Jul 11

Young De Gea Is The Right (#)1 For United

As much as it had made the rounds in the transfer rumor mill over the last few months, it was of surprise to no one when David de Gea officially signed on the dotted line last week to become Manchester United’s keeper of the present and future.

Replacing Edwin van der Sar.

With Edwin van der Sar hanging up his gloves, it was expected that United wouldn’t be shy about loosening the purse strings to land a top-class keeper, and that proved to be the case, as De Gea commanded a reported fee of more than £18m.

Of the three signings that we’ve made thus far this summer, this one is the most expensive (up front, at least), and unlike the moves for Phil Jones and Ashley Young, it fills a pressing immediate need. At the same time, it’s an investment made with both the short and long-term future in mind, as is also the case with the signings of Jones and Young.

Maturity & Experience.

At just 20, De Gea is half the age of his predecessor, who certainly aged quite well, at least from a standpoint of his performances on the pitch. Even with his current facial hair, De Gea looks even younger than his years, but he’ll have much more time to grow into his adult face than he will to grow into role as United’s new #1.

With his youth and relative inexperience in mind, others might have thought that the likes of Maarten Stekelenburg, Rene Adler, or one of the many other names linked with the post were better options, but you can flip those same points to show why this high-risk investment will be an extremely high-reward one.

De Gea has less than two full seasons of senior club appearances to his name, but there’s a lot to be said for that ‘limited’ experience. Not yet 19, he made his senior debut in September 2009 in a Champions League tie away to Porto, getting called into action as a first-half injury substitute. Talk about getting thrown straight into the fire.

He got his shot to be Atletico’s #1 keeper in January 2010, and it’s safe to say that he made the most of it, otherwise he wouldn’t be at United now, would he? In the last year-plus, he won the Europa League and Super Cup with Atletico, and he’s now readying himself for the start of his United career after doing his part to help Spain capture the U-21 Euro title just a few weeks ago. Not bad, not bad at all.

That continental and international experience is an asset, as he’ll be dealing with high-stakes matches early and often with United. And while La Liga might not have the same competitive depth from top to bottom as is the case in the Premier League, it does boast Barcelona (Europe’s current beast) and Real Madrid (Europe’s all-time beast), along with some quality second-tier sides in Valencia, Villarreal, and Sevilla. From where I’m standing, trips to the Camp Nou and the Bernabeu, and facing established, talented (and mostly young) forwards like Messi, Villa, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo, Higuain, Benzema, Rossi, Fernando Llorente, Negredo, Luis Fabiano, and Roberto Soldado domestically over the last couple of seasons, not to mention facing shots from a couple of studs by the name of Forlan and Aguero in training, is pretty good practice for what he’ll be facing in England.

Why De Gea?

Okay, that’s all well and good, but does he have the goods to come good at United? Yes, yes, and yes. Physically, he might look like he could blow away if a huge gust of wind came along (and like he might still be a little young to watch R-rated movies unaccompanied by an adult), but he packs a lot of talent and potential in his slender frame. At 6’4” with long arms, he automatically takes up a lot of space as it is, but he’s both quick on his feet and with his reflexes, and flexibility and leaping ability are no concern with him. His slight frame might cause some worries about whether or not he’ll be able to hold his own when things get hairy in the box, but that’s nothing a month’s worth of proper English breakfasts and a little extra time on the weights, right?

It certainly doesn’t hurt De Gea’s cause that the pressure on him will be at least somewhat reduced by the presence of a vastly superior back line than the one that he had to deal with previously, which might mean a little less action for him but much more confidence in the men in front of him than he may have had before.

With as long as United have allegedly been interested in him, De Gea’s had more than enough time to decide whether or not he was truly ready to make the move. It’s no small step up to leave what you’ve known for so long for a new and completely different environment, it’s no small privilege to put on the Manchester United kit, and it’s no small duty to follow in the footsteps of a great in Edwin van der Sar. So for him to make this move at such a young age, with the full knowledge of the high pressure and expectations that he’ll face immediately, is a telling sign of his confidence in himself, and I fully expect that confidence to carry over to when it really matters.

With United in the hunt for multiple trophies, and with our Premier League campaign featuring as difficult an opening stretch as there’s been for some time, it won’t take long to see just what De Gea is made of. Yes, it is a real risk to turn over such a key position to a veritable youngster, but it won’t take long to show that he has what it takes to etch himself in our minds and hearts just like the man before him.

