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Taken from an interview with soccernet.fr

Q. You have been through two complicated years with lots of injuries to deal
with. How do you feel physically and mentally?


A. Much better. My knee does not swell up any more after I play. I am fit. Earlier
on, I came back too quickly I guess. After the surgery, it is necessary to return
slowly. It is always a little bit disappointing because you are part of a squad but
cannot play. This is the hardest issue a football player can face.

I have been in Manchester for four years and, since signing, I have been
disturbed by many injuries. I can say I was anything but lucky, but I had to deal
with it and have now become a Champion of England.


Q. Sir Alex Ferguson has always supported you and given you many
compliments.


A. It is a pleasure to have the coach's trust! It is actually my dilemma because if I
had been bad, he would have left me in peace to take my time to return step by
step. But it is also a pleasant situation to see the coach trusting you although
you are coming back from an injury. I work hard, three times more than usual in
training. Even if the physical shape is not perfect, with a good mental strength
you can realize extraordinary things. Gaby Heinze is an example for that.


Q. With Rooney, Tevez, Ronaldo, Nani, Giggs and you, Manchester United has
got many weapons in offence and so far it is working very well. The competition
must be terrible, no?


A. It has always been intense. This year, it is even more difficult. But it is better to
have Tevez with us, than to see him in Real Madrid. I also said the same thing for
Van Nistelrooy when he left. I prefer to have the best players in my team. The
season is long. There are fifty games, the pairing of Tevez-Rooney works
superbly well at the moment, but I know that I will have my chance. I want to
improve and I think that we have an exceptional group, capable of winning the
Champion's League.


Q. In which sense has the team improved?

A. With players like Nani or Tevez, who completely correspond to the play of
Manchester United, we have more efficiency in the last 30 metres. Before, maybe
we based too much of our play on individual talents. Today, we are stronger
collectively. There is more precision in movement and passing. I am very satisfied
to be a part of this team, where the philosophy is offensive.

For a striker, it is like heaven - even in training. There is no better team in the
world than Manchester United. Later, you can always ask to go to Real Madrid or
Barcelona. But I am a fan of the Premier League. Every year, it is more and more
difficult. Blackburn and Everton are getting closer for example. Tottenham and
Manchester City now have money, so, right now, it is not the moment to leave
England.
 

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hey man, does not help callin him balsawood man, he's important to us and if he is a bit on the soft side, well thats all right, he wears a united jersey. i love the guy, he's just gettin his shit together thats all
 

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hey man, does not help callin him balsawood man, he's important to us and if he is a bit on the soft side, well thats all right, he wears a united jersey. i love the guy, he's just gettin his shit together thats all
I hope you weren't aiming that post at me.......I was only wondering if carly was referring to Saha.....she was...
 

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hey man, does not help callin him balsawood man, he's important to us and if he is a bit on the soft side, well thats all right, he wears a united jersey. i love the guy, he's just gettin his shit together thats all

Well said oh Muletty one :)
 

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Most United forums refer to him as Balsawood Man.

Unless of course anyone thinks he is not injury prone.

I joked about him even getting injured during a warm up.....

Then he even managed that too !!!

Get rid and buy Berbatov and then we can all stop holding our breath every time anyone goes near him !

He is hopeless as was shown AGAIN last night.

But yes.....

We shall "give him time" :rolleyes:

We'll wait......

And wait.....

And wait......

And wait......
 

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Rest of The Interview.....

Updated: Nov. 25, 2007
Saha: There's no better club than Manchester UnitedBruno Salla


After two seasons largely disturbed by injury, Louis Saha is fit again and hungry
for success. But it is not the competition in the forward line (Carlos Tevez, Wayne
Rooney, Ronaldo, Nani or Ryan Giggs) at Manchester United which scares him, as
he knows that he will get his chance in the side.


Louis Saha is finally back on the training ground and back in the United team.

Indeed, the French striker talked exclusively to Soccernet.fr about his return from
injury and his hopes of forcing his way into contention for a starting role.

Q. You have been through two complicated years with lots of injuries to deal with.
How do you feel physically and mentally?

A. Much better. My knee does not swell up any more after I play. I am fit. Earlier
on, I came back too quickly I guess. After the surgery, it is necessary to return
slowly. It is always a little bit disappointing because you are part of a squad but
cannot play. This is the hardest issue a football player can face.

I have been in Manchester for four years and, since signing, I have been
disturbed by many injuries. I can say I was anything but lucky, but I had to deal
with it and have now become a Champion of England.

Q. Sir Alex Ferguson has always supported you and given you many compliments.

A. It is a pleasure to have the coach's trust! It is actually my dilemma because if I
had been bad, he would have left me in peace to take my time to return step by
step. But it is also a pleasant situation to see the coach trusting you although
you are coming back from an injury. I work hard, three times more than usual in
training. Even if the physical shape is not perfect, with a good mental strength
you can realize extraordinary things. Gaby Heinze is an example for that.


Q. With Rooney, Tevez, Ronaldo, Nani, Giggs and you, Manchester United has got
many weapons in offence and so far it is working very well. The competition must
be terrible, no?

A. It has always been intense. This year, it is even more difficult. But it is better to
have Tevez with us, than to see him in Real Madrid. I also said the same thing for
Van Nistelrooy when he left. I prefer to have the best players in my team. The
season is long. There are fifty games, the pairing of Tevez-Rooney works
superbly well at the moment, but I know that I will have my chance. I want to
improve and I think that we have an exceptional group, capable of winning the .

Q. Are Manchester United even stronger this season?

A. I think, yes. Players such as Rooney and Ronaldo, who are young but who
have been playing for four or five years at the highest level, arrived at maturity.
They bring a huge benefit to the team. For the past few weeks, our playing
quality has been the same, we get ourselves twenty scoring opportunities each
game, seven or eight of which are shots on target and we have three or four
goals at the end. The ratio is great and we control our play better now. We were
able to see it in the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal had to save the draw.


Q. In which sense has the team improved?

A. With players like Nani or Tevez, who completely correspond to the play of
Manchester United, we have more efficiency in the last 30 metres. Before, maybe
we based too much of our play on individual talents. Today, we are stronger
collectively. There is more precision in movement and passing. I am very satisfied
to be a part of this team, where the philosophy is offensive.

For a striker, it is like heaven - even in training. There is no better team in the
world than Manchester United. Later, you can always ask to go to Real Madrid or
Barcelona. But I am a fan of the Premier League. Every year, it is more and more
difficult. Blackburn and Everton are getting closer for example. Tottenham and
Manchester City now have money, so, right now, it is not the moment to leave
England.

Q. What can Manchester win this season ?

A. Everything! We can win the FA Cup and the Premier League title. This squad is
capable of winning the Champions League too. If there had not been so many
injuries and suspensions last year, I am sure we would have gone to the final
(United were eliminated in semi-final by AC Milan).


It was on the first leg (3-2) that we lost that battle, I am convinced of that. We
had the strength to go to the final and it still hasn't been digested yet. The loss
still sticks in our throats. It has been quite a long time since we picked up the
trophy, so everyone is hoping now that it is our year.
 
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