Posts tagged united
Posts tagged united
From left to right, the ascending order of successfully settling into the squad
After what started out as an authoritative performance from United, the 2-1 scoreline at the end came as a massive relief by the end. We controlled the flow of the play so much that at one stage we had 90% of the possession, but we just couldn’t find that second goal. One of the reasons might have been down to the fact that we only had one shot on goal in 90 minutes, but let’s not bring facts into this, eh?
“We have certain targets in mind at the moment anyway. I think two or three will be fulfilled, there’s no question about that” - Sir Alex Ferguson speaking to the Associated Press this week
But who could be arriving at Old Trafford this summer? We hazard a guess as to who will be wearing the red of United next season.
Interesting, no? Usually SAF is tight-lipped about potential transfer business but it’s the confidence in which he thinks ‘two or three will be fulfilled’ that suggests that deals are either a) in place or b) in the process of finishing off the 0s on the cheque.
OK, OK it’s bloody obvious that we need a couple of players at Manchester United - including a goalkeeper, which we’ve already speculated about on WTS (scroll downwards) - but it’s that uninspiring midfield core that’s long due an injection of creativity. Or indeed a combative ball-winner á la Roy Keane.
Here at When The Seagulls we’ve put our heads together, in a non-sexual way, to earmark the players we need and the other
slightly boring signings that will most likely end up at Old Trafford for the 2011/12 season completee with percentages we pulled from the air.
Wesley Sneijder | Inter Milan | approx. £30m+ | Likelihood 75%
Inter Milan’s playmaker has been linked to United longer than the Metrolink that takes you to Old Trafford, but this wouldn’t be a wish-list without him. The Dutchman is arguably a ready-made replacement for the tiring legs of Paul Scholes and we’re almost wet with anticipation of watching Little Pea feeding greedily on his through-balls.
The stumbling block will be the enormous fee hanging around his neck. Especially since he signed a lucrative new deal with I Nerazzurri in 2010. Sneijder fits the bill as ‘marquee signing’ and then some.
Sensible, boring option - Jordan Henderson, Sunderland £10m+
With today giving rise to the final draw for this season’s Champions League it seems as good a time as any for me – the other voice of WTS – to put finger to keys on this newborn blog for the first time. And although it’s true that it could be under slightly better circumstances, overall the balls in Nyon rolled fairly positively from a Reds perspective.
We can only hope
The quarter final draw against Chelsea is perhaps one that no-one – not least of all the clubs involved – would have wanted to see. From our perspective our record against the West London Blues is mixed to put it kindly, and likewise Ancelotti and his boys will know that the two legs are going to be a tough proposition. Also it is – despite the quality of the recent league meeting – hardly a romantic draw for the neutral, not to mention the fact that it means that the Greatest League in the World™ is guaranteed to lose a participant.
After a week in which Man Yoo lost to two of their arch-rivals in the league - Chelski and Scousers - Fergie’s boys sent Arsenal out of the FA Cup to book a place in the semi-final against ‘that lot’. Once again our clinical finishing saw off an Arsenal side that had most of the possession but failed to do anything with it. They’ve now been booted out of three competitions (Champions League, Carling Cup and now the FA Cup) in around ten days, and in truth they looked knackered but if it wasn’t for our rearguard things may have been very different. Especially the heroics of this man…
Chris Smalling ran him close for Man of the Match (what a centre-back he’s turning out to be, eh?) but VDS kept the Arse at bay with a string of wonderful saves. For 40 years old, he still has superb cat-like reflexes and so much composure on the ball that the rest of the team have no qualms about knocking the ball back to him to start another attack with his feet. It must be a massive boost for young players like Smalling too - being able to hear Edwin barking instructions and confidently being available to receive a pass when nothing else is on. In short, he’s effin’ brilliant. A true professional and the greatest player to fill the #1 United shirt since, Massimo Taib… sorry, Peter Schmeichel.
King Eric’s incredible speech that is both confusing and straightforward. Only a genius like Cantona could combine the two.
25th January 2011