Juan Mata is “the best classic number ten in world football”

Posted on January 25, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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With Juan Mata’s transfer from Chelsea on the verge of being completed, we’ve once again turned to Joe from over at Plains of Almeria for a bit of insight…

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Tom Cleverley’s a victim of Manchester United’s lack of transfer activity

Posted on August 30, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   8 Comments »
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Can Tom Cleverley step up from a good squad player to an important member of the first team

Author: Doron

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This summer there has been a very public stance by United on central midfielders. David Moyes has not only made it clear that he’d like to sign at least one, probably two players in that area but United have decided to be open about the pursuits of Fabregas and Fellaini, whilst links to other CMs continue to swirl. For Tom Cleverley, competition would not only be positive, but it’s necessary.

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Three factors that have contributed to the Wayne Rooney saga

Posted on August 04, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   8 Comments »
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It is still unclear as to whether or not Wayne Rooney will be at Manchester United this season

Author: Doron

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You’d have already no doubt read the incredibly fair and excellently written piece about Wayne Rooney by @herzogschild on this blog a few days ago. It concludes that we will never quite know why we’ve reached this point and that it is indeed incredibly sad that such a talented footballer who should have been happy to remain at United for life has such an unclear future ahead of him.

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Wayne Rooney: a regrettable situation for club and player

Posted on August 02, 2013  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   18 Comments »

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On October 20th, 2010, a gang of 40 or so local Manchester United supporters turned up outside Wayne Rooney’s home in Prestbury, Cheshire. Most wore black hooded jackets, some wore balaclavas. It was a threatening mob and one that carried an unambiguous message: join City and there will be consequences. Rooney had just recently handed in a transfer request. Media reports had suggested that his agent, Paul Stretford, had flirted with Manchester City executives in a bid to secure a cross-town move for the want-away striker. A similar group had turned up at Rio Ferdinand’s house five years previously. The defender had reached a stalemate in negotiations with United over a new contract. He had been seen in a London restaurant with then Chelsea Chief Executive Peter Kenyon, prompting speculation that he wanted out. As with Rooney, the supporters wanted answers. Upon seeing them, Ferdinand came out and addressed the issue. Rooney stayed indoors and rang the police. Both players eventually stayed. It is unlikely that the men outside their gated homes influenced their decisions. The new contracts and higher wages that followed their stalling may have. Rio Ferdinand will play his testimonial match at Old Trafford on Friday. Rooney is likely to be gone by the end of the month, twelve months from his own testimonial year. He wants out, again, and it appears this time really will be the end. No mob will arrive to persuade him to stay. Many now would drive him away.

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Juan Mata exchange for Wayne Rooney is fiction, isn’t it?

Posted on July 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   9 Comments »
Juan Mata has been linked in a player exchange move with Wayne Rooney
Juan Mata has been linked with a move to Manchester United in exchange for Wayne Rooney

No sooner had the fax, email or carrier pigeon (whatever clubs use to send a transfer deal across these days) been discussed with the FC Barcelona board over the potential sale of Cesc Fabregas, another talented Spaniard popped into the thoughts of United fans. The extremely gifted and quick footed Juan Mata was the subject of immense excitement this morning following the news that Chelsea had indeed bid £10million,and a player, for want away forward Wayne Rooney.

The players suggested for exchange were Juan Mata and some other bloke. United fans were laughing at the bid. Had Jose Mourinho continued his ‘egg’ madness since he left these shores in 2007? £10million and Juan Mata for Rooney? Amongst all the chaos and gossip, one thing was clear – United had rejected the bid out of hand, which would make any United fan angry and confused. Or, were United rejecting a different bid from Chelsea?

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The transfer of Mats Daehli makes no sense for club or player

Posted on July 03, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Transfer Speculation, Youth   10 Comments »
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Mats Daehli transfer makes no sense for Manchester United or player

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In football, the logical seems to rarely happen. That United will produce good young players via the club’s academy has been a pretty safe exception to that rule until recent years. Fans will have watched players such as Eikrem, Morrison and Pogba stand out and yet before they’ve made any kind of mark on the first team, they’re off elsewhere for various reasons. That it’s happened again this summer with Mats Daehli is much more of a shock though.

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Wayne Rooney leaving: better for him or United?

Posted on June 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   7 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United is uncertain as he continues to be linked to a move away

Sometimes its best to go your separate ways. You’ve achieved as much as you can together and its best to depart on amicable terms. Nope, its not what tons of couples up and down the country are thinking – it is the sensitive guff that usually accompanies the opening paragraph of a summer transfer story. Wayne Rooney has been one of Manchester United’s greatest players in history. He has netted more goals than George Best, Ruud van Nistelrooy & Dennis Viollet and is closing in on Jack Rowley – but his future is uncertain at Manchester United.

It is nine seasons since an eighteen year old Evertonian walked through the Old Trafford doors, fresh from Euro 2004, to sign for the club. Will United’s troubled number ten pack up his things and leave for pastures new? Or will the new gaffer be able to turn Rooney’s fortunes around?

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United to move ‘Heaven and earth’ to get Cesc Fabregas says Irwin

Posted on June 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Quotes, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   6 Comments »
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Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a sensational move to Manchester United

Ex Manchester United full back Denis Irwin believes that Cesc Fabregas has ‘zoomed up’ the club’s priority list and feels that the ‘all action midfielder’ is exactly what the champions need next term. It has been widely reported that Arsenal have first option to resign the midfielder, who left for Barcelona two seasons ago. The Spanish midfielder, who has played a part in Spain’s three recent triumphs (at Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012), has found his playing time limited this term but will surely want to stay around a little longer at his boyhood club? The transfer speculation season is sadly upon us!

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Gareth Bale transfer was the one that got away

Posted on May 08, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Quotes, Spurs, Transfer Speculation   2 Comments »
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Gareth Bale was linked to a move to Manchester United when at Southampton in 2007

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he was disappointed to miss out on the signing of a young Gareth Bale in 2007. Bale was a teenager at Southampton and Manchester United went in for the Welshman before Tottenham Hotspur. However, the current double winning player of the year never got the chance to speak to United according to Ferguson. Instead the youngster moved to White Hart Lane and was deployed as a left back for the early part of his career.

Its strange to think that Bale was considered a liability a couple of season ago from a defensive view point, but Harry Redknapp moved him further up and the pitch and he has since developed into one of the best players in Europe. Zinedine Zidane is a favourite, so what did happen in 2007 that saw the former Southampton man move to Spurs instead of United?

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Nemanja Matic linked in move to Manchester United

Posted on April 13, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Press, Transfer Speculation   2 Comments »
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Nemanja Matic has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United from Benfica

The Guardian has linked Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic with a move to Manchester United from Benfica to strengthen the midfield. For a number of years, many reds have longed for a top class centre midfielder, even more so after 39 year old Ryan Giggs was chosen to pair with Michael Carrick in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City last Monday. Matic has recently signed a new five year deal, so will come at a price, but according to the report – United’s scouts have been impressed with the Serbian international who has notched up five goals so far this term. The 25 year old has featured five times for his country.

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