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Transfer Window Closed - Was It Disappointing?

So, finally, the silly season is over. We sold Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez left for Citeh, in came Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Obertan and Michael Owen and we also cut a deal for Mame Biram Diouf who is set to join in January. Is that good enough?

Many fans were clamouring for big name signings. David Silva, Franck Ribery, Sergio Aguero, Karim Benzema - you name it. We made a move only for one of them, Benzema, and we were priced out and he wanted to go to Madrid anyway.

Fergie, quite rightly in the circumstances, refused to pay way over the odds for some star player, just because of a panic attack after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo. In my view he was right: Aguero is not worth 45m - after all, Liverpool got Fernando Torres for less than half of that, from the very same club AND he was a local lad, a cult hero.

So yes, the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, even though it landed us some fine money, also distorted the market and led to some insane prices. It was probably wiser to leave serious spending for the next summer which I believe Fergie did.

All this, however, does not mean that we couldn't have invested more. I do not have a worldwide scouting network available so I cannot name any potential players but I think the club's existing scouts should have come up with a recommendation for a good central midfield player. We are short on players in that area of the field, there's no way to get round that fact. The reasons have been listed hundreds of times, won't go through them again.

Maybe another striker would have been nice as well - instead of Michael Owen even though I realise that for free he does not represent a great risk. But I would have preferred a faster, fitter, better all-round player. How I yearn for a fit, strong Louis Saha...

So to answer my own question: yes, this transfer window was a bit disappointing. Obviously it would be better if we signed Ribery and Benzema instead of Obertan and Owen but that wasn't a real option, for several reasons. Could have done with a few more players, even if not in that 'glamour range' - but Fergie, apparently, has faith in his current squad. We can only hope it's justified.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 1 2009

Time: 9:04PM

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01/09/2009 21:16:00

must spend millions pay player OTT wages so that club gets trophy debt does not matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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01/09/2009 21:39:00

I honestly think with next summers World Cup it was probably a good thing we didn't spend the over-inflated prices. Midfield is an area that needs looking at but football isn't just about signing players its about devoloping them as well. Other wise we're just as bad as the others. This is the last chance for many of our midfield players if they don't push on and improve then its time to spend the cash next summer. Overall this transfer window was no where near exciting as last summer, both from a United standpoint and a neutral.
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01/09/2009 22:06:00

You have a good side anyway, the majority of United's success has come from a team spirit and a great mentality that filters down through the squad. Owen and Rooney will get goals and Berbatov will get assists. Its all good fellas calm down!
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01/09/2009 22:52:00

Your going to finish below City.
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01/09/2009 23:21:00

How long are you going to keep kidding yourselves that all is rosy in the united garden? You never had any serious interest in Benzema or Aguerro, it was just PR to deflect press attention away from your huge and mounting debt problems. Repeat after me - United have no money, United have no money, United have no money. Beginning to sink in yet?
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02/09/2009 01:34:00

Before the season started I was fully behind fergie. I felt buying expensive foreign players like the ones you've mentioned would have been a knee jerk reaction to losing CR7 and any of them had potential to be our new Veron. However, I supported his decision in the belief that Anderson, Possebon, Gibson, Petrucci, Ljajic, Tosic, Nani, Obertan, Valencia, Macheda and Welbeck would be given the chance to shine.Howvever, Fergie seems more interested in dragging out the careers of Giggs and Scholes than giving the youngsters chances. Fair enough, some of the ones I've mentioned are injured, on loan or too young but I really feel that Nani, Anderson and Berba are at a cross roads in terms of their future at United. With the start to the season we've had, we should have been giving these guys a consistent run in the team to get their confidence up. Instead they've been dropped, subbed and ignored in favour of players with either nothing to prove or nothing to contribute. Then you look at players like Krancjar, Sneijder and Robben all making relatively cheap moves and you have to think - if we're gonna stop our youngsters coming through - at least do it with players who can actually make a decent contribution. Fergie has always been the master of getting rid of players past their best - but with Giggs and Scholes you have to feel that sentimentality has gotten the best of him this time around.
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02/09/2009 01:49:00

personally thought Giggs was one of your better players the other day until he tired late on...
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02/09/2009 05:46:00

Trust me, everyone is reading WAY too much in Scholes and Giggs playing, come Decemeber they won't be playing as much, they are only playing due to their experience and soon I expect the youngsters you have mentioned to start coming in. As the season goes on we'll see less of them a bit like Bruce in 96.
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02/09/2009 16:56:00

You'll see a bit less of them because they don't have the legs for a full season any more. Unfortunately, you don't have anyone in reserve who is remotely as talented as these two and you are going to suffer as a result. Will be quite amusing to see Fergie panic-buying at silly prices in the January window in an attempt to claw back a place in the top 4 from City and Spurs.
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02/09/2009 19:23:00

If United were smart, they would have lined up deals for quality players before selling Ronaldo off.
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03/09/2009 02:58:00


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