Saturday, 29 June 2013

Everton Reunion in Old Trafford??

Manchester United had their £15m bid rejected for Everton's finest left back, Leighton Baines and they are coming back with a larger bid - £20m! My word....£20m for a 29 year old left back? Isn't there any younger players out there?? The U-20s World Championship & Confederation Cup are just over, I'm sure there are more than one who outshines the rest....SCOUT & SIGN THEM INSTEAD! What's wrong these clubs nowadays?! I've seen better potential, cheaper and younger players from the lower leagues crying out loud, trying to reach the big clubs to sign them.

Wouldn't it better if a rich club from the Premier League pay the lower leagues more money for their players and provide support, and encourage home grown players to perform better? This way England will always have an eclectic pool of young talents for the national squad hence making them a strong England team ahead! Although I have been living in Singapore for 35 years, I have always wanted England to lift the World Cup or at least the Euro Cup. The Premier League has an excellent range of foreign talents but I always believe that the Three Lions have the potential to be European Champions & World Champions!
Patrice Evra is rumored to leave Manchester United for Monaco AS and that could be the reason for the signing of Baines. Whatever it is, I hope Moyes is able to rotate his left future left backs, likes of Fabio and Buttner, should Baines arrives to Old Trafford. Or they'll be 2 very unhappy left backs.

Recently, there were reports of Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay from Benfica went house hunting in Manchester. Some reliable source report that Garay could be on the verge of signing for United with growing injury worries over Vidic, Ferdinand, Smalling last season. United have failed to keep clean sheets many times throughout the season with the absence of their quality defenders. Look at the last season's last game against West Brom, what a terrible score line...5-5! It is really unfair for those who have bought the home season tickets, just to watch them play badly after winning the Premier League title.

Friday, 28 June 2013

On The Way To Old Trafford...

Barcelona young starlet Thiago Alcantara could be on his way to Old Trafford after an agreement has been reached between his father and the Manchester United. Transfer looks almost set.

However Barca is not letting go one of their priciest young starlet easy. Better contracts were tabled as persuasion but the hat-trick hero from the Under-20s final insists more games which apparently Barca were unable to give, with Xavi & Aniesta as their preferred choice for the first team squad. Thiago wants first team football badly and moving to Manchester United not only guarantees him first team football but also Champions League football. And with United in need of strength in the midfield department, he'll definitely get his chance.

He's in need of games as he wants to break into the ranks of Spain Senior Team for the upcoming World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The only question, is Thiago Alcantara for sure coming to United? Or will there be another great U-turn or a silly detour. I hope he signs for United soon!

Lucky Number 7

The great number 7 jersey of Manchester United Football Club, worn by some of the greatest footballers in the world throughout the decades and has never failed to deliver whenever they are on field. I believed there were older player who wore number 7 jersey and played outstandingly but was not recognised. Back then, our forefathers were mainly focused and enjoyed pure madness of football. In a modern world like today, with all the current technology and social network everyone wants to get a piece of everything from literally everywhere. It is really convenient nowadays. Football players get connected with fans much easier and most of them actually share their personal daily life of activity with everyone who choose to follow them. Most sports athletes today are introduce into the world glamorously, to the extend of becoming celebrity. Some even are as popular as a movie star. So long as the players are comfortable, no one else should really matter.

Number 7 jersey, all began during the years of the late legend George Best. Born in the year 1946, the Northern Irish winger played most of his professional career in Manchester United during 1963 to 1974 before scattering himself into numerous clubs. Some were comparing him to the current evergreen Ryan Giggs. He must really be that good. However I was not born during his era of football with Manchester United therefore I would not dare to write much about him but one thing for sure he is in the list of the legends.

The number 7 jersey was then passed to Bryan Robson. Yet another sad story, I was only 3 years old when he played for The Red Devils. He was already in his ripe aged when I first witnessed him in a United shirt. Soon after he was transferred to Middlesbrough to become player-manager for about 3 seasons.

