He's not exactly a bargain hunter anymore and offloads young talent without a run in the team and brings in big money buys and plays them regardless of lesser players (in terms of purchase value) form.
Theres no denying he isnt the best when it comes to the business side,you only have to look at Wegner to see how that should be done.That said SAF brings in & out players that win things (see trophy cabinets for details).We have a decent academy,but i think with the current boom in investors its hard to 'wait' as the other teams are just bringing in class left,right and centre.We will see great players like Evans stick around,but on the whole i think Fergie likes spend first think later.Im not too sure if he's the WORST though......Schevchenko deal alone is worse than Fergies contributions!?Juande Ramos completely?
with money involved in premier league tv rights and champions league, it aint a case of buying players for nothing and winning everything with them. look at the list below and see if you can produce a similar list with benitez/wenger/mourinho etc.
cantona Â£1.1 million
teddy sheringham 3.5 million = treble
steve bruce 800,000
OG Solksjaer 1.5 million
nowadays if united go for a player, they know we have money and play the bidding war. ramsey is a classic example for arsenal.
Personally speaking i judge him by the success he has achieved and not the money he has spent, at the end of the day we could afford it being one of the best run clubs in the world.
Most years he used to buy one or two top players just to keep the momentum going , yes we have paid over the odds for a lot of players but market forces dictate , when you want to prise away someones biggest asset and you are united you will end up having to pay a crazy price.
Yes his judgement has been a bit hit and miss , but he has still been a bigger success than wenger who supposedly is a better judge in the transfer market.
If i were one of arsenals accountants i would love wenger ,but i bet their supporters have envied our success.
Manchester united were breaking transfer records before fergie ever arrived.
times have changed. We can't do what we used to when we would give 3 or 4 young players a chance in the first team. Since Abramovich came he really made the market boom and raised the standards. These days 3 point are vital so all it takes is 1 mistake (pique vs Bolton anyone?) and you could be behind.
You may say "look at Arsenal" - but what have they won in the last 4 years? 1 FA cup (which was a joke in all honestly). There is too much pressure on Manutd to do that kind of thing as we need constand success, which unfortunately meen constant investment.
Its only gonna get worse with the new City owners aswell.
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