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Another new signing for United sees faith placed in youth

Amidst the football thugs and exhilarating goals, there’s been plenty to talk about at Euro 2012 recently.

However, today’s back pages are all about Wayne Rooney and the news United have signed yet another young starlet with the world at his feet.

The Sun and the Telegraph report that despite being moderately satisfied with the draw against France, Roy Hodgson believes that Rooney is the man England will rely on to make the final leap and book a ticket for the quarter-finals.

“Our real ace in the hole should be Wayne Rooney because he is very fit and raring to go,” said the England manager, “he really can’t wait to get on the field and if he can play like Wayne Rooney, then we’re going to be a bit more difficult to beat for some of these teams because you can only benefit from having someone of his quality in your team.”

Rooney will return to action in the final group game against Ukraine and one wonders how long will take for the public to turn against him again. As at any other tournament, controversies between England fans, media and United players are only a red card away.

Rooney’s new teammate, Nick Powell, revealed to the Telegraph and the Guardian that joining United is “a dream come true”.

Both broadsheets empathise Powell’s willingness at the prospect of working with Sir Alex Ferguson: “I’m excited about continuing my development with Sir Alex and the world-class players in the squad. The thought of making the step up to the Premier League next year is an exciting prospect. I can’t wait to get started.”

Powell’s £4million move finds space on the pages of the Mirror as well, who yesterday had anticipated that Crewe had ruled out a loan-back deal.

Finally, the Sun and the Daily Mail take a break from basking in the glory of England’s fantastic draw against France (what? They haven’t won the Euro yet?) and pointing a disgusted finger at Polish hooligans (and presumably patting BBC’s Panorama on the back) to report that Shinji Kagawa has wowed to become United’s new attacking weapon, stating that he wants to play “in the hole”.

“I feel like that’s where I play my best football. I plan on working hard so I can win my place at the position.    

“They’re one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I was given a chance to play for them. I took a lot of things into consideration, like the fact that they’ve got a deep squad, their style of football and it wasn’t an easy decision, but I wanted the challenge,” the former Dortmund player told Japanese news agency.

Dan (@MUFC_dan87)



  1. Nelson

    13 June 2012 at 13:22

    I hope we can get a youngster that will develop into a solid defensive midfielder.

  2. Moscow

    13 June 2012 at 16:28

    Powell looks like a good prospect, hopefully he will be nurtured well and played in the right position. Am I right in thinking he has replaced Ravel Morrison?

    We need 4 players to compete next season. 2 world class midfielders, one a deep lying creative midfielder like Modric and the other a defensive midfielder who will do the running in midfield. A LB who can defend would be an upgrade to what we have right now, but Baines will feel like true United quality. And finally, a world class targetman who can play up front on his own, so we can play a true 3 man midfield.

    • ForeverRed

      14 June 2012 at 04:55

      @Moscow: Moscow – I echo your sentiments here. Powell certainly looks promising and sounds like he’s motivated to play for us – all good. With his potential ability and the right attitude, I wish him a long & successful career with us. Still, he’s one for the future rather than addressing our most critical needs today.
      We now have a relative glut of attack-minded, or ‘off the front-man’ (Rooney/Welbeck) players – Kagawa, Young, Nani, Powell, Giggs, Cleverly(?), the up and coming Petrucci & Daehli,… plus Valencia who’s obviously a more traditional winger. But how many of these can start any one game and in what formation? Meanwhile, the chasm (aka, our defensive midfield), that has so often left our back four exposed, remains untouched. Maybe I’m too impatient and Fergie has Martinez or M’Vila waiting for us up his sleeve, but I’m not holding my breath! So far, though admittedly early days, this transfer window has a similar feel to the last – investment in promising youth and an occasional established player (5 such signings in total 2011 & 2012 to date), but still none for the position that is our single biggest Achilles heel!

  3. adie

    13 June 2012 at 23:32

    With Redknapp axed, Modric would come cheaper than expected 🙂

    • JonyB

      14 June 2012 at 11:54

      Adie….. Old ‘Arry Got nothing to do with it….
      This will be down to Levy: A hard nosed negotiator that we’ve found to difficult in the past (£18m for Carrick & £30m for Berba!!!).
      The figure of £22m always seemed ridiculous to me.They’re supposedly rejected £40m bid from Chav$ki only last January.
      Us getting him will be totally reliant on how he approaches it… Is he prepared to rock the boat enough, Is he focused on coming to Manchester and leaving LOndon where he’s settled and most importantly for Luka Modric is taking on the mantle of United’s No.7 shirt more of an allure than the Oil rich $$$$$’s of PSG and Chav$ki owners…????
      ❗ ❗ ❗ ❓ ❓ ❓