The legacy continued and left a huge boot for the next one to fit in. It was none other than Eric Cantona. This fellow needs no introduction when he was on the field. Big flamboyant French definitely proudly wore his shirt and ruled the field like he owns it. He shocked the world when he retired at an early age, leaving with a statement that he wanted to leave the game while his name was at the top. Sad for United fans but after some time I think he really made a wise choice.

Leaving under the shadows of Eric Cantona was young David Beckham. Beckham was wearing number 28 then. He worked his rank up and became United's very own grown prodigy. I can't explain why he was sold to Real Madrid. He had a bust up with Ferguson for some ridiculous personal reasons which I thought Ferguson shouldn't be too involved in. Well that was history, now both of them have retired.

Then came Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Clube de Portugal which is also known as Sporting Lisbon, signed for £12m pounds. In no time, he shone very brightly in the field with dazzling feet. His immediate impact soon made his manager played him often. One defender after another, he split open them. Suddenly all the direct free kicks were assigned to him. His rocket speed free kicks almost tore the goal net and often kept goalkeeper rooted to the ground. He was loved by Sir Alex Ferguson with his manager saying Ronaldo was of a son figure to him. Even before signing for United, it had always been his dream to play for Real Madrid. Real Madrid signed Ronaldo for a record breaking fee of £80m. After the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo were sorely missed by his Manchester United fans but not too long after United came back with a bang and overcame his absence.

The latest player to wear the famous number 7 shirt is Antonia Valencia. He was given the honour after his brilliant display in season 2011/12. Complete winger with old fashion style of play running through the defence with no flair but he was really good. Sir Alex often made him a right back whenever Rafael's injured and he made a great replacement. However in 2012/13 season, his lacklustre performance has made fans wonder if he deserve to wear the number 7 jersey.

In my opinion, shouldn't a jersey just be a jersey? Numbers on jersey should not be treated as a superstition beliefs. Some players chose their beloved preferred numbers on the back of their jersey probably because it signifies certain important memories to them. Most importantly for all football players, managers and fans, the quality of each and every players capability to produce is the main factor rather than the numbers on their back of jersey matters!

The New Kit

Initially when I first looked at Manchester United Home Kit during the launch at its official website, I thought I would left as disappointed as last season home kit cum table/picnic cloth. I even asked myself why was Manchester United Official website displaying kits for match officials until I saw United's logo. Honestly after having a second look, the new kit really look good. I will most definitely get a piece for myself. I am still waiting for the away kit. I hope that it will as good as last season away kit.

Now that the Under-21 European Championship are over. Will United still get their guy Thiago Alcantara knowing that his price will definitely soar after scoring hat-trick? Will David Moyes also get the other Barca guy Cesc Fabregas? Transfer market has been slow recently. Probably, it will become active once after the transfer window opens. Sometimes I just don't understand these club manager. Why don't they just make agreement with their respective targeted player and once the transfer window re-opens, sign them officially. Why are the managers from different clubs need to wait till other clubs beginning to probe first for a player and others will try to outsmart?

Meanwhile in the United dressing room, Bebe is looking for Sporting move. I guess this guy must have given up on his chance to actually play for United after all. Kevin Strootman has his sights in the Premier League even though there were report interests from Russia and Italy clubs. However his agents has clearly states that it won't be cheap to bring him over. If he's really good, why bother about the transfer fee? But if he's an ordinary player with ordinary talent, PSV can keep his player. This is a fact! 

Nani has remain calm over his future at Old Trafford, even though he has a year left in his contract remaining. Also at the moment, there are no rich club are showing any interest in him but if there were, he would definitely be flying over in lightning flash! Seriously many of us know how good he can be and hope he's able to capture his driving form and keep himself away from the nursing room. I am sure Moyes will want him in his first eleven squad. All the best Nani!

My Fantasy, My Theater of Dreams...

