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Are We Being Lied To?

After the bold statements from Fergie and the suspected 'to hell with them' stance taken by the clubs owners, could they be plotting to sell our best player behind our backs?

Portuguese newspaper A Bola (oh, dont you just hate em') has today published quotes from Brazilian star Robinho, in which he admits United have approached Real regarding a swap deal involving the two wing wizards.

'There are proposals, yes.One is from Manchester United which would be in exchange for Cristiano Ronaldo and the other is from Chelsea.'

So, can we really believe these words, are our club set to shock every single fan and sell our best player? Or, is it yet another ploy by Real Madrid to place doubt into Ronaldo's head? I guess we will have to wait until 'D-Day' it just me, or does this whole farce smack of disrespect to us, the fans who sing his name every week and fought his corner when the plethora of critics were on his back. Either way it goes, both United and Ronaldo have been extremely selfish.

However, before United fans get too disheartened, this in no way means he will be leaving, and indeed Real Madrid's c*** of a president Roman Calderon today sounded resigned to losing out on the player he has been tapping-up for weeks.

'We would like to have a player like Cristiano, but if he does not sign for us then it would not be a major problem. The club has said that they do not want to sell him and we cannot keep going back.'

He went on to say:

'One has to know when to stop these things in order to avoid the frustration that the fans could feel.His club have to want to and if they want to negotiate with Madrid or any other club then they will.'

So, like I said, its not all bad news, and I still think Ronaldo will come out and disappoint the Spanish and British media by committing his future to the club...or at least I hope he does.

Perhaps more worrying is our apparent interest in the aforementioned Brazilian, regardless if it involves Ronaldo or not.

'I have never hidden away my wish to remain at Real Madrid, but if the interest is serious I will have no problem leaving Real Madrid as the interest from Manchester United and Chelsea makes me very proud,'

Tipped to be the next 'Pele', Robinho has so far flattered to deceive and I personally do no think he is cut out for the nitty-gritty of the Premier League. Ive watched Madrid alot this season, and despite the amount of time defenders give their attackers, Robinho has still been rather disapointing, and certanly not the bright spark that Ronaldo gives us. He also will not give us near the same amount of goals than Ronaldo does (who would?) with just 25 goals in all 94 of his appearances for 'Los Galacticos'.

Having said that, he IS Brazilian, and therefore is a good footballer, and i guess his signing wouldnt be the worst in the world, considering he is still relativly young (24); but I just cant help feel his signing wouldnt be a great addition to our club who already have the wing ability of Ronaldo, Nani, Giggs, Park and the new-found Owen Hargreaves.

So, what do YOU think? Are the quotes regarding Ronaldo all alot of hot water? Are we seriously in the market for Robinho? Or could this be a week in which we lose our best player?

Have YOUR say.

The Journalist

Writer: United4Life  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 2 2008

Time: 2:00PM

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I'm as red devils as one can get, I just want to clear this up. But the fact that CR is even considering it, (no way united would be trying to sell him for robinho...theres no comparison) makes me start hating him. Its like the Heinze thing last year...suddenly one of our most loved players, turns his back on the club that made him who he was, and rightly so, he is now just "another player" at Real...serves him right...but Ronaldo...I always thought he was pompus and arrogant, but in a Cantona-esque way, which is for the good of the club as well. It seems like he was greedier than i expected...Even if he stays, it still feels as if he betrayed us....If United was selling, and CR didnt want to go, he'd simply say so, and not play with words, change his mind and try to take advantage of the people that made him who he is. But i'm glad that fergie is in charge, and that the Glazers have been proved as great owners (for me atleast), with b***s of steel, and if he tries anything dodgy he'll regret it cause he will leave United in 2012, having spent 4 years on the bench....Ungrateful boy...
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02/06/2008 14:17:00

I king of agree with alex. the fact that he didnt come out and say he wants to stay and that an announcement will be made in the next few days makes me think he wants the madrid move. i wouldnt let him rot in the stands ugh i would sell him now while we can get big money for him instead of paying his wages for the next four years.
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02/06/2008 15:17:00

i guess so rooneyisgod; but its still shame, knowing he wil leave at sometime. its good that players such as rio and rooney will end their careers at us.
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02/06/2008 15:44:00

To be honest, if he leaves and we get Robinho plus about 30 mil, I'll be MORE than okay. But he wont be leaving, that I'm sure of. He wants to be a United Legend and will want to prove he can perform like this every season. If he leaves at the end of his contract too.....thats fine by me
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02/06/2008 16:38:00

