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Huntelaar Interest Returns | Gill On Club Finances | Manucho, Anderson and Ronaldo

Lots of things to talk about today, so we’ll get into it straightaway without the usual waffle.

The Sun is reporting that Fergie will be prepared to offer 12 million pounds for the Dutch hitman. The surprisingly low value placed on the striker is apparently due to Ajax’s financial troubles. The Telegraph has also picked up the story, linking to the Sun article.

If this were to be true, it would be a steal (and a gamble worth taking). Fergie has been a known admirer of the striker and the price tag would certainly tempt him. Especially given his age and the ridiculous value placed on Berbatov.

However, one would have to stop and think for a while on the bearing it could have on our frontline — Tevez and Rooney have proved to be a killer combination.

For Huntelaar to work in our system 1) he must be willing to stay on the bench more often than not. At least initially.
and, 2) if he does play, he would need to show the movement that’s very much necessary in our free flowing football. If one remembers how Ruud affected our play towards the end of his time at United. Great poacher that he may be, but the over reliance on Ruud, at times proved to be a liability — with due respect to his contribution to United.

If Huntelaar can do what he’s been doing at Holland, then I say bite off the hands of Ajax. 12 million is a steal in my book. But it is the Sun that’s reporting this in the midst of a relatively slow January transfer window (so far). So one would have to wait and see.

Meanwhile, David Gill says that while SAF may not make any moves in the January window, the money is still there to be spent if he does change his mind. He also has gone on to assure everyone that the financial situation is healthy and the club will be looking to milk every possible segment of the market — even if it means selling water to a dying man. Okay, I made up the last part. But seriously, according to him the profits made this year will help to service the loans and we will still have substantial money available for transfers.

He also made an important remark regarding Ronaldo, and why it doesn’t even make financial sense by selling Ronaldo. United may gain the touted 50 million or so, by selling him, in the short run. But the results that have taken us far into competitions like the Champions’ League, FA Cup and the League wouldn’t be possible if we kept selling our prize assets. And our presence in these competitions till the very end was also mainly responsible for our record profits.

Gill also spoke about ‘tweaking’ the Automatic Cup Scheme. We’ll have to wait and see what exactly he really meant by tweaking.

Meanwhile Manucho has scored yet again in another warm up match for Angola, as they prepare for the ACN. We’ll continue to keep an eye on our latest signing during the tournament. I hear Angola will be playing Egypt on the 12th in the last of their warm ups.

Anderson has said that he prefers to be a ‘servant’ of Ronaldo. Thankfully it’s not got anything to do with any form of twisted role-playing. He talks about how he prefers to be the foundation which gives the freedom for people like Ronaldo to score freely.

And Louis Saha is very happy at being given an extended run in the side. Fair enough, but we need to see the Saha of last season. Not some zombie lookalike. My suspicions were slightly enhanced when he reckoned that Alan Smith will be the main goal threat when we play Newcastle. I know about the scoring against one’s old club theory, but Smudger doesn’t seem to be able to hit a cow’s arse with a barge pole at the moment.

Oh well, you never know. Stranger things have happened.



  1. julio

    January 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    With rooney fit and raring and his record against newcastle i
    expect a rout tomorrow.Rooney hatrick,with tevez and ronaldo on
    the score sheet.Bring it on

    On the huntelaar situation hope fergie snaps him up or benzema one
    of the two would be a welcome addition to our strikeforce.
    Cheers lads.

  2. Beachryan

    January 11, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    I know Ruud had a bit of a poacher reputation, but his movement was probably the second best I’ve ever seen in a striker, behind only Mickey Owen at his prime. It’s no coincidence he’s always in the right place at the right time, and his runs are allows Becks/Scholes to play him in. The reason he wasn’t ideal in his last year is the midfield was Fletcher, O’Shea, Ronaldo before he knew how to pass and random others. I still strongly believe we’d be an even better team with him still in the squad. Berbatov is just a younger, worse, alternative.

  3. Prashant

    January 11, 2008 at 2:37 pm


  4. mike

    January 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Can anyone please give me the link to watch Manucho’s. Really curios about what type of player he is

  5. mike

    January 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Can anyone please give me the link to watch Manucho’s goal. Really curios about what type of player he is

  6. indianpunk

    January 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    mike we all are waiting to see him action and its really tough finding any of his pre limelight videos hopefully we’ll get african cups videos easily at

  7. dan(U-O.L)

    January 11, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    chelsea sign anelka, this could be a problem for us.

  8. Beachryan

    January 11, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Shocking news: Saha and Hargreaves are doubtful for tomorrow’s match, after picking up injuries…

  9. gov

    January 11, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    hargreaves has suffered a knock to his ribs..thankfully his knees are ok..but saha’a and hargo’s continual absence due to injury id frustrating..

  10. Ollie Y

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    anelka signs for chelsea not sure about that one definately not good news but could also not be bad news, depends on how he settles and what role he is given within the team

  11. Rader

    January 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    why are we picking up so many injuries during training?

