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Steve Sidwell hopes Man Utd get a big surprise

last updated Friday 08th April 2011, 10:03 AM

Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell
Fulham midfielder
Steve Sidwell
Steve Sidwell
THE amazing tattoo on Steve Sidwell's back is his marriage vows to Krystell - all of them.

So footballers being footballers, his Fulham team-mates have warned him he is in serious danger should he ever get divorced.

The midfielder hopes Manchester United is in serious danger of a Whites surprise at Old Trafford tomorrow (Saturday) after an epic Champions League quarter-final down the road at Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Fulham's comfortable 3-0 breeze past Blackpool on Sunday has renewed optimism the team can get a result in one of the hardest places on the planet.

He said: "They've had a tough game Wednesday - and maybe that could have tired them. But such is the depth of their squad even if they rotate you know you're in for a tough match.

"We've got to make sure we don't switch off for even a second.

"They've been scoring late goals like they did at West Ham last Saturday for years - they even did it in a Champions League final.

"But for all that, this might be a good time to play them."

United striker Wayne Rooney might have incurred the FA's wrath for swearing into a camera at Upton Park - but if he needs a sympathetic shoulder, Sidwell's tattooed one is available.

The Fulham man said: "As a fellow professional I understand that moment when you score. It's difficult and hard to explain, but emotions run high and in a split second, emotions take over - and for me it was a typical heat of the moment thing."

Rooney or no Rooney, the former Chelsea player is also hopeful he gets more time on the pitch and has not ruled out the possibilities of playing a tandem role with Dickson Etuhu.

The two were considered to be in competition for the same defensive midfield spot, but Sunday's second-half substitution of Danny Murphy brought the pair together for the first time.

"It's got possibilities," said Sidwell. "I'll take whatever chance I get to show what I can do, and in a long battling season there's bound to be opportunities for different combinations to get tried.

"I would like to stay in London and win a long contract with Fulham - but at the end of the day I've got to be professional and go to a club that wants me, no matter where it is."

Should Sidwell score the 43rd goal of his career at Old Trafford there is a chance everyone in the 75,000 crowd will see what he promised his wife as he whirls his shirt around his head.

"I don't get as much stick as you might imagine about the tattoos," added Sidwell. "You mention Jonathan Greening's tattoos - but apart from me and him there's still a fair bit of ink flying around the Fulham dressing room."

Source Paul Warburton at Ealing Gazette
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