Given the night off
Wouldn't it be nice to give Shay Given the night off in Tallinn?
No I don't mean drop him, I mean give the man a bit more protection.
It has to be said that in terms of value, Given must be up there with Alan Shearer when it comes to contributions in a United shirt.
If Shearer netted 206 goals for United then how many goals has Shay prevented at the other end?
Given was livid after the Fulham game with his defence - branding it worse than 'Sunday League' defending in the Chronicle - and who can blame him?
No marking, no clue, no idea and finally no points in terms of stopping them from going in the onion bag.
It can't be the same against the might of Levadia Tallinn can it?
Now he will be expected to stand between the posts in Estonia and do it all again should the defence let him down.
We'll have to wait and see about if they do but he's been left badly exposed at Villa and at home to Fulham now, and anyone remember the one on one he pulled off in the first leg against Ventspils?
Given will be the first person to admit he's just doing his job and being one of the more down to earth characters in the United dressing room but come on lads now's the time to give him a break.
You were good enough to do the same for Steve Harper at home to Ventspils!
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