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Anderson of Manchester United
Following several of his players apparently being "knackered" (according to Sir Alex Ferguson's programme notes and, it seems, every interview he's given in the last week), he decided to ring the changes.
It is a mark of his dedication that he sat in sub-zero temperatures to watch United's Under 21s on Monday night when he could have been at home watching MUTV. It also seems likely that he asked coach Warren Joyce to include Chris Smalling, Alexander Buttner, Anderson and Nick Powell.
He must have liked what he saw, because the first three played on Saturday night and Powell was on the bench.
On Monday Anderson was pretty ineffectual in the first half. He improved and made the roster for the match against Reading. He was better than he has been lately, but he still can't last 90 minutes.
Together with his colleagues they put in a largely unimpressive performance. Were the players "knackered" or simply lacking in inspiration? They certainly weren't convincing.
They must have watched City fail to turn up against Everton a few hours earlier, offering the chance for United to snatch a 15-point lead, which would surely prove unassailable.
Luckily it was manager-less Reading they were playing, not soon-to-be-managerless Chelsea, or possibly-soon-to-be-managerless City. If they had played like this against their two major rivals, they would have been also-rans.
United have just nine games left. Or, more to the point, City do, in which to win all nine and hope that their runaway rivals lose at least five.
It's not going to happen. Or it shouldn't. But while the upcoming fixtures against Chelsea, Arsenal and City probably look the most dangerous, relegation fighters Aston Villa, Stoke and Sunderland could still provide as stern a test.
However, the likeliest scenario is that United will be home and dry before the end of the season and able to give more chances to the likes of Powell and Buttner.