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Transfer magic / what next for United?

I’ve already written a bit about the Nani / Anderson moves on SL, but I thought I’d drop in here and add more to the story.

For starters, Anderson plays as a striker as well, so we don’t really need another striker as some people have said in response to these signings.

And after last season’s transfer wrangles and the heartbreak of the CL and FA Cup defeats, this news made me, for the first time after 2nd May, very happy about United. But let’s not get hasty and start predicting a quadruple or a back-to-back titles – there’s a long time to go in the transfer season.

We’ve got the midfield covered, we have a new winger AND a new striker. The squad is set for next season, although I think United just may move for one more player (not a defender, but could be a striker, a central midfielder or even a keeper).

That leaves us with two questions:

1) Who to sell?
2) Who to play next season?



  1. Rahul 7

    31 May 2007 at 05:07

    richardson out
    silvestre out


    neville/o shea ferdinand/pique vidic/brown evra/heinze

    ronaldo/park carrick/fletcher hargreaves/scholes giggs/nani
    rooney/saha /anderson/smith

  2. Trev

    31 May 2007 at 06:11

    I think that Nani and Anderson are GREAT signings! The guys are the ‘new’ ronaldo and ronaldinho (respectively) if you pay any attention to the media, and hopefully we havn’t paid too much over the odds for them by sealing the deals quickly and (well especially Anderson) quietly (which I’d like to congratulate Ferguson on). However!! It still, for me, leaves some questions to be asked: 1) Where the real out and out goal scorer? Some will say Rooney is already that but i’m not sure. 2) Where will our experience come from? With a Schole, Giggs et al. looking set to retire soon who can we look to for that much needed experience, just look at Milan for evidence of how useful this can be. 3) How will they fit? Mid: Nani left, Carrick, Hargreaves (hopefully) Ronaldo Upfront: Rooney Anderson? Don’t know. 4) Have we signed too many flair players? Ronaldo at Man U works because he has he is the only real ego in the squad. Players like Giggsy, Scholes, Fletcher, Carrick etc. don’t look for the plaudits. This means he can express himself on the field without annoying others. My one and only problem with Ronaldo and all his tricks is that it sometimes it does lead to selfish play. Ronaldo had the most shots of any prem play last year (145) and although he gots lots of goals, if we alctually look at his conversion ratio (goals/shots) its low at 12%. So I’m not saying he’s bad for the team I’m just saying he’s a little wasteful and prone to playing for himself. Now Nani and Anderson are similar to Ronaldo in that they both like to do tricks, free-kicks and score! Not a totally bad thing, but with all three in the side will we see competitiveness turn bad with each trying to impress the most, score the most, want to take the free-kicks etc. How will Ronaldo’s ego cope if the newspapers forget about him and start lauding Nani or Anderson? Will we see him be more and more selfish as he tries to impress? I’m just postulating but still it will be interesting to see. I guess for all of these only time will tell.

    Still all in all a very nice piece of business!

  3. C

    31 May 2007 at 06:11

    Sell Ole & Richardson.
    Get Buffon.

    Ronaldo.Carrick. Hargraves.Nani.

  4. bond

    31 May 2007 at 10:35

    remember Chelsea can still snatch it from our nose like robben and mikel….fingers crossed …..waiting for an official anouncement!!!!!!

  5. wicked

    31 May 2007 at 11:21

    buffon? doubt it..he’s a lil bit too old. Ferguson seems to have eyes only for young prospects it seems. Anyway, i wonder if Anderson gonna be played upfront or as replacement for Scholes.

  6. Tomas

    31 May 2007 at 12:34

    We should sell Richardson, Smith and Silvestre, since they’d bring in quite a decent sum of money (£12-15 mil).

    I don’t see SAF playing both Anderson, Nani and Ronaldo in the same game next season – maybe in the long term, but not as long as he still has Giggs, Saha and Scholes. We will need the experience more than ever next season, when we’re title defenders. To be honest (and only by reviews from Portugal), I think Nani needs some work still. I have greater hopes for Anderson, who seems to be the real deal. But they are both young and shouldn’t play too many games next season – maybe in the range of 20-25 including all Carling Cup and FA Cup games.

    I wouldn’t have a problem with SAF playing at least 2 flair players…just look at how well it worked out for Barcelona a couple of seasons ago with Messi and Ronaldinho.

  7. richpenguin

    31 May 2007 at 15:11

    I don’t think there’s any intention there to throw Nani and Anderson straight in as first choice players. Like Ronaldo, they’re probably going to need a couple of seasons of trial and error / learning how to play in a team rather than for themselves before they’ll be cast iron first choices.

    People forget that when we bought Ronaldo, he was supposed to be understudy to Ole (who had kept Becks out of the team at right midfield in the latter stages of the 02/03 season) for a couple of years. It was only because of Ole’s 2yr layoff that Ronaldo had to do his growing up and developing in the first team and therefore in the eye of the media.

    I think the only thing our squad is missing is a genuine back-to-goal striker. Saha can do that job very well, and people forget how good he was up to January, but he is unreliable with injuries. So can Smith, but (let’s be honest) he’s not quite good enough to be in our first XI. Question is whether we buy a headline name (Berbatov, Tevez etc) or someone who’s happy to be part of a rotation (think Mido, Crouch or, more realistically, McCarthy).