Eddie

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  • David Gill is in Milan… Sneijder droooooool… :-P

  • [OPTI]Madschester United

    1. Inter says they can sell Sneijder [verified]
    2. Gill is in Milan [verified]
    3. Macheda says Sneijder is coming [Twitter]
    4. Nike claims Sneijder plays for United now [Google]
    ———–
    What is the obvious conclusion? Why is Inter claiming they had no offers?

    • probably not to get into a bidding war with city or other interested parties…of late the repeated denial aspect has been trademarked into how we do our dealings

    • I found Sneijder’s official Nike “footballer profile” page, but it said that the site was temporarily down for maintenance!

      I guess we should lay down the orange carpet for here comes our biggest signing…ever. (Still overpriced at £35m methinks, but we need him)

      • [OPTI]Madschester United

        World’s Best Player in 2010 (by popular opinion and based on accomplishment)
        (Treble+World Cup Final + WC Best X1 Player + Top Scorer (tied) + World Cup Final)

        He is a “old” at 27 (turned 27 June 9th)… but he is not a pace player and will last until 33 easily.

        35 million is high, but Kaka cost 56 million two years ago (at age 27, too).

  • [OPTI]Madschester United

    Inter are looking at Pastore to replace Sneijder. Supposedly, the Sneijder deal is all-done (hence Gill in Milan) and all they need are signatures….

    I’m sooooooooo excited… :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: YAY!

    • just read that his moscow deal is stalling at 8m his team want the full 11m buyout clause… buy this kid fergi. you sent him a love letter now get your boy. :-P

      • [OPTI]Madschester United

        I assume you are talking about Pastore… wouldn’t mind him either but isn’t he just an Argie version of Anderson (both good and bad ;))

      • i was mixing up pastor and defour. pastore i havent seen play.

        defour is available for 8-11m…

  • You guys do know that United play their first game since the loss against Barca in less than three hours time? :lol:

  • where is trav with the team sheet? just cuz were in the US tonight doesnt let you off the hook… :lol:

  • mufc team v NE Rev: Lindegaard, Fab, Evans, Vidic, Raf; Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Berbatov

  • Carrick missing, ando bossing, young has promis, nani too forwards feeling it out…

  • Young is a fucking beast

    • Good to see that he’s already integrated himself well with his new teammates and getting really involved in the action. I think he’ll be a lot more of a force than some expect him to.

      Also good to see that Roo won’t be having to ask for his money back on that hair transplant!

      I think we’ll finally break through early enough in the second half.

      • I’ve wanted us to sign Young since his Watford days, but he’s impressed even me tonight! Us fans have been raving on about hos we needed a left winger for quite some time now, but still people weren’t satisfied with Ashley. I know it’s just New England Revs, but I’m really amazed by how he manages to get in a cross at every attempt. I’ve played left winger before, as a right footer, and getting in such quality crosses, in both pace and tight situation, is really something. Hope it’s a sign of things to come!

      • Well we did break early! :lol: Well predicted Eddie!

    • @Eddy Im right there with you regarding Young. I never saw him at Watford, but I have been salivating over him for the last two seasons. Him on the left and Nani on the right is going to be a headache for defenses to figure out. Not to mention that they can switch flanks like Nani use to do with Ronaldo.

      I know a lot fans were underwhelmed by his signing, but I absolutely love it. If he stays healthy this is going to be a very exciting season. The best thing about him coming is that Nani can play on the right again, no way Valencia starts over a fit nani on the right. I just think SAF used to play him o the left because nobody else could do it as good as him, even though he is a much better player on the right.

  • Defense has nothing to do maybe Carrick is told to play Dm. :?:

  • Good play by United so far. Confident in possession, and towards the end of the half we also became dangerous going forward. Our left side, led by Ashley Young, has been really good. Berbatov should have scored from the Fabio dragback, but it’s his first game for nearly three months to can’t fault him. It’ll come! :-D Nani with a good cross, showing promise. Rooney really being his usual, good self! Could have had a goal from the Nani cross, but besides that he has been magnificent, spraying passes all around the place. And Young, my God how good it feels to finally have a left winger who hugs the touchline! Incredible how he manages to get in a cross every time, could have had a couple of assists so far. Seems to work well with Fabio, hope we are seeing something there… I’d take a Young-Fabio partnership every day over Park-Evra! :roll: :lol:

    Oh, and is it just me, or does it look like Anderson has actually GAINED weight?! :lol: :lol: Here we are telling him to get fitter and slimmer, but instead he looks like a walking Whopper Cheese. Funny thing is, HE PLAYS WELL!! 8-O :mrgreen: We should keep that lad away from America, all that good food must go to his head(literally, fat almost covering his neck now!)