It has always been my childhood dream to go to London because of the London Bridge nursery rhyme, and till today I still can't get the song right. Whatever it is, ever since I knew Manchester United Football Club during my school days, I don't really want to know if the London bridge is falling down or not. I just want to go to Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester. Attend the Manchester United tour, visit the official merchandise shop and watch the guys train or a live match. I know I have to save up big time as flight ticket prices here in my country will not only burn ones pocket but can burn oneself! Dead serious it's bloody costly. My only option as an ordinary guy is only save up. I wish I could have won an all expense-paid to my dream destination...I wish...and yup, for now the picture below is the closest I can get!

Anyway, Spain has again dominated in the world of football. This time it's the under-21 squad. With Manchester United target Barcelona attacking midfielder, bagging a hat-trick and United no.1 man between the goalpost, to lift the Under-21 Championships Cup beating Italy Under-21 with the score 4-2. I can't watch due to no televised here but seriously are there any other country that can run them over? Or these guys just won't stop bullying anyone who come across them? At the moment, it looks like it's not going to happen even their rising stars are playing really well.

During my younger years, there were Brasil with the likes of Romario, Bebeto, Dunga, Leonardo, Ronaldo, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Denilson, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and many more. It looked like as if it was always going to Brasil for life but look where they are now. They are just like any other ordinary team with no stars. I have been supporting Brasil even before I knew Manchester United Football Club. It's really sad seeing them lost their Samba as years passes by. I wish them all the best and I hope the junior of the above-mentioned players will eventually rule the football world again.

Right after Brasil's domination, there was France. Zinadine Zidane is as popular as Michael Jackson in the football world. Everyone wanted to either be like or played with Zidane. His infamous head-butt during the final game with Italy has somehow dimmed his limelight as the former 3 times World Player of the Year, hung his boots for good. Together with Didier Deschamps, Bixente Lizarazu, Emmanuel Petit, Youri Djorkaeff, they too looked unstoppable back then. Until nature took it's own cause, they aged!

Now the Spanish team both senior and junior squad, look like the formidable forces in all competitions. To me they are like the European Samba boys, very skillful with flair.

Old Is Not Gold For Some Cases...

Wesley Sneijder has been given the green light to leave Galatasaray after spending only one season at the Turkish club. It is either Galatasaray refuse to renew his contract and wants to make money out of him while they still can. Or he's becoming a lousy player that they had to get of him as soon as possible. If a player is really good, any club would want to extend their best crop of players. Unless you're Alex Ferguson; reject and refuse to sign Carlos Tevez on permanent contract. Only the board of chairman from Galatasaray know the real truth. Well Good Luck, Chelsea!!

Still in Turkey, Galatasaray have had their bid turned down by Manchester United for their winger Luis Nani. I'm not too sure about the reason behind the rejection. I guess Galatasaray is offering a price of a shrimp for a price of a luxurious condo. Nani was also reported to remain uncertain about his future at Old Trafford and prefers to move to La Liga rather than moving back to his native country, Portugal. I hope Moyes gets it sorted out as soon as possible with this guy. If the new boss thinks selling Nani and get his replacement is the best option. I'm behind him 100%!!!

While I was browsing the web recently, I wanted to laugh my balls off so badly when I got to know Jose Mourinho quote that he will only return to Chelsea if he returns to the Premier League. Ya right! Does he think we're kids who know nothing?! As far as I remember, he was the only manager in the world who was insisting to be Alex Ferguson successor and the new manager for the club. Now he's going back against his own words just because Alex Ferguson chose him over David Moyes. In my opinion, that's the quote of a sore loser!

Meanwhile Portugal & UK media has reported that Manchester United are on the verge on their second signing, Benfica's defender Argentinian Ezequiel Garay. I have always thought that United need to reshuffle their defenders and try to have new set of defenders as most of the regular back four injure easily. Now it's not the time to see the loyality of a player towards a club. It is about the commitment and dedication towards daily life at the club. United are still waiting over the possibility for Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was said to have demand his current club £32m-a-year contract. If this ridiculous deal doesn't pull through, I hope he is coming back to United and retires there as well.

Football Transfer Do Come Cheap Afterall...

