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Getting Impatient

Perhaps it's a combination of boredom and frustration but with the new season almost upon us I can't help but feel annoyed with the club.

What's annoying me you ask?

Well firstly there's an issue that's been evident for years now, the midfield. It's lacked creativity, solidity and goals for yonks, yet despite years of underachieving in that particular area we've never looked to fix it.

Despite legends like Scholes and Keane leaving and the club acknowledging they will need to spend, no attempt to reinforce has been made.

Secondly, there's the mixed messages we're receiving. In one ear Fergie's telling us there will be no more dealings whilst in the other ear Gill is telling us that we're still in the market for a 'world class' talent.

Well are we or aren't we?

I'm certain I'm speaking on behalf of the United fan-base as a whole when I say we don't appreciate being toyed with. Then there's the reasoning behind us not signing anyone. No value for money? No value for money my arse!

You can't be telling me that Vidal, Sahin, Ozil, Khedira and Van Der Vaart for near enough 10 million each doesn't reflect value for money?

Sniejder to Inter, when we were heavily linked to him, for 15 million isn't value for money yet 17 million for Young, in an area where we have an abundance of talent already, is?

Finally, if what Gill is saying is true are we not leaving it late? We'll be signing a player with no real momentum behind them, who's being thrown into unfamiliar surroundings and expecting them to perform. When has that ever worked?

Torres, Carroll and Berbatov are just a few amongst a plethora of examples of why that's a bad idea. If we're going to get someone it should be sooner rather than later.

I'm happy to give the youngsters a go to see if they can provide the team with what it needs. I'm happy to play Anderson, Gibson and Cleverley in the hope that this season proves to be their breakthrough season and the midfield is stronger as a result.

I'm not happy though with the lack of insurance in the case that the crap hits the fan and nothing works out. Never, in any team, has such a crucial part of the sport been abused to the extent we've abused it at.

It's the area of the park where matches are won and lost. It's the area of the park where defence and offence comes together to create a team. It's too important in the modern game, where technical ability and intricate passes beats brute power, to ignore.

In Fergie I trust but I can't help but feel Fergie needs to sort it out.

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Writer: TheFamousNo7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 31 2011

Time: 12:29PM

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Famous No7, Spurs fan here. After watching that Barca game yesterday, surely you jest! That was very impressive and on that form No 20 is only 9 months away. Thought Smalling was suberb. Keep an eye out on your neighbours though, they'll be a lot tougher than last year. Good luck.
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31/07/2011 12:48:00

thenuge I wrote this before last nights game against Barca and whilst I feel a lot more at ease after it, we will do well to remember it was only a preseason friendly against a Barca side that was fielding a good midfield, not their strongest though. We played incredibly well against Barca and as I said in the article i'm more than happy to give the youngsters like Pogba and Petrucci a go as well as let Anderson and Cleverley prove their worth but there's nothing ensuring that the preseason form will carry on into the Premier League. If it doesn't work out we're back at square 1 with a midfield lacking creativity and relying on the fullbacks, wingers and the keeper to get the ball to the attack, which isn't sufficient enough in todays modern game. We're good now but we could be so much better, in the same manner Tottenham achieved 5th without a goals scoring striker, not bad but imagine how much better you could've done if you had a goal scoring striker. Does it not frustrate you that the one area you need to strengthen your management are completely ignoring? Best of luck to your side also, I really like Tottenham, you were a breath of fresh air in the Champions League and I hope to see you in it again soon, preferably not on the same night as us though like last season:P
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31/07/2011 16:09:00

I find Taggart's reluctance to improve the areas of his team that your fans and rivals alike all agree need attention. Say what you like about last season, but it was your weakest team in years, and if City or Chelsea had not had their respective problems then you quite possibly wouldn't have been celebrating anything last season. It really does look as though taggart's stubbornnes is what is stopping him improving your midfield. After all, seeing as he ignored the critics and fans last season and still won the title, perhaps he's convinced himself that united can win whoever he plays. It certainly looks like he's fiddling while Rome burns at the moment, and all of the confliciting signals coming out of the club about whether you will be buying a midfielder or not is probably just kidology.
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31/07/2011 22:02:00

Sorry that should read "I find.....need attention quite puzzling."
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31/07/2011 22:03:00

Great article no7 and I can assure you that you are not the only one getting *****ed off with the lack of intent on the clubs part to improve the obvious weakness in our team. FCB is right about last season it was more a case other teams losing the league rather then us winning it and unfortunately as I feared last seasons title triumph has seemed to reinforce the ignorance to our midfield situation.
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