Celebrating Fergie’s 100% record in transfers

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There was a time when Manchester United fans were mocked for their manager’s dealings in the transfer window. If the point had been about spending money, we could have handled it. But the accusation was that the manager had signed players unfit for United, and it stung all the more because they were right.

However, since summer 2005, every single player the gaffer has brought in has proven their worth as a valuable squad member. Fergie has a perfect record in transfers for the last 2 seasons, and yet no one seems to have pointed this out as a contributing reason for United’s success in the last 2 years.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Summer 2005

Park Ji-Sung

The Korean Energizer bunny gives Fergie the option of resting his wingers for crucial games as well as cover for them in times of injury. Not worthy of a starting position if everyone is fit but a valuable squad member.

Ben Foster

Touted as a future England #1 and considered by Watford fans to be the reason they were promoted in the first place. As EVDS gets older, expect Foster to be a front-runner for his spot.

January 2006

Nemanja Vidic

He’ll fuckin’ murder you…nuff said.

Patrice Evra

Has the rare ability to turn critics into top fans. Along with Vidic, the final piece of the defensive puzzle that allowed United such a great defensive in the Premier League in the last 2 seasons.

Summer 2006

Michael Carrick

Expensive? Yes. Quality? Oh Yes. Critical to the 06/07 title? Hell Yes.

Summer 2007

Owen Hargreaves

Anyone with questions needs to go and see Hargo’s performances against Roma and the two goals he’s scored for United this season.

To put this into proper perspective – Hargo is EXACTLY the type of player Arsenal don’t buy – proven, experienced, quality, expensive, English – and EXACTLY the type of player the need to turn them from outside hopefuls to genuine contenders. Few players have the ability to give that much to a side – he’s a strong defender, a leader on the pitch, model professional off it, great at set pieces and can run up and down the wings all day if needed.

Nani

Not just one for the future but a player who has had a great impact this season as well. Has settled in quite quickly as well.

Anderson

A player with the arrogance to take on the best midfielders in the Premier League (Gerrard and Fabregas are his more famous victims, although young English stalwarts like Nigel Reo-Coker have felt the Anderson effect as well) and the outrageous talent to get the better of them.

Tomasz Kuszczak

Pole in Goal – quality backup keeper, solid whenever he’s been called upon. Not as good at commanding his box as EVDS or Foster, but good enough keeper to trust in the biggest of crunch matches.

Carlos Tevez

The Argie hobbit is United’s second-best striker and a quality player. He would improve any team he’d get into in the Premier League at the moment.

Manucho

Unknown quantity in the sense that he’s yet to play a competitive game for United, but according to all indications he is the 3rd / 4th striker United have been after ever since Smith and Rossi left and Saha proved that he couldn’t stay fit to save his own life. As squad players go, he seems to be good enough.

Verdict

11 players, 3 backups, 8 first-teamers (or potential future first-teamers). Fergie has rebuilt the squad in the last 3 years and he’s done it in style. Apart from Manucho (who still needs to play in the Prem to prove himself), every single player has been a good signing for United.

Fergie’s 10 for 10, with Manucho looking a sure hit as well (if he’s as good as Park (with better finishing, obviously) he’s good enough).

Looking at all this, 2 points are self-evident:

As long as United go after quality talent they’ll be able to get money for the transfers (that’s as far as I’ll go in mentioning the owners).

As long as Fergie is looking for strikers, we can be sure to get a quality player up front next season. Who that’s going to be is uncertain for now, but I’m sure we’ll have a good idea by June.

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  1. great work from fergie. but now we do need a quality striker in the torres mould(one who can finish the countles chances we create)and our team would be complete and nearly unstoppable

  2. We don’t need a Torres-esque striker, we have Ronaldo.

    Some absolutely amazing signings by Fergie in the last two years!

  3. A nail on the head. Anderson hargo n nani have had such an impact that we keep forgetting that this is their first season. Keep going Gaffer.

  4. Helloo… Dong anyone…?

    I know SAF have made some quality signings and i know they are many more to come, but i can’t help but ask why did he Dong for. Was he some marketing trick or did he really saw something that we haven’t. Surely he didn’t send Dong to Antwerp for nothing without realizing his potential, and if there is any, i’m sure he would have been featured a little more. Saw some glimpse of him during pre-season and tho he did well, scoring 2 i think, striking partner alongside Rooney.

    I also know he featured in that league cup or fa cup earlier this season, but after that, nothing. Never even mentioned in the reserves. I know he is still young (21 i think), so i think he still have sometime to prove himself.

    Maybe someone could fill me on this…

  5. I am a bit worried about manucho. Since scoring on his debut at Panathinaikos, not much has been heard of him. According to wikipedia, he has only made three appearance for them, that does not sound too promising. Anyone else has any update on him?

  6. No. He played two more games and didn’t score so 1 goal in 3 appearances for him. Not a good loan I’m afraid, still hopeful he gets the Work Permit!

