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Siddarth Monday, September 13, 2010
Manchester United vs Glasgow Rangers

Date: 14 September 2010
Venue: Old Trafford
Time: 19:45 BST or 01:15 IST

The so called 'Battle of Britain' is going to be an important fixture for United. United’s run up to the game has been far from ideal following a shock 3-3 draw with Everton, conceding 2 goals in the last few minutes of the game. Plus next weekend we have to face Liverpool so an good performance in this game is vital.

The Champions League is Sir Alex’s main target this season and he will be looking to ensure that the team doesn’t mess up like they did against Everton; errors like those even in a single game can be costly to United’s European campaign this season.

United should go into the game as favorites and a victory should be expected. Sir Alex rested Rooney, Valencia, Ferdinand, Darron Gibson, Hernandez and Park against Everton, with only Park making a substitute appearance. So a few changes can be expected, most notable Paul Scholes, who himself has admitted that he can’t play more than 1 game every week. Johnny Evans should make way for Rio Ferdinand, while Ryan Giggs should be replaced by Valencia. Whether Wayne Rooney starts is the big question, given it is a home game, it’s very likely that we’ll see Rooney play.

On the injury front, United have Carrick out for 3 weeks with an Achilles injury, Anderson picked up a knock against Stockport reserves and is doubtful, while Gabriel Obertan has just returned to training. Rest of the squad seems fit and ready.

Rangers come into this game following a 2-1 win over Hamilton on Saturday, and should be pumped up to make an impression at Old Trafford. They can certainly expect the support of their vocal away fans who are expected to pour into Manchester for the game.

I’m predicting a 2-1 win for United, with Rooney scoring at least one.

Line Up:
Kuszczak; Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Fletcher, Gibson, Nani; Rooney, Berbatov

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