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It's Been A Slow Start For United On The Market

This time last season United's transfer businesses were almost finished. The club announced at the end of May 2007 that Anderson and Nani agreed in principle to sign for the Reds and a few days later Hargreaves' arrival was also announced.

These quick, smooth dealings impressed the fans as, to be honest, we were not used to it after the previous years' dragging sagas. Of course last summer offered one of those, too but it eventually ended in success, with Carlos Tevez secured and he went on to play a huge part in winning the Double.

This time it is Ronaldo's future that's dominating the headlines. Done deals are nowhere to be seen as even rumours are few and far between. It looks like Fergie is still not certain who he should go after.

Obviously, the European Championships delayed things as usually most of the transfer activities are on hold during a major tournament. But you'd expect more rumours and more convincing ones as well. So far there are too many reports in the papers about Fergie's perceived doubts about his supposed targets.

A year ago United were clearly keen on signing Hargreaves, Anderson and Nani, with Fergie being absolutely convinced that they would propel the side to a next level. This time it looks like the gaffer has not committed himself to go all out to sign someone: he's yet to be totally convinced.

Hopefully he'll get it right in the end, again. It won't be easy, seeing that he has to content with the Ronaldo-saga, too which of course is key to any future business: if he goes than we need to be much more active in the transfer market than Fergie had probably planned. Until his future is in limbo, United will remain cautious about their own targets.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 3 2008

Time: 9:15PM

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Other than a right back and a striker do you really need anybody though?
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03/07/2008 21:43:00

i agree dont need ne one else
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03/07/2008 22:44:00

goal and other sites say that an agreement has been reached with united and real... our silence on the subject makes me nervous....
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04/07/2008 07:48:00

around 90,000,000 EUR
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04/07/2008 07:48:00

maybe the madrid deal (if reached) will sort out the striker and right back? then you need a right midfielder.
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04/07/2008 11:40:00

I have a strange feeling Ronaldo will stay. If so, I only want us to pursue berbatov and put all our resources into getting him. A right back is not needed IMO.
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04/07/2008 12:36:00

I'll generously put myself on the market for 1.50 if United, and only United, need my services. I can't play football, but i'd be eager. I'm also good at organising parties.
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04/07/2008 13:58:00

a striker is all we need.
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04/07/2008 21:10:00

^^ agreed, that is if no one leaves. i am NOW 95% sure Ronaldo will stay, even his sister said so LOL
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04/07/2008 22:43:00

not being a utd fan i have no idea: can you all forgive him for his flirtations with another club, in the event he stays?
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04/07/2008 23:05:00

I will, because IMO he hasnt done anything wrong except playing with the media, its ok for him to say his dream is to play for Madrid (everyone has dreams) ASLONG as he gives 100% on the field for us. I think all this has been made worse by the media, media is making Ronaldo look a ungrateful jackass and i dont think thats the case, he is confused but now that he is out of the SCOLARI camp he has time to think and now he is probably realizing that this is the right club for him at this time, there is no need to move
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05/07/2008 02:25:00

it's not as if Scolari put it in Ronaldo's head that he should go to Real Madrid. he had expressed interest prior to the Euros, due largely to family influence from what i understand. being in your position i'd have a hard time forgiving him. barely any time after a CL win and he's talking about leaving?
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05/07/2008 13:58:00

i'm as much a united fan as any other Reddevils4ever89 but CR is not blind. he can see the problems he is causing with his silence... so he not innocent...far from it
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05/07/2008 17:35:00

But if he doesnt move doesnt that mean he is happy here :? he hasnt asked to be transfered nor have i seen him on TV say he wasnt to leave MAN UTD. as i said its ok for him to have dreams of playing in SPAIN aslong as he gives 100% for Man Utd. He probably feels he doesnt need to say anything because he already said 100000000000000000000000000x that he is happy here and that he wants to stay
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05/07/2008 17:58:00

Wish it was settled either way I'm sure you guys are tired reading about it.
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07/07/2008 13:25:00

amen to that sw6cfc!
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07/07/2008 18:49:00


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