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    interested, solskjaer would play on the right in mid field then, i doubt it would go ahead cause morientes is leaving real madrid, and if ronaldo left to that would leave them a striker short.

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    haha, yeah right
    Real Madrid want THE World XI so I doubt they'd be looking to swap Ronaldo for Beckham, they'll want both of them.

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    Originally posted by marc71178
    Still don't see how you can put a bit part player, who does have potential I agree, but is yet to come near to fulfilling it, ahead of someone who scares top International defenders?
    Get the idea now?

    My man-for-man analysis:
    JAMES 8 - A few bits of wandering but the best save since Banks in '70.

    NEVILLE 8 - Didn't do much, did he? Kept Emre quiet, very quiet.
    BRIDGE 7 - Grew in confidence throughout the game, great ball for Ferdinand before the goal.
    FERDINAND 8
    CAMPBELL 9 - Both centre backs were excellent, keeping Mansiz, Sukur and Nihat out the game very effectively.

    BUTT 7 - Freed Gerrard with the holding role but little else special
    BECKHAM 8 - Showed passion, fight and it was a brilliant penalty. Free kicks, crosses and corners a bit iffy.
    GERRARD 7 - A much better second half after drifting and seeming ineffective in the first. Some passion at last...
    SCHOLES 7 - Average... really is due a goal!

    OWEN 6 - Not much at all, a couple of mis-kicks, overshadowed by his junior partner.
    ROONEY 10 - No words for it.

    VASSELL 8 - Very effective when he came on, great finish
    DYER 7 - Won a penalty.

    We were magnificent - the best we've played since Munich in late 2001. Rooney or Heskey, no comment needed. Now we can go on and qualify.

    As for the penalty, it could have gone either way. Dyer was stumbling but Bulent made sure he went down - Emre handballed earlier which was a definite penalty, but there was no way an official could've seen it.
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    Originally posted by Neil Pickup
    ROONEY 10 - No words for it.
    Nice to see we ain't getting carried away :O played really well but didn't score and didn't set up any of the goals. Not being stingy but not much done in front of goal. Wait till he's done it again and again.
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    My man-for-man analysis:
    JAMES 8
    NEVILLE 7
    BRIDGE 8
    FERDINAND 8
    CAMPBELL 8
    BUTT 7
    BECKHAM 7
    GERRARD 9
    SCHOLES 10
    OWEN 7
    ROONEY 9

    VASSELL 8
    DYER - not enough time given to tell


    For me, that was about Scholes' best game for England - he was always getting involved, something he doesn't often do!
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    so rooney played well? good to hear

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    Real Madrid's McManaman dismisses Beckham move


    Real Madrid's England international Steve McManaman said Wednesday he thought there was little likelihood of the Spanish giants signing Manchester United star David Beckham.

    Beckham was reported Wednesday to be looking for an English school in the Spanish capital for his son Brooklyn.

    But McManaman, who joined Real from Liverpool three years ago, said he could not see how Beckham would fit into Real's multi-national squad.

    "We have a very good squad, imagine what it would be like if we signed a player like Beckham," he told Diario AS.

    And he saw a problem with trying to fit Beckham into a position already filled by Portugal's Luis Figo, who has already rejected a possible move to Manchester as part of an exchange deal.

    "It's difficult, they both play in the same position ... Luis is a fantastic player. You can't believe all of the rumours," McManaman said.

    McManaman also made it clear he would not go to Manchester in part-exchange.

    "It's impossible for me to go to Manchester, it would never ever happen. I played for Liverpool and it would be like a Madrid player moving to Barcelona. I don't miss England and I am very happy here," he said.

    Real sporting director Jorge Valdano sparked a frenzy of speculation last week ago by declaring Beckham was Real's 'next big project' following the breathtaking deals for Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Figo in recent years.

    Beckham, who agreed 105,000 pound-a-week package with United in May, had said he would be interested in the move.

    Real have broken the world transfer record twice in the last three years with the signings of first Figo and then Zidane.

    And last year they spent 45 million euros on Brazilian superstar Ronaldo, despite a recession-hit transfer market.
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    he still wont go, im certain

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    yeah i doubt he will.

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    I'll back up PY a bit here, I didn't watch the game really closely but all I saw was Rooney miss-kicking shots, getting tangled up with defenders and wasting passing chances, I didn't see any brilliant shots or superb passes or anything special, in fact to me (and I don't watch football much) he was quite a let down. I would give him 6 at most. That's from what I saw though, and remember I don't know much about football, if I did then I probably wouldn't be so hard on players but that's probably because players arn't marked down as much as they are in Cricket for a single action, probably because in Cricket a **** ball goes for 6 and in football a **** shot goes wide but "at least he had a go."
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    Originally posted by marc71178
    For me, that was about Scholes' best game for England - he was always getting involved, something he doesn't often do!
    Your forgetting the game a while ago when he hit a hat-trick...:rolleyes:

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    No, actually I'm not!

    For his all round play, yesterday was better!

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    Originally posted by marc71178
    No, actually I'm not!

    For his all round play, yesterday was better!
    Maybe so, but goals matter in this game and when he scored the hat-trick England needed the goals. His all-round play accounted for nothing really as he didn't assist with either of the goals.
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    It's not all about assisting goals Rik:rolleyes: :saint:

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    Originally posted by Rik
    I'll back up PY a bit here, I didn't watch the game really closely but all I saw was Rooney miss-kicking shots, getting tangled up with defenders and wasting passing chances, I didn't see any brilliant shots or superb passes or anything special, in fact to me (and I don't watch football much) he was quite a let down. I would give him 6 at most. That's from what I saw though, and remember I don't know much about football.
    Nothing at all about football, make that.

    He was consistently creating something out of nothing. The way he was playing, particularly at the end of the first half when no-one else was showing, was magic.

    The ball that fed Owen 1-on-1 was excellent, and the way he ran at defenders and beat them was superb. Add to that the 40 yard through ball straight into Gerrard's stride (leading to another Owen miss) after the sublime close control, and the vision that preceded the backheel that nearly found Beckham.

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