
So while it would be a shock to win the game, it’s certainly possible if we play really well and have Lady Luck on our side.
Where was she against Bournemouth?
Not many of our fans think we can win this game – only 15%.
What do you think?