  • Owen and Kiko in for Rooney and The Berb

  • Two new strikers, two goals, clinical finishing from macheda and owen…and a deflected goal off the free kick as I type…

  • What amazes me is how anderson manages to run as fast as fast as he does with so much weight! Fuck macheda can finish 3-1!

  • Young is a great winger…just pace and directness…he will be a fixture on the left…nani and valencia to fight for the right wing spot…

  • Nice one Kiko! Well taken goal. Just misses a header, ohh!

  • Forgot abt dilution.

    • Diouf not delusion. :roll: droidean slip.

      Wow overan-park-giggs-park. How sweet was that.

    • I dont understand why SAF brought Diouf. I dont think he is a bad player, he just is never going to get into the team ahead of Rooney,Chicha and berba. He has only a outside of beating out owen or macheda, so I dont see a lot of room for him in our side. I think fergie should have taken Pogba instead. I read somewhere that Fergie was contemplating bringing him on this tour, and I cant for the life of me figure out why he decided not too.

  • Impressive debut for Young. I didn’t expect anything else from the lad, delighted to see him in a Red shirt. I feel he’ll only get better.
    Wow! Macheda is having a great game! Now Diouf and Obertan are on, these subs are hard to keep up with. 4-1, lovely goal! Obertan, then one two between Giggsy and Park! Ohh! Close from Diouf! Is this a case that the Carling Cup team providing better entertainment than the First team?!

  • Loved the first and last goal. Magnificent movement, presice passing, clinical finishing. Brilliant!

    Amazing how direct Kiko is. I don’t think I saw him with the ball one time without him having a go or scoring a goal. Same goes for Owen, besides his goal I didn’t see him. Literally looked for him, but couldn’t notice him on the pitch! :lol: All in all a great game, especially with this being our first game for two months. Looking forward to the rest of the season now :-D

  • Carrick has gone for more than 19 months without getting an assist, and suddenly he got two today?

    Damn.

    • He was an active part of the attack tonight…I hope he can do that when the real games come. Not his primary purpose these days, but we all know what he can do when the ball’s at his feet. Doesn’t hurt to have as many people as possible that can complement the attack, makes the team more dangerous and takes some of the attention off of some of the bigger threats. All it takes is a little bit of space, and he can make an inch-perfect ball to set up many a goal.

  • [OPTI]Madschester United

    De Gea
    Rafael-Smalling-Jones-Fabio
    Nani-Cleverly-Anderson-Young
    Chicharito-Rooney

    ——
    That’s a pretty young team :)
    —-

    De Gea
    Rafael-Ferdinand-Vidic-Evra
    Nani-Sneijder-Carrick-Young
    Chicharito-Rooney

    That’s pretty DOPE team!! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    ——
    Onwards to #20, #4, and #12

    • The top team could handle most Premier League opponents…could certainly breeze through the cup competitions.

      The bottom team, well, you said it all. A couple of if’s there, like if Evra and Carrick can both play like they’re capable, Fabael (clever, right?) can remain fit for a full season, and De Gea is an instant success, but there’s serious potential to do big things.

      Having an extra quality young CM to back up/eventually supplant Carrick would be a nice addition, but unless someone else makes a run at a Rodwell or M’Vila this summer and forces United into action, I think we’ll wait on that until next summer when a lot of options could be available.

    • From what I saw yesterday, and last season, I would prefer Rafael and Fabio starting as full backs instead of one DST and Evra… They looked really good last night, and I think Fabio-Young can become a great partnership ALA Becks-Neville!

  • Fergie just said that Anderson came to training a little overweight, but have been losing a few pounds these last few weeks. They’ve put him on a program which should make him fitter than he’s ever been.

    Sounds good if you ask me!

    He should take some tips from Obertan by the way, he’s really become ripped! 8-O Shit, he’s been spending A LOT of time in the Gym this summer.

