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As Manchester United fans our focus is firmly on our club. We don’t really spend much time worrying about other teams as we have a belief and confidence in our own side. However, that isn’t to say that from time to time we look around and see what everyone else is doing – it’s only natural to be intrigued. Therefore with three weeks to go until the start of the league season, and nearly a month into the transfer window I thought I’d share my brief thoughts on the competition.
It’s been a particularly slow day for Manchester United news, particularly following the yesterday’s exciting news about Vidic’s new deal. There are a few stories worth commenting on about Yaya Toure’s Manchester United snub, Chris Smalling’s rapid progression, and what the club’s struggle to sell season tickets could mean for the Glazers.
With essentially meaningless games getting us with sweaty palms it’s sometimes easy to forget the end goal, what it’s all about. We’re getting excited over a silly dance from our reserve winger scoring a goal against an American team; but there is a definite chasm of emotion that exists between that and the pinnacle of the game. As a prelude to a new feature we have for the new season on Stretford-End.com, I read an amazing account of our 2008 victory in Moscow, which I am proud to say I can share with the Stretford-End.com community here.
Following Wayne Rooney’s recent contract extension Manchester United confirmed that Nemanja Vidic has agreed to a new long-term deal at the club. This comes straight from David Gill on the official site and MUTV, so this should put an end to the uncertainty surrounding the player the past 24 hours. The deal has been verbally agreed, and the Serbian centre back will put pen to paper when he returns from holiday at the beginning of August.
Usually I would post a poll here, but “Are you pleased that Vidic is staying?” doesn’t seem like a worthwhile question.
This has easily been the slowest day for Manchester United news since I started writing the Stretty Stories. The big news is United’s plans to offer Vidic a new deal in order to secure his Old Trafford future. Also in the news is Sir Alex’s rumored interest in Steven Defour and Welbeck being linked with a Sunderland loan.
Despite Sir Alex insisting he is happy with the squad, United continues to be linked with players. I’m curious to see how many of you think there is still some business to be done.
Sir Alex made it clear today he is planning to send Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverly out on loan for the upcoming season. While both were loaned to Championship clubs last season, this season Sir Alex intends to send the duo to Premier League clubs. Keeping them in the top flight is a clear sign of the high expectations he has for these two.
For the past few transfer windows there has been an air of uncertainty surrounding Nemanja Vidic, but thus far we’ve managed to retain his services. It seems his future has grown even more uncertain. When asked about Vidic’s future, Sir Alex simply responded, “I can’t clarify it at all.” He did go on to state he believe Vidic would play for United this season, but it is hardly the reassuring response fans are looking for. The vultures from Real Madrid are surely circling above Old Trafford ready to make their move should Vidic’s United career come to a figurative death.
The big news today is Manchester United’s victory last night over the Philadelphia Union. Also making headlines in tomorrow’s chip papers is United topping the sports rich list, Rooney’s planned return, Giggs suggesting Liverpool are a threat, Hernandez’s shirt details, and the ‘sinful’ new United shirt.