    I also have a question i’ve always loved watching football but have never had the proper channels to view the games every weekend (i live in the U.S. where everyone is all about american fotball) but i’ve finally got them this is my first year where i can really follow the league every waking moment of my life and i was wondering do managers really get sacked this often in the premier league or is this just an unusual season or what, most of these managers haven’t even been with their club for a full season

  12. mike

    January 11, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    this is becoming simply ridicolous!!!!! Neville pulled his hamstring in the reserves match. hes never going to come back and ive gotta admit the situation is becoming deeply frustrating. i say fergie forgets about huntelaar and goes out and buys hutton or bosingwa. NEVILLE IS NEVER COMING BACK!

  13. Comma

    January 11, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    I must agree with you somewhat mike. Although i do believe that he will at some point make a return, it certainly will not be an everyday thing like before. His status will be more day to day and we must start thinking of someone who can pick up the games he misses and hold the position until simpson comes around or we sign someone that can. Personally, I would love to see fergie go after sergio ramos of real madrid. I know this wont happen, but its worth a try. And they certainly have no reserves of coming after our stars.

  14. indianpunk

    January 11, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    man hargreaves is really testing my patience big time and i see gary going Ole’s way as well but i still hope he’ll play the final of champions league and lift the trophy with giggsy

    But as much as i wait and love to see hargreaves play he backs out it really puting us fans in a crazy situation
    so much money spent in getting him and what we get is another glass 9who can forget saha who by the way is also doubtfull 4 the weekend)

    Are we traning like gladiators with lions running behind players that the keep getting injured

    We need our reserves to stay strong durng this tough time and carrick and anderson specially need to stay tough and what is with wes brown sign the bloody contract and lets releive gary anyways we need a new right back who can play at left back as well more than a striker at the moment ,sooner or later evra will run out of steam
    MIke i am still optimistic about neville lets play the waiting game a lil longer

  15. Utsav

    January 11, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Just checked out Huntelaar videos onYouTube… He is mostly a poacher but he’ll add a good variety to our attack… Especially in the headers department…

  16. Hugo Steckelmacher

    January 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I used to share the general opinion about Ruud: i.e. that he was nought more than a poacher who rarely did any work outside of the box. However, I’ve seen him for the last two years at Real Madrid, where his work outside of the box, as well as some of the goals he has scored, has been fantastic. Indeed, he is one of the highest placed in the ‘assist’ tables. I am now starting to believe that the style of play adopted by United with Ruud in the side was more complex than it initially appeared; much in the same way as players don’t seem to manage to resist launching high balls into Peter Crouch, even though he has the technical ability to play on the floor, so United were sucked into the pattern of allowing Ruud to saunter around the box. It is also possible that Sir Alex Ferguson did not quite figure out how to use Ruud as a link-up man, as he has an excellent control and is frankly superb at holding up the ball. There is no doubt, however, that the play at the beginning of last season, the fluidity shown in the Rooney-Ronald-Saha link-up was something to behold.

  17. Fred the red

    January 11, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Cant see us getting Huntelaar for 12 million, maybe 14 or 15 million, but if he did come he would be just what he have been missing in a lot of the games when we had loads of posession but no end product.
    Sometimes this season we definately needed someone attacking the six yard box when Rooney and Tevez looked for the ball to feet to often. Dont get me wrong, when they click they are special, but sometimes the option for wide men to look up and put good crosses into the box has not been there this season, Huntelaar would be the perfect striker for role.
    Of all the strikers we have been linked with,this guy would improve us the most

  18. mike

    January 11, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    indianpunk i think weve played the waiting game a bit too long. If he pulled his hamstring against the everton reserves in only 45 minutes how in the world will he manage ninety minutes against lets say arsenal or A.C Milan if we meet them again. He is an asset to our team when fit however we really need a new long term replacement. Brown is adequate cover but that is all what he is cover. Hutton seems really convincing and Comma it is CERTAINLY worth a try to go after ramos

  19. Kurt

    January 12, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Funny the Huntelaar rumors pop back up a few days after I remarked on their absence. 12 million is a total STEAL for this guy. I’ve previously stated that he’s one of my favorite players outside of Man United, and I think if he comes in and scores a few bicycle kicks for us then he’ll become quite a fan favorite. This is definitely the kind of striker we need; tall, and can score goals. We’ve been crossing so much, and Tevez just is not tall enough. He should be content with just playing off the bench for a while, but he’ll want more playing time eventually. I fancy the idea of United playing a 4-3-3 actually, although this will probably never happen. I don’t think Hargo is a dependable starter with his injury problems, and Carrick is shite. I think we could play a 4-3-3 with the normal back 4 (if we can get a normal RB). Nani, Anderson, and Ronaldo in midfield; I think Anderson could learn to play back a LITTLE more, he’s obviously an ok tackler, and doesn’t seem to want to score goals. I’m not saying for him to play as a defensive mid, but more like Carrick did last season, just a center mid. And finally I would like a front 3 of Rooney, Huntelaar, and Tevez. Can’t beat that strike-force. That’s my dream formation, but SAF does prefer a 4-1-2-1-2 anyways.

