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Ferguson Trots the Same Tired Lines

Alex Ferguson was apparently “interested” in David Villa. Of course, Villa has since moved on to Barca, and most keen observers of the game would know he was unlikely to ever leave Spain. How convenient!

He then goes on to make another outrageous remark—well not so outrageous, if you think about it.

“We’ve looked at a few options,” Ferguson told the Mail on Sunday. “We did consider David Villa but he was always going to Barcelona.

“I just don’t believe there is value out there at the moment. I’m very happy with the strength of our squad as it is.”

No value? Well, let’s translate that to we-don’t-have-money. And I’m very happy with the strength of our squad as it is? Well either he’s lying/being politically correct, in which case it’s sad, or he honestly believes that his squad is alright, which is disturbing.

I think he knows the squad is not as good as he wants it to be. But clearly if he thinks there is no value in the market then he’s either deluded or his scouting network needs an overhaul. Wesley Sneijder stands out as a shining example of how the market has value—I mean, last season, of course. Of course, if you are looking for the likes of Ozil right now, his value is going to go over the roof simply because of an amazing world cup.

At the moment I’m willing to call it a bonus if we sign anyone at all. Fabiano openly declared his interest, but due to a combination of there-is-no-value-in-the-market and oh-but-he’s-29-and-we-look-to-develop-young-kids we won’t sign him. Ozil said something to the effect of ‘he likes the way Chelsea and Manchester United play’ but no one should read much into that anyway. The Mirror reckons we are interested in Stephen Ireland because Man City have bought a gazillion midfielders, but City might rather sell him off to the likes of Everton or Villa—with whom they could work out an exchange deal with James Milner—than to us.

In conclusion, I want the remote control with the fast-forward button, once this World Cup gets over, so we could skip straight to the start of the season.

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Speaking of the World Cup, it’s a shame Brazil are out. Prior to the Cup I predicted Brazil or Spain with Germany as the dark horse. My pick? The winner of Spain-Germany will win the World Cup. I loved the way Germany taught a lesson to Maradona and co, simply because the Albiceleste were outed for their flawed, stuttering defence. I found the pre-match talk—of Maradona being a managerial genius—ridiculous. Whilst I thought Germany would win, I never imagined it would have been this brutal.

Also: doesn’t anyone else find it odd that the Netherlands—who have the best chance to reach the final—have got this far by playing the most un-Dutch football ever?

I bet, if they win this tournament, Rinus Michels will be Cryuff-turning in his grave.



  1. Owen

    8 July 2010 at 01:11

    @Grognard: Or Perez.

  2. Grognard

    8 July 2010 at 01:13

    @Owen: I wouldn’t trade the sugar free can of coke I’m drinking right now for Anderson. I could get 3 cents for that can elsewhere which means better value for me. Fergie would know where i am coming from.

  3. Grognard

    8 July 2010 at 01:16

    @Owen: God forbid. That would be the day I cease being a United supporter. Buy Xavi or Iniesta, or Puyol and all of you Grognard haters out there would get your wish. Grognard would move permanently to a Bayern blog. 😀

  4. Red Ranter

    8 July 2010 at 01:17

    This was written last November on Ozil. Agree? Disagree?

  5. colver

    8 July 2010 at 01:36

    My condolences Grognard. I was rooting for the Germans. But the Spaniards especially the Barcelona guys are smart and know how to press and choke the midfield and a counter attacking game plan doesnt work because they dont leave gaps. You have to attack them on the flanks and Germany didn’t do that enough.

    The Dutch probably have a better chance as there is no way Sneijder lets Spain’s grubby midfield best him, Von Bommel will kick Xavi and Iniesta, and Robben can cause Spain problems.

  6. colver

    8 July 2010 at 01:46

    OUR transfer market strategy

    1) Make ridicuously low bids for big stars that the fans would cream over if they actually joined us
    2) Bid for every player that a richer rival is also bidding for then drop out of the bidding so we can blame Arabs/General Franco for our failure to get the player
    3) When said offer is rejected/gazumped moan about there being no value in the market
    4) Pretend that our squad is so good that the only players who could possibly improve our squad are the aforementioned big name players who would require us to break our transfer record. Ignore completely mid-value players
    5) Emphasise our youth strategy and use it to justify signing nonentities from the four corners of the earth.

  7. colver

    8 July 2010 at 01:49

    RedRanter, nice little article on Ozil. Imagine if we’d had the foresight to make an offer then when Im sure even we would be able to afford him.

  8. Redrich

    8 July 2010 at 03:41

    @Grognard: Fuck I hate Germany, so much.

    The Spanish completely outplayed them and showed what a shallow squad Germany really had.
    Smart tactics by the Spanish, limiting the German break-away and making them play a game of Football that they couldn’t compete with.
    I sympathize with you, somewhat, but you, as a Canadian, I have no fucking idea why you side with Germany!! 😯 😯

    Anycase, DEUTCHLAND – NIEN, NIEN, NIEN!! 😆 😆

    Hope you take this with contempt you deserve.