While the giants are sleeping during pre-transfer window in the summer, Numancia midfielder Cedrick Mabwati has signed for Real Betis for a fee of 1.2 euros (approx. SGD$2.01) What can we get here in my country with an amount of $2 nowadays?! Also, Mabwati is tipped to be a hot prospect for future. Hands down, to date this is really a mother of all bargains. So damn lucky, Betis!

Robert Lewandowski has been told by his parent club that he would not be sold to their rival, Bayern Munich. Such drama and intensity in the German league. However Lewi is determined that he will play for Bayern Munich next season. With this piece of news, I doubt he is coming to Manchester United. Anyway I don’t think United would be needing another striker. RVP is still hot favourite to start first eleven for all United upcoming season matches. Like it or not by United fans, Wayne Rooney is still a Manchester United player. I don’t care what others negatives think about Rooney but I hope he’ll stay a United player till he hangs his boots. There are also the likes of the reborn baby-faced assassin from Mexico. Danny Welbeck, this lad is cracking Real Madrid defence like no one have done during the Champions League last season, only to be outdone by a referee’s horrific decision. Well, money speaks in all languages and anything can happen in football. I am not surprise if within weeks R. Lewandowski ends up in Bayern Munich soon..!

Let’s make our way back to Old Trafford (as if….) and we welcome the newest member of Manchester United- Guillermo Varela. A young 20 year old Uruguayan right full back from Penarol. I have never seen him played before but I hope is really good but he will definitely have to compete with Rafael and also his other twin Fabio who has coming back a season long. Isn’t this guy was on trial when Sir Alex Ferguson was still Man United’s boss? As much as I hate to admit it but I seriously think that Ferguson is still overshadowing players purchase and not David Moyes. C’mon Sir Alex, move on already! Let the new boss do his work!!!

Cesc Fabregas would be an excellent addition to any European club. However this particular United target…it won’t happen. Even Fabregas himself has spoken that he will not be joining Manchester United. He has the chance to reunite with his partner RVP. Imagine the formidable force it will become. Still as I have mentioned numerous times before, it has been season in, season out, United midfield looked absolutely vulnerable. Easily exposed and often terrorised by most opponents. The last game of the season against West Bromwich is a perfect example. No matter how well United capitalised the game, West Brom managed to claw back and level the game to 5-5. Even if United were already declared championship with games in hand, they should have played as per normal. Pity those who bought season tickets and those who travel across the world only to watch their favourite team played like that.

Lightning Never Strike Twice At The Same Place...

Breaking News: Paris Saint Germain or better known as PSG has offered Wayne Rooney to name his price as they are prepared to pay at least £30m to Manchester United. However, even with his uncertain future at Old Trafford, he has turn down the opportunity to play abroad as he chose to stay in England. He is reported still unhappy at United but refuses to move abroad. Where does he want to go then?? Manchester City or Arsenal or I am not even surprise if he has already set his sight at Stamford Bridge. One thing for a fact is that Jose Mourinho is a great admirer of Wayne Rooney. Should the "special one" returns to Chelsea while Rooney still keeping his options open, sparks might happen!

Let's turn our head to the Merseyside where a savage beast is resting. I'm sure you guys know who I am talking about....Luis Suarez. This Uruguayan beast has been my favourite player whenever I played the Championship Manager when I was a kid, while he was still in Ajax. Hah....anyway, Liverpool whom at first not willing to part with their striker now has demanded at least £50m for the release of their superb and infamous striker! This guy is really really good, not only on my previous Pentium 4 but literally. However he has some serious issues need sorted out before making himself one of the world's finest.

Away from the Merseyside and back to Old Trafford. Manchester United hottest starlet Adnan Januzaj has been in a centre of attention with Juventus and Spain Giants, Barcelona reportedly very interested in the 18 year old starlet.

Guillermo Varela, 20 years old Uruguayan right back from Penarol has impressed during his trial at Manchester United and could be David Moyes' first signing reported from a reliable source. Could probably be United's favourite Don Rafael back up. Let's wait and see...

