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Nothing of Significance as Silly Season Continues

Well the only thing of significance that’s happened, for what it’s worth, is the approval of Javier Hernandez’s work permit.

Chicharito also scored Mexico’s only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Holland.

On the transfer front, all has been quiet save for the transfers of Smalling and Hernandez during last season. It must be said, if reports are to believed, the net outlay for these transfers is £17m. The question is whether an overt dependence on this sort of scattergun approach on promising youth is really working. (Actually that shouldn’t even be a question: buying youngsters with ‘promise’ is always going to be hit and miss. More miss than hit, I dare say.)

Anyway, over the past week we’ve been linked with a predictable set of stars from around Europe. Most persistent of these rumours has been that of Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid. Actually it was just the one story in the Mirror which was reproduced in most other news outlets and blogs. Any transfer out of Real Madrid would happen only after the appointment of Mourinho. Which means he would probably spend time assessing his players. When he went to Inter he didn’t immediately stock up on new players. He kept the basic core and made a few enhancements. It’s questionable if Real will foist new transfers upon him or allow him to make more unilateral decisions. So any Real Madrid transfers will have to wait.

Among other players linked to us is another usual suspect, David Silva. But then, there is a Guardian story that links City with a mega twin-bid worth £70m for David Silva and Edin Dzeko. True or not, the less I talk about that, the better.

In other news, UEFA have approved a wide-ranging plan to enforce rules on ratio of earnings and wage spending. United it would seem are well within the stipulations. But that story requires a separate discussion.

There is a BBC story that contains a lot of question marks on the Glazer plans for the club. Apparently, they are willing to put more money into “team building”. Yes, at my workplace, we are scheduled to go for team building next week. It involves a cruise (booze-cruise, according to rumours, but that’s besides the point) in one of the half a billion lakes in my city. Maybe the Glazers have a similar team building exercise planned with the scale of such an event significantly higher — say a booze cruise in the Bahamas.

Anyway, my point is, until we’re strengthening in the areas we’re falling short (read: midfield, primarily) with a quality buy, cynicism will be the order of the day.

On a tangent here, but since we don’t have much to talk about anyway, I must add, as much as I despise Real Madrid, Mourinho’s arrival makes me all excited about La Liga just for the amount of juicy narrative next season will provide. The contrasting philosophies towards football that Guardiola and Mourinho bring, at the helm of the most bitter of rivals respectively, is just too mouth-watering to ignore. On Mourinho, here’s a critique, following his win with Inter, on the Run of Play. Read.



  1. tonymontanna4united

    6 June 2010 at 20:52

    @gator: 😀 They would be bloody unstoppable with 2 fabreags’ in the team wouldnt they mate.

  2. EduardoDaVinci4

    6 June 2010 at 20:57

    I’ve got a fetish for French players, especially attacking players. I consider Zidane to be the best footballer in history, Cantona to be the utlimate saviour of United, and their strikers during history have just been magnificent. Henry, Anelka, Saha, Trezeguet, Benzema, Wiltord etc. So, to please my desires, United should try to get one of these during the summer: 😆 😆 😆


    Of course, this is not something I expect. Far from it! I expect us to get Joe Cole and nothing more. I expect Berba to stay, Carrick to leave, and nothing more happen. Oh well, I’m allowed to dream aren’t I? 🙄 🙂

  3. EduardoDaVinci4

    6 June 2010 at 21:02

    Hope this guy is another one who can hit the mark next season

  4. EduardoDaVinci4

    6 June 2010 at 21:10

    Am I the only one who thinks we should focus on offloading a few players before we start buying? I mean, check out our squad!

    GK: VDS, Kuzzy, Amos
    Fullbacks: Rafael, Evra, Oshea, Neville, Fabio, De Laet
    Centrebacks: Rio, Vidic, Evans, Brown, Smalling
    Wingers: Nani, Valencia, Giggs, Park, Obertan, Tosic
    Midfielders(!): Scholes, Fletcher, Anderson, Gibson, Hargreaves, Carrick, Cleverly
    Strikers: Rooney, Berbatov, Owen, Chicharito, Macheda, Diouf, Welbeck, King

  5. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:12

    @EduardoDaVinci4: Silva and Elano are not world class stars, their left back is suspect and quite frankly, I think both Fabiano and especially Robinho are overrated players that are streaky. There is still a lot of quality on the team to fear them but they also lack the flash and flair of Brazilian teams as they truly resemble their manager who for me was a talentless goon when he played.

  6. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:17

    @tonymontanna4united: The player today that most resembles his style is Pipo Inzaghi. Except that Mueller wasn’t born offside like Pipo. But that goal scoring ability, radar and poaching ability is very similar as is his size and quickness. Mueller was very quick but stocky and his legs were like tree trunks so his balance was second to none. He also was the player who made me fall in love with the game and with Germany as my team. Brought up with hockey I of course loved a soccer player who could score goals prolifically. But as much as I love him the player who is still my favourite was the great Rummenigge. More overall talent and a great finisher himself but as great as he was, can’t hold a candle in goal scoring to Mueller. Only Pele really can.