  7. Very good Ahmed. Too true mate. I will add this though. A lot of credit must go to Queiroz, his Portuguese connections and the entire scouting department because it is impossible for Fergie to notice all these players without all that help. And we must also send out a special thanks to Sporting Lisbon for being such a fine and responsive farm team. Who’s next? Veloso, Moutinho, Huntelaar, Palacios etc? whoever it is I have faith that Fergie knows what the heck he is doing.

  8. Quality Article, I agree with everything you say 100%, keep it up! As for a striker to go for we need a target man, as for suggestions im looking at Berbatov or Wellbeck/Mauncho as that tall, quick powerful striker. We also need a quality attacking right full back, Alves comes to mind here. Buy those two SAF and we are set!

  9. hell yeah man…alves would b a wonderful signing and he can play as a winger as well….and well istillthink manucho is d answer 2 our problem of tall strikers so maybe we just need to loan a striker till we evaluate manucho properly..how about thierry henry anyone:P…sound outrageous but hes missing his daughter his form and hi confidence…it would be a win-win situatin for all 3 parties..manutd have a quality striker till we’re sure manucho is good enough and it gives him that extra time to adapt to the game..barca hav ther man back in confidence and form nd henr meets gets to b closer to his daughter and play as a central striker..4 a while at least
    1 more thing..park ji sung showed some flair duri his 1st seson but after the injuries hes got hes sort of lost it.It would be great if he regained it…mae him an even better signg

  10. redrant did you forget the summer 2004 when united signed rooney smith heinze great signings.

  11. I really don’t think we need a Berbatov/Huntelaar type striker. While it would be nice to have a player of that calibre and style to bring off the bench, it’s unrealistic to expect that a player like that would settle for less than 20 starts per season, especially when so many others are interested. And the last time we had a “clinical finsher” in Ruud we didn’t play nearly as well as we do now. What we need is a lightning fast striker with an eye for goal, one that has the intelligence to be truly involved in our build up play, but also the intelligence to wait for the right ball and then the ability to take those chances. As I’ve said here before, I really think Aguero would be a bargain at anything under 30million. He’s been top-class this season, Atletico haven’t missed Torres at all.

    Alves would only be worth going for if he’s going cheapish AND Chelsea want him. No RB is worth 25 million. I’d rather we go for someone who can play both sides as an understudy to Evra/Brown/Neville. Another good young winger would be handy, ditto central midfield.

  12. I hope Sir Alex will sign Huntelaar from Ajax…
    he is the best finisher IMO…
    Sign him and sell Saha…enough said!

  13. I agree with Grognard that much of the credit for the transfers-in has to go to Carlos Queiroz and his connections.

    But Ahmed, you’ve given us only half the picture. What about the transfers out? United did some really good business last summer: Heinze (£8m); Rossi (£6.7m); Smith (£6m); Richardson (£5.5m) and don’t forget that Tim Howard was also sold at the end of a loan period for £3m. That little lot amounted to almost £30m. Richardson, Smith and Heinze have not exactly pulled up any trees at their new clubs, and United retain an option on Rossi.

    Hargreaves’ purchase was from the 2006 summer kitty. So basically United got Anderson and Nani (about £30m) for Smith, Richardson, Heinze, Rossi and Howard. In my view, that was pretty good business. Anderson and Nani have already made important contributions to United’s cause this season, and in time will become world stars.

    The blend of English, European and South American styles looks on course to producing one of the great United sides.

    When Ferguson retires, I don’t see any reason why United should look any further than Queiroz. Bear in mind that many of the players are there because of Queiroz. He has a special bond with a good number of them: Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson, Tevez readily come to mind. Queiroz deserves to be given a season or two after Ferguson, to see whether he can continue the magic.

    Getting rid Queiroz would be undeserved. It would rock the club, undermine team spirit, lead to some top players leaving the club and cause the sort of ructions that Mourinho’s departure caused at Chelsea. No, let’s stick with what we’ve got. Queiroz is a fine coach.

  14. Fantastic article. All true, although you should mention (as someone has in comments) our transfer deals out.

    But, talking about right-backs and strikers, no to Alves and no to Henry. Crazy. Alves can’t defend to save himself, and Henry coming would be crazy. I would go for someone like Lahm who can play both full-back roles and is good defensively and attackingly from what I’ve seen.

    For the strikers, I would love David Villa, he would fit in to our already great team as hes a great finisher and is also very quick and mobile but he is probably going to be over-priced. So I would go for Santa Cruz. 20 goals and 6 assists in 40 games for Blackburn, great goalscorer, good target man, good holding up, positioning, and he had a fantastic game on the right wing against us. Their both different to the players we already have, albeit they are both VERY different to each other.

    Apart from 2 of those 3, we don’t really need anymore than that.

  15. And I forgot. I would give Querioz the job after Fergie as well. Hes been vitally important to us, and deserves his chance at no 1. Hes got a very good track record. Hes a fantastic coach.

    And before anyone throws the Real Madrid card at me, he was unfairly treated at Madrid.

    Basically, I agree with everything Frankie said about him. Top comment Frankie!

  16. I would like to buy essein/ribery/robben for machester united. And also take the players from the youth. Ro we have make machester united as youth united

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