Turkish Giants Galatasaray wants Luis Nani who has another year left at Old Trafford. Galatasaray is willing to match Nani's wage demand and that will be something for Nani to think about. His days are numbered with him being so inconsistent. Nani can be really at most and suddenly he's not present at the pitch. I hope if Nani decides to stay Moyes is able to tap his capabilities by letting him play often.

Radamel Falcao has confirmed to play for newly riched Monaco next season after he was signed £51m. Russian Billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev (pardon me if I got the name wrong) bought Monaco in the 2011 and his financial prowess has recently helped Monaco promoted back to Ligue 1. How I wish I am as filthy rich and I would invest in a bottom English league and work the team up to the Premiership. Once reached to the Premiership, I would ensure that all kit sales proceed would go to respective donation benefeciaries. Well day...


Shocking news - Manchester United has made an initial contact with Barcelona over the potential of bringing Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford. If it really happens, how will Arsene Wenger react after Robin Van Persie and now Cesc Fabregas? Moyes wanted to sign a marquee player as his first move to stamp his existence. If Moyes gets his men, it really show much he wants to prove his ability as the new manager of the English Champions.

Many United hopefuls will be hoping for this deal to go through but there are also others who are questioning about Shinji Kagawa superb performance last season. Didn’t he deserve to be in the starting eleven & more games next season? And what about Anderson, will he be offloaded? I am sure Anderson wouldn’t want to spend another season warming the bench, if he’s fit that is. And what about Tom Cleverly, he’s getting better with more games. Where's his place then?

Wayne Rooney is still not sure of whether to stay or leave. But the soon-to-be former Man United’s Chief Executive, David Gill has remained confident that Rooney will not leave the club. That is what I seriously hoping for. It’s really difficult seeing Rooney in another team.

Marouane Fellaini quotes that he is still in the dark about the interest from Old Trafford. Can anyone tell me if this guy is coming to Old Trafford, where will Carrick play? Or Moyes prefers Fellaini to Carrick?

Well one damn good news at least I can rest assure that United will not makeshift its strikers but will most definitely revamp the midfield department, following from a reliable source that United targets Robert Lewandowski and Falcao most likely next destination to Bayern Munich and Monaco respectively.

Neymar has finally & officially chose Barcelona over Real Madrid. Wise move, I bet! However, Gareth Bale is willing listen to Real Madrid if they come knocking on his door. Imagine the wingers in Real Madrid with Ronaldo on the right and Bale on the left. But will Bale be able to perform as good in the English Premier League as in the La Liga? Careful Bale, being greedy gets you to nowhere...

Rafa Benitez has successfully removed himself from the world of hatred at Stamford Bridge to Stadio San Paolo, the home stadium for Napoli FC. While Chelsea is also looking for a manager and Jose Mourinho is tipped for a return. Not sure if his relationship with Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich has cooled down yet though…we shall see within the next few weeks.

Manchester City is still looking for a suitable replacement for the managerial post. Former Malaga top man Manuel Pellegrini’s name has been mentioned a couple of times and his favourite players Isco wants to follow him to Manchester City. Sounds similarly like the case of Fellaini and Moyes, right? This Pelligrini guy looks like a boss of a South American Mafia, but can he speak English??

Former Arsenal and Man City defender Kolo Toure has signed for Liverpool for free. He’s 32 but I think it’s still a good catch if Toure able to find his form again.

New Boss On The Block - David Moyes

Days after Sir Alex Ferguson last game, David Moyes was named the new manager for Manchester United Football Club with a 6 years contract beginning 1st July 2013 and he’s already beginning with his transfer preparations. 

Here's a profile of the new boss;

David William Moyes was born on 25th April 1963 in Scotland. During his younger days, he has played for numerous clubs before turning himself as player-coach to player/assistant manager at Preston North End, and eventually ending his playing career.

On a bright side he has the playing experience thus making it easy for him to understand a player’s thought. On the other side, where the grass is not greener and the sky is darker, the former Everton manager has not won any silverware yet…HAH!! But with the club like Manchester United reputable and financial support, he should be getting all the support he can get and is expected to win silverware throughout his career at Old Trafford. He has raised eyebrows in recent season with his ability to turned Everton into a top  six material squad. David Moyes has to do a lot more, now that he is undertaking Manchester United.