    Other than that, our squad looks pretty healthy – look at all the options we have in each position:

    GK: EVDS, Foster (may need a reserve if Foster’s operation is bad)

    RB: Neville, Brown, O’Shea, Pique (+Evra/Fletcher if we’re desperate)

    CB: Rio, Vidic, Brown, O’Shea, Silvestre, Pique (+Heinze/Neville)

    LB: Evra, Heinze, Silvestre, O’Shea (+Richardson)

    LM: Giggs, Nani, Park, Ronaldo, Rooney, Anderson, Richardson (+Evra)

    DCM: Carrick, Hargreaves, Fletcher, O’Shea (+Smith)

    ACM: Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Anderson (+Rooney)

    RM: Ronaldo, Giggs, Park, Anderson, Nani (?), Fletcher, Rooney, Solskjaer

    CF: Saha, Rooney, Smith, Solskjaer, Anderson, Ronaldo, Giggs, Rossi, Nani (?) (+Scholes)

  8. Wilson

    31 May 2007 at 21:34

    Anderson and Nani are two great signings but i still feel we need 2 sign someone who knows how 2 find the net week in week out e.g eto, berbatov, tevez or maybe even adriano from inter, who needs a new challenge.

    We should get rid of saha (injury prone) solskjaer (too old) Fletcher and richardson.

    If we sold saha and smith then we should attempt to sign a great striker like eto and a cheap option like mc’arthy

  9. justin

    1 June 2007 at 07:21

    we need fernando torres!!!!

  10. Steve

    1 June 2007 at 17:41

    We don’t NEED Torres, or another striker at all really.
    Would it be nice to have Berbatov, Torres or Eto’o? Oooh yeah, but in my opinion it would be overkill. Like the article says Anderson can easily play as a striker. Co coupled with the fact that Rossi is supposed to be coming back to hopefully be given a fair crack at the first team, all be it most likely in the Carling, FA Cup or choice Premiership games initially., i think we have enough coverage up front. However, If we do go for another striker then let it be Huntelaar.
    We dont need ANOTHER keeper. Foster should be let loose as soon as possible, injury permitting.
    I would like to see some full back cover though. With the future looking uncertain for Heinze and Sylvestre, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in some experienced cover. Im not sure what the future holds for Bardsley, Evans or Simpson, perhaps more loans.
    But whatever else happens in the transfer market, i would be happy to start the season with what we have, especially now we have Hargreaves. That will hopefully spell the end for Richardson and maybe The Scotiish Palyer.
    Good work Fergie!

  11. Niall Doc

    1 June 2007 at 17:46

    How dare you say get rid of Ole. He is a United legend and will stay for his remaining playing days and then take up a coaching/ambasador role.

    Out: Silvestre (Lyon), Bardsley(Villa or Derby), Richardson (Sheff Utd) Total- £10M
    In: Nani, Anderson, Haragreaves, Huntelaar
    Total – £50 – 60M

    Team Next Year:

    GK: EVDS, Foster, Kushzak
    RB: Neville, Simpson, Brown, Pique, O’Shea
    CB: Rio, Vida, Brown, O’Shea, Pique, Evans, Heinze
    LB: Evra, Heinze, Evans, O’Shea
    RM: Ronaldo, Fletcher, Rooney, Park, Nani, Ole, Eagles
    CM: Scholes, Carrick, Haragreaves, O’Shea, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs
    LM: Giggs, Park, Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson, Rooney, Evra, Martin
    FW: Anderson, Rooney, Saha, Rossi, Dong, Ole, Ronaldo, Smith, Scholes, Huntelaar

  12. Alvin Lim

    1 June 2007 at 18:42

    Fletcher can stay actually. He’s been improving everytime i see him play. Richardson should go off….he is someone who NEVER improve.

    Saha is good but, well…too much injuries. Solksjaer is old but I think there will at most another season in MU – gonna retire soon.

    Top striker? I don’t think we have enuf cash for that. I feel that we need another right back to cover up for neville. He’s not young anymore. Brown looks more like a makeshift defender for me, not meant for the first 11.

  13. Little Dud

    1 June 2007 at 19:26

    I think that in an ideal world, Smith would be sold to spurs with Berbatov going the other way or eto’o coming from Barca, but I feel that it is very unlikely that any other spending will happen this summer.

  14. Chirag

    1 June 2007 at 21:17

    Anelka will be a very good choice. I read a few articles about Man Utd going after him and I think it will be a great move.

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  16. BootifullGame

    2 June 2007 at 20:05

    Anelka would be baaad business, in my opinion. As would Owen and Defoe.
    Not a big fan of any of these chaps. If we do allow Saha or Smith to leave then it looks likely one of these three might be winging their ways to OT. Unfortunatley.
    I would rather see Huntelaar coming in but thats looks unlikely. I suppose Bent might be an alternative third choice striker. He has the pace and movement to bring something fresh off the bench. Perhaps lacks the big game experience though.
    I would be tempted to keep what we have. I know people have become obsessed with getting a 25+ goals a season striker, but i believe we have some quality strikers already bedded into the United way.
    So let’s not just buy a striker for strikers sake. Let’s make sure we get someone who can bring something fresh to the squad. Someone who can find his place within the United ‘squad’. The last thing we need is someone coming in, not getting the games they want and having tantrums and unsettling the balance and unity.
    Someone keen and hungry. Not a moody journey man, and his agent lurking in the wings trying to make another buck.
    Come on Fergie, suprsrise me again.

  17. spizzy

    4 June 2007 at 11:48

    i think rossi should be intergrated into the team,we need some long term players for the future and with rossi we could get that.arsenal have theo who had his fare share of games last season,think its time we gave rossi some games in the squad so hat he can mature under supervision of guys like scoles and giggs before these two united greats finally ang their boots

  18. mufc fan

    31 May 2008 at 14:29

    same midfeilders

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