By 1970’s Gooner
Every team has a player who is the driving force behind it. A player who with his drive and footballing ability energises the rest of his team mates.
Thierry Henry used to do it for Arsenal and now Cesc Fabregas seems to have taken over this role. Steven Gerrard is the heart of Liverpool who on many occasions changed the course of games and Didier Drogba and John Terry have a similar impact for Chelsea.
It is in this esteemed list of players that I would place Wayne Roonie and his undoubted contribution to the way Manchester United play their football.
He is positioned just behind the front striker and in this way is the link between the midfield and attack. And from here he has the platform to energise the rest of his team mates.
It is for this reason that I consider the absence of Wayne Roonie from Manchester United’s line up next Sunday against Blackburn a significant loss.
However for some this may be a blessing in disguise.
Ferguson may now have to play Saha, a traditional centre forward, that so many have been arguing is missing from this team.
It was missing last week against Arsenal until he was brought on to great effect.
Balance, so important in football formations, will now be restored. And I would agree with this logic.
Also Roonie’s loss and Saha’s inclusion means that Tevez will assume his role of support striker; a position he is more accustomed with. However I doubt whether he can be as effective as Roonie or as energizing.
And if he repeats his tame performance at the Emirates then United will not find it easy against Blackburn.
Ferguson may of course keep Saha on the bench and play Giggs or Ronaldo with Tevez up front. A viable combination but not as effective as the Saha option. However I doubt whether anyone of these players can effectively replace Roonie.
Rovers are enjoying a strong run of form and travel to Old Trafford on Sunday unbeaten away and only five points behind United with a game in hand.
They are one of the toughest sides to play outside of the 'big four' and head into this in fantastic form, with seven wins in their last eight.
More significantly they have gone up against three out of the big four and come out of them unbeaten and they have kept eight clean sheets in all competitions, including scoreless draws against Chelsea and more recently Liverpool.
I expect them to push Roonieless United all the way.
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