Manchester United are already at the top with the elite team along with other Premier League big clubs such as Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain Barcelona, Real Madrid, German Bayern Munich. Moyes task now is to make sure that the squad he is building shall maintain its current standard or make them a better team. I hope Moyes will be given all the support he can get to get the right men for his squad.

Initially I was quite surprised by the news that David Moyes was chosen as the new manager for Manchester United. I never thought that the “Special One – Jose Mourinho” would be given a miss. Mourinho was so determined to take over the role as a Manchester United manager. He spoke and hinted about it for quite a number of times. Anyway, I guess the former boss, Sir Alex, has his own ideas and preference of his replacement. David Moyes need to win the hearts of United fans quickly as there were already reports from the news of some unfaithful who want him out. Jose Mourinho recently suddenly said that United was never his destination after Real Madrid...yeah right!!

Anyway, it is really unfair to judge the new boss before the beginning of the new season. I have been told of an old rumour from an old relative of mine that even the maestro himself Sir Alex Ferguson was almost sacked, during his early days, for his under-achieving performance as the club manager. But with his determination and perseverance, he won matches after matches as beat Manchester United Football Club is the world most popular sports club. The best part is when he did it without the help from an oil tycoon or a wealthy Sheikh who doesn't know what to do with their money.

I say let’s have some confidence in this new boss, give him a chance to prove himself.

New recruit from Crystal Palace - Wilfred Zaha is already on his way to Old Trafford. There are few vulture waiting for the club to loan him out. I doubt Moyes would want to loan him with United needing the numbers in midfield for the upcoming new season challenge.

The possibilities of pumping-in new blood at the ready cash expense from the likely exit Wayne Rooney of somewhere around £30m. I hope he doesn't!

Moyes beloved Marouane Fellaini just can’t part with his former manager.

Moyes suggested that Barca’s reject 22 years old Thiago is expected to replace legend Paul Scholes.

With David Moyes - younger manager, newer strategy, stronger drive and full steam ahead the new 13/14 season!

"Au Revoir" Sir Alex Ferguson...

Completing his 1500th matches, Manchester United Football Club manager, Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson more famously known as Sir Alex Ferguson has officially retired from his managerial duties.

Sir Alex Ferguson has honoured;

Years of Achievement
UEFA Champions League
1999, 2008
Cup Winners’ Cup
1983, 1991
European Super Cup
1983, 1991
Intercontinental Cup
FIFA Club World Cup
English Premier League (13x)
1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
FA Cup (5x)
1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
League Cup (4x)
1992, 2006, 2009, 2010
FA Charity/Community Shield
1990 (Shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

As much as all us United fans are going to miss him, it is always good to stroll ourselves down to Fergie's memory lane. He has made some excellent signings through his years and some don't seem to reach to his expectations.

He has brought quite a number of interesting players that helped and still helping building up Manchester United Football Club into a household name. He introduced;

Eric Cantona - a player who doesn't need any introduction when he is at the field. The flamboyant and at the approximate of 1.9m tall French came to United in the year 1992 where he scored many goals and contributed the club in many ways. It was on 25th January 1995 when he was banned for almost eight months in total and a series of hefty fines, following his famous Kung-Fu kick to a Crystal Palace fan while walking towards the tunnel after being red-carded for kicking Richard Shaw who annoyed Eric for pulling his shirt during the match. His goal scoring celebration was his signature boastful yet stylish, if you're a United fan of course.

Peter Schmeichel - big strong giant Danish goalkeeper, bought from Brondby in the year 1991 for what was described by Sir Alex himself as the "bargain of the century." His usual trademarks of spreading arms out when in a 1on1 situation often scare the hell out of most strikers. His commanding nature as a goalkeeper and tonnes of important saves has got himself elected "the World's Best Goalkeeper twice, 1992 & 1993. He eventually left United in 1999 after winning the UEFA Champions League for United. Schmeichel will always be remembered as the Great Dane of Old Trafford. 

