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United Rumours: Saviola, Cisse...

You say that rumours should cease now we have signed three players? You're not too familiar with the English tabloids then!

For everyone who's got a heart attack when saw the headline: Djibril Cisse (and no other Cisse, as there are tons of them) won't join Manchester United, whatever happens in the summer.

However, he could be still important for us. The Mirror claims that Nicolas Anelka will be allowed to join us if Little Sam secures the services of the Liverpool striker, currently on loan at Marseille.

Of course, David Gill and Phil Gartside denied the whole Anelka story but the paper says sources confirmed the United chief executive had indeed made an enquire about the Frenchman's availability...

I hope it's not true so go on to happier things. Javier Saviola, one of the most coveted Bosmans is ready to join United, according to various sources. The little Argentinian told the press that he considers his Barcelona career finished and he's looking to leave - no big surprises there.

United are set to fight with Real for his services - now that's truly insane as the player denied back in January that he would ever move to Madrid. Saviola is not a Luis Figo and as Barca fans love him he would not want to betray them, according to the man himself.

The two Spanish giants (looked rather like dwarfs throughout this season but that's another story) will be involved in more transfer dealings regarding United as both want to sign Gabriel Heinze - the Argentinian defender so far has not committed himself anywhere, he'd been quoted as saying the only thing he knows is that he's a Manchester United player at the moment. Hopefully, the same thing will be true on September 1.

Would you have thought we are after the new Ronaldo? You say we've already signed Nani? Yes, but there's another Ronaldo out there, this time 17-year-old Hungarian starlet Roland Varga of MTK Budapest whose agent told SkySports that though the kid had trials with Espanyol, Tottenham and other clubs, they'd be glad if the reports in his homeland about United's interests were true. He's said to be a striker so I don't really understand how he could be the new Ronaldo no. 2 but that hardly matters.

And... that's it. It's been relatively quiet in terms of rumours recently and while I did not keep my promise of writing about a lot of players I'd like to see here there's certainly one such footballer above. A little hint: he's older than 17 and he's not French and he's not a United player right now.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 5 2007

Time: 8:58AM

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Saviola has a better attitude than Anelka and he'd come for free so that would be a good acquisition as he's a quality player.
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05/06/2007 09:44:00

has anyone got any recent links to the Saviola coming?
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05/06/2007 13:34:00

saviola would be good for us but as he is on a free i would expect chelsea to also come in for him
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05/06/2007 14:44:00

why would he go to chelsea, with drogba, kalou, shevchenko and now pizzaro, his chances of playing would be few and far between, i reall think we should gamble on him
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05/06/2007 15:08:00

i think we should gamble on him too im just saying as chelsea wont have to pay and kalou and drogba going to the africans nations cup they might try for him
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05/06/2007 15:14:00

mattweeden: I found this one first.
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05/06/2007 15:28:00

Saviola? Yes if he costs nothing, Anelka? Haha thats a good one but No, Fergie really needs to take a trip to amsterdam to sign huntelaar because our forward line is pretty weak, we have 1 top class striker and for a club as big as ours thats crap
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05/06/2007 17:41:00

Huntelaar would cost too much after such spending. It will be either Saviola or nobody at all.
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05/06/2007 17:54:00

After much spending? TV money, sponsorship and merchandising covers the money we spent or so it should because you can be damn sure liverpool and chelsea will be spending big. I had a thought recently that what we need is a tall lanky front man like crouch(I know, the horror of such a thought) someone who can impact a game simply by giving us an alternative, remember the best way to clear your lines is to have a target up front who can hold the ball till our pacey midfield tears up field on a counter attack and the serbian forward nicola zigic came to mind, I cant imagine him costing a lot and the bench will do him no harm. But lets say money was no object what type of player do you think we need up front?
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05/06/2007 19:27:00

Don't forget season ticket sales as well. At least 50000 people spending 300 or so quid must surely give us some financial clout.
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05/06/2007 19:29:00

Considering we had actually made profit of transfer activity last season, you might have a point but Gill said that the major business had been done. It all comes down to whether Fergie wants another striker. He may agree with you that it's good to have someone who's giving us an alternative and Zigic would be good if he accepts sitting on the bench.
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05/06/2007 20:34:00

