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SAF Breaks Silence | New Signings Pics | Smith Talks

A quick update on some of the news stories yesterday. There were quite a few interesting reports, especially some quotes finally from Sir Alex Ferguson on the Tevez issue, the unveiling of our new summer signings and a report on Smith.

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted yesterday that the club are close to a deal with Tevez. In fact, according to him, it’s only outside factors, such as the Premier League and West Ham United, that are stumbling blocks for the deal to go through. The club solicitor, Maurice Watkins, is working on thrashing out the details of the deal. But the most interesting part of what he said was this:

“[Club Solicitor] Maurice Watkins has been working on it for a month, maybe more, to make sure the deal is perfectly clear and there are no side issues.”

‘Working on it for a month or more!’ That is brilliant in the sense that it has pretty much typified our transfer business this season. The press didn’t get wind of the Tevez deal until the legal issues came up. So basically, that will be put down as another great piece of signing that has gone under the radar, following those of Nani and Anderson. Well done Fergie, and Gill, and whoever handled the business dealings this season.

Of course, it is satisfying to see the boss appear confident about Tevez’s signing.

Owen Hargreaves and Nani were officially unveiled yesterday. Head over to to read the report.

Nani Hargreaves

While on the subject of new signings, Hargreaves spoke at length about what he expects to achieve at United, and how he would want to contribute to the club’s success. He was, as usual, effusive in his praise of the club, something he has been for the past year or so. Let’s hope his desire also translates into success on the pitch.

The Mirror thinks that Smith wants talks with Ferguson about his future in United. He must want to have a word or two, I’d imagine.

And finally before I end this, I have a few (deservingly) harsh words for Liverpool Chief Executive, Rick Parry, who thinks top-flight clubs do not need loan deals. This is what that twat of a person had to say:

“At the Premier League we thought that, given the money there is, you didn’t need loans – you should be able to stand on your own two feet. “There is enough money around to make transfer deals permanent.”

Absolute bollocks, I say. The biggest advantage of loan deals is that it allows club youngsters to get valuable first team experience in other clubs instead of rotting away in the reserves. Honestly, if he’s really serious about abolishing loan deals he should realize that the level of football played at reserve level isn’t even as good as the Championship, and doesn’t have the pressure cooker atmosphere and quality of top flight (or for that matter, even Championship level) football. So if you don’t send your promising youth players out on loans, you are never going to see how they turn out to be. The player wouldn’t even get to play in the first team because it’s already loaded with multi-million dollar footballers and a manager would need guts and confidence for that.

So shut your gob, Mr. Parry. Do your multi-million deals, get your players, keep them on the bench till they get bored watching paint dry. Oh yes, then, sell them off instead of loaning them.



  1. De_Roiste

    10 July 2007 at 10:39

    Never mind the fact that Mascherano is at Parry’s Pool on the same deal that we are trying to do with Tevez Red Ranter.. Pot. Kettle.

  2. Wilton

    10 July 2007 at 10:43

    It should also be mentioned that that twat of a person signed Mascherano on a bloody loan. It’s as if the world wants to here from this idiot!

  3. wick3d

    10 July 2007 at 10:45

    nani got the number 17 it seems..hargreaves’s still undecided..

  4. Aus_Devil

    10 July 2007 at 10:48

    Indicates that Hargreaves will be given a number currently occupied – possibly the number 23 of Richardson.

    Does anyone know when the Asian Tour squad is announced?

  5. Red Ranter

    10 July 2007 at 11:05

    [De_Roiste] and [Wilton]
    Yes, exactly. It is really disgusting to hear such words from someone who couldn’t outrightly buy Mascherano off straight away. Dodgy ownership or not, he should have either bought him off outrightly or gone for some other permanent option. (If he sincerely thinks that loan deals are unnecessary for top clubs, that is.)

  6. Indian Devil

    10 July 2007 at 12:02

    Hey I saw that Hargreaves was given the no. 8 shirt earlier but was later replaced due to the eventual signing of Tevez who is to be given the no.8.