Roy Keane – I have always remembered him as the Captain Manchester. I started following Manchester United’s captain was The Rock Steve Bruce, paired with Gary Pallister back then. Keane’s commanding leadership was the last one I have seen since. He was so rocked in the midfield. He was never afraid to step up to support his team mates. I just don’t see the commanding quality in Carrick. Yet I have been hearing Carrick has been a superb player this season…this and that…he’s ordinary, nothing special. He made schoolboy mistake most of the time. His passing was mostly abysmal last season. Former United player Owen Hargreaves had the potential but sadly his injury got the best of him. The way I see, it was so difficult finding Roy Keane’s replacement that even till today.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer & Teddy Sheringham – These 2 last touches made them the heroes of 1999 for Manchester United overpowering Bayern to their last breath and eventually crowned Champions of Europe. Probably one of my personnel matches of all time.

I’m sure if I have to name all of them it’s just going to get on and on. There were and are still a handful of talent such as Dennis Irwin, Dwight Yorke, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and current ones like Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo (currently with Real Madrid), Robin Van Persie, Patrice Evra, Shinji Kagawa, the tireless Park Ji-Sung, Javier Hernandez and many more…! 

In my opinion during my time, which was somewhere around 1993 onward, I think Sir Alex was seemed to have lack of confidence in his own signings. Players like Karel Poborsky, Jordi Cruyff, Jesper Blomqvist, Juan Sebastian Veron, Kleberson, Diego Forlan were a few names of those would have probably played better if were given enough playtime. Most still had so much in them unexposed.

Veron had so much quality in him but due to lack of match given to him. His brilliant skills were remained untapped.

Diego Forlan became top scorer in La Liga after he was transferred to Villarreal and top scorer again in Atletico Madrid. Why aren’t these players able to perform at United? Is it the style of play of different country style? If so, how come Ronaldo was able to adapt in both England and Spain? Gianfranco Zola and Paolo DiCanio did well in both Italy and England?

Sir Alex had the chance to sign Ronaldinho, after losing David Beckham but chose not to raise his bid. Imagine if Ronaldinho joins in back then.

His plan of not signing Carlos Tevez on a permanent deal when Tevez were a formidable force linking up Wayne Rooney was an abysmal decision. Tevez have said numerous times that he loved being at United. He played his heart out in every game for United. The way I see it Tevez was not the player he was at Manchester United when he is at Manchester City. He never looked happy playing for City. He looked disappointed during his last game at Old Trafford doing his farewell wave at his former adored fans. I guess he was hoping for a permanent deal at that time but it didn't happen! In the end, he was not offered a permanent deal and was transferred to the noisy neighbours. After that I was neither interested to know about Tevez controversial billboard advertisement in between the Manchester borders nor anything about his dispute with Sir Alex Ferguson. All I wished for him to stay with United..

And what about the transfer of David Beckham, need I go there?? Even Beckham wasn't aware of him being sold to Real Madrid. 

Ferguson decision got more jaded he preferred fielding lazy Dimitar Berbatov in almost every game last season even when he was not at his top form, and not giving Javier Hernandez more chance when Hernandez was playing even better than him.

Many have begun to realise that Sir Alex Ferguson strange decisions and ideas were getting rather weird. His decisions of late to leave out top players during crucial games especially in the finals. Frankly, I think it is about time that he stepped down when his name is still at the top. I truly respected Sir Alex Ferguson for what he has done to Manchester United but I think he could have done it better if he had believed in other players as well.

Strange decisions or not, if it is not for Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United would not have become of what they are. There are always ups and downs in life for everyone. Nobody is perfect.

I will always remember him chewing his gum quickly in every game when his men under performed and someone who has contributed his life for the club that what no other manager has ever done to in any club - a true legend, a dedicated and loving football manager for Manchester United. It was also because of him that I actually become a Manchester United fanatic. Hopefully before you officially leave the club, give the best blessing you can to David Moyes.

Au Revoir, Sir are a legend and you will be missed!!


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