Money no object? In that case we need Samuel Eto'o :-) If we can execute a brainwash on him.
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05/06/2007 20:35:00

Dont like etoo he's too much up his own hole if you ask me
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05/06/2007 21:11:00

If Fergie cant see that we need another top striker we are in for some crappy 4 5 1 formations with rooney on the left and i for one hate this ******** tactic because it simply doesn't suit us
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05/06/2007 21:14:00

No, Rooney could easily end up being the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1... all of Fergie's acquisitions point to this. Nani, Anderson, Ronaldo as the attacking axis behind Rooney in a couple of years' time. I don't like Eto'o, too, that's why we should clear his brain and fill it with thoughts cause he's a class act, unfortunately. But money IS an object and he won't leave Barcelona anyway :-)
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05/06/2007 21:36:00

Its possible alright rooney as a lone striker but its still ***** because 1, if we play our wingers so far up front to support a lone striker our full backs will have to stay back otherwise it will be milan all over again( 2 v 1 in oppositions favour down the flank) and 2, we dont have anyone suited to playing up front on their own smith would be the closest we have and 3, this 4321 formation is more of a passing formation what will ronaldo do he's better at running at full backs then passing it around them its his sheer pace that frightens them they would be relieved to have him pass it instead of making a show of them, 4 a couple of years is fine but they wont stay around long if we slip down the table into mediocrity(not likely) so we need a striker now its all well and good having so many playmakers but what good are chances if not taken. Although i must say it would be great if we could switch our tactics and style of play if our circumstances need to change such as against milan in the san siro.
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05/06/2007 22:32:00

4-2-3-1, not 4-3-2-1 - that's a big difference, in that formation Ronaldo's main job would be running at the backs, passing would be done by Hargreaves, Carrick and the "shadow striker" behind the lone attacker. We have a striker who could absolutely wonderful as the lone striker for next season, Rooney or Giggs behind him: I'm talking about Saha, of course. Anyway, I don't think that taking our chances was a problem this season. Rossi back, Saha here, Smith here, Ole here, Rooney here: I don't say we could not do with a new striker but don't get used to the thought of buying one. Hopefully we'll snatch Saviola.
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05/06/2007 22:43:00

Listen i love this club as we all do and i want the best at this club, Arsenal have Henry, Chelsea Drogba, Liverpool have well for the moment not much but will soon, possibly Etoo, our talisman would be Rooney now out of all them who will finish top scorer next season, its great that we can score goals from anywhere really but you cant bank on that all the time we need a goal poacher, for all they're worth Saha etc are not goal poachers or even 25 goals a season strikers,i hope we snatch saviola myself but if he is the height of our ambition its sad, even west ham managed to get tevez, i wonder would a loan with a view to a permanent deal be possible for tevez, ***** it bring forlan back, anyone who bangs in two against liverpool in liverpool deserves a second chance or at least a stand named after them.The Diego End has a nice ring to it. when i was typing i knew it was 4231 but for some reason typed 4321 which would be a pretty dull tactic maybe city will play this way although they are quite dull as it is. Do you envisage anderson in the hole behind the striker? If so what is his passing ability like, you know through balls and his vision to pick out not so obvious opportunities.
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05/06/2007 22:58:00

I know very little about Anderson, like most of us. However, he's always been playmaker in Brazil youth internationals so he must be good in the "hole". His game has been likened to Kaka's who at the moment is the very best player in the world in that position so I envisage he'll be great there. And with pacy, mobile, revolving attackers behind him, Rooney would strive in the role of the lone striker methinks. I don't think we need a superstar forward, just someone who can offer us good contribution. A player like Zigic would not be a bad idea and I still think Saviola would do well here as he can play in 4-2-3-1 and 4-5-1 and 4-4-2, too.
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05/06/2007 23:11:00

And I support the idea of the "Diego End"! :-))
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05/06/2007 23:12:00

Lets get a petition going in honour of the "Scouse Slayer", Diego Forlan.
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05/06/2007 23:32:00

If he's anything like Kaka i'll be a very happy man indeed
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05/06/2007 23:33:00


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