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Rossi’s future at Manchester United

Opinion on Giuseppe Rossi is split amongst Man Utd fans. Some consider him to be just the striker we need for next season (I’d be one of them), others are more interested in chasing after Huntelaar, Berbatov, Tevez or the ‘new flavour of the month’, as a comment on SL stated.

So what is it? Is Rossi good enough, or do we need a new striker?

The case against Rossi

The major gripe United fans have against Rossi is that he’s unproven. Realistically speaking you cannot count the Newcastle loan period as being relevant because Rossi barely got any chance, and most of the chances he got were as subs. It appeared to be the chairman’s decision to bring Rossi in but Roeder wasn’t too keen on playing him.

At Parma he’s done much better, playing regularly and scoring as well. However, Parma were fighting relegation and Rossi has still to be seriously tested at the top level and / or in the Premiership.

To add to the problem, Saha’s injury problems have resurfaced, making him extremely unreliable. That leaves Wayne Rooney as the only ‘big’ striker at the club, and at 21 he can’t be expected to lead the line all the time. Thus there’s a strong call for bringing striking experience into the squad (and at the same time sending Saha away or at least relegating him to the bench).

In short, Rossi might be good, but he’s one for the future and United need proven excellence, not bags of potential, at the moment.

The case for Rossi

With Saha’s injury situation it’s hard to argue that Rossi alone can solve United’s striking problems. But considering his potential AND the fact that he is fast, technically sound and a good finisher, there’s no reason why he can’t be part of a 3-man strikeforce that can lead Manchester United to a title charge next season.

Putting Rossi in the starting lineup might be rash for some but that’s the way Ferguson is planning – in the next couple of years if not the next season.

Part of the reason Manchester United won the title this season was the close bond between the squad – there were only 2 new players and they had ample time to gel. Bringing in superstar egos isn’t going to help the club, so Ferguson should ‘only’ go for a striker if he can find the right personality and / or if he finds the perfect young superstar for the job.

United need a player like Kuyt or Crouch (their type, not those two) – a good finisher who is not world-class but is fantastically reliable and can do the job off the bench or when called upon in rotation. I’m not sure if Benni McCarthy is up for sale and at 29 he’s not at the age United should be buying but he’s also a good example of the type of player United need to bring in.

Bring in an experienced striker who’s a good finisher AND has Premiership experience if possible, and rotate them with Rooney and Rossi.

Rossi is definitely a starter, and we don’t need to spend 20m on a striker just to satisfy our whims.

Your Verdict

The only exception to the above discussion would be if a player like Tevez was available for 15m or 20m (ditto for Berbatov). It’s unlikely, but if that were to happen, United would be foolish to pass up such an opportunity. Like they did with Rooney, you’ve got to move for the stars when they’re available, and if a really big name is interested in coming to United, let’s go for it.

But not at the cost of marginalising our own talent.

Let me know what you guys think.



  1. perif

    May 13, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Rossi is one of the biggest talents in the game at present. Attributes: A great finisher, left footed, and a good dribbler, good composure, a decent passer of the ball and a intelligent player as well. I’d take that, bet Arjen Robben wished he had these attribues. 😀

    Finishing skills are the most underrated I believe. People seem to rate dribbling, tackling and passing more! Look at Solskjaer for example.

  2. Jade

    May 15, 2007 at 1:25 am

    I’m not sure if he can play english football, he’s short and skinny. And it took a while to find this link but just to quote the article from the link his agent said at the time: “I think that Rossi is more suitable to the Italian tournament, for technical qualities, that’s why we discarded options of playing in English clubs, even second division, so not to waste his talent.” … I’m surprised at his change of heart, i’m very skeptical, i think he won’t make it in the premiership, i think we’ll end up selling him to someone in the Serie A

  3. Keith Moses Kaira II

    May 15, 2007 at 8:25 am

    he is the only player that makes in our squad that makes letting the ever injured Saha go, getting a natural replacement for him, and keeping Smith (to partner Rossi) make perfect sense…

  4. Keith Moses Kaira II

    May 15, 2007 at 8:29 am

    @ Jade, if Owen and Defoe can make it in England, Rossi should have no worries…

  5. Tomas

    May 15, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Of course Rossi can make it in England. He’s an extremely intelligent player, and with his technical skills, his lack of strength atm will not harm him too much. He’s most likely working in the gym too, which will help him alot.

