Vlog on the pitch – Will Fergie regret benching player of the season Ronaldo?

April 28, 2008

Alex Ferguson left PFA player of the season Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for the start of Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat at title rivals Chelsea at the weekend. The Scot was thinking about the Champions League game with Barcelona, but will he live to regret that decision?

Owen Wyatt and Jon Bramley are joined by vlogonthepitch debutant Mike Davidson to discuss the importance of Chelsea’s victory and look at the run in. Will West Ham and Wigan trouble United? The beauty of the Premier League is that any side on their day can provide an upset.

Our blog after the game on Saturday received loads of comments so keep them coming. If you fancy having a go at a video response, load it up on youtube or wherever, tag it “vlog on the pitch” and if we like it we’ll put it up here.


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One of the great debuts from Mike Davidson, up there with Mark Gonzalez (winning goal at Anfield, on as sub). I am loving this solid 1-1-1 formation, with Wyatt as ‘the anchorman midfielder’, Brambles as the ‘solid old pro’ and Davidson as the ‘flair striker’. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Riley | Report as abusive

as a lifelong man utd fan i cannot put in to words but i,l try my best the feelings of dissapointmentat seeing ronaldo or tevez on the bench for the chelsea game.it has always been my believe which is a big reason why i support man utd that you should always play the best team you can pick.this has clearly not been the case in the chelsea or barca game.surly now a lot of fans will question who exactly is picking the starting 11,sir alex or carlos queiroz?this is an issue that was also brought up by roy keane before his abrupt departure from the club.the real man utd need to stand up and be counted against barca tommorow night,whether they will beallowed to do that is another question!!!!

Posted by lynda royle | Report as abusive

Love the addition of the chubby bloke…Davidson. His beer belly adds a touch of authenticity and a sense of expertise to the panel. He might well be trying to emulate Jimmy Greaves given that he claimed to be a Spurs fan. Go on my son.

Posted by Mackie | Report as abusive

Thanks reuters for great opinions and views ,
i will definitely watch the vlog again.
How could Fergie do it?
It could cost him the championship.

Posted by groff millrt | Report as abusive

As a diehard manu fan, I have always respected fergie, however, I cannot help but feel someone else is pulling the strings at a time he is getting ready for retirement.
It would be very appropriate during a business transition ( getting the new manager ready ), to have the new bloke start making heavier decisions – rightly or wrongly it was very poor judgment to leave out Ronnie – if he was left out to “save” him for the “big one” then obviously the Eurpoean cup is a lot more important than winning the league. A player of ronnie’s stature should surely be able to play a full 90 mins for the remaining games in the season – he is a fit bloke.

Posted by Jeremy | Report as abusive

i do not disrespect alex fergusson personally but sometimes i wonder at his lack of respect for other teams and coaches in the EPL. to think that you can assemble bunch of uncordinated palyers to play a great team like Chelsea and expect to pull a win is outrageous. i know very well that if Jose was around, he wouldnt dare do that. it seems to me he disrespects Grant but am happy he got what he deserves.thats why chelsea remeains my favorite team becos they wouldnt disrespect any team in the name planing for next game. its one game at a time. VIVA CHELSEA

Posted by palasco | Report as abusive

Most good punter he I like.

Posted by Triniti | Report as abusive