Manchester United transfers will soon be a subject for David Attenborough as part of the series about extinctions!
Every evening bands of Manchester United fans gather around their television sets watching Sky Sports News waiting for Jim White to announce a spectacular marquee signing; one paid for from the fabled £200m warchest at the disposal of Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward. The expectancy dissipates as we hear news of yet another Liverpool transfer, albeit for piddling amounts, and Chelsea pouncing on available players.
The media is inevitably full of rumours at this time of year, but there are usually one or two stories which carry a bit of credence. For Manchester United fans, the silence is deafening. There has not been one single announcement, comment or even a leak from Old Trafford. Surely, if Woodward has all this cash available, he can stitch up a deal somewhere along the line?
Whilst it is understandable after last summer`s fiasco involving Woodward, Moyes and a band of bogus Spanish lawyers, that Manchester United want to keep their targets close to their chests, but it would do no harm to make at least some sort of positive remarks about the types of player they are supposedly looking at.
Manchester United Cannot Afford A Repeat Of 2013!
Last year Manchester United chased around Spain trying to sign Fabregas to no avail. Barcelona were not going to allow that to happen and Fabregas didn’t want to move. Now Barcelona are touting the player around the Premiership because they now find that they need the cash to fund their new targets. So, are we interested in Fabregas or not? It’s a simple question, yet it seems impossible for a Manchester United spokesperson to come out and deny it. There is no conflict of interest involved; Barcelona want to sell Fabregas.
Local Manchester journalists like Stuart Mathieson usually have the inside news before anybody else, but even his pages are bereft of any news about anything at Manchester United, so what the hell is going on?
The suits at Old Trafford need to wise up to the fact that after the worst season in Premiership history, Manchester United fans deserve to know what the club are doing about rebuilding the squad. It is accepted that van Gaal being at the World Cup complicates matters, but what is Ed Woodward doing? Has anybody actually seen him anywhere? Is he the incredible shrinking executive vice chairman?
The World Cup starts in 6 days time and that will effectively end any serious transfer activity until it is over. That takes us to 13th July! Any club in the situation Manchester United finds itself in should have had their deals tied up by now. Leaving things until after the World Cup will see a stampede of competing clubs bidding for every available player. It will be like one of those supermarket dash programmes with people buying haphazardly just to try and steal a march on their competitors. Hardly a recipe for sensible team rebuilding I would venture.
Manchester United need to somehow ‘transport’ themselves into the 21st century and start to act like a modern corporation does and not like some corner shop.