Apologies for the somewhat misleading title. We are not suggesting in any realistic tone that Cristiano Ronaldo is about to depart Real Madrid and return to Old Trafford, despite the fact that such a comment is not as absurd as it would have seemed 6 months ago. Nonetheless, one year since the best player in the world left Manchester United, a void exists, and when looking at the potential options, his name appears as likely as any.
Archive for May, 2010
Anyone that reads this blog on a regular basis will know and understand what a Fergie supporter I am, however I think we all agree that we do not believe him one bit when he speaks about the lack of quality/value in the transfer market. Today, we’ve seen Barcelona snap up Spanish forward David Villa for a cool £34Million, whereas Manchester City have placed a £20Million bid for Manchester United target James Milner of Aston Villa – whereas Chief Executive David Gill believe United have already done the majority of their spending, with the signings of virtual unknowns Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez. This has all coincided with the news that the PIK loan that the Glazer family took out in 2006 – will increase by £75million. No market value, or the real reason – no money to spend as United are funding the Glazer greed?
Ben Foster has joined Birmingham City for a fee believe to be in the region of £6million. Foster signed for United back in 2005 for a fee of £1million from Stoke City. He was then loaned out to Watford for two seasons where he got rave reviews for his performances, which helped Watford gain promotion to the Premier League. Sadly for Foster he couldn’t save the Hornets from relegation the following season and returned to United in 2007.
With the season over, minds inevitably wander to that personal wish list of transfer targets that you would like to see Manchester United sign. Ben Foster’s imminent departure reminds us that it’s not just incoming transactions that will take place this summer – with many United fans wanting to see something of a fundamental overhaul, I take a brief look at where I don’t think Sir Alex should be raising his transfer funds.
So there we have it, not since the 1-0 victory over Manchester City back in May 2007 have United not finished Champions of England. Since then United have gone onto lift the Premier League title three times and were on course for a record fourth victory. Sadly, Chelsea thumped Wigan 8-0 on the final day of the season, leaving the record eighteen times winners a point off the top. Credit to Chelsea who have scored a mountain of goals in a crazy season. Here we take a look back at the season just gone and thoughts on performances, matches and what the future holds.
Manchester United’s number nine has decided to call it a day on his International career aged just 29. Berbatov, who found the net 12 times in 33 Premier League apperances for United this season, is Bulgaria’s all time top goalscorer with 48 goals in 77 appearances and won his first cap back in 1999 against Greece. Some would consider his performances this season a little disappointing, despite generally scoring when he started a match and contributing a number of goals to a goals tally that surpassed last season’s total. There are many rumours linking Dimitar Berbatov with a move away from Old Trafford, especially considering that Ferguson doesn’t believe the Bulgarian can play in a 4-3-3 formation with Wayne Rooney.
Stretford-End.com reviews the Sun newspaper’s account of Manchester United’s European performances this season. Having taken the time to log all of the paper’s match ratings, it seems appropriate having now finished the season that we have a look back and see how well our progress was deemed by the tabloid media.
If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, Manchester United fans would have a veritable feast in the wake of their Premier League title surrender. Allowing myself a little time to wallow before taking a more rationalised evaluation, you wouldn’t be surprised to find one of my major bugbears lies with the media representation of Chelsea’s one point title win.
They can act like Mike Dean and Steven Gerrard didn’t make the difference; but as Didier “manchild” Drogba argued with teammates through the game and celebrated like a rockstar when he got the toy he asked for for Christmas; as John Terry took his hands off the ball to pick up the trophy; as the country’s scribes finally got to hit “publish” on those long awaited obituary style attacks at Sir Alex Ferguson and United, one can’t help but think how utterly pathetic and hollow their celebrations were.
Manchester United’s 4 goal defeat of Stoke City on the final day was not enough as Chelsea, as expected, destroyed Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge to take the Premier League title. Their mammoth 8-0 win over the Latics certainly impressed but United fans could at least look back at the half time state of affairs and lament the overly generous officiating that the West London side have been the beneficiaries of this term.
Ian over in our forum has put together a collaboration of events that look at determining the outcome of the Premier League title and finishing positions for Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Europa League qualifiers Liverpool and Manchester City. Show your appreciation for a witty, humorous and insightful prediction of what could well happen on Sunday afternoon.
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