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United - Shuffling Figures Around!

United - Shuffling Figures Around!

Playing 'Devil`s Advocate` is there a case for agreeing with Wayne Rooney about his assessment with regards to United not showing sufficient participation in the transfer market and not grabbing the best talent there is out there?

If we look at the money the club has spent since banking the £80 million we received for Cristiano Ronaldo, back in July 2009, we find that our major signings amount to £48.4 million.

Broken down, these major signings are:-

• Luis Valencia £16m
• Michael Owem - free
• Gabriel Obertan - £3m
• Chris Smalling - £10m
• Mame Diouf - £4m
• Javier Hernandez - £8m
• Bebe - £7.4m

Which some would say gives credence to Rooney`s inference. However, there are two sides to every story and perhaps the feeling was there that United were strong enough to still prosper on the trophy front.

After all, we only lost out on a record fourth title on the trot by the narrowest of margins and our Champions League quest was only derailed courtesy of a wonder-strike from Arjen Robben.

But those figures do provide plenty of food for thought don`t they!

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Thursday October 21 2010
Time: 5:00PM


Take a look at the squad in its current state and its possible future state and you begin to see why Fergie doesn't want a marqee signing. Van Der Sar, still a great goalkeeper and rarely makes mistakes however the GK position is one that needs to be reinforced for the future. At RB we've got Rafael, how can be hot-headed yet is capable of already handling players like Ribery and undoubtedly one of the futures best RB's. Evra, arguably the worlds best LB, caught on some poor form after the World Cup, then you've got Fabio who also has bundles of talent and was also considered more talented than Rafael. The CB pairing of Vidic and Ferdinand has secured the best defensive record 2 seasons running and had they not been injured we may of seen us secure a 4th league title. Smalling and Evnas appear to be the successors of both Ferdinand and Vidic respectively, reassuring? Definately. RW and LW we have Giggs, Nani, Valencia, Park, Bebe and Obertan, not even going to waste my breath with the amount of current and future talent there because their records speak for themselves. Fletcher is of relatively decent age and currently appears the engine of the midfield. Carrick I personally feel has lost it. Scholes is still dominating the midfield line despite his age. Hargreaves has unfortunately been plagued with injuries but is almost back and is considered one of the best in his poisiton. Anderson may yet be a world beater all he needs is a turn around (Nani style). Cleverly appears to be a very good CAM who will benefit us greatly. Gibson is very average but may be a late developer like Fletcher was. Pogba and Petrucci are 2 great talents and may be great CM's in years to come. Up front you've got Berby who on his day is one of the best and is starting to come through. Owen who is just their for the finish really. Macheda and Welbeck look to have bundles of talent and both are attracting alot of attention from clubs who want them on loan. Hernandez is very fast and a deadly finish whilst still being young. Joshua King also appears to be a pretty good forward. Also, if Rooney stays we still have got arguably one of the best forwards out there. Now, looking at the future of the squad why would we want to buy big stars for the short-term which may hinder the long-term?
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