    • Honestly thats not a good sign at all. He is going into this season with a golden opportunity to cement a place in the first XI and he fucking walks into training camp overweight. To me that shows lack of ambition on his part, I would expect him to be chopping at the bit. He should have been working with a personal trainer everyday back in brazil instead of drinking all day and enjoying some fine brazilian BBQ.

      • Nah, have a proper rest during the summer. If the players look to keep in shape over the summer there is no true break. Let them recharge the batteries. Coming back out of shape is no big deal, thats what pre-season is for.

      • I don’t think it’s good at all, the fact that Ando came in overweight really shows a lack of ambition from his part. But then again, Rooney, Kiko and Zidane have been seen smoking during the holidays, Smith and Walcott were seen doing extreme sports which are really dangerous for footballers, and the likes of Rio and Ronaldo once spent their vacation looking like Trannies! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Seems like players do whatever they want during their holidays, so can’t really fault the guy.

      • can you clarify your intentions on the usage of the term BBQ?? :twisted:

      • @Tevez Having a proper rest doesnt mean gaing weight and letting your fitness levels drop to zero. The top athletes in any sport, use the offseason to work on their bodies and or game. Yeah you dont workout as intense as you do during the season. But you are Expecting to turn into pre-season training in shape, just not matchday one shape.

      • @Jonny My bad, “BBQ” is what Americans call Barbecue or grilling.

    • Obertan is getting bulkier every day. I hope he is adding IQ to his brain as well. I have always thought he is a talented bloke with low on intelligence hence his brain goes for long walks during the game and he gets confused very easily. talent is definitely there

  • When was the last time someone fed Ashley?

    • Whatever late-night room service Ando orders needs to be diverted to Ash’s room. Problem solved!

      You know, I wonder if they have stocked minibars in their rooms or if Fergie makes that a no-no on these trips. Maybe someone’s covered that already…

  • I loved the look of our starting XI today. Replace Berba with Chicha, Put Evra at LB, replace evans with Rio, Either of the DST at RB and De Gea in goal.

    That team is looking mighty tasty to me. If we avoid serious injuries I could see us walking away with the title next season… Unless Chelsea get their dirty mitts on Modriv and Torres wakes up from him coma.

  • I dont give a damn if it was just a preseason friendly, It fels great to see United back on the pitch again. Its almost like a drug, now I cant wait till the next meanningless game haha.

  • Not sure if it is a rumour or not, but heard Bayern have put in a bid for Dale Jennings!

  • Fergie denies Man Utd Interest in Sneijder…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/jul/14/alex-ferguson-manchester-united-wesley-sneijder

    I still think we’ll get Modric; he’s the perfect fit for what we need.

  • Looks like Valencia will be out for a while, perfect chance for Young and Nani to cement their places. With Ando and Carrick being our only midfielders as well, I think they’ll have to be shit not to create a good partnership going into the season. They looked good last night, unlike Berbatov and Rooney which looked like they’d never played together before. :roll: Hope Chicharito comes back soon, miss watching him and Roo play together up front. RELENTLESS ;)

  • As per fergie.. Gill is in Zurich.. then why the hell there is so much smoke.. :wink:
    http://www.football365.com/news/21554/7036312/?

    :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • Hope Fergie is honest on this one, although I struggle to see it… To me it just screams out “LIES”, like Berbatov’s aggression, but really hope we don’t sign Sneijder. Both me and Jay Wire have being going on about why we shouldn’t, both because of our coaching and playing style. I wonder why the fuck Fergie is so desperate to get this lad?!(if rumours are to be believed) I fear there is another Berbatov going on here, or Veron. I’d rather have no-one that Sneijder, but if we do sign him I wish him all the best of luck, and hope he proves me wrong.

      • We are always happy to be proved wrong as long as it helps team..
        :-P :-P :-P :-P

        You know i have learned a new way to enjoy.. Just browse through arsenals blogs, its quite hilarious to see EXTREMELY desperate fans.. :wink:

      • Hope we never get to that state…. PRAYING GOD.. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

      • I wonder why you fear failure more than you anticipate success.Top teams should have top players and its up to the manager to make them succeed.

