Less than three months ago Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of his last ever Manchester United game, as a packed away at West Brom saluted the most successful manager in the club’s history, as everybody connected with the club began to slowly come to terms with the prospect of United without Fergie.
Three months have gone by and the transition between Sir Alex and David Moyes hasn’t been as smooth as many had hoped, with the former Everton manager already under severe scrutiny by sections of the media, while an increasing number of fans have voiced their concern ahead of this season.
Now that the friendly season is all but over Manchester United goes into the 2013/14 campaign with more issues and questions than they have faced since the late 80’s when Sir Alex Ferguson was truly worried about getting the sack. It’s a time of turmoil, unrest and many a question are being asked about the club’s plans, ambitions and competency on and off the pitch.
Lets face it, the hiring of David Moyes has all of us embarking on a new voyage with our beloved Red Devils. Are we on the Queen Mary or is this going to be the Titanic?
Having spectacularly failed to secure plan A (Thiago Alcantara) and having been systematically told to forget about plan B (Cesc Fabregas, however plan A and B can be exchanged as required) United seemed determined to move onto plan C (Marouane Fellaini) during the week, but reports suggest that they might be looking further down the alphabet.
During Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial last night, Tom Cleverley and Anderson were by-passed with the same regularity with which United have been linked to a Barcelona midfielder this summer, as Sevilla tore United’s non-existent midfield to shreds repeatedly in the first half, until the introduction of Michael Carrick in the second half steadied the ship somewhat.
We all think we know football, we all think our opinion is far greater than the next mans and we all think we know what’s going to happen between now and the end of the Premier League season (well I do anyway!).
So, here’s you chance to show us what you’re made of and I’ll find a decent prize for the winner come the end of the season.
There was a time when the Premier League was almost exclusively contested between the red corner of North London and the red half of Manchester and, even more incredibly, there was a time when United were not afraid to tap into the transfer market in a swift, secure, way, without baulking at transfer fees.
A decade ago United still boasted a midfield that was envied by many, with the likes of David Beckham, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes all in their pomp, while Argentine playmaker Juan Sebastian Veron had joined the club in 2001, becoming the most expensive transfer in English football at that time.
Manchester United have found an unexpected ally in their bid to keep Wayne Rooney at the club, with England manager Roy Hodgson claiming that he’ll warn his players from talking with the United striker about his future, when England meet ahead of their friendly against Scotland.
Hodgson, who described his decision as a “duty of care” towards United manager David Moyes, will not stop Rooney from talking to the rest of the team as “it might be difficult”, but the England manager stressed the need to leave transfer gossip away from the England camp, today’s papers reports.
Cesc Fabregas has once-and-for-all put his fabulated transfer rumour to bed by committing his future to his beloved Barcelona.
The news will not come as a surprise to United or their fans who, during the last week-or-two, have gradually realised the arrival of Fabregas was merely a pipe dream.
The question now is, why did United even bid for the player in the first place?
What a strange summer this has been so far. United are either linked to unrealistic targets, not going to sign anybody or, as it the case today, are reportedly poised to bid for not one, but two players, as David Moyes looks to add to his squad before the start of the season on August 17.
The names today’s newspapers link with a move to the club are hardly going to set many hearts racing but, at this stage, one gets the impression that a signing is better than no signing, if nothing else to provide the fans and the dressing room with some much needed lift.