One up front, or two up front?
That is the question. Other Addick commentators have appeared to settle for a 4-5-1 tomorrow but I think it's time to switch to two up front. Curbs has probably tried 12 different formulas in the 12 games we have failed to beat the Red Devils in the Premiership, so why not throw caution to the wind a little bit tomorrow and join Bent up front with Bothroyd?
United have been unusually fragile at the back this season and with recent opponents swamping Murphy and Smertin in midfield to strangle our supply chain to Bent, Ambrose and Rommedahl, lets give them something to think about by playing further up the pitch with two out and out forwards. Win, draw or lose I would like to see us start this way. It may even lift the crowd from the depressing thought that we are 8th in the Premiership. Bloody hell, sack the manager, sack the board!
Smerts will return for Hughes and I would leave Ambrose on the bench in case we need him to help perform a game (or formation) changing performance a la Pompey.
Thomas is injured and Spector is unavailable. I would simply switch the Chicagoan for Chris Powell and its Andersen in goal for me.
I wonder what impact, if any, will be had on Roy Keane's sudden announcement that he has left the Theatre of Dreams, of which he has starred in a fair few?
United are of course not the same side that they were and we match up more equally than at any time since we have been in the Premiership.
It is one of those games though that we are not expected to get anything from, but lets hope that Curbs reminds them of our performance against them at the Valley last season. He has been quoted as saying it was his lowest ever Charlton moment. They owe him and us.
I have a slight problem tomorrow and therefore it calls for a different routine. My laptop is sick, very sick and is off being reconfigured, rebuilt, re everything. So no live commentary for me over breakfast, however television has it on 'live repeat' 3 hours later so I may avoid the score and any form of communication and wait until then.
Lie in and early Christmas shopping or wait for the phone to ring? Full of questions aren't I?