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Expect The Unexpected When Man United Make Summer Signings

Discussion in 'Man Utd Chat' started by SALFORD RED, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. SALFORD RED

    SALFORD RED Guest

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    MANCHESTER United are finalising a shortlist of summer transfer targets. The club’s scouts, the most active being the manager’s brother Martin Ferguson, would rival a pilot for flying miles as they monitor players around Europe and beyond. Of the dozen players United are interested in, three or four are likely to sign and now is the time that contact is made with agents.

    United spoke to Wesley Sneijder a year ago and the move went nowhere after he demanded the earth – and then some. They talked to Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez. He was keen to join United, he even said that he had been a childhood United fan – don’t they all? – and his agent gave his word. Money had been talked and heads nodded until Barça flashed her considerable charms and paid €10m more than United had agreed. Sanchez and Sneijder were unusual in that they were obvious targets who were courted by United’s rivals.

    United seldom go for the obvious. When fans were demanding to sign the Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst in November 1992, Sir Alex Ferguson instead went for a Frenchman called Eric Cantona.

    The Old Trafford club prefer to operate in stealth, rather than the media-led bartering which surrounded the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov. Sky Sports don’t need to position a garishly suited presenter outside Old Trafford on transfer deadline day.


    United believe such speculation only inflates the price, especially if United’s richer rivals are alerted. So they try and work with agents they trust, like the Portuguese ‘super agent’ Jorge Mendes, who became David de Gea’s representative when United entered negotiations with the Madrileno. By that time his old advisor had talked about United’s interest and the news was out.

    Ferguson and chief executive David Gill take great delight in surprising the media with a new signing. Nobody had an inkling that Anderson, Nani, Javier Hernandez, Patrice Evra or Nemanja Vidic were coming, in part because United requested and rewarded secrecy from the clubs with whom they were negotiating, but also because those players were not on the mainstream radar as big name targets. It will be the same this summer, with the club going for the less obvious, emerging rather than established talents, even from the bigger clubs with whom United are preparing to barter.

    Antonio Valencia was a classic recent United signing. He wasn’t even the main man at Wigan Athletic. Liverpool had shown interest a season before he signed for United in 2009, but backed off when Wigan mentioned £12m. United paid £16m a year later and consider it good business.

    Fans compared Valencia to former winger Andrei Kanchelskis, an ultra quick one trick pony – albeit the most difficult thing to do in football – beat a man and deliver a fine cross. Kanchelskis scored far more often and the United players teased Valencia about his lack of goals as much as they chided him about driving his old BMW 3-series in his first season at Old Trafford. The Ecuadorian, who was raised in poverty close to the country’s then troubled border with Colombia, is not one for ostentation nor raising his profile. The father of one is polite but painfully shy and a very reluctant interviewee. A religious, regular churchgoer who turned to United’s chaplain John Boyers after suffering a double break and dislocation of his left ankle against Rangers in November 2010, Valencia credits Ferguson with teaching him to be more prolific in front of goal. A former striker himself, Ferguson took pride in his personal coaching and the result is a winger more inclined to go for goal as he did in United’s 5-0 victory at Wolverhampton last week.

    The 26-year-old has suffered more injuries this season. He missed the first month of the season and started just two league games prior to December, before becoming a key player in January and February. Another injury saw him out until that Wolves game, with Ferguson saying in Monday’s programme notes that: “It’s good to have Valencia back in action and in such brilliant form. His form before his injury was good and he’s just picked up back from where he left off. He is a real team player, creating openings for others throughout the game as well as scoring himself.”

    Valencia will be vital as United attempt to continue a run of form which has seen nine wins and a draw from the last ten games and pushed the champions three points ahead of City. The Blues’ South Americans may make all the headlines, but the Reds are more than satisfied with their unassuming Ecuadorian.

    http://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport-ne...n-united-make-summer-signings-55578-30639930/
  2. MikeyM

    MikeyM Big Daddy

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    Good article, and if we sign gems who can do a good job then it's fine with me.
  3. Mr Spock

    Mr Spock But sureley its illogical

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    The problem is we wont, we'll end up signing more Djemba X2s and Bebes. IF WE SIGN ANYONE
  4. Pinky

    Pinky real name Horris

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    Dislike button please. This post is ridiculous. You'd think we'd just had 7 years of bad signings and mediocre league position. Not 4 league titles, a CL, league cups, Hernandez, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, De Gea, Young, Hargreaves, Berbatov, Ronaldo etc.
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  5. SALFORD RED

    SALFORD RED Guest

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    Didn't realise we's signed Ronaldo in the last 7 yrs, thought it was longer ago than that. :p
  6. Jay007

    Jay007 Regular Members

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    Good article, and the reason why nobody should try to guess who we buy.

