One of Manchester United’s targets this summer revealed that he was set to join the club, but the appointment of David Moyes scuppered a deal that was as good as done.
Benfica’s centre-back Ezequiel Garay claimed that he was set to join United for a fee believed to be around the £18m mark this summer, until David Moyes refused to match the Portuguese club’s asking price, deeming the Argentinian defender as too expensive.
Yesterday’s World Cup qualifiers were a mixed bag for United players, with Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie on the scoresheet, while Jonny Evans was sent off for Northern Ireland.
At Wembley, Rooney scored England’s first goal as Roy Hodgson’s men thumped Montenegro 4-1, with Rooney and Danny Welbeck putting in a good performance, while Michael Carrick came off the bench in the second half.
Manchester United might sign a midfielder this January! However, those among of us who still dream of a classy continental schemer or of a tough-as-nails enforcer are set to be partly disappointed for the man on David Moyes’ radar is only 18 and, however promising he might be, he isn’t likely to solve United’s problems immediately, were he to join United.
The Independent reports that the United manager has been keeping a close eye on Derby County’s midfielder Will Hughes, one of the most promising prospects in English football, and Moyes is thought to be keen to secure the 18-year-old in January, while United could consider the opportunity of allowing the youngster to conclude the season on loan at Pride Park, as Sir Alex Ferguson did with Wilfried Zaha last season.
Antonio Valencia could be heading for the Old Trafford exit door this January, according to reports in the Turkish press that have linked Galatasaray with a possible move for one of United’s misfiring wingers.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini – remember him? Used to have a scarf constantly wrapped around his neck – replaced Fatih Terim as Galatasaray manager last week and he’s thought to be keen to revamp his squad in January, with Valencia being one of the Italian’s main targets.
When it comes to Wayne Rooney, my opinion is highly unpopular among many Reds. I do not like the man, the nonchalance with which, in 2010, he was ready to dump the club that had made him what he is now disgusted me and while I appreciate that a multi-millionaire footballer could not care less about the fans’ feelings, his behaviour at the time left a sour taste in my mouth.
Over the final months of last season, Rooney looked unhappy, distracted and out of shape but, incredibly, having become public enemy number one after Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that he had submitted a transfer request, good old Wayne’s reputation performed a remarkable turnaround in the eyes of the overwhelming majority of United fans.
It was the soap opera of the summer, the saga that divided United fans like few others had done in the past. After Sir Alex Ferguson suggested Wayne Rooney had handed in a transfer request, many fans decided they had had enough of the 27-year-old and wanted him out of the club, before quickly backtracking as Rooney decided to remain at Old Trafford.
The United striker, who was dropped for United’s return leg clash against Real Madrid last February, endured a rather poor season by his standards throughout the last campaign, but was adamant he had never, at any point, asked the club to leave and that he felt “angry” and “confused” by the way United had handled his case.
He’s one of the most-liked players in the United, his reputation for scoring crucial goals when his team needs them the most comparable to the great Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He was a pivotal figure in the last two title winning campaigns when his knack for popping up in the right place at the right time often saved the bacon for United.
And yet, Javier Hernandez could soon leave Old Trafford in search of first team football which, in fairness, would be totally understandable for Chicharito has been restricted to just two starts in David Moyes’ first 11 games in charge, scoring just once.
Can anything thing else go wrong for Manchester United?
After a devastating, wait, there has to be a better word to describe the disgrace dealings suffered during the summer transfer window. Horrendous, no, horrendous is the best word used to describe their start to the season. Appalling, yes, appalling is just the word I was looking for. Manchester United was treated like that scrawny, geeky looking kid with the tape used to hold together his larger than normal eyeglasses that nobody wanted to pick.
While new chief executive, Ed Woodward, was busy tying up sponsorship deal, United were the laughingstock of the footballing world.