Monday, November 8, 2010

November Speculation

Alan MacGregor GK (31 January 1982)  Rangers FC 

With Edwin van der Sar expected to retire at the end of this season, and the "number 1" capabilities of Tomasz Kuszczak unfairly under question, the media seem hell bent on linking young and established goal-keepers with the club. With the club's goalkeeping scouts and head scout Martin Ferguson keeping tabs on various names around Europe, it doesn't seem to be too far of the mark that United are taking succession plans very seriously this time. Having already scouted Atletico's David De Gea(21) and Aalesunds' Anders Lindegaard(26), they have moved on to the Scottish international, who has performed remarkably well over the past few seasons both for club and country.  Personally, i still don't know who should be brought to the club, but I think keepers of the ilk of Fiorentina's Frey should be looked at closely before any decision is made.  

 Marek Hamsik  CAM 27 July 1987 Napoli 
Although the goals have been shared around recently, we have yet to replace Paul Scholes' central midfield goals, let alone compensate for Tevez and Ronaldo's goal contribution from 2007/08. The creativity of our central midfielders has been limited, both by Hargreaves' injury and the tactics deployed by Sir Alex. Hamsik has been an integral part of Napoli's ascent up the Italian league. Scoring and creating an impressive amount of goals, while also putting in impressive performances in the Europa League group stages. However, Napoli's  president De Laurentiis has said that the club are under no pressure to sell, and only a "silly offer" would tempt them into profiting on their 2007, 5.5million Euro acquisition Given the state of the club's finances, ( disregarding the official line), Hamsik may be out of the club's reach, and players like Pastore, & Paulo Henrique ( Ganso) may be more affordable if we strike a deal quickly enough. 

Steven Defour CM 15 April 1988 Standard Liege 
Since the infamous " get well soon" letter that found its way to the press, United has been linked with a move to secure the Belgian internationals' services. It has been recently revealed that the player has even turned down an offer from Liverpool to ensure he can accept any future offer from United. Although some doubt his usefulness and adaptability to the league, it remains to be seen whether or not he could perform a box-to box role, as well as act as a "screen" in front of the defense, while setting up play from a deeper position.