Cristiano Ronaldo will not Leave Manchester United And the Simple Math that Proves It

July 4, 2008

Despite more ridiculous garbage coming out of Marca saying that Ronaldo, his mum and Abraham Lincoln are due for medicals at Real any minute now, I can assure all of you faithful readers that Cristiano Ronaldo is officially going nowhere. In many ways, the situation reminds me a lot of what`s happening in the states right now with the election- something that is quite obvious is being shied away from in an effort to make the situation look tenuous and seemingly poised on the head of a pin. Obama is way ahead of McCain (despite what CNN makes it look like) and Cristiano Ronaldo will not be playing in all white next year.

Simply mountain out of a molehill stuff and the reasons for Ronaldo not leaving are really quite obvious- money. Despite our debts, United have no real financial problems and our profits have never been quite so high. So, for us to sell Ronaldo for a world record 70 million means that we would likely have to go out and spend the entire thing on new players. Every team in the world knows that if United sold Ronaldo they would be flush with cash and desperate to land the signatures of top notch players before the end of the transfer window and thereby get ripped off hardcore. If we were looking for Schweinsteiger there would easily be an additional 8 or 9 million added on to his price just because clubs know we`ve got the money and we need the player. Supply dictates demand and we would be highly demanding something in finite supply and therefore we`d get ripped off. The Glaziers didn`t get as rich as they are by selling high and then buying higher.

And look at how Ronny`s supposed “I want to leave“ rhetoric has completely stopped since the Euro ended. Now that he isn`t constantly surrounded with foreign press (who seemingly hear what they want to hear) things have cooled right off and he`s even met with our medical staff. I predict that he will get surgery and return to the team in October or mid September.

It looks like all signs are pointing to Berbatov for our new signing. More on that to come.


Transfer Rumors: Who is Manchester United Looking to Sign During the 2008 Summer? Micah Richards, Michael Owen, Klaas Jan Huntelaar or Dimitar Berbatov?

May 12, 2008

With David Gill confirming to all media parties today that Fergie will be provided with whatever funds he needs to strengthen to squad, the time has come to start the silly stuff- transfer speculation. The Andrewisahater blog was founded on transfer speculation (and leaked jersey photos) so its something we take pretty seriously around here.

Last season saw us purchase a dearth of midfield talent alongside the rights to Carlos Tevez. This year, an out and out goalscorer and defensive reinforcements seem to be the immediate priority. Currently, the names being touted are all (relatively) proven commodities with the odd surprise thrown in along the way.

MICHAEL OWEN

To be honest, I think that Michael Owen is the oddest selection up there. Presumably we have already made a bid for him, and I know he’s keen for a move away from St. James Park. However, we would effectively be purchasing him as a replacement for Louis Saha- a striker who has seen his better days and is incredibly injury prone. Sound like somebody else you know? To be honest, I think Owen would likely be spending the entire season about two feet away from being ruled offside. Our team is about dropping deep, assuming positions and then executing precision movements. Owen seems somebody who is good at banging the ball into the net, but not much else. I am unconvinced that he would add an element to the team. However, if he was content to be used as an impact substitute, I think he may be worth a punt for under 10 million.

MICAH RICHARDS

I think that Richards is a long-term successor to Gary Neville and I think he would be the perfect compliment to Evra on the opposite flank. Both can get forward, score goals and create them; while offering up effective defending options at the same time. My only problem with the pursuit of Richards is that his appearance (and subsequent drop directly into the first team) would probably unsettle Wes Brown, who has been immense in the latter part of the season. His price tag will be high, but this player is quickly becoming an established England International and he would continue our tradition of fostering English talent. It would also put a smile on my face to snake Man City’s best player right out from under their noses.

KLAAS JAN HUNTELAAR

He has been linked with us for the past few summers and while the hideous Dutchman is a proven goal-threat, I am unsure whether he is up to our quality and whether he would actually compliment our existing squad. A different type of player to Rooney and Tevez, Huntelaar would offer some new options going forward, but I’m unconvinced at the end of the day about whether he would be worth the money.

DIMITAR BERBATOV

This guy will not be playing for Spurs next summer, that much is true. However, I’m also not sure whether he’ll wind up at Old Trafford or not. I don’t really know if, mentally and personality-wise, he would be able to fit in with the rest of the dressing room. He seems prone to sulking and disappearing acts, however, his goal threat can’t be underestimated. He is a classy player at his best and an irritating sod at his worst. I think he is a similar player to Anelka- somebody I am extremely happy we didn’t sign last year. Berbatov’s approach to goalscoring is effective, but I don’t know if it exudes the confidence and class that I expect from a Man U player.

Anyways, I’ll be sure to keep my eyes and ears peeled and if any movement happens, we will be among the first places to get it online. Guaranteed.