      • @Donibrasco : its just way of thinking of certain people.. we expect worse.. so that we are always happy.. :wink: :wink: :wink:

      • I don’t fear failure. If I did, I wouldn’t be raving on about playing Anderson week in, week out. :lol: Thing is just with Sneijder I expect him to do well, but not in the way we all expect. Thing is, Sneijder is a CAM, probably the best in the world and the most natural CAM you are ever to find! But we don’t use those types of players, unless it’s a deep lying forward like Rooney. So if we buy Sneijder, it would mean that we would either break up the Rooney-Chicharito partnership, which is something I don’t want, OR, we would have to use Sneijder more defensivly than he actually should, and hence ruin his talent. He would do a fair job, I’m sure of that! But I don’t want us to be remembered for ruining the best CAM there has been since Zidane! In my opinion, he is better than both Kaka and Øzil, and Iniesta, or Nasri and all the other chumps who play that. But remember that he doesn’t do as well when he plays without two defensive midfielders behind him! So buying him means we either fuck up our strikeforce, or Sneijder himself. Take your pick :roll:

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      I dont’ get it… According to Twitter consensus, Sneijder deal is done.

      Why is Fergie saying otherwise…

      • I think its because the terms have been agreed with the player, but the clubs are still haggling. Fergie doesnt want INter to feel like he is backing them into a corner or pressuring them. This deal is going to happen, 35m is too much for inter to turn down, and Im sure they are eager to move his wages on.

  • Hey folks – I’m hoping that someone here can help me out.

    I’m going to be in England in early September for a wedding, and I happen to have a free Sunday on the 18th, when Chelsea visit Old Trafford.

    Obviously I want to try to get tickets, but I imagine that they’ll be very hard to come by. Can anyone point me to the best place to buy online?

    The official team site seems focused on hospitality instead of regular tickets. Is the ticket exchange any good? Do I have any chance of finding 2 tickets of decent quality without selling a kidney to buy from touts outside of the stadium?

    Thanks for any help!

  • Now, some rumor mongering.

    According the The Sun, Fergie said the following:

    “It will be a headache for me next season because we also have Mame Diouf and Macheda who are back and I will be picking from six strikers which is not a bad thing.”

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/3694969/Alex-Ferguson-predicts-a-goal-glut-from-his-Manchester-United-strikers-next-season.html

    The six strikers he is referring to are: Rooney, Chicharito, Berbatov, Owen, Macheda, and Diouf. Where does this leave Welbeck? Did the manager miscount, or is he on the way out? Have I missed the news?

  • If I were Fergie I’d sell Diouf for a bag of crisps and Berbatov to Germany for literally any amount. Rooney, Hernandez, Owen, Macheda, Welbeck is more than enough. Macheda proved last night he is one of the most natural finishers I’ve ever seen at 19 years old. Hernandez is 23. Macheda has got 4 years on him. Welbeck is still only 20.

    Berbatov’s time with us is done. Especially if we sign Sneijder. I just don’t see him getting a look in. Would you bring him on if you’re desperate for a late goal? Owen, Hernandez and Macheda all have a better track record of this.

    They are all faster, the only thing they don’t have is his touch or vision, but with Sneijder we’ll be able to match it from midfield.

    Plus I’d imagine Berb is on some wages…

    • None of the other strikers can hold the ball up. Berbatov can, so he is of more use to the team than Owen, Welbeck, Macheda or Diouf.

    • Macheda is a natural finisher but Chicha is a cold blooded assassin. I think Welbeck needs one more season on loan. He made great progress this year, and he needs ones more season in my eyes of playing wek in and week out before he is readyto fight for a place at United.

      Im with you on Berbatov, he just doesnt fit in with this team. He requires too much time on the ball, unlike Chicha who needs virtually no time on the ball. In order fo Berba to succeed he needs to be the focal point of attack, but that will never happen with rooney around.

      I would keep Berbatov if he didnt mind being Rooneys back up, but in my eyes he is much too talented to not be the number 1 striker on a team.

  • Forget Macheda and Welbeck. It is difficult enough trying to juggle games between Rooney, Chicharito, Berbatov and Michael Owen. I would be happy to sell Macheda and Welbeck if it raised funds to continue improving the rest of our team.

    The reality is that unless a striker is good enough to hit the ground running the way Chicharito did, he will rot in the reserves and never achieve his potential. Macheda and Welbeck had their chances and were found lacking. Lets bid them adieu.

    If we can raise £15 million from selling Macheda and Welbeck and spend that money on a left back who can replace Patrice Evra it would go a long way towards increasing our chances of success next season.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      or another central midfielder — de Rossi, defour, pastore, fellaini, etc… could be had for around 15-25 million.

