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De Rossi for Manchester United?

Last year, Barcelona was the only team which played with such flair, they made every other team look low and ugly. This year, another team has emerged, which going back to the tradition of their club started to play free flowing, attractive attacking football – Manchester United.

Yes, the same team which defeated Roma 7-1, but was sadly mauled 3-0 by Milan. From a purist’s perspective, they were the only team which deserved to win the premier league. But are they the team which deserved to win the Champions League, more than anyone else?

No!! A hard No!!!!!

I am not debating, if ACMilan, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Chelsea or the last time champions Barcelona deserved to win the CL. I am just voicing my opinion that Manchester United didn’t deserve to win it more than any of those teams. United possess the attacking threat, which any team can be envious of. The only team that comes that close is Barcelona(Etoo, Ronaldhino, Messi).

United’s keeper is erratic at times, but reliable most of the times. United’s back four is steady (after all they made the PFA defense of the year). But their midfield? In Europe, players are given absolutely no time on the ball. United won 7-1 against Roma, that is because Roma loves to play attacking football too.

But against a team like Milan, where players like Gattuso would barging onto you like a raging bull, you need someone to nullify them. We need a Keano, we need a Owen Hargreaves, we need a De Rossi, we need a Mascherano. If United did possess one quality defensive midfielder in that mould, and if they had played good away from home, they would have been probably challenging for the treble just the way they did in 99.

Then they would have deserved to win both the CL and the league, just the way Barcelona did (They did have Motta, Edmilson, Marquez and Gio Vanni if needed. Didnt they? )

In Europe, we need someone to protect our defense. The strongest name that is linked with United is Owen Hargreaves. Many fans want him desperately because he is English. Nothing wrong with that except the cost on him. He costs 20 million. We get one quality defensive midifielder if we go for Owen Hargreaves. But one is not enough. We need a backup.

Look at ACMilan, they have got Ambrosini, a decent defensive midifielder if they have got Gattuso injured or suspended. Liverpool have got both Mascherano (The way he played the Chelsea game, makes you think what losers West Ham were) and Sissoko. Chelsea have got Makelele, Diarra and Obi Mikel. Barcelona have got Motta, Edmilson, Marquez and Gio Vanni if needed.

To get two defensive midfielders, we need to look at De Rossi rather than OH. Although De Rossi is not as proven as Owen Hargreaves, he definitely has the potential, up there with the Owens and the Mascheranos. Not to forget that he is a world cup winner, which means he definitely has got the temperament too.

He would cost around 12-14 million, which would save around 6 million and we can use that to buy another unproven defensive midfielder who would be a cover if one gets suspended or injured. After all, we are out of CL if we lose one match. Aren’t we?

So we definitely need two defensive midifielders and not just one. If OH is coming, I dont see another DM coming in. But if De Rossi comes in, there is every possiblity we can get a decent DM for 6-7 million. What do you guys think? My defense needs a double protection. It does.



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  2. Red Ranter

    13 May 2007 at 08:29

    Not that I disagree, but using ‘World Cup winner’ as a reason is fallacious. (names like Kleberson come to mind). de Rossi is definitely a tough character (the X-rated elbow on McBride in the world cup is a case in point), wonder if he’ll adapt to the fast pace of the Prem.

    Speaking of which,

    In Europe, players are given absolutely no time on the ball

    I thought that was only true of the Prem. At least most players new to England say so.

  3. Keith Moses Kaira II

    13 May 2007 at 12:48

    Mate De rossi would cost as much as Hargreaves. He is better and is a demi god at Roma. You’d be better off championing the cause of us signing the likes of Senna, Dusher, Bodmer and Makoun rather than thinking we could get De Rossi cheaper than Hargreaves…

  4. sharathciddu

    17 May 2007 at 14:00

    Roma is not a rich club as Bayern and I feel we can test their resolve with a bid of 15 million. I feel De Rossi is a better player than Hargreaves because he has the knack of scoring important goals. Hargreaves some how doesn’t have such a liking to put the ball into the net.

    In the names you have suggested, Senna is old. The others are fine. I would like to add Muntari and Appiah to that list. They are just amazing (remember how they played for Ghana along with Essien?)

  5. jamiemm

    19 May 2007 at 11:48

    Rooney should have been awarded a penaly in second leg of Milan.. game. Feckin Match fixers at it again eh! Only allowed to play in the CL cause of their history can’t mention this if you were Sir Al you’d end up in court but I’m sayin it Milan = Match fixers and I hope Pool stuff them again.

  6. jamiemm

    19 May 2007 at 11:56

    I agree we need a battler but I don’t think Hargreaves is the standard of Keane or Gattuso. Rossi looks like a great talent .. interesting to see what United do with the lad. As far as bringing in a striker we need someone with a bit of Aerial ability but not someone like Crouch cause hes too tall to score with his head sometimes and Kuyt is v. average player. I think Berbatov would fit the bill and yeah Benni McCarthy thats a great suggestion he won’t cost as much and could be just as effective .. both players have a bit of sparkle which Kuyt wil never have .. actually sums up Liverpool team bar Garcia and Gerrard no sparkle … probably will win champions league on penalties again! yawn!

  7. maxamed bile

    21 May 2007 at 21:13


  8. Akshat Prasad

    31 May 2007 at 02:31

    Barcelona have Gio Vanni? Are you talking about the Dutch Giovanni Van Bronckhorst? Because he is a left back and definitely does not play as a DM.

    While De Rossi is a good player, he is temperament is certainly questionable (he was banned for a couple of matches in the World Cup wasn’t he), and given Manutd 7-1 thrashing of Roma, he is apparently not that effective at what he does.

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