      • Adie

        14 June 2012 at 15:48

        @JonyB: I understand Levy is in charge at white hart lane, but if harry persuaded modric to stay for a year more, then surely that wont be the case anymore. I guess if Modric wants the superiority associated with Man Utd, then the release clause amount shud work just fine. 🙂

  4. Nelson

    14 June 2012 at 06:24

    if sir Alex wanted to sign modric then now is the time. levy is an asshole but his stance now is jittery considering that redknapp is gone and there is a period of uncertainty at spurs

    • Traverse

      14 June 2012 at 12:43

      @Nelson: I seriously think Modric will put in a formal transfer request as soon as Croatia are out of the Euros.

      • Nelson

        14 June 2012 at 17:21

        @Traverse: yeah. there seems to be a mini Exodus coming at spurs. the new coach wouldn’t want to work with rebels

  5. Traverse

    14 June 2012 at 12:42

    Powell, he’s got the shot power of Gibson with the accuracy of a footballer!

    • ash is the man

      14 June 2012 at 12:45

      @Traverse: hahahah 😆

  6. Opti

    14 June 2012 at 22:11

    My guess is that ‘Arry got the sack for refusing to sell Bale and/or Modric. What else? 4th with Spurs is an achievement that even Levy admires.

    Surely, United is the only team competing for Modric, unless Chelsea have gone spending-mad. Bale will go to Italy/Spain, if he leaves Tottenham at all.

  7. Opti

    14 June 2012 at 22:19

    I am starting to understand why we lose out on star players:

    Fergie to Kagawa before signing him: “Don’t worry about a thing, trust me. I would love it if you could take on this huge challenge”

    Abramovic to Hazard: “You will play EVERY game you want, ANY position you want. Trust me, I make ALL decisions.” (paraphrased) 😛

  8. ash is the man

    15 June 2012 at 14:27

    whats this nonsense I hear about us interested in bale? we dont need another winger and surely modric is the one to go for?

  9. Moscow

    15 June 2012 at 16:56

    Apparently Hodgson is going to start Welbeck and Carroll together. Should be hilarious to watch 😆 😆 😆

    • Ian

      15 June 2012 at 19:10

      Moscow: surely you’re getting bored of laughing at England? It’s not cool you know.

      • Moscow

        15 June 2012 at 20:37

        @Ian: Yeah, and Carroll has just scored. Love United Hate England

        • Craig Mc

          16 June 2012 at 11:55

          @Moscow: Get a fookin grip Moscow mi man, and you and OPTI get off England’s back. It is getting tiresome hearing some of you on here verbally bashing England. How would you feel if we kept knocking your National teams, which out of respect for you guys I wouldn’t do incidentally. No English fan is suddenly thinking we are going to win the Euros, so don’t be such knobheads ok, but we fought for what we got last night, whether you like it or not. My only complaint is that Ashley young, and Milner were so poultry, and stank in both games played so far, that neither of them should have got a starting role last night. Anyway, for any of you to say Walcott’s goal was lucky, get down to specsavers. Danny’s was a bit cheeky, but he went for the unusual and it came off for him. Still love you Moscow and Opti, but please let your England rubbishing go – okay? 😆

        • Moscow

          16 June 2012 at 16:27

          @Craig Mc: Okay, but only because I like you Craig mi man 😀

          But look at the newspapers. You’d think England are now the favourites 🙄

  10. ash is the man

    15 June 2012 at 22:44

    A truly inspiring comeback from england, they showed character that was vacant under capello

    • Opti

      16 June 2012 at 04:57

      @ash is the man: That was pure luck. Walcott’s and Welbeck’s (neat) goals were pure luck. Ingurland are back to believing they are Euro contenders… disappointments ahead! 😉

      • ash is the man

        16 June 2012 at 09:25

        @Opti: pure luck!!!?? 😡 all night england played positive football and when they came unstuck they showed character with their fight back. It has nothing to do with them now believing they can win the euros- but it was nice to finally watch an england team fighting for each other

        • gator

          16 June 2012 at 16:34

          @ash is the man: @ash is the man: have to agree england were pressing forward and had the better possession. They were loosing the ball to much but… what a goal by welly 8)

  11. Owen

    16 June 2012 at 08:49

    United must go for £6m-rated Debuchy

    • Moscow

      16 June 2012 at 22:53

      @Owen: United must go for *Insert name of any LB who can kick a ball and defend*

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