    The only problem – as also outlined in the article – is the fact that Saha is back with all his injuries, and that we can’t rely on 2 players as young as Rooney and Rossi, when one of them is merely big potential. But I surely hope, we’ll keep Rossi in the club for next season, because I think there’ll be plenty of opportunities for him to play, and he’ll surely be picked over Ole (I hope)

  6. samg

    May 17, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    if united were just buying him from parma, then yes, i wuld have my doubts, but the fact that he’s been here for three of his formitive years gives me confidence that he can make it in england. i think he understands english football and has the talent to survive. dont forget there are players even smaller than him who more than just survive here (look at lennon and wright-phillips)

  7. Keith Moses Kaira II

    May 18, 2007 at 1:03 am

    Rossi will get his chance next season in the first team squad. I guarantee it. Fergie did call him the future of Man United. That said it all.

  8. Mr.Muhozi

    May 27, 2007 at 2:09 am

    if fergie does not get a striker in this transfer window, then rossi should work his arse off to get into the starting 11, an injury to saha seems for definate, all he has to do is beat OGS and Smudge, should not be too hard for the former since his old and retiring this next season, and smudge isnt an out and out striker, dong might and should go on loan, so this next season i hope rossi gets his chance, fergie did call him the future of united and he is, with rooney and ronaldo, the paper will be screaming the three R’s Rooney, Rossi, Ronaldo

  9. BootifullGame

    June 2, 2007 at 5:38 am

    Im sure that Rossi will be given a decent chance at first XI this season, certainly some squad involvement.
    I dont think his size is an issue, I think he showed that quite well when he went to Newcastle. Although his load spell there was disappointing due to his lack of chances, he actually played quite well. Ask most Geordie’s and they will tell you the same.
    Michael Owen in his teenage years must have weighed about two ounces, but it didn’t stop him naging them in, our own Scholesy is only a half pint, so I dont think thats a problem.
    Im dying to see him get a chance after watching him for the reserves and reading some of his match reports at Parma. I think Fergie and Ole have both described him as the best finisher at the club and thats quite a claim to fame.
    He scores goals..simple as that.

  10. Hiram Gakembu

    June 7, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Let Rossi come back home and settle. He has a future at Old Trafford and selling him or loaning him again won’t help at all!!!

  11. johnpanda

    June 26, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Rossi is a class player and definitely a big prospect for the future. However, I still think we need to buy another striker for one simple reason. Rossi is not a box player, target man, back-to-goal striker or leader of the line in the way that Ruud was for us, and that sicknote Saha is to a certain extent. Rossi seems more of a creative second-striker type in the mould of Rooney or Scholes (in his early days), albeit with an excellent strike rate. Currently we have lots of players who can perform that type of creative role, running from deep positions: Rooney, Ronaldo, Giggs, Scholes, Anderson, Nani, Park etc. At present Saha is the only player capable of leading the line, winning balls in the air and consistently getting on the end of moves, and unfortunately he’s always injured!

    Someone like McCarthy would be a sensible option in the short term.

  12. Elliot Azim

    July 1, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Rossi, in my opinion, is capable of getting 20+ for us next season and if Rooney and Ronaldo do the same we could have a 60 goal a season strike force. Unfortunatly however, given the signings of Nani, Anderson and OH i cant see all three Rs playing together next season.But with sicknote Saha (i like that johnpanda) Smith (if hes still here) and Old Ole for competition Rossi will get 30+ games next season and should be amining at about 12 or so goals.

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