Category Archives: Rambles

United spending spree done and dusted?

Remember a few months ago, when Fergie said he’d sign three players? Yeah, well, Jones, Young & completing their transfers and De Gea set to sign in the next few days, that’s three players. I know you’re all going to say that he wasn’t planning on signing Jones, but he had to, but nevertheless. It completes the 3 players.

Generally, we’ve all been crying out for an attacking midfielder and a defensive midfielder but I can’t help that Fergie has already addressed this with the signings of Jones and Young? What if that’s it? Read the rest of this entry

Why Ashley Young is the player we need

How many times did you say, we lack that bit of spark, bit of energy or that through ball last season? Frustrating isn’t it? How many times did we need a player like Young to step up to the plate to chase a winner last year? Countless, simple as that. Countless.

Ashley Young, just 25 – is a perfect signing for Manchester United. I said it years ago, he’s a player I’ve always wanted to see at United, and it seems he’s wanted to come here too for quite a while. Young, cancelled his rather expensive wedding last week to ensure that the deal gets completed as soon as possible.

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The small matter of Phil Jones

Phil Jones. Where to even bloody start on this post. I’ve seen a lot of people talking about this particular move, and I wanted to delve into certain specifics of the contract, the transfer, and the clauses that Blackburn Rovers have put into place.

Jones, 19, is currently under contract at Blackburn, but if you’re a Football Manager fan, you’ll know about this, and you can actually approach him with a contract without owners permission of accept/decline on the actual transfer. Sir Alex jumped at the clause, and ultimately said, here, we’ll give you £80,000 a week to join us. Jones accepted, as you would. If the most successful club in England knock on your door and you say no, you’re a fool, simple as that. Read the rest of this entry

Transfers: Ashley Young

25-year-old winger, Ashley Young, has apparently agreed on personal terms and signed a £15m transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester United. (Transfer supposedly to be complete in 7 days.) With Valencia, Nani, Giggs and Park Ji-Sung all fit and in good form – many fans have been questioning why and even how we could use him to improve our squad. There are several great qualities with Young, but the one we need the most is set-pieces. When in form, Ashley Young has been known to score quite a few beautiful free kicks and can also deliver great balls from a corner – something we’ve been lacking ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Real Madrid. Read the rest of this entry

Ryan Giggs, my idol, my hero, tarnished his reputation?

Ryan Giggs, wow. That’s a name you’d never expect to see on the tabloids for allegations of sexual activity with ex Big Brother star, Imogen Thomas, while being happily married with children? Wow, wow, wow. What to say? Ryan’s been my hero growing up, probably one of the best, if not THE best footballer I’ve ever seen wearing the sacred shirt. Since joining in 1987, he was a star to behold, bursting down the wing, and in his younger days, getting into some antics off the field too, however, Sir Alex put him in his place, and he settled down to become an amazing footballer with an unbelievable career totalling up 12 Premier League trophies, 4 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 8 Community Shields, 2 Champions League’s, a UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

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The under-appreciated value of Antonio Valencia

Replacing Cristiano Ronaldo was always going to be a tough ask. After all, this is a man who scored 118 goals in 196 appearances, terrified defenders with sheer pace and magical skill and could arguably be described as the best player ever to play under Sir Alex Ferguson before leaving in June 2009.

So a tough act to follow. It was nineteen days later when United signed a ‘replacement’ in the shape of Antonio Valencia, who came from Wigan for £16million. It’s fair to say the fans, and myself, weren’t exactly relishing the prospect of replacing a Ballon D’Or winner with a player from the bottom half of the league for less than a quarter of the price.

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United vs Chelsea: 5 quick reactions.

1) How did Chicharito not get a hattrick today? He got in great positions time and time again, and you’d have bet your house on him scoring more often than not. What a signing he’s been though, £6m and to get 2o goals in his first season so far is outstanding. The last player to do that for us was Ruud van Nistelrooy. Not bad for an unknown nobody from Mexican obscurity. Read the rest of this entry

Does Darron Gibson have what it takes?

It seems every club has a scapegoat. A player who always appears to fail to perform but is yet picked regularly by the manager. Darron Gibson is Manchester United’s.

Rarely have I seen praise for Gibson from United fans and it always seems it’s his fault when the team doesn’t win or performs below par. Despite this, though, Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest manager’s of all time who has won countless silverware, continues to pick him. The Northern Ireland international has made 20 appearances this season, scoring just twice, and played 58times in total for United.
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We’re Going to Wembley!

After the disappointing loss at the Emirates, Manchester United hoped they would quickly bounce back and finish up the job in Europe v FC Schalke 04. After 9 changes were made in the XI that played v Arsenal, some were left raising their eyebrows at Sir Alex Ferguson – but we should all know not to question his brilliance when it comes to winning trophies. As usual, as the game kicked off, Schalke seemed to have a little bit of an edge with the possession until the squad kicked into their stride.

It only took 26 minutes for Darron Gibson to set Valencia free, with an absolutely beautiful ball. Valencia scored the goal, and after that, I don’t think we heard from the Gibbo haters for the rest of the night. In quick succession, it was Valencia who set Gibbo free at goal – and we scored in the 31st minute. Nothing like a “thank you” in the form of a goal for Gibbo, eh? Schalke would then come back into the game slightly, scoring a goal in the 35th minute. But after that, the game was pretty much done and dusted as the aggregate scoreline read 4-1.

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United outclass Schalke in Europe

This may be the best performance I’ve ever seen from the boys in Red this evening in Germany. Manchester United totally outclassed Schalke 04 this evening in a game that ended up being 0-2 to the reds. Fantastic performance.

In the semi-final of the Champions League, you would of thought it would of been a very tight game. Not tonight, we were class. Totally dominated the Germans this evening, with 18 attempts on goal, but for Neuer, Schalke were very very disappointing.

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