Jamie Redknapp's Weekend Watch: Marked man Young and Bruce Almighty

23 February 2009 05:12

Aston Villa

winger Ashley Young is an exciting player, but his impact would improve by drifting in from his station on the wing when obvious avenues are closed down. The top players, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, aren't easily marked out of games.

Marked man: Chelsea's Salomon Kalou hussles Villa winger Ashley Young (front) off the ball

Hooked: Derby boss Nigel Clough substitutes Robbie Savage


The good start made by Nigel Clough as manager of Derby continues. His new team won 3-1 up the road at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, an emotional fixture for obvious reasons. It takes a brave player to follow his dad into management.Some just settle for the pundit's chair.


Beware Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Yes, his record against English clubs is poor, but he's a different animal these days. Manchester United

's defending on Saturday was the worst I've seen from them for a while. They're vulnerable this week.

Air-shot: Inter star Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) makes a spectacular effort against Bologna


Crunch: Newcastle's Kevin Nolan (right) 'tackles' Everton's Victor Anichebe

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I know how Newcastle

midfielder Kevin Nolan will be feeling.

He's not a dirty player and his tackle on Everton

's Victor Anichebe will play on his mind. There was no malice.

I felt the same way after a tackle on Tim Cahill also earned me a ban. And the game is even quicker now.


Congratulations to Bobby Zamora for breaking his duck, but Danny Murphy is Fulham

's main man.

Like Paul Scholes, he lets the ball do all the work. He runs the game for them. Count how many passes he wastes, you won't need many fingers.


Maybe ex-Spurs

boss Juande Ramos isn't such a bad manager after all.

On Saturday, Real Madrid, were 6-1 up against Real Betis by half time and have now won nine in a row. It must help that he can speak the language. Next up Liverpool

come to town.


Maestro: Fulham's Danny Murphy bosses the midfield against West Brom

Real deal: Madrid's head coach Juande Ramos (right) and his club captain Raul during a training session



lost Emile Heskey and Wilson Palacios in the transfer window but are still going strong. Out of all the British managers, Steve Bruce probably gets the least recognition, but is doing a terrific job. How long can they keep him?

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Source: Daily_Mail