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United Seem To Do 'An Arsenal'

United Seem To Do 'An Arsenal'

Well, well, well. It looks like we have reached the 'Arsenal stage'. What is that? Well, every summer one or other Arsenal board member declares that Arsene Wenger is free to spend, that he's got 40m available, or even more. Wenger, obviously, never spends that because he allegedly doesn't want to, he prefers developing youth. The alternative explanation of course is that they don't have the money.

United, armed with the money received from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, were expected to launch a major spending spree. Nothing like that materialised: as you all know, we signed Michael Owen on a free transfer, Gabriel Obertan for 3m and Antonio Valencia for 15.25m. Sir Alex confirmed that he wouldn't sign any more players this summer, to the dismay of many fans who expected spectacular names this summer.

However, David Gill and the Glazer family insist that Fergie does have the cash at his disposal, he merely refuses to spend it because the right targets aren't available at reasonable prices. To be honest, it sounds like the Arsenal scenario: we're trying to convince the world that there's nothing wrong but actually we have to pay off the interest and that takes priority.

It is possible, of course, that David Gill actually told the truth. In that case I back Fergie's judgment: if he believes that the likes of Aguero are overprices this summer but could get them cheaper next season then so be it. However, if we are forced to turn to these 'economic' type of signings then I'd prefer if the club revealed the truth to us. We'll never know, I guess, at least not before next summer.

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Date:Thursday July 23 2009
Time: 7:02PM

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We have no need to buy a goalkeeper, we have adequate cover in every position in the defence. We have more than enough wingers who haven't proven themselves yet, but should be given the chance. We have three quality senior strikers, supported by two excellent prospects. The only are we could possibly improve is the central midfield. Man for man against the other top teams we lack that top class player that everyone else seems to have (Gerrard, Lampard, Fabregas, Xavi etc). However, the problem is where do we find one who is of that level and happy to move clubs without wanting an extortionate fee in return? There are none playing in england that don't play for a rival already, only a fool would leave barcelona at the moment, madrid are looking for one of their own, Daniele De Rossi is roma all the way and the milan clubs onlly have old boys. In summary, there isn't anyone lying around and in this market anyone with potential is being priced out of a move. In my view, we are better off saving the money and waiting to see how anderson progresses.
23/07/2009 20:04:00
Welcome to our world! But look on the bright side, it's better to be poor with dignity than have cash and be like Chelsea and City!
23/07/2009 23:18:00
Gourcuff and Moutinho next summer please :)
23/07/2009 23:37:00
Well said tuscan3000. Welcome to the real world. I have always believed that players were overpriced and we will get down to the basics sooner rather than later. We are almost there. Its City's money that's overheating the market at the moment. Pretty soon that will dry up. Ask Abramovich.
Warri Gooner
24/07/2009 00:11:00
Warri Gooner, I fear Sheik Mansour is in a different league to Abramovich in terms of spending power.
24/07/2009 00:56:00
Citys money won't dry up, but if they don't qualify for europe next season their appeal might and they'll be stuck in an endless loop of buying over priced and ageing mercenaries who have been cast off by the big clubs. Then again, money talks - so who knows!
24/07/2009 15:23:00
why the hell wouldnt they tell the truth? we spent £30m on 1 player last summer, we are not low on transfer money. as i say we have a yearly plan to pay our debt and so far we are keeping to it
25/07/2009 06:51:00
i agree with the inflated prices, Ribery is not worth more then £28m, Aguero isnt worth more then £25m, Benzema isnt worth more then £30m.
25/07/2009 06:53:00
i think it is true what fergie and the board are saying, the money is there to spend but the right player is not. i think fergie may have a player in mind and would like to see how they do this season or possible in the world cup to see if they are worth signing, dont forget the young players in the squad coming though, and i know its only pre-season and what people call poor teams to play but all our strikers are scoring goals and we all know what a tight back line we have, i dont belive any utd fan should worry, just remember one thing " IN FERGIE WE TRUST"
25/07/2009 13:01:00
I would LOVE to see Moutinho at United! Class player and definitely could be a legend in the making. However with Anderson, Hargreaves, Carrick, Fletcher, Scholes and Giggs all vying for the CM spots, we aren't in dire need of any CMs. Having said that Scholes will have to be replaced and that replacement is NOT Anderson! Two very different kind of players.
26/07/2009 02:56:00
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