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Nani’s Medical | Rossi’s Loan | Anderson’s Permit

Quite a few things have been simmering around over the last few days. So let’s have a look at some of them and dwell on a few of the stories that we feel dwelling upon.

Nani has passed his medical, making his move to United certain. That should settle some superstitious nerves.

If papers are to be believed at least two clubs are reported to be fighting tooth and nail over the signature of Rossi on loan. In case you are interested, the clubs are Juventus and Porto. Now I do remember Rossi wanting to break into the United first team this season. It is also very easy to manufacture a story of this kind. You see, apparently a condition of the Porto Anderson deal was to allow one of United’s players out on loan at Porto in exchange. So clearly, Rossi being among United’s brightest young stars could be seen as a like for like replacement for Anderson. At least that’s what an outsider could concur and publish.

The Juventus link requires only a little bit of thinking. Claudio Ranieri. I think a stint at either of these clubs would benefit him, but I doubt if he would have the patience to stay on if he keeps getting farmed out on loan. Blooding youngsters in requires a bit of courage, especially when your team already seems well settled. But it is a decision the manager will have to make, or else risk seeing the back of another young talent.

Moving on, the Manchester Evening News believe that Anderson’s initial work permit is doomed to be rejected. That is understandable given he hasn’t really played for the Brazil national team. We will have to wait and see if the work permit request goes through.

Fingers Crossed.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. BootifullGame

    June 7, 2007 at 4:13 am

    great news about Nani, but i certainly hope its not at the expense of Rossi, someone ive been dying to see play since we signed him. Im not sure if he can handle much more loan action.
    I saw some TV pictures of Anderson arriving at Manchester Airport last week on his way to a medical but haven’t heard anything else about it, I assume he passed ok probably waiting on his work permit which I believe is set to be rejected initially like you said, but following his inclusion in Dunga’s Copa America squad today, is not expected to encounter any problem on appeal, probably after the Copa America when he has played a game or two.
    You may have all known that, but in case not…

  2. Ahmed Bilal

    June 7, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Anderson will be playing for Brazil in the Copa America, so the work permit *shouldn’t* be too much of a problem.

    Worse case scenario – he comes in next season as a much better player…wait, that’s not that bad, is it?

  3. ray utd

    June 7, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Now that Nani’s transfer is complete and Anderson’s to be finalized in a matter of time, hope they can live up to their reps. Most importantly, on top of improving our squad technically, hope they also “fit” into the team, play for the team instead of for personal honor, and understand the history & culture of MANCHESTER UNITED. The worst thing that could happen from their transfers is not selection dilemmas or even poor performances, but if they are trouble-makers or selfish glory-hogs who will unsettle our team spirit and chemistry. Success is built on stability and dedication, at least long-term at least. Christiano Ronaldo is flashy and along with his talent, comes confidence…but he’s not arrogant, there’s quite a distinction. This is why he has excelled and been embraced by his teammates, coaches, and the fans…and I hope Nani and Anderson will follow his example on and off the pitch.

    As for Rossi, I really want to see him get a chance at Old Trafford, he deserves it really. Even if he becomes a flop in the premier league, it would be a waste to not even test out someone with such potential. Maybe his game is not suited to England like many fans and experts are predicting, but we’ll never know until he plays. Therefore, considering the strength in depth we have at our disposal, Rossi should be given a spot in our striker rotation next season. I for one, am strongly against us signing another striker for next season, especially after the news of Nani/Anderson’s arrival. How bad can a striking tandem of Rooney, Saha, Smith, Rossi, Solskjaer be in our new fluid, attacking style of play? Do we really need an out-and-out goalscorer, perhaps, but not desperately and not for next season. We’ve already spent what is believed to be around 50 mil pounds (so let’s say at least 40 mil) in transfers, I don’t think we need to add another 10-20 to that. Strength in depth is vital to success, which we already have, but excessive depth like in Chelsea’s case a couple of seasons ago may be unsettling, and in turn backfire.

    Last thing, for those who keep saying “sell Solskjaer”, you act as if you are not even a true United fan. For all his years of service and contribution, his loyalty, and his commitment to the team, I think he deserves his place. One may refer to his Champions League heroics as the only reason he is known or even on the team, but if you’ve been following Manchester down the years, he has done so much more than score THAT goal. Being too old is not a reason either. It’s SAF and the management team to decide whether Ole should be in the first team or not. Besides, there are alternatives to selling and at United, legends don’t just get sold (unless they are disturbance to the team). Same thing with Smith, he should be given a good run as a striker, considering his unfortunate injuries and getting played out of position in seasons past. His techncial ability may be a slight weaknesses, however, he can be a real menace to even the most stubborn of defences with his grit and determination. You can be sure defenders don’t like playing with players of his type. I think he can be really useful when playing against teams like Bolton. On top of that, he is loyal too. Money can buy talent, but not loyalty, which is truly a dying quality in modern sports. If Man United were in League 3, I’d still be supporting them as I’ve come to love the club and its traditions.

  4. ashleyk

    June 7, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    From what ive seen of nani and anderson, it looks as if nani is far more of a first team prospect for next season whilst anderson has undoubted future potential. I find the problem with alot of the clips u see on the internet is that they are from, no disrespect intended, lower standard leagues and its hard to really determine someones quality….

    So…… Heres nani’s best bits from portugals euro qualifier against belgium the other night and i think it looks very promising!!!! 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhbeyb6Jh5s

    What do you think??? Him and Ronaldo on either flank could terrorize defenses!!!

  5. adil alhinai

    June 8, 2007 at 12:54 am

    we should delay the application a bit, until hes played a game, dunga will certainly play him, well i hope he does lol

  6. Red Ranter

    June 8, 2007 at 4:44 am

    Getting rejected now shouldn’t present too much of a problem. It will at least put rumors that Rossi would go out on loan to rest. (Anderson’s arrival was also another reason that set tongues wagging about Rossi’s loan)

  7. ray utd

    June 8, 2007 at 5:20 am

    I wrote a page-long post yesterday, how come it didnt show up? I tried submitting the same one again, but it says duplicate comment?

  8. Ahmed Bilal

    June 8, 2007 at 5:40 am

    ray utd – oops, that went in the spam filter by itself. thanks for telling me, although I *would* have checked it over the weekend.

    cheers

  9. Martino

    June 21, 2007 at 8:13 am

    ray utd,

    I agree with all your points except for one small comment about Smith “his technical ability may be a slight weakness”. Smith’s first touch is one of the best at the club, possibly even better than Rooney’s. It was one thing that was pointed out to me by a Leeds fan when Smithy joined us and I’ve watched that particular aspect of his game ever since. Watch him more closely (assuming he gets to stay at Utd…and he should) you’ll see what I mean. Smithy’s probably the closest thing we’ve had to Mark Hughes since he left.

    Smithy is in no way lacking in technical ability.

    Martin.

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