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Fergie Should Forget About Signing Huntelaar

There is another rumour doing the rounds and it's a rather worrying one: according to reports, Fergie is planning to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Real Madrid.

Yes, the Dutchman is a great finisher. True. But that's all. Many United fans are keen to see him in our shirt: I'm not. His speed, technique, strength are all average, he's not creative, he's not mobile. He cannot be really involved in the build-up play. He's nothing more than a good finisher.

That would be a luxury which we cannot afford. We need players who can contribute to the attacks more than just finishing them. It did not work with Ruud van Nistelrooy in his last two seasons: his presence actually held the team back, especially Ronaldo who began to flourish after his departure.

And, needless to say, Ruud was a much, much better player than Huntelaar will ever be.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 25 2009

Time: 10:48PM

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Can't say I disagree. We need an injection of pace into the team - Berba, Rooney and Valencia are not gonna provide the lightning counter attacks we grew accustomed to two seasons ago.
tuscan3000
One deal at a time,first lets rap up valencia's deal.
abmtd
Not impressed with Huntelaar eh? As if he'd want to take the step down from Real to yernited anyway! Scraps is what you'll get this season once the teams with cash have had their pick, so take my advice and sign anything with a pulse while you still can.
fifthcolumnblue
Agree. When van Nistelrooy left we won the title the next season, scoring so many goals. We need younth, pace, talent and creativity... fine if he's on the bench to come on if we're creating but not putting away, but not too sure he'd take to thatm idea...
Man utd champions
I'm astonished you have such a low opinion of Huntelaar. He can certainly play in the fulcrum role up front, and with United being one of the only clubs that consistently cross well I think he would get you plenty of bread and butter goals (probably often the 1st goal, after which you normally rout the other team). He's not the intrinsic poacher that Horseface was, but is better in other departments. I know I'd take him over AdeBarnDoor any day. I reckon he has what it takes to be perhaps 85% of what Torres could be. Still plenty - and you have (had) so much other goal-threat that he'd find plenty of space.
Englishman-in-NY
I wouldn't mind seen him at Old Trafford he might not be a starter every game and I cant imagine him costing too much, hes an honest player he just scores goals nothing spectacular and hes not a windbag like Berba, whats the point in build up play without a striker at the end of it I would like to see us score some more ordinary scrappy goals because lets be honest with Ronnie gone and Scholes' legs gone only Rooney can really smack the ball from distance and dont say Carrick can he couldn't smack a cripple.
Kanchelskis
Amen Zae, amen.
Paulinho
i have to disagree, if he signed banged in 25goals plus, you wouldnt have a bad word to say about him. weve lost that pace, skill and dynamic play now ronaldo is gone forever. the team struggled whenever he hasnt played, and we arnt going to be able to replace that, so we need alternative options. i think a target man like this would be a good option, especially playing alongside berba. we attack and keep possession better than most teams and we are crying out for a top goalscorer.
ryu00
 

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