  9. Redrich

    8 July 2010 at 05:17

    I do have to say, that while all this speculation about Schneider has evoked the chat about whether we can afford him or not, I do think this is a serious bid!
    He does fit the United profile, in that he is a work-horse player and a proven goal scorer. He also is a Dutchman – SAF has had good luck with them, and will probably bet the farm on another, especially of his quality.
    At some point United have to offer their fans some form of hope and direction. This could start to pave the way.

    From what I’ve seen this guy would be an instant winner in our side, an instant improvement at MF and as a goal scoring threat. He would vitalize and he would inspire.

    I do think Ferguson will pull this one off (although in my mind, much more is needed) and my god, I hope he does.

  10. Red Ranter

    8 July 2010 at 05:27

    @Redrich: It’s a serious bid no doubt, one that would entail United break their wage structure to accommodate a marquee player like Sneijder.

    But I doubt SAF and Gill will be able to pull this off. Exceptionally difficult to do this.

  11. aig alex is god

    8 July 2010 at 05:45

    Read Van Der Vaart’s name here. he is average at best. he may be the most affordable of the lot but we someone better than van Der Vaart. Of course the finances are an issue. As good as Sneijder is it is very difficult to see him leaving Inter. His price must have soared even more now as he is a good shot to win the Golden Ball. Also read about Balotelli.How much truth is there in those rumors?

  12. Grognard

    8 July 2010 at 06:15

    @Red Ranter: That’s the media making too much of a fuss based on one great game. Yes he’s really really good but he also needs to improve in areas and find consistency. I watched Toni Kroos in several games for Leverkusen and i’ll be honest, he impressed me more. But both are studs and like i said before, along with Thomas Mueller are the future of German football. Germany has a chance to create a golden generation that is better than their Muller, Netzer, Beckenbauer era or better than Portugals Figo era or this present Spanish renaissance. Because it’s more than two or three great players. I am counting close to ten young players who are going to have many years of great football and superstardom in front of them.

  13. Grognard

    8 July 2010 at 08:25

    @colver: van Bommel andDe Jong have to have the game of their lives and really intimidate Iniesta and Xavi. If they do, they have a chance. Where Holland falls apart for me is in goal and especially their back four which are pedestrian Wigan Bolton types and not blue chippers like all but Capdevila are for Spain.

    Spain is so high and confident after this game while Holland have to be asking questions after a poor game where they won but sucked. Finally, Villa over van Persie any day of the week.

  14. Grognard

    8 July 2010 at 08:28

    @colver: Hello Mr. Colver. This is David Gill from Manchester United. You seem to have a player transfer strategy down pat. Would you consider applying for work with us as we are looking for like minded people that understand our methods?

    Yours Truly

    David Gill

    😀 😀 You definitely had somebody sneak in to OT and steal Fergie’s blueprint for snowing the fans.

  15. Grognard

    8 July 2010 at 08:33

    @Redrich: Nope. I’m completely over it. Germany played OK but they also tactically played into the hands of Spain and deserved to lose. I call it as I see it and although I hate Puyol, Iniesta and that whole brigade of walking limp wristed lisp jobs, I am man enough to say they were better on the day and deserved to win and they will also beat Holland. Unlike England, Germany lost with dignity, pride and class and never embarrassed themselves and their supporters by playing like a laughing band of fucking tossers and tea toters. Hate Germany all you like mate, it’s just jealousy and spite anyway because if Germany can beat England 4-1 and completely humilate them, then Spain would have beaten England 6-1 because they are that bit better than Germany. Either way mate, I cry and pity you and your heritage because your team truly is a Band of Wankers. You can dish but so can I. 😀

  16. Grognard

    8 July 2010 at 08:37

    @Redrich: He fit the profile this time last year to but our manager misplaced his glasses and hearing aid and never had the common sense to get the memo back then. Clueless Alex strikes again. A year too late and for twice the price. I tip my hat to you Fergie. What a brainiac he is. 😆 😆 😆 🙄 🙄

  17. Stephen

    8 July 2010 at 17:07

    @Grognard: ” Life isn’t fair mate. ”
    Well it seems pretty fair if yor name is Mourinho doesn’t it?

    Takes over at Porto who finished second with a good squad, wins the Champions League after a perfectly good Scholes goal gets disallowed.

    Takes over Chelsea when the predecessor with no money gets the side to second place, then he gets an unlimited supply of money and moves them one pace higher.

    Takes over Inter after winning the league, gets more money to spend and keeps them as Champions and wins the Champions League after Barca had a perfectly good goal disallowed.
    Takes over a Real with a superb squad who emassed enough points to win a normal season and again gets unlimited money to spend……

    Obviously if he took over at United Fergie works hard with limited resources and keeps United in the top two, then a rich new backer takes over, sacks the great man then he takes over with unlimited money.

    For Mr Mourinho life looks more than fair to me…… 😀

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