I was getting tired of this whole before it even started... Champions League Winners. Premier League Title. And again it's all about Ronaldo's self-orchestration, again. His ego is too big for the club and if he doubts whether he should stay, he should be gone already... There is no place in United heaven for someone with that attitude. Go with Rooney, Anderson is a better player anyway and Nani shows really good promise. We can succeed without him and we will. If the money is right, take it, buy well and we'll be better off.
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02/06/2008 18:38:00

guzmo, i can understand your frustration but dsont forget what a wondefful servent ronaldo has been to our club not just this season, but last. without him would the first couple of scentences of your post be a little shorter? but i agree, no one is bigger than the club and if his hearty is elsewhere we may as well get the most money we can....but I STILL have faith he will stay. but please, lets not turn into bitter arsenal fans, who wish injury upon a player as soon as they leave.
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02/06/2008 19:42:00

Relax people.
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02/06/2008 22:25:00

Ronaldo is in a way priceless, would you have won the league or CL without him. Of course united are bigger than he is and you could stand your ground, but if a player wants to leave nowadays and they are in demand, it seems the player wins out. Look at how Berbatov has made my club Spurs suffer this season. We didn't let him leave after only one season of his contract and he was half the player he was last season. It's sad because Ronaldo could become one of your biggest legends, but the days of player loyalty seem to be over!
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02/06/2008 23:38:00

He will eventually go, but not this year or next or the one after that. The nexy few years he will be at united and then he will move when hes avout 27 or 28 and have his best moves at madrid
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03/06/2008 16:14:00

^ nah, I'd say when hes 25/26 he'll go.
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03/06/2008 20:21:00

As much as i would like him to stay in the premiership (only coz we need to keep the best players in England, i just wish he would roll around on the floor everytime he loses the ball) i think he will leave next summer. I dont think Fergies recent outburst by saying he will leave him to rot in the stands is really gonna help to keep him in Manchester though.
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03/06/2008 20:35:00

^ if anything that will make him want to leave.
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04/06/2008 08:01:00

I think he`ll stay for another season, but will leave next summer. Hell, he`s only 23, not like he HAS to make a decision coz 2-3 years are left for him to play, he still has a long way to go.
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04/06/2008 09:36:00

You should try keep him - his smug, conceited, egotistical attitute suits the club perfectly.
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04/06/2008 14:41:00

ha ha ha vinnie, u could not have summed it up better. one-man utd and one-man army were made for each other. and, going by the title of the piece, something i always suspected... man u are one big lie! on a more serious note, should ronaldo go, i'd feel my stomach wrenched out as a man u fan. what percentage were his 40 odd goals of your total season. omg, OMG... armageddon, apocalypse, whatever. i can understand the panic.
johnny come lately
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04/06/2008 14:59:00

JCL, perhaps your comments would carry more weight behind them if your own club was not in such a embarissingly large crisis itself. You cannot even get a manager to manage you...hardly suprising though considering ther amount of dis-loyalty Roman Abramovich and the bald-headed leech that is Peter Kenyon have shown previous managers. Try looking in your own backyard mate before you go criticising others. Oh, and support Liverpool mate. Enough said.
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04/06/2008 15:03:00

Hardly see any panic here. We have known for a long time that Ronaldo will eventually play in Spain. Plenty more talent in the squad to compensate. When Nistelrooy left we were written off and look what happened.
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04/06/2008 15:15:00

united4life, I don't support the filth. Sorry to dissapoint.
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04/06/2008 16:12:00

U4L,why do even pretend jcl exists? He's going to be on vital Inter next season as 'the special one" has been unveiled.Ronaldo's hands down best player in the world but I'm cheesed off with the whole loyalty issue.Even if he stays are we going to have to go through the same crap every summer? It's all about him and I'm sure the rest of the players are going to feel the same way.They've got a great bond and team spirit and we've got one who can't decide if he wants to remain part of it.He has a short memory after the way we supported him after the world cup.I do hope he stays but if he can't commit and put all this crap to bed I say get rid.Make 87.5 million profit buy Quaresma,Lahm and Huntelaar and I think we'll be all set.True Tosswink,look what happened after Ruud left,we won two titles and a European Cup but Ronaldo really came alive and started to deliver but I understand what you're getting at.One things for sure he'll miss us alot more than we'll miss him...mark my words.Fergie just thrives on proving people wrong!!!
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04/06/2008 22:33:00


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