Saturday, May 29, 2010

This summer

When it comes to transfer dealings, I don't always believe Sir Alex's words to the media, and the sound bites they push to us. So when he says "there'll only be one more signing" it might mean no more signings or half a dozen signings, with players coming and going. His deliberated dissemination of  misinformation to the market would classify as "manipulative or disorderly conduct" if he were the general manager of a stock exchange listed firm, with his "I wouldn't sell them a virus" and "I like Berbatov, but he is a Spurs player" comments deliberately thrown to the captive and naive media to spread like a new gospel.

Daily headlines of Joe Cole, Raphael Van der Vaart, Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema, Luis Fabiano, Klass jan Hunterlaar, Edin Dzeko, Edin Hazard, Gary Cahill, Simon Kjaer, Marek Hamsik and Sergio Aguero, amongst others, being linked tomulti-million pound transfers to Man United, the media seem to forget that new rules regulating the number of players on the books, their age and nationality will come into effect at the start of the new season.

The signings we have already made over the last 2 years, Chris Smalling, young and English, Mame Diouf , young and Senegalese, and Javier Hernandez, young and Mexican, Zoran Tosic young  and Serbian all fit into the club ethos of buying young talents and developing them into world beaters. Alongside youngsters Ben Amos, Rafael, Fabio, Corry Evans, James Chester,Scott Wootton, Oliver Gill, Darren Gibson, Rodrigo Possebon, Tom Cleverley, Oliver Norwood, Magnus Eikrem, Frederico Macheda, Febian Brandy and Danny Welbeck, these three talented individuals will be pushing the first team regulars for their places. The only exception being Dimitar Berbatov, who at 27, we hope is going to make a bigger impact in his 3rd season and become a regular threat in both the big and "little" games.

The only position that United really need to improve and add strength is through the middle of the midfield. A creative, goalscoring midfielder, who'll score as many medium to long range goals as he'll create chances for his strikers. Players like Marek Hamsik, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Javier Pastore are the type of player we need to provide ammunition for Rooney, Berbatov, Owen & Co. Although we have our own version in Park and Anderson, unless we use them properly, in the attacking midfield role they play so well for countries, additions to the squad need to be made this summer. A return to our 2007/08 central midfield partnership, of Anderson and Hargreaves, would be a sight for sore eyes, hopefully, they both fully recover from their varying  
knee injuries.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Don't know what we've got till its gone                

News emanating out of Germany is that quite a few top Bundesliga clubs are looking to table a bid for our 2nd Serb, Zoran Tosic. After many fine performances, and match winning goals and more than half-decent assists, Zoran has caught the limelight and is basking in the glory of being the "top young talent" (ahead of Kroos) and in all seriousness, the 3rd best winger in the league, behind Robben and Ribbery. It seems we united fans have yet to see the best of this lad, and at 22, he's only now reaching his potential. It'd be a shame to see him leave.
I'd love to see two inside out wingers, Nani and Tosic operate at Old Trafford, both have the potential to be truly special, I only hope Sir Alex shares my view.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Marek Hamsik: My Next United Man

With United's midfield coming under intense scrutiny over the last few months, I've been no different to any amateur who feels the inclination to review the situation and add my own two cents.

Although we have a wealth of talent in the centre of the park, with names like Hargreaves, Scholes, Carrick and Fletcher calling to mind solid, reliable players, I fear we don't have that loose moving creative spark who can change a game with a special flick or move, open up defense with brilliant agility and cause defenders second thoughts whenever they are charged with stopping him.

As soon as I came to this conclusion, one man came to mind straight away. Marek Hamsik, Napoli's midfield maestro. The Slovak international, who cost Napoli 5.5m in the summer of 2007 from Brescia, has excited football pundits worldwide of late, would be someone I would consider to be the perfect addition to United's midfield.

Hamsik has caught the eye of the Milanese clubs, as well as some of the bigger clubs around Europe. Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have all been linked with the 22 year old. The transfer fee that has been commonly bandied about among the media is in the region of 15m, a genuine bargain in my opinion.

Team mate Walter Gargano has been quoted as saying "He’s very difficult to mark. You never know if he’s going right or left. He does not have a weak foot". While he has been described as having an "oiled waist" by the Italian media, something which refers to his amazing ability to counter attack.

With a contract at Napoli tying him to the club until 2013, it's widely believed that the Napolese hierarchy would prefer to see him move abroad that to their Serie A rivals in Milan or Turin.

With all that said, I would love to see Sir Alex Ferguson add some flair and foreign spice into a midfield that needs only minor tweaking to becoming one of the most dominant in Europe.