To some he’s the new Roy Keane, to others a perma-haired anti-Christ, a bully whose only talent is to swing his elbows wildly while kicking opponents in the shins. Many see him as the perfect option for United while others recognise him as the only option left for David Moyes and Ed Woodward but one that would, almost inevitably, speed up the process of “Evertonisation”.
Whatever your take on Marouane Fellaini, few players have managed to split opinions among United fans as the Belgian has done in recent weeks as rumours linking the Everton midfielder with a move to Old Trafford have grown increasingly louder during United’s systematic failures to land either Thiago Alcantara or Cesc Fabregas.
David Moyes’ quest for a top class midfielder has widened, with new targets emerging over the last 24 hours, while old targets seem increasingly unlikely to don a red shirt by the time the season kicks off in three weeks.
The United manager has reiterated his intention to add one or two world class signing to his squad this summer, however he has found progress extremely hard to come by, with United either snubbed – like in the case of Thiago Alcantara – or categorically told to forget about one of their targets – Barcelona’s stance on Fabregas being a prime example.
I am at my wits end. I surrender, like Napoleons legendary Grognard’s the Old Guard, I am forming the last square as I have met my Waterloo. What the Hell am I talking about, you ask? Well, all I am saying is that I am sick and bloody tired of trying to get it through to a number of members’ minds just what my intentions and feelings are about United’s ownership and their transfer policies. I give up. I am mentally and emotionally exhausted. How can I go on and on and on about the Glazers, the con jobs, the lies, the deceit, when so many of you prefer to bask in your sunny tanning studio of denial and swallow bullshit corporate facts.
Almost two months ago Hong Kong braced itself for a sea of red of epic proportions, as the British and Irish Lions kicked off their successful Australian tour with a win against Barbarians in the former British colony’s national stadium. The venue that had represented the first step towards glory for Warren Gatland’s men, was instead United’s last port of call in the first leg of their summer tour.
With performances on the pitch throughout the tour having somewhat resembled the impasse in the transfer window, United left South East Asia after a convincing win over Kitchee, a decent team but nowhere near as equipped as the sides United had come across during their stay Japan.
To paraphrase Karl Marx, history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. While it’s very unlikely that the German political philosopher had United’s transfer policy in mind when he coined that statement, those words sum up the struggle that this summer has been. And quite exquisitely too.
For months, even before United lifted the title last season in fact, we have been reminded of the importance of strengthening the midfield, of the paramount necessity of adding muscle and technique to the engine room to avoid becoming over reliant on Michael Carrick. The likes of Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas, Marouane Fellaini and Luka Modric were all, more or less intensely, linked with a move to United but it seems that now, less than a month before the start of the season, David Moyes might not add any new faces to his squad.
Speaking to the media today, David Moyes says he’s confident of adding new players to the squad before the transfer window closes.
When asked about the potential Cesc Fabregas deal, Moyes revealed there was some uncertainty as to whether or not a third bid would be placed to tempt Barcelona into selling.
Add to that new Barcelona coach Gerard Martino admitting his club will ‘reject a third bid’ it’s likely Moyes will be exploring his options, but who fits the bill?
Today I just happened to come across the widely published Bloomberg Sports list, which rates the top 50 footballers of today. I love lists, I live for lists but this one just made me want to vomit. It apparently collaborates scientifically based information to evaluate players on skills relevant to their position. Well I looked at the list and had to have a laugh at the sheer lack of insight and true understanding of the game in general by these American know nothings.
Alrighty then, another day…..another disappointment. No signings and a major rebuff from Barcelona who told Dave Moyes and company to lay off pursuing Cesc Fabregas. Take the hint boys and move on. So where do we go from here? Well we do need a midfielder but as far as I am concerned that boy will be Marouane Fellaini, it has to be, nobody else is coming. It’s time to see how serious Team Glazer is and how willing they are to splash the cash?
Just on the minuscule chance they are serious about offering Moyes “unlimited financial resources” this transfer window, just how far are they willing to go? Also, what is to become of Wayne Rooney? I have some suggestions that could work and one theory that allows United to keep Rooney and would make Wayne a happy camper.