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The First One Has Slipped Away

Last night was almost surreal.

In the space of a few hours United went from being favourites to sign the Belgian talent that is Eden Hazard to watching our rivals, from London, Chelsea swoop to sign the twenty-one year-old.

All week we`d been led to believe that the three interested parties, City, Chelsea and us, had agreed a fee with Lille and that Hazard was going to decide his destination in the next ten days.

Furthermore, several news sources were very keen to infer that Hazard had decided that Old Trafford was to be his destination and that City had fallen by the wayside because the young Belgian wanted a regular first team spot.

But, as the wheels began to turn, a flood of information relayed the bad news that Hazard had decided to play for the current European Champions, a real kick in the teeth for us, even more so when you consider that it is our midfield that needs strengthening this summer.

Unfortunately, what bothers me most is that United had gone into this deal keen to pay a huge fee to land an exciting talent, despite the apparent level of debt we`re in. Obviously the phrase - speculate to accumulate - springs to mind,

Now whether Chelsea would have been successful if they hadn`t have won in Munich, we`ll never know but what does worry us here at Vital Manchester United is that this knockback might become the usual rather than the unusual as the football landscape continues to lurch towards those backed by big money rather than debt!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 29 2012

Time: 4:52PM

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29/05/2012 17:08:00

Sorry mate...Its the money talking with the influence of an ex-blue team mate(joe cole)....I hope u guys would get kagawa...And we hulk so that It will even out the disappointment of losing out on hazard if it is true.....
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29/05/2012 17:17:00

i love dis piece
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29/05/2012 17:19:00

I am a chelsea fan and the first time i came to this site by some link only to find no one visits vital manu.Also even after one hour of posting,the above comments are from chelsea fans.feel sorry for the editor.
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29/05/2012 17:38:00

For the article,sure ur slip is for our good and for the premiership.we will challenge manchesters for the title.
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29/05/2012 17:41:00

Kagawa will be massive though, I expect. Great player. May the talents continue to come to our league!
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29/05/2012 18:21:00

Well great to know there IS some humble and decent Chelsea fans, you fellas get rarer and ever more sparse by the day. Hazard is a great footballing talent however I could never see the move materialising for a number of reasons. Firstly, the money involved is ridiculous, the transfer fee alone is a great amount and a lot of money for player with no experience outside France and in a competitive league but then you factor in the 43 mil Chelsea are playing just to the agent and the players signing on fee as well as his wages then its really gone beyond ridiculous and to be frank, I'm not sure the players ability justifies it (even money bags City didn't deem him worthy of it) we also really couldn't afford all that on a single player. Furthermore, his supposed wage demands would've caused serious unrest amongst our side if we offered him it (which thankfully we didn't) more experienced and proven players like Vidic, Ferdinand, Valencia, Nani, etc, etc would've demanded more. Thirdly, the lad has an ego the size of ronaldo before even displaying the skill to back it up and there's no doubt it would've caused unrest amongst the squad and a headache for Fergie. Also, the lad seems pretty confident that he should play every game which, with great wingers and a CF playing in his preferred position we couldn't offer nor do we need, we need a more deep-lying CM, not an advanced one nor is he in any position to demand one. Not only that he wouldn't get his demands with Fergie anyway and he knows it. There's also the case of the amount of pressure his placed on himself and with every passing game in which he performs poorly, the more everyone (media, fans) will get on his back and make it harder for him to recover. Not too mention the lads a mercenary who shows no real desire to play for the club, he whored himself out to just about everyone in an attempt to not only engineer his move but achieve his ridiculous wage demand. Before even signing for a premier league side his talked about moving to a Spanish club in the future but feels the premier league is the next step in his career, so we would've only ever been a stepping stone on to Barca or Madrid, loyalty isn't in this fellas vocabulary. The lad doesnt put in a shift defensively and is afraid of getting stuck into a challenge and in todays game its a big risk defendin with only 10 men. My personal opinion is I didn't want the fella anyway much prefer Kagawa, he's cheaper, gives us what we need and his attitude towards the game is brilliant, he plays with so much enthusiasm but lacks the ego that goes with being a footballer.
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29/05/2012 18:53:00

flippin eck, that's a long post!
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29/05/2012 20:04:00

United dont like players with egos lmao ..thats why they bought Ronaldo and reluctantly let him go for 80million
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29/05/2012 23:11:00

and wait up a min...Can anyone claim that Rooney dosnt have an ego? Holding the club to ransom even to the point of putting in a transfer request .....Ha
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29/05/2012 23:14:00

Ronaldo and Rooney developed their egos when they proved they were two of the best players in world football not before like Eden Hazard. If the lad thinks he's gods gift to football after only plying his trade in a weak French Ligue 1 then he will no doubt cause disharmony. He'll come in before doing anything and believe he's better than everyone else and will demand a place in the squad even if he plays poorly and can't cut it at Premier League level. If the lad proves he deserves to be there with Ronaldo, Rooney, Messi, Van Persis, etc, then fair u to his ego but at the moment to have an ego because you done well in Ligue 1 is laughable.
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30/05/2012 08:44:00

Note how Rooney and ronaldo demanded massive wages and the right to play once they were two of the best players in the world and could perform at top levels consistently for the club. Rather than Hazard who's demanding much better wages than his new team mates and an instant place in the team consistently before een kicking a ball for his new club and meeting his new teammates. If you fail to recognise that Blue_Mel then you've quite clearly just blinkered yourself into seeing nothing but your own opinion just because he's signing for your club, whereas if he wasn't signing for Chelsea and chose us or City instead, no doubt you would see the difference.
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30/05/2012 08:48:00

Fair dues to his ego*
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30/05/2012 08:49:00

Rooney didnt have an ego before he joined United??? short memories methinks
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30/05/2012 09:25:00

Was Rooney demanding mega money wages more than most of his teammates and a starting place in the first 11 before joining Man U? No, no he wasn't. Was Hazard? Yes, yes he was and theres your difference Blue_Mel.
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30/05/2012 11:30:00

Sorry Chelsea fans, but I'm with Famous on this one - Hazard's demands (wages, playing guarantees etc.) were ridiculous, and neither Mancini nor Taggart would ever tolerate such a disruptive influence in their dressing rooms. The fact of the matter is that Chelsea were the most desparate for the reinforcement, and thus willing to do whatever it took to get the player. Your club is looking increasingly like a clueless vanity project for Abramovitch with no overall strategy, and as with Shevchenko and Torres, this move could well come back to bite you on the arse. It probably won't, and he'll go on to do very well, but I still suspect a lot of your established players will be looking at Hazard's salary package with very green eyes. Just have to wonder what Platini makes of it all.
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30/05/2012 14:05:00

Platini is most probably livid fcb but no doubt he will turn a blind eye when PSG do the same.
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30/05/2012 19:19:00

Even Wenger is pleased that PSG have cash nowadays - yet he's been the one whining the loudest about CIty! So yeah, Platini willl be behind anything that glorifies FFF!
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30/05/2012 23:42:00


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