Sometimes the bleeding obvious gets lost in the speculative hype the media creates. So here’s a clear-the-air edition focused on some misconceptions about Manchester United:
Fiction: Brown wanted to leave Manchester United.
Truth: Wes Brown, born and bred in Manchester and a long-term club servant, would never leave the club unless he knew he didn’t have an outside chance at playing in the starting XI (P Neville and N Butt left for the same reason). The issue was a few thousand pounds per week, and despite United’s reputation as hard negotiators the chances of both sides agreeing to a compromise was far more likely than Brown walking out on his boyhood club.
Fiction: Rio Ferdinand is immature and selfish
Truth: Rio Ferdinand has changed massively in the last two years. His reputation as a prankster and an unmotivated defender is perpetrated more by blind hate than any reality. The man has turned into a true leader at United on and off the pitch and his maturity reflects itself in his play and the respect accorded to him by the club. He is, along with Ronaldo, an MVP for United and a future captain (officially – unofficially he’s captain most of the time).
Fiction: Manchester United transfer dealings have been duds in recent times
Truth: After a brief period of bringing in cheap, unproven talent to the club, Ferguson and Manchester United turn around and went aggressively after bringing quality talent (even if they had to pay top dollar) to Old Trafford. The result – a new squad that will last several years (at least), a Premier League title and in pole position to a consecutive Premiership title plus a consecutive Champions League semi-final.
Fact: Of the last 11 players Ferguson has signed, all of them have been a hit at OT (apart from Manucho, who is out on loan and has yet to play for the club).