You have to give Louis Van Gaal credit where it’s due, regardless of how his United career ends up panning out, the Reds boss certainly has given the fans plenty to talk about during the transfer windows. Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria were the signings that had everyone salivating at the mouth last Summer, while the acquisition of Memphis Depay this time round has more than a few fans gladly pressing ‘yes’ on their season ticket renewal links. Even when a player looks destined to leave United as in the case with David De Gea, there’s always the chance Van Gaal could somehow twist it into an exciting deal and the rumour mill suggests none other than Sergio Ramos could be heading to Old Trafford as part of the deal. Nonsense? Maybe. Wishful thinking? Potentially. Achievable? Possibly. It may take a huge amount of negotiating to make Ramos leave Madrid, but as is shown from this interview the Spanish international gave ahead of the Champions League game clash at Old Trafford in 2013 to The Guardian:
“I like English football.”
Enough to move there?
“When you go through a bad spell all sorts of things go through your mind and there have been times when I’ve had offers from England and Italy but my Dad told me once: ‘If you are ever going to leave anywhere, do it through the front door and with your head held high, not when things are going badly.’ My dream is to keep playing here but it’s true that England’s attractive. Friends playing there always talk highly [about it] and it would be a new experience.
“My Dad used to watch a lot and he would say to me when I was a kid: ‘Come and watch this. Look at this guy …’ I wouldn’t say he obliged me to watch it but pretty much. He’d say: ‘Today so-and-so is playing; watch him.'” And who did he support? Ramos grins. “Manchester United.” Divided loyalty, then? “Haha, no! My dad always had a soft spot for Manchester but my family are Sevilla fans – and now Real Madrid.”
Who knows, Madrid want De Gea and things aren’t all rosy with Ramos, whose dad kept a soft spot for United…stranger things have happened.