I hate the word transition. But you hear it so much in the game. This damned blessed game of ours.
There are alot of United’s squad skating on thin ice at the moment. Transistion is in the fresh winter’s air. A mix of poor form and inconsistency, repetitive injuries and lack of games has left more than a few of our current lads at the brink of the Old Trafford exit door. Well it’s time for a good old fashion dissection. Based on my opinion that is…a random bloke who goes to all the games and then feels compelled to write about it all. So here goes….Will this merry bunch survive past this summer is the golden question? Yes, no or……maybe:
Oh Dimi, Dimi, Dimi! You go bang in a beautiful hat trick versus the scouse, then decide it’s time for a little holiday and break from your early season form. Berbatov is the original enigma. Eric Cantona may well have spoke of seagulls and trawlers et al, but Berbatov is ten times the enigma Eric ever was. You always KNEW that Eric would say something cryptic, whereas Berba takes cryptic on the football pitch to whole new levels. His omission against Wigan left us at Old Trafford all bemused, but news of a viral infection soon spread throughout the ground. This was then gazumped by Sir Fergie himself as after the game he hollered ‘I left him out for tactical reasons!’ Yes Sir Alex…lets just leave him out for tactical reasons (rather than his form) and play a green Italian kid up front with an even greener french winger playing out of position. Hmmm…It appears that Berbatov is testing the managers patience these last few weeks. Sir Alex has been incredibly loyal to Berba (as he is with all his players) and backed him to the hilt. However, we know what happens when he wants to wash his hands! Time and space seem to be coming together to form a parallel with the Juan Seba Veron situation of the past. Genius, yes. Frustrating, yes. Produces moments of undoubted footballing artistry, hell yes. Pushed Fergie too far with his erratic ways….a final yes and a goodbye to Chelsea. Berbatov is rolling the dice in the same game that Seba did.
Will he be sold in the next 2 transfer windows? This one is a…………Maybe
Really….any former European footballer of the year, who is still this side of 30 (as he was when he signed) must be worth a punt on a free transfer? MO7 hasn’t really set any buildings ablaze with his 18 months stint at Carrington. His last kick of the game goal against City in last years classic 4-3 has cemented his place in United folklore, but as far as giving us the extra goals we need to compete in the league it really hasn’t worked out. Injuries haven’t really been his problem, but game time has. Last year Rooney’s electric form and our lone striker tactics left Owen on the bench. Then this year Berba kicked on early doors, and Chico and Kiko are making positive noises. So what does the lad from Chester do? I can only see him in a different coloured shirt next year. Aston Villa here he comes!
On his way out of Old Trafford? With a heavy heart the answer is……….Yes
I feel sick when I think of Hargo. So so so so so much potential to be the next Bryan Robson of our club. And his knees have ruined it all. I was there the day he made his last come back at Old Trafford. I watched him warm up and my heart jumped for joy…but my stomach was also in my mouth. I tweeted from my seat and vantage point. The flurry of 140 character ditties went along the lines of ‘How long before he gets injured again?’ Well, seconds later and hes limping off down the tunnel and we’re all looking down at our shoes shaking our heads. What Hargreaves has had to endure is tragic. But now in the last months of his contract there are decisions to be made. United once upon a time let a certain Paul McGrath go because of dodgy knees (and a fondness for Guinness) and he went on to become PFA Footballer of the Year. And yes it was Fergie that let McGrath and his world class ability go. Will he do the same with Hargreaves?
Will Hargo be shown the Old Trafford exit this summer? Regrettably the answer will be……………………………..Yes
No doubting the kids ability. Absolutely no doubt at all. And there’s not many teenagers that get their own song from the Stretford End at such a young age. The kid initially showed why we paid a little fortune for him, but injuries and rumours of a not-so-great attitude have left him down the pecking order. Rightfully the lad wants to play first team football. His Brazilian international career is at stake and he is at that age where he needs minutes. Like Berbatov, he has the potential to frustrate. And with an evergreen Paul Scholes in front of him his own personal frustrations will grow. The Faithful are all clamouring for new midfield talent, but that will mean one or two will have to go, if only to help fund new acquisitions.
3 and a half years into his United career and still stuttering…will Fergie cash in? I think the answer is………………………Yes.
The Champions League final in Rome: The night Micheal Carrick had the equivalent of a footballing nervous breakdown. Carrick’s slide to almost oblivion has been painful to watch from Old Trafford. His performance against Bayern last season led to fans in the stands that night directing venom at him rarely seen from a United crowd to one of their own….but the anger of The Faithful was clear and present. Thankfully, in recent weeks the Geordie lad has started to show some return to what we all know he can do. Use that massive football brain of his and be a foil for the creativity of a Scholes and the workrate of a Fletcher. But there is no doubt that Fergie isn’t as convinced about him as he was before that Champions League final. In and out of the squad like a yo-yo and not helped by niggling injuries.
But will he survive if United get a marquee signing in the middle of the park? Or will he be the sacrificial lamb? At the moment, my gut says……………….No
Is it controversial to include Wazza in this? Maybe. But nothing has ripped the soul out of the club more in living memory than the debacle we all endured a few weeks ago. All our names…dragged through the mud. Just so a footballer could earn a few more pennies. The rumours are rife about ‘a deal’ for Rooney to be sold in the summer was struck, and that he would sign his contract out of goodwill so the club got a bigger fee…………..HELLO!!!! Earth to all you space cadets out there!!!!! Football is a business to these people. There is no goodwill. And don’t be quoting all that Ronaldo rubbish to me of what he did with his contract… so thats what Rooney is doing! Paul Stretford would never have allowed his star client to enter into such an arrangement, as it would clearly effect any negotiations for a transfer, and leave Wazza shorter in the pocket. If he was going to go it would have happened this January, and for a reduced fee. Players don’t care what their clubs receive for them. Do you think Ronaldo thought: “Oh wonderful I’m so glad the Glazers got £80 million for me, that makes me feel so much better” Grow up for Gods sake. Rooney wont be going anywhere now, Not for the majority of this contract duration. The Blue offer was there. He got tempted cos he’s a silly Scally lad, and then he came to his senses…with the help of £200k a week.
Will Rooney be a Red next season. Or will he be sold? Unequivocally the answer is……………………….No
Ji Sung Park:
Much loved work horses, or just a pain in the behind? United fans are always split by him. However, we sing his name ever week, and he is very much the modern ‘squad player.’ Would you like things to be built around his talent? NO NO NO! Are you happy for him to score the odd vital goal and be Patrice Evra’s best mate? OH YES. Park still adds something. He has a unique ability to play an occasional blinder, without being the most talented on a football pitch.
To leave United next season?……………………………No
Now Paddy doesn’t deserve to be in the list. If it’s a matter of choice he plays every week for the rest of time at left back for United. But now we hear of that old adulterer Real Madrid wanting to sleep with another one of our players. Last year it was Vidic, and this year its Patrice. Evra’s interview after Wigan I found wholly worrying. When asked would he be at the club next year after Madrid’s interest he replied: “I don’t wish to talk about such things” …Erm…..you don’t want to talk about it now, whist you are being interviewed? Or do you wish not to talk about it cos you fear a backlash a la Rooney? Evra isn’t getting any younger, and maybe he wants one last challenge. He’s won the lot in England. I smell a Ronaldo reunion possibly?
Will Evra be a United player after the summer. For now it is only a ………………………….Maybe
One things for sure and that is there will be out-goings out of Old Trafford this summer, if not in January. But who will Fergie offload?
You tell us! Leave a comment and have your say.
Glory glory! The Reds will always go marching on.