  7. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:23

    @EduardoDaVinci4: And yet I still get this feeling that some team will rise up and bite Spain on the ass in the knockout stage. They are too often guilty of reading their own headlines and I am just not won on them despite their winning of the EUROS. I still think their midfield is offensively talented but soft and can be exploited. Ramos is a liability defensively as is Capdevila. Yes a very good team and they should be considered the favourite butI just have this feeling they won’t even make the final.

  8. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:25

    @EduardoDaVinci4: You have no idea how disturbing that was to read. 😉

  9. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:28

    @EduardoDaVinci4: You know if it were not for their idiot of a manager I would pick France as my favourite for the World Cup based on their talent. But talent is not enough. This group refuses to play as a team and Domenich has no clue how to get them to play like a team it seems. I also would not start Henry.

  10. EduardoDaVinci4

    6 June 2010 at 21:29

    @Grognard: I’m sick, you can’t judge me. 😆

  11. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:30

    @EduardoDaVinci4: What amazes me is that today one can actually make a highlight reel of someone who has done sweet fuck all. Obertan is bum signing like Tosic. Mark my words.

  12. EduardoDaVinci4

    6 June 2010 at 21:32

    @Grognard: I would play:

    Sagna Gallas Abidal Evra
    Lass Toulalan
    Ribery Gourcuff Malouda

    I think Demench is a muppet, Mike Phelan would be a better manager! Embarassing, can’t wait till Blanc is manager! Then we’ll see terror!

  13. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:32

    @EduardoDaVinci4: Based on all the injuries we had last season, depth is the only reason we finished as high as we did. Our starting eleven is not what it used to be but we still have the richest and deepest bench in the game and that carries us farther than the class of our starters.

  14. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:34

    @EduardoDaVinci4: My greatest sickness is being too judgmental. 😀 😀

  15. EduardoDaVinci4

    6 June 2010 at 21:35

    @Grognard: To be honest I really doubt the skill of Obertan. Sure he has got quick feet, but his attitude and total incapability to put in a good cross fucks him backwards and sideways. I haven’t got faith in him, but to be honest, who knows? He may just be a jem!

  16. EduardoDaVinci4

    6 June 2010 at 21:37

    @Grognard: I know mate, but I think that has to change. It’s good having strength in depth, but I think our team has taken it too far. We haven’t got a solid first team, and our backup is only decent at best. We need better players, and we need to get rid of some dead weight.

  17. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:39

    @EduardoDaVinci4: I played them in FIFA World Cup and killed the opposition on the way to the World Cup with this lineup. Soif it works for Coach Grognard, it will work for anyone. Believe it.

    GK – Lloris
    RB – Sagna
    CB – Gallas
    CB – Mexes
    LB – Skinned Sausage (skipper)
    DMF – Lass Diarra
    DMF – Toulalon
    AMF – Gourcuff
    RW – Ribery
    LW – Malouda/Henry
    ST – Benzema


  18. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:42

    @EduardoDaVinci4: He has no left foot to be playing on the left and he may actually be a worse finisher than Anderson. I remember him making a meal of about three sitters last season that defy believability. I honestly think he is a stiff of the highest order. Quick feet means nothing to me. Like I have said many times before, I will take substance over style any day of the week. You ask why Germany always do well in tournaments? SUBSTANCE. No frills, just getting the job done.

  19. Grognard

    6 June 2010 at 21:43

    @EduardoDaVinci4: Hey mate, I agree. You are preaching to the choir. I’d rather spend my money on one world class player than 4 hit or miss kids any day of the week. If it were up to me I’d get rid of a third of our roster. Foster, Neville, Anderson, Obertan, Carrick, Giggs, Scholes, Berbatov, Welbeck would all be gone. And yes I would keep Park.

  20. EduardoDaVinci4

    6 June 2010 at 21:45

    @Grognard: Except for Abidal instead Mexes, that’s the team I won the World Cup with too! 😀 Just that Gourcuff was skipper, and he had the most assists in the whole competition! Viva la France! 😀

  21. CraigMc

    7 June 2010 at 09:17

    Quotes from the Glazers regarding why they are not investing in STAR players for their American football team Buccaneers, and you all tell me IF these words don’t remind you of words and same polices rattling around Old Trafford. Glazers say they have changed their practice from buying star players to buying young undiscovered players to develop 🙄 . But they also declare that the Buccaneers absent fans and half empty stadiums are causing American Television to boycott their games because they refuse to show games with half empty stadiums. Well bloody good for American TV I say for showing some balls and telling the Glazers to get their act together or fuck off. Now to me this is a chicken/egg situation – which came first? Did Man Utd approach to buy young players and make stars prompt the Glazers to use the same strategy at Buccaneers, or is it the other way around – Glazers made this policy and forced a weak United management to pursue it? Either way its utterly pathetic, and I will be listening very carefully to the BBC’s programme tonight on the Glazers downfall in business over in the states – their Empire is supposedly crumbling, and in the true implications and suggestions that Man Utd are feeding all the Glazer assets in USA and everywhere else. Man United are their perfect little money cow, and without us their Empire will be no more. Word is that if Glazers don’t sort out their 1.1 billion debts – they will lose hold of our club to the bankers! WTF – David Gill you have a lot to answer for!

