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Rumours Have Dried Up Since Fergie's Announcement

Oliver Kay in the Times insisted that Sir Alex was merely bluffing and United did not end their summer spending. However, the boss was quite unambigous in the matter and the press' reaction, for me, is unexpected.

The reaction I'm talking about is that the rumours seem to have dried up. Eto'o, Ibrahimovic, Huntelaar, Aguero - they are seemingly forgotten, at least in context with United.

Understandably, many fans reacted with fury. The defeat to Barcelona still rankles, the centre of the midfield hasn't been strengthened and many see the additions of Owen, Obertan and Valencia as inadequate and insufficient even in the attacking department.

But I for one am glad that the flow of silly rumours ceased because it was quite exhausting to be honest. Every day we were supposed to be on the brink of getting some really big name and of course it merely heightened the fans' expectations and frustrations. But it seems we have to accept that the market is silly, prices are insane because of Real Madrid and because clubs know we have the money.

IT might be a lean year coming up but neither the club nor the fans should act as plastic glory hunters. It is quite possible that next year high-profile targets will be available at reasonable prices; this year it's clearly not the case.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 15 2009

Time: 8:48AM

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i think fergie will sign a player or two if the right one comes along. prob just trying 2 keep it more private cus if its all over the papers and other clubs are getting linked to the same player the price goes up 5 mill each time.
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15/07/2009 10:35:00

Clubs know you have the money? Kidology of the highest order. Most of my United mates are starting to realise that the old trafford cupboard is most exceedingly bare. Can't wait to hear your outrage when the transfer window slams shut and you realise the Glazers lied to the fans about the whereabouts of the winker fee.
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15/07/2009 10:42:00

There will be no outrage from anyone with a brain. Fergie not spending money is not the same as having no money to spend. Besides, keeping the banks at bay by throwing a few million quid at them is hardly bad business is it? Our squad was already superior in most positions to most teams in the league and that hasn't changed. If we can put out a youth team that could have beaten the 5th best team in the league, trust me, it'll take a fair few more sales for us to relinquish our iron grip on this league. But please enjoy your imaginary triumphs based on our prophesised demise now fifthcolumnblue, when the season starts - the reality will probably be a bit more depressing for you.
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15/07/2009 15:10:00

Tuscan - Unlike some City fans, I do not expect us to win the league next season and suspect that even the leap from 10th to 4th may be beyond us in such a short space of time. However I am very worried about the situation at United (not really out of concern for your club you understand :), but because of the possible repercussions for the whole of football. At the moment united are mystifyingly failing to replace two of your best players, and although ferguson is maintaining the party line on not wanting to spend money, virtually ALL of my United mates (especially the FC attendees) are getting very worried. As I said, I'm not at all bothered for United if they were to go down the pan, but how much ammunition would idiots like Plattini and Blatter have if united went tits up?
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15/07/2009 15:26:00

Lurkin-on-the-post... have to agree. I have my suspicions as to whether Fergie meant that or not - he may be getting someone on the quiet.
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15/07/2009 16:01:00

fifthcolumnblue. Right. For starters, we sold Tevez. He went because he said he didn't get played enough. We won the League, Carling Cup and Community Shield, and finished runner-up in Champions League and lost on penalties in semi of the FA cup. Even doing a little worse wouldn't be a disaster... On Ronaldo, good for goals, but assists? If you'd have given other players the opportunities Ronaldo had (case in point, Champions League final, where he had a majority of our shots) they'd certainly score a fair few... without him (as with van Nistelrooy leaving before 06/07) we could become a much more flowing side. The similarities with 06/07 are astonishing, especially with Saha and Owen too. We were so successful last season and there's no reason to suggest that with two players (albeit important ones) leaving, we'll suddenly collapse over night. We are United, after all, not Ronaldo. I'm not saying it'll be an easy season (I haven't quite decided which way it will go) but I certainly think Fergie knows what he's doing - he's known Ronaldo was leaving for ages, and he suspected Tevez would too from as early as February. So he's certainly had time to plan. I'm looking forward to being underdogs - it's when we play our best. When no one expects us to win, that's just what we will do.
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15/07/2009 16:10:00

Fair enough, fifthcolumnblue. I just can't see what there is to be worried about. We won things before Ronaldo so I can't see where this fear is coming from. No club in the history of the premier league has had a player as highly regarded as Ronaldo and whilst I fully accept that on paper we are weaker without him (obviously without having played any matches its all a guessing game) I can't see any evidence that it makes us weaker than any of our domestic rivals. With a consistent back four, hargreaves and valencia - I can see most teams struggling to score a single goal against us, let alone take 3 points. Anyone who can honestly look at our squad and doubt its title winning potential for me is an idiot. I'm not holding myself up as some fountain of footballing knowledge but despite being written of as crap by most - Berba, Rooney, Nani, Anderson, Carrick and Valencia have the talent to challenge for the league in my view. With support from the likes of owen, welbeck,macheda, tosic, park, fletcher, hargreaves - I just can't see why so many united fans are concerned. Again, thats just my opinion - but for the most part the actions of the worlds most successful manager seem to indicate that he agrees with my assessment. Until someone with more experience, more success or more knowledge than Fergie comes along as says "united have no chance now or in the future" I'm going to have some faith in fergie and the team - you should suggest that your united supporting mates do the same - after all he has done in the last 20 years its the least they can do.
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15/07/2009 16:25:00

one thing to say " IN FERGIE WE TRUST"
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16/07/2009 10:19:00

one thing to say " IN FERGIE WE TRUST"
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