  7. karl

    10 July 2007 at 12:15

    What do you expect of Liverpool. Chief Executive sign Mascherano on loan, afterwards says loan deals should be banned…Stevie G take a dive, afterwards says divers should be banned. 🙂 typical…

  8. Elishaphan Onguka(phan)

    10 July 2007 at 14:08

    Hargo will take no.23 or no. 14 shirt, thats why he is still undecided. Its a clear indicator that Smithy or Kieran will leave. Good riddance since both players are crap, just hope HEINZE and ROSSI will stay. TEVEZ to wear no 8 shirt. I,ll order jersey no.8 straight away….one utd.

  9. Keith Moses Kaira II

    10 July 2007 at 15:02

    Hargreaves will most probably take number 12. 25 will be Tevez. and Anderson 8. While Smith and Rossi will stay. Judging from what Fergie said. For Rossi is in his plans and Smith fancies a fight for his place…

  10. myheartisRED

    10 July 2007 at 15:31

    Nani – 17
    Hargreaves – 8 ( 8 suits defensive midfielders… nicky butt was 8 🙂 plus Hargreaves is definitely going to get more first team action than all of the other new signings…so more likely to be 8)
    12 – anderson / Tevez…remains to be seen.

  11. De_Roiste

    10 July 2007 at 16:16

    [myheartisRED].. I can’t see Tevez being on the bench much if/when we get him!!

  12. adil alhinai

    10 July 2007 at 16:44

    tevez is getting number 8, just like maradonna wore number 8 in his career, thats why rooney got number to, this way SAF makes the players seems valued and gave them a task, now i wonder what OH and anderson are getting, i think anderson maybe 12 or 25, and carrick KR number 23?


    10 July 2007 at 17:30

    i don’t really give a monkeys what number they wear so long as they sweat blood for the club and embrace the BADGE on their chest


    10 July 2007 at 17:35

    Has there been any official confirmation about the signing or Rodrigo Possebon and if so, when will he be arriving?

  15. GOD - Im a Red Devil

    10 July 2007 at 19:13

    Hello My Children….your friend GOD here!

    Talking about new arrivals….check this out. You get the entire team on this picture. Including, NANI, ANDERSON, HARGREAVES…and of course TEVEZ

    GOD MAKES IT HAPPEN……just believe in me, ’cause i believe in you.

  16. Jacko

    10 July 2007 at 21:43

    Well GOD hope you didn’t create that version of Tevez in your own image? Didn’t think he could be made uglier but you have managed it. Even Fletchers having a bit of a smirk at what you’ve done to him!

  17. adil alhinai

    10 July 2007 at 22:38

    DUUDe love possebon is joing united in july 2008, when he turns 18, he has an italian passport so no work permit issues there

  18. Aus_Devil

    10 July 2007 at 23:27

    The fact that United have been working on the Tevez deal for a month or more is a very positive sign. It means that SAF obviously has plans to fit all these attacking players into a new formation and has specifically targeted his new signings to fit into this approach – rather than just bought a player who was available and then worried about how to fit him into the lineup.

    Just read that Roy Keane has come out and laughed off suggestions that Scholes could be on his way to Sunderland (not that any of us ever believed the rumours – but hopefully the papers will also come to their senses – on this issue at least).

  19. Tomas

    11 July 2007 at 08:51

    The fact that they have been working on the deal for a month or more also suggests that we’re waiting for the deal to go through before selling Smith. Richardson is probably just around the corner, because we wanted to wait for Nani to pass his medical.

  20. Aus_Devil

    11 July 2007 at 09:20

    Agree on the sale of Smith waiting on the arrival of Tevez – sounds like a sensible move.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the deals (eg. the Richardson one) occur in the next week as we may want them wrapped up before we leave on the Asian tour. It will be interesting to see who is named in the squad as it may provide a few pointers as to possible sales (ie. those who are left behind).

  21. Hiram Gakembu

    11 July 2007 at 09:24

    If LP took Mascherano from WH with PL support, why is it that now they want to complicate matters for Utd. Why can’t they make it easier for us as well. Are there double standards?


    11 July 2007 at 13:58

    cheers Adil,
    Can’t wait to see what the team will be like in 5 years or so, with the full back twins arriving from Brasil soon. we have our future set with the recent acquisitions and with all these south Americans not only in our team but across the league, it goes to show how rated the Premiership is that young prodigies are rejecting overtures from italy and spain for a move to england. Even Pool are able to snare 16-17 year olds from under the noses of Barca like we and Arse have done before.

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