In the last month I was reading all these comments about why should Saha leave, how he is injury prone and why we need a new striker. I am not going to argue whether we need a new striker or not, but I am going to argue in regards of the qualities of Saha and why I think that he is a great player and he shouldn’t be sold.
The Spanish title has been won at last and wasn’t it pulsating! Much as I hate Madrid, I couldn’t but feel happy for two former United heroes who had major hands to play in the title run-in.
For one, Beckham showed how wrong McLaren and Capello were, with his work rate and brilliant crosses doing more than its fair share of damage. His work ethic was undeniable even in his last season at OT when it was all but certain that he was moving. The change his introduction brought into the 4-3 Champions’ League classic against Madrid was testimony to his character. He’s proven once again that he is at his dangerous best when completely written off.
This might have escaped your attention over the weekend under the huge pile of transfer talk linking Manchester United with … ummm … no one, so I’ve put up the pictures and an extremely brief overview of what happened.
We’ve brought in 3 players and look unlikely to bring anyone else in, although a striker and possibly a keeper are both on the cards.
It’s far more likely though, that United will be selling several players.
I’ll spare the you the filler quotes – let’s get straight down to the predictions.
I’ll go first – you guys can make yours in the comments section below.
The Guardian reports this morning that Rio Ferdinand is to setup a footballing academy in Uganda.
Apparently Rio was very well received by the people there:
‘I thought there might be the odd fan and a couple of workers from the football school at the airport,’ Ferdinand said of the throng that jammed the 10-mile route from Entebbe airport to the capital, Kampala. ‘I was waving out of the window but then was told that I should really acknowledge it so I stood out of the roof. At one point I welled up.’
Ryan Giggs has been awarded the OBE honour on the Queen’s birthday, for services to football. He joins Bryan Robson and Beckham as other Man Utd players to have got this honour from the Queen.
Sir Bobby Charlton also spoke of his delight at Giggs’ recognition. And yes, even he wished what much of England have been wishing for a long time: “If only he’d have played for England!” United old boy, Teddy Sheringham was also honoured, although I wonder if it was for his ability to play in the Premiership till the age of 40, or for his very much active sex-life even at the age of 40.
Every day, Manchester United is linked to another striker.
One day its Samuel Etoâ€™o, the next day its Fernando Torres, and the next day its Javier Saviola. All of these strikers would be excellent additions to Man Utd, but are they really worth the expensive transfer fees that they will command? Other than Etoâ€™o, the answer is no.
So why not stick with what you have? Give Giuseppe Rossi a chance to keep the striker spot at Man Utd. Because it would be his first time in the starting XI on a regular basis, he should play as the supporting striker to Wayne Rooney. Both he and Rooney could thrive in their new posistions.
It’s out finally. Before I sit down to discuss them (like it requires a discussion anyway) here are our fixtures for the season.
Fixtures after the jump…