  • [OPTI]Madschester United

    Sneijder news is like a bad virus… keeps coming at you from different angles… I am tired of this. I will check in one week if Sneijder is a player or not. I want official photo, official Tweets, official site news.

    Suck it Sneijder… Fergie… United and Inter. :-x :-x :-x

  • I don’t agree with this Berbatov,does not fit in because of Berbatov. Ferguson just doesn’t want him because of Ferguson. If justice had been left to prevail, Berbatov would have easily touched 30+ goals. He was not dropped on form, because he was actually at the top of his game.

    Secondly, this myth that he slows us down is a silly myth. What is to slow us down? Holding the ball whilst your teammates get into position and finding them with precise passing in open space? Spurs play high tempo and are even faster than United, and yet whilst he was there, no such complaints were heard. I’m telling you with the right coach, Berbatov would have been one of world football’s greatest stars. It was always simple for me. If we don’t know how to use him, let’s see how they used him at Spurs. And Spurs has always been a mirror of the United style as Arsenal are to Barca. In front of Keane,with wingers, eg Lennon advancing and cutting in. We played him like that in the game against Birmingham and his combinations with Rooney was sublime(check Giggs’ goal).

    The truth is noone fits into our system. Especially highly technical continental players. And that’s a shame, because as much as Berbatov and Sneijder will represent potential technical catastrophes for our bench, technicians like Pep, Leonardo or Del Bosque will be salivating at the endless possibilities such a pair would represent to their teams. I’d love to have Wesley Sneijder at United, but my head knows better, and just like Eddy, I believe for the good of football and the larger picture, we should leave him alone. We already did a great job destroying Berbatov, so no point in gaining a reputation as both football anarchists

    • “I don’t agree with this Berbatov,does not fit in because of Berbatov. Ferguson just doesn’t want him because of Ferguson.”

      Is that why Fergie was so desperate to sign him? Fergie has done everything in his power to get him acclimated to the team and he just doesnt fit Fergusons vision for the team. No one is saying he isnt good enough, I am just saying he doesnt fit, and you are basically agreeing with me.

      At the end of the day Chicha is preferred to Berbatov, not because he is a better player but because he fits better with our system and most of all Rooney.

    • If Sneijder turns out to be next Berba, I’m sure SneijderFlop will start trending on this blog! :lol:

  • I think we can all forget about Sneijder coming. Christ, Gill wasn’t even in Milan, he was in Zurich on different business. Chalk it up for the tabloids.

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/934318/manchester-united-bid-for-inter%27s-wesley-sneijder-in-the-balance?cc=5901

  • If the Sneijder thing falls apart, we should go for Defour. At 15 MM with injuries overcome he will be a good addition to the squad! Dont think we can anyways get any good MF for 12-15 MM

  • @ Andy CR7:
    Sneijder?! The next Berba??!!! What? Like the Golden Boot joint Winner from last season? I know you’re a fan Bro, but some of the comments on RR really wind me up when it comes to Dimitar, especially liking him to Veron!!! Berba doesn’t suit United! What a load of Bollox!! from the smugger than thou, FM(Football Manager) bunch, who wouldn’d recognise a decent footballer if he climbed over the stands and booted them in the chops! :lol:

  • What gets me with all this tabloid journalism and procrastination by United is at the end we will end up with nothing and all of us will be totally deflated. To be honest, even if he doesn’t fit in our side perfectly, a player like Sneijder brings a lot to the table and automatically improves us by 20% just through his set pieces. He also sends a message around the league and especially through Europe that we aren’t sitting back on our laurels, we aren’t rebuilding but reloading. A player like Sneijder will make Barca tremble just a bit because they remember what a nightmare he was for them two years ago. We need him for that intimidation factor and pedigree he brings.

    And truthfully, if we don’t get him, it looks like there is very little out there that is truly available that truly makes me feel we are improving the team and the midfield. And if it’s true the only stipulation that is holding up the deal is wages, well all I have to say to United is to please get their heads out of the 20th century and into the present one. If other teams were willing to pay him what he wants, then we should to. My feeling is that I prefer players getting the money as opposed to Glazer’s. And through their contacts in Qatar or their big money dealings with Nike, they should ask for assistance in meeting his demands simply because he is a great player and in Nike’s case, a great marketing tool. So enough of the waiting and horsehit haggling over money, make the fucking deal already and lets truly get psyched for the season.

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