Date: 17th August 2009 at 9:04am
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You know those neverending TV shows which, just when it seems the story cannot wind any further, introduce a new character or another twist? Well, United’s permanent injury problems in defence reminds me of these.

In the past two seasons we’ve been insanely unlucky with defensive injuries. The most memorable was the spring of 2007 where at point we had a back four of Fletcher, Heinze, Brown, Richardson because everyone else was out…

The situation is similar this time, the only exception is that we have much better cover now. Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Gary Neville and Rafael da Silva are all out of Wednesday’s league game at Burnley while Wes Brown and Jonny Evans are doubtful.

‘Ferdinand will be out for two weeks – the next two or three games I would think,’ Fergie told Sky.

‘Vidic is training so, hopefully, we’ll have him back for next Saturday at Wigan.

‘Jonny Evans is injured again, Gary Neville has just resumed training and Rafa da Silva is still out with a dislocated shoulder.

‘We’ve had a hard time with defensive injuries over the last two years but have good replacements who have experience.’


Like Fabio da Silva, who played a grand total of 1 game? But at leat he is a defender and a talented one – we don’t have to play midfielders at the back – yet.