    We've always had a fairly mixed transfer policy. We may have signed players with big reputations, and for big money, but we've also had our fair share of unknowns. Not all of them have been successes, but the success rate of these signings have been pretty high I would say.

    And, it's why people shouldn't make judgements about players before they see them.
  7. abojodeh

    abojodeh Proto-Hipster

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    Summer is my favourite season, or should I say it was. United have managed to turn summers into the worst season.
    Watch as sign Clyne and other players we don't need. :rolleyes:
  8. The_Red_Prince

    The_Red_Prince Regular Members

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    I jut hope that the players we are watching are either hidden gems or just world class prospects. The side needs some creativity and improvement. Just at least 2 ideal signings for the midfield and I'd be happy.
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  9. JJtheRed

    JJtheRed This is how it feels to be City....

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    Refuse to get drawn in this summer - won't be reading any transfer thread
  10. fordie

    fordie BORN RED DIE RED.

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    this summer wont be any different than any others imo,the media just use the club name to sell and the fans dont do much better every time someone makes a decent pass or scores a few decent goals or makes a few good runs we are rumoured to be signing them.cant see us spending big on a single player a decent cm and 2/3 young lads for the youth side of things is what i would be happy with:)
  11. manoob

    manoob There is no real value for my potatos!

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    good article but it really it didnt say much about all those players we werent able to sign as other big club came in for them.
    like benzema, ronaldinho, (sanchez),robben, essien, ...
    it seems like they like to hide it because they know if real and barca, chelsea get to know than they bid higher and get them almost always! maybe from now on we should say one player and mean another. like if you want wesly sneider you could say i want wes brown. we are scared of real and barca. they do it the other way around. if they want ronaldo they just go and say i want ronaldo! lo i guess they are not as scared of us as we are of them.
  12. Pinky

    Pinky real name Horris

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    In the past 7 years he came to 'fruition', pedantic :mad: grrrrr
  13. ClamBuster

    ClamBuster beautiful, dirty, rich...

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    ive said it a million times before, there is no guarantee that 30m+ fantastic'inho would be a success at utd...

    i know this is gonna reek of arrogance but its true... we do things differently here. we have a different mentality and ethos to other clubs... there 'is' such thing as a manchester united player, and more often than not, fergie and his team have come up trumps finding them

    we are the hive mind of football...
  14. orko

    orko Regular Members

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  15. venusplanet

    venusplanet Regular Members

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    article started off well but then slowly went off topic and became an write up on Valencia ..... however i woud say though we have been successful in bringing in the unexpected we surely missed a few obvious ones ...

    - Sneijder when he could have been included in the Ronaldo deal
    - VDV when available and signed for Spurs
    - Ozil was obvious choice for all but let him go to RM (not for a very high price though)
    - Modric immediately after the world Euro 2008 where he made a big impression

    and any of the above are what we need now ... at that time maybe because Fergie did not go all out just because he had Scholes, hoped Hargreaves will get out of the injuries and Ando will fulfill his potential ....
  16. TheManc

    TheManc Least popular Moderator

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    Kind of an obvious article that.
  17. orko

    orko Regular Members

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    so the money was there you mean but Fergie did not want to spend?
  18. venusplanet

    venusplanet Regular Members

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    yes .... i would like to believe that
  19. manoob

    manoob There is no real value for my potatos!

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    another oldie in to the club at 38 year!
    like we dont have enough of those. mayb we should ask shearer and get him signed finally?
    that would be a step backwards!
    no need for del. SAF could fill the striker spot himself and save Gl; a few qui...
  20. orko

    orko Regular Members

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    wont happen, calm down. LOL

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