Football

So, this is another football related post. I can see most of you backing away quietly now. 😦

The summer transfer window deadline was yesterday, and it was a ridiculously hectic and, well, stunning day. Manchester City have just been bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group of Investment and blah blah. Basically, they have so much cash that Abramovich looks like the owner of a cornershop. In one day, when their takeover wasn’t even ‘complete’ or ‘official’, they put on the table money in excess of £60m. £37m for Berbatov (and in the process hijacking our deal :@, albeit temporarily), £32m for Robinho (a deal that was later completed) and probably £15m plus bids for David Villa and Mario Gomez. It was, pretty much, ridiculous.

Anyway, as I just said, eventually we got Berbatov (he always wanted to come to us so!). We now have Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo and Berbatov as our frontmen. I don’t know, but to me that looks fucking, fucking scary. They might just be the best attacking force in Europe (especially if Rooney starts playing behind Berbatov and is even as good as he was a season ago, pinging balls left right and centre and generally running the game).

Manchester City’s money though is worrying. There’s an argument to be made about how despite all their cash, some players simply wouldn’t want to come to them. I think that’s something that will be proven wrong. If there’s any success, the cash + hopes of trophies will welcome some really good just-below-world-class players. Once they’re in the CL, that’s it. They will get some of the best.

😐

I just hope they knock Liverpool off of 4th place. That would simply be fantastic 😀

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5 thoughts on “Football

  1. “We now have Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo and Berbatov as our frontmen. I don’t know, but to me that looks fucking, fucking scary. They might just be the best attacking force in Europe (especially if Rooney starts playing behind Berbatov and is even as good as he was a season ago, pinging balls left right and centre and generally running the game).”

    Couple of thoughts. First, before pronouncing four players the best attacking force in Europe, can we wait until they, you know, actually play together? I can promise you that football is not played on paper.

    Second, what the hell is SAF going to do? Play 4-2-3-1 with Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez behind Berbatov? Play 4-2-2-2 with Tevez and Berbatov up front? I feel this will seriously compromise the midfield and leave United open to yielding control in the midfield, a death knell in Europe if there ever was one.

    We’ll see.

  2. Damn you with your ‘sense’ and piss on my parade :@

    4-2-3-1 is the most likely candidate, if Fergie decides to go for a formation in which all 4 start (which is likely, really).

    4-2-3-1 leaves a midfield that will comprise of any two from Scholes/Carrick/Hargreaves/Anderson. Since Scholes cannot last a full season, providing Hargreaves manages to stay fit we’ll likely see Carrick/Hargreaves for most of this season. If Carrick is out of form, or Hargreaves is injured, we’ll see Anderson in. Again though, that’s pretty obvious.

    I don’t think we’ll particularly lose control of the midfield. All of our midfielders are VERY good at keeping the ball, and Tevez+Rooney will be dropping back a lot more, essentially at times playing like midfielders. Aside from that, even if we DO lose control in midfield, there’s always the counter-attack – a United staple if there ever was one.

    The biggest worry of Berbatov not working though is that he isn’t Saha. He won’t run a lot, but he’ll hold up the ball with his stunning skill. As a result, he’ll be making space for Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo’s runs, perhaps even playing in balls for them. The worry here is that Rooney and Tevez aren’t great finishers, and Ronaldo can’t keep scoring 42 per season. That said, Rooney isn’t Robbie Keane, and neither is Tevez.

  3. Man I fucking love Saha. Just a class player. Some players are just born to be injured, I guess. What a pity.

    Rooney and Tevez (the latter especially so) will be wasted as midfielders. United have always fielded a very “balanced” side in that the pegs always seem to fit in the holes, but I have to say, from a distance, I don’t get that feeling with this team. Then again, it’s just one change from a Europe-and-England winning team, so I’m probably off base. Like I said, we’ll see.

  4. It wasn’t just injuries with Saha. It was something psychological too. Some players if they aren’t 100% fit will still play, and somehow manage to perform. Saha was always a bit, well, ‘worried’ I suppose about further damage and was never keen on getting back in the game till he was a 100% fit. I really hope he lights up at Everton because he’s a great player. 😦

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