Dutchman never on United’s radar?


Kevin StrootmanTalkSport are reporting that Italian sources claim Roma have completed the signing of ‘long-standing Manchester United target’ Kevin Strootman.

The Dutchman, 23, has joined the Serie A club from PSV Eindhoven for a fee in the region of £15.5m.

In the light of the Thiago ‘also an apparent Long Standing United Target with an extremely reasonable buy-out clause who United never actually tabled an official bid for so I presume he wasn’t a target after all’ Alcantara to Bayern Munich case, how can Strootman be labeled in such a way?

This is what TalkSport say about the deal:

Strootman, who has captained Holland at senior level, is believed to have signed a four-year deal worth £1.9m a season.

News of his transfer will represent a blow to the Premier League champions, whose interest in him dated back to early 2012.

United boss David Moyes already lost out to Bayern Munich in the race to sign Thiago Alcantara and he is now pressing ahead with a move for Cesc Fabregas, although it is unclear whether Barcelona are willing to sell the former Arsenal man.

‘Represent a big blow’? Really? How much of a blow will it be to ‘lose’ Thiago? Surely not that much of one if we were never in the race which, until an official bid’s made (and confirmation publicised), we were not despite the raft of reports claiming he had even gone as far as agreeing personal terms with United. (Including us)

And did David Moyes REALLY lose out on him; was he ever even in the race for his signature? Seems, with the benefit of hindsight, that he didn’t want the player in the first place.

Transfer windows are often labelled as ‘Silly Season’ but they rarely come any sillier than this one.

It’s inevitable United will get linked to every central midfielder worth his salt this summer but, if (as many suspect) the Fabregas deal goes tits up, where do United look once Strootman, Thiago and Fabregas opt to ignore the obvious chance to move to Old Trafford?

Wanyama, Cabaye, Vidal? Someone has to want the job, don’t they?

Are you staying positive United can get their man and add Fabregas to its ranks despite reports he wants to stay in Spain? If so, is he the right man to propel United back into Champions League contention?



  1. I know we have tracked him for a while, was never convinced he was United quality and so proves it as he has signed for Roma.

    • @Stephen: If you haven’t bitten your tongue already, you will very soon. Have you seen him thus far for Roma? He has arguably been the catalyst behind Roma’s perfect start. Pure quality. He alone is outperforming all of ManUtd’s midfielder’s combined. And please don’t bring up the EPL is a stronger league than Serie A.

  2. If Fabregas signs for United I’ll eat my screen.
    Seems to me that United have put in a bid for him, knowing he has no intention of leaving or Barcelona allowing him to, so it at least looks as if they’ve tried. Makes Moyes and co. look like big players in the market but in reality we’re just as slow off the mark as we ever were.
    I don’t think we were ever really interested in Strootman.

    • @Rick: Well said. That’s all United are good for anymore, to produce the illusion that they are still a major player, when they clearly are not. As Tom Cruise would say “SHOW ME THE MONEY” Malcolm.

  3. Cesc is not gonna happen so lets drop it.

    Apparently Thiago Alcantara has confirmed that he joined Bayern for the chance to work with Pep Guardiola.

    David Moyes has next to zero appeal for elite athletes who are looking for cutting edge football.

    I can imagine Alcantara sitting and thinking of David Moyes “What the heck am I gonna learn from him?”

    Strootman is the bigger losss than Alcantara in my books.

    • Maybe these ‘big’ players are afraid of joining the biggest club in the world. Maybe some, like Fabregas, have had experience of the rabid British press. If so, they are not United material anyway. United have some fantastic young players coming through , like Januzaj, Lingard, et al. I’ve just worked out that United have been ‘linked’ to 105 players so far. I’m surprised by the sheep mentality of certain United fans actually.

      • @ian harris: Yes I love it when die hard fans dismiss the likes of Thiago, Sneijder, Ozil, Aguero, Ballack, Moura, Ronaldinho, Hazard etc as not being “United material”. Makes me think that United material these days is tantamount to a pile of dish rags. Get serious mate. You think none of the names above are United material but Janusaj and Lingard are? 😯 🙄

    • @The_Philosopher: Strootman would have made a great partner for Carrick with his grit and box to box abilities. But the problem was he was available and had we actually put in a bid for him, Both he and his club would have accepted it. Then what? Glazer’s would be forced to actually pay out as their bluff backfires against them.

  4. Yet another one escapes. I wonder who is next not to sign for us?
    Good point from The Philosopher or has Unites pulling power been on the wain for a few years now (Ozil Benzema Moderic Lucas Moura Sneijder etal)

    • You have to wonder why we can’t attract the best anymore(RVP is an exception). Chelsea and City don’t seem to have had too much problem. Is it really down to the wages United are willing to pay?
      Only two years ago we were CL finalists and again two years before that, so what was stopping the likes Ozil and Benzema from joining United, climate? money?

      • @Rick: It was probably both climate and money.

        Money was most likely the deciding factor.

      • So, do you think United should be held to ransom ? It’s very, very easy. Players want to play for United or they don’t . Simple.

        • @ian harris:
          You are dead right but I think it’s also a case of players want more money or they don’t.
          To be honest I’d rather see the likes of Januzaj, Powell and Lingard etc succeed than spend millions on the likes of Strootman or Thiago.

      • @Rick: Our two biggest signings of the past five years have been RVP and Berbatov. Both closing in on 30 at the time and both with plenty of EPL experience. Fergie always had a chance for players like that because they played against him many times and because their age made them less attractive to other teams based on their price. Once you leave the EPL though, that’s when Fergie found it hard to get tier one players.

    • @pjch: Agreed. Fergie no longer had the pull due to the fact he was closing in on retirement. Ten years ago I believe he would have got Moura and a few others. In fairness to Moyes though, he needs to show his metal as United manager and if he does, people will come. He just needs to start looking in the right places. No manager had the pull to get Thiago once Pep showed his hand.

    • There’s no evidence that we were ever trying to sign this guy. I hardly think he can be added to the list of players we’ve missed out on.

  5. Is like we are missing out on every body.The solution now is to focus on our academy and give those lads the chance to pick the required experience.I believe they ‘ll shine even though they can take us one step behind but later they ‘ll take us double steps ahead.

  6. Forget the market!

    Lets give Januzaj a chance.

    We don’t want a repeat of the Pogba saga.

    If he’s good enough he’s old enough.

    • @The_Philosopher: You are basing this on one game against a Thai select eleven right?
      He needs more time, can we allow him to develop and SIGN A MIDFIELDER.

  7. in the imaginary world of Football Manager and Tabloid Sports stories United have been linked to hundreds of players over the years. Take it all with a pinch of salt, wait till you see a pic of whatever player signing on the dotted line, then you’ll know he’s a United player. Most likely we’ll get Baines and Felliani with maybe 2 others, but thats up for discussion aswell!! Dont forget that there are ABUs all over the printed media world who will print lies to destabilise our club, and just to sell newspapers, another old saying “paper never refused ink!”

  8. What a loss for united!over the past nine seasons,our central midfield has been exposed against top class opposition for its ‘soft underbelly’.I don’t think the club executives realise what all the fans can clearly see.That we NEED a hardcore,ball-winning central midfielder who can protect the back 4.(Off the point-yes,my name is Everton.1-I was not named after the football club,but some minor west indies cricket batsman.My father is a douchebag liverpool supporter with a poor sense of humor.2-make absolutely no mistake,I am DIE-HARD Man Utd supporter!so its out there.United Till I Die!

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