  20. Abu

    January 12, 2008 at 2:47 am

    That’s an unbalanced formation. I don’t like Ronaldo in a central Midfield role. Huntelaar can fit in the current system though in the same way Saha does. I mean players aren’t fit all the time. Look at our injuries this season. We’ve hardly had a selection headache ever. Always one or two injuries away from crisis. We need two players now that Neville has taken Ole’s role. A striker isn’t as priority as a full/wing back support. Anyway…IS TEVEZ FIT???

  21. Shannon

    January 12, 2008 at 5:04 am

    I really don’t want a player in the Ruud mold… Absolute legend but i have really been digging the football we have been playing the last few seasons

  22. Pratyush

    January 12, 2008 at 8:45 am

    yes saf said apart from these three(hargo.gary,saha as usual)all are fit

  23. ipohunk

    January 12, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I think MU still needs another striker regardless of rooney-tevez combo…All the top clubs have 4 or more strikers at their disposals.Where else MU have only 3 strikers….don’t count Dong in,coz SAF don’t fancy him much…wat if 2 strikers injured at de same time?so we really need huntelaar…benzema’s too costly….SAF could use 2 strikers policy juz like 1999…2 different strikers at each half..don’t forget we won de treble on dat year….and I got a feeling we’ll win again dis year…provided we add another striker 2 our collection…

  24. Peter

    January 12, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Hi guys, Im a chelsea supporter and i was just wondering who do you guys think the better player is and who do think has the better future and guys please dont be biased, be honest. Im talking bout Mikel John Obi or Anderson?

  25. Ian

    January 12, 2008 at 10:34 am

    I regarded Mikel quite highly, but imho he didn’t cut it in the premierleague. He is a good player, but I think he will never become a better player than lets say Essien, Scholes, diving cunt Gerrard or many others.

    On the other hand we have Anderson. In his first season he’s become a regular in the starting 11 and (I really mean this) since the time when we first bought Ronaldo, I have never seen another player with such potential as Anderson.

    We got quite a good amount of cash with the Mikel saga and bought Anderson with it. Without being biased I’m glad it went that way, because I wouldn’t change Mikel for Anderson even if Chelsea offered us 10 million pounds. Don’t understand me wrong… I would welcome Mikel in our squad and he would probably make a very good addition, but I would NEVER change him for our Anderson.

  26. RedDevil

    January 12, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Me neither Ian. Anderson can turn out to be one of the best midfielders in the world in 3 years time, and Mikel….well I am from Norway and i saw him in Lyn, and he has great potensial, but he will never become as good as Anderson will be. I just wonder when the goals are going to come.

  27. indianpunk

    January 12, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    mike i really havent seen those two play so cant say mych but yes we definately need to fill that gap first and then run behing strikers (we will need defence spare’s in last month of the playing season remember last year every1)

    Strikers can come in summer we need to win this year without changing much in our style of play
    And Kurt if SAF reads that he’ll definately Kill you 🙂

  28. dan(U-O.L)

    January 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    what i think the line-up will be:
    brown rio vida evra
    ronny * giggs
    saha rooney

    *it will andy fletcher or carrick, any 3.

    if saha isnt fit ronny will play striker and nani on the wing.

  29. RedDevil

    January 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Dan- Brown is suspended and Tevez should be fit to play. I think this will be the line up: VDS; Sheasy, Rio, Vida, Evra; Ronaldo, Carrick, Anderson,Giggs/Nani; Tevez, Rooney. Subs: PIG, Pique, Fletcher, Nani/Giggs, Park.

  30. dan(U-O.L)

    January 12, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    nah, i reckon peeks will play intead of oshea

  31. RedDevil

    January 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I would be happy to see Pique instead of Oshea, but I think Fergie respects Newcastle too much to play him.

  32. dan(U-O.L)

    January 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    please, we’re facing a team who having a crap season and is now managerless, i think fergie would like those odds and take a bit of a gamble.

  33. amiaq_ferguson

    January 14, 2008 at 5:50 am

    to be secured, we need a striker and rightback. Brown is not good enuff to be
    attacking fullback. For striker, i rate Berbatov and then Hunter above others.
    Benzema is very quick and direct but not versatile as Hunter. Hunter is a good
    header, and can take freekick as well. Berbatov was awesome against arsenal in
    FA Cup. Just imagine Berbatov playing just behind the striker, feeding the likes
    of Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo. Berbatov is the new Sheringham. at 28, he has
    5~6 good years.

  34. Paddy

    January 16, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Huntelaar should be signed as he’s a goal scorer, who won’t mind being on the bench and rarely gets injured. Sell Saha as he’s injured all the time. Buy Lahm and Van Buyten. Lahm would start at right back and fill in at left back when needed and Van Buyten would be backup. Sell Brown and Silvestre. Buy Nasri to replace Giggs, he can play on the left but the formation could be slighty changed by giving Ronaldo a free role and playing 3 midfielders. Get rid of Nani, he’s just not good enough. The starting team 4-3-2-1 should be Van Der Sar,Lahm, Evra,Vidic,Ferdinand,Anderson,Hargreaves,Nasri,Ronaldo(free role),Tevez(deep lying forward),Rooney. Bench Foster,Van Buyten,Neville,Carrick,Scholes,Giggs,Huntelaar.

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