  22. EduardoDaVinci4

    7 June 2010 at 12:23

    I’m going to play Manchester United manager. FIFA, FM, PES or even in real life, if I was manager this is what I would do.

    Sell Rio, Carrick, Gibson, Berbatov, Tosic and Welbeck.
    Force Neville to retire, and send Cleverly, King, Kiko and Obertan out on loan. Try to see how bad Hargo’s fitness is, if it’s good too many changes don’t need to be made.
    Get Joe Cole, as he can do a decent job. Then, if Hargoo really is as bad as feared, get Lassana Diarra. I’m a big fan of him, and I’m sure he could do a great job here. Give Ando and Diouf a year to prove themselves, and as this will be Owens last year he should be given more chances to impress. Then plan for the future, have a goalkeeper in sight for the 2012 season as well as a plan B midfielder if neither Ando or Cleverly manage to make a difference.

    And please, teach somebody how to take a decent free-kick! Please! 😆

  23. EduardoDaVinci4

    7 June 2010 at 12:27

    Rafael Evans Vidic Evra
    Valencia Lass Fletch Ando Nani

  24. tonymontanna4united

    7 June 2010 at 16:11

    @CraigMc: Literally makes you sick reading figures like that, how the hell they were ever allowed to buy us when everything was borrowed is a disgrace. And i agree as you say, that £1.1bn will be payed off using us obviously as we are their cash cow. Really words just do not desrcibe the hatred i have for the glazers, each and every last one of them. They are dispicable human beings (i can barely call them humans) and for what they have done to this club they deserve to be imprisoned as well as the FA and government over here which allowed them to do it.
    I just hope that this information some how forces them to leave, not that i think it will as i think all us fans who arent glazer boot lickers knew this already, hopefully though it will help convince the fans who still supported them that they are bad bad bad for our club after all the crap they put on us.
    God i tell you Matt Busby would be turning in his grave at what those bastads are doing to his beloved club.

  25. Grognard

    7 June 2010 at 16:15

    Read it and weep folks, it’s pretty damned ugly but it’s the truth and it had to be said. Now what the Hell are we all going to do about it? To DonnieBrasco, read these two articles mate and then see if you can show yourself on this blog again. And double shame on Sir Alex Ferguson for ever allying himself with these sharks. 😥 😥

  26. EduardoDaVinci4

    7 June 2010 at 16:49

    @Grognard: you watch the BBC show tomorrow night about the Glazers, then you’ll know what crying means… 🙁

  27. Grognard

    7 June 2010 at 16:57

    @EduardoDaVinci4: Unless somebody can lead me to a streaming site that doesn’t use BBC Live player, then i can watch it. Otherwise it looks like I’m screwed because their live player does not work in North America because of copyright laws. So again I ask anyone on this blog who knows of site online that streams “Panorama” without the use of the BBC Live Player. I am truly desperate to watch this doc.

    Also, have a look at this fantastically researched article by a United blogger that really delves into the personal business of the Glazer’s and uncovers many of the facts that I brought up months and months ago. Yet another case of Grognard being right while many around him slagged him for it. Hey what can I say, I often need to pat myself on the shoulder because people today are often reluctant to admit they are wrong. 😀

  28. EduardoDaVinci4

    7 June 2010 at 17:02

    WATER! <3

  29. Red Ranter

    7 June 2010 at 17:13

    @Grognard: I think the torrents/recorded streams will be out as soon as it airs. Or the next day. I’ll see if I can dig up streams and share them if I find it.

  30. tonymontanna4united

    7 June 2010 at 17:14

    @Grognard: You can use this site mate.

    I know its a tv guide but as you see when you open it it has a link under the channels where it says “watch” which is a stream for most of the channels, including BBC. So just use that when the programme starts and you should be able to watch it. Works for me if someone else is watching something on my tv and i want to watch it on my computer. Tell me if it works for you mate. Would be good for every united fan to watch.

  31. CraigMc

    7 June 2010 at 17:25

    @tonymontanna4united: Yeah mate, you got that right – and the Glazers professing to have 2billion in assets. Yeah but those same assets are MUFC incoming finances from all things United, Old Trafford itself and the clubs training ground and facilities, forgot to tell us that didn’t they? Is anybody buying that they can sell the Buccaneers and make money? If they could have, surely they would have. Does anybody know any big business enterprise where the owners have put in NO MONEY whatsoever???? No thought not!

  32. Red Ranter

    7 June 2010 at 17:33

    New post is up finally. This page is sluggish I believe, so move on to that. Cheers, 🙂

  33. Grognard

    8 June 2010 at 00:24

    @Red Ranter: That would be greatly appreciated mate, thanks a lot. 🙂

  34. Grognard

    8 June 2010 at 00:28

    @tonymontanna4united: The problem with that site and even going to the BBC is they block it off to anybody outside of the UK.

  35. tonymontanna4united

    8 June 2010 at 02:55

    @Grognard: Oh sorry mate, anyway according to craig the program has been postponed now anyway so dont know when its going to be shown again.

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