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.
Saturday’s papers don’t make happy reading for Reds desperate to see David Moyes land a world class signing as tabloids and broadsheets almost unanimously agree that, despite their relentless pursuit over the last couple of weeks, Manchester United are set to miss out on yet another midfielder.
Cesc Fabregas is likely to remain a Barcelona player for the foreseeable future, after new Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has made clear that the former Arsenal captain will be pivotal to his plans and, despite United’s attempt of luring the 26-year-old away from the Camp Nou, Fabregas is now very unlikely to leave the Catalan club.
Pre-season friendlies are, as the name more or less blatantly suggests, only that – non competitive games during which teams market their brand to the four corners of the globe, unveil their new kits, sweat their socks off in countries whose humidity resembles that of a Turkish bath and, occasionally, play some football.
To judge a side based on their pre-season performances is like to judge a whole album based on its first single, a rather short-sighted and premature exercise, but one many seems to revel in.
With the Community Shield, the season’s curtain riser, just over two weeks away, the media are increasing the pressure on David Moyes to strengthen his Manchester United squad and keep up with the spending sprees Chelsea and Manchester City have embarked upon since the opening of the transfer window.
Moyes has not only yet to land a significant signing, he also has to resolve the issue surrounding Wayne Rooney. The striker still hasn’t publicly committed to the club and is thought to be determined to force his way out of Old Trafford, but United expect him to travel to Stockholm in 10 days time for a friendly.
Rumours, rumours, rumours. That’s all we hear about in the summer. The supposed return of Cristiano Ronaldo who now looks as if he’s likely to sign a new deal at the Bernabeu. Thiago Alcantara has joined Bayern Munich, and we all thought he was joining the champions, Manchester United. It even turned out that we had not even officially made a bid. Kevin Strootman joined Roma, another player we missed out on. But did we really want him? Or even need him? There were lots of rumours about him too. So the next rumour going round is Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
Is it true? And Do we need him?
Don’t worry, we haven’t gone completely berserk with rage after another day has passed without United signing one of the many top players they’ve been linked with since the transfer window open its doors.
Neither were those words uttered by Wayne Rooney, after United turned down Chelsea’s latest bid and forced him to remain at the club for at least another season, despite his rather clear desire to seek greener pastures in the south west part of the capital.
If you thought United’s new home shirt lacked a hint of gingham pattern – which, at least according to the club’s website, is iconic – and you were suffering from withdrawal symptoms after last season’s “table cloth” effort, fear not, for United’s new away shirt represents exactly what you’ve been desperate for.
The new away kit was unveiled during the club’s pre-season tour in Japan at Osaka Castle and, quite frankly, it would have been a much better choice if it had’t been unveiled, for Nike produced another shocker. The shirt features the gingham pattern that characterised last season’s home shirt, although the pattern appears to have a bigger and bolder design.
With the failure to capture the bargain signing of the summer in Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona and the seemingly dwindling chances of obtaining the services of his team mate Cesc Fabregas, United have extended their sights on one of the most popular names bandied about amongst fans since his tremendous all action performances in last seasons Champions League campaign, Ilkay Gündogan.
The talented box-to-box midfielder has been alerted to United’s interest and reports suggest he’s keen to follow Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford.