Transfer Shenanigans at Manchester United

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On the eve of Manchester United’s first match of the season, it will be 60 days since United signed a first team player. For all the talks about being a club in transition, heavy overhauls required and with quite visible deficiencies in the squad, United’s transfer window has been underwhelming to say the least. 

Ander Herrera while being a fantastic signing is by no means the midfielder that United fans have so craved since Keane. And Luke Shaw is possibly the most weird transfer in recent history. It’s hardly inspiring when the highest paid teenager signed as the only left-back in the first squad, gets injured before start of the season and moreover does not fit in the first team setup/formation and is considered unfit by the new manager.

Crazy times indeed.

It was a time when United could have turned the tables with a couple of decent signings who would have actually strengthened the squad. The summer saga of Vidal has turned out to be nothing but a glint in the eye of United fans similar to the one they had with Schneider or Thiago or Fabregas or Kroos or even Nistelrooy before he signed a season later.

This all brings us to an unfathomable question. What exactly has United done in the transfer market in the last two seasons under Ed Woodward. Basically in the last two years United have signed Mata, Fellaini, Herrera and Shaw. In each case either we overpaid or we were the only club in the running. Meanwhile Kroos, Fabregas, Thiago, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Eriksen, Fernando, Luiz Gustavo, Illaramendi, Garay, Tadic, Sanchez etc have moved on for lesser fees. Its been a long two transfer window for United fans when they have been linked with each and every midfielder in europe and have yet not signed the one required. Its a shame.

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With transfer dealings so shambolic that they make you think about the sanity of United board, it seems like a question of how long Glazers are going to let this mess continue. Or do they even care. Just boasting about the spending power while not spending at all or spending at wrong places has made the club a laughing stock in the transfer market. Let’s hope that the intensity of Van Gaal outweighs the combined stupidity of the rest of the United board and we end up with the players that we want before 1st of September arrives. Else another season of mess looms large.

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World Cup 2014

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While we wait for the World Cup 2014 holding with our bated breaths, there is a lingering feeling that this might be more of a gimmicky world cup. A country predominantly known for its footballing glory around the world is hosting it after a long long time while its population constantly strives for food and money, mostly living off scratches and hoping that the tournament brings some much needed prosperity. It’s a perfect setting for a grand finale with a feel good factor. What’s not to love ?

While Brazil would be waiting to capitalize on the fact that they are playing in their back yards, there are teams that would be trying to spoil their party. Spain are the obvious favorites having won the last world cup and the last two European championships. But one team that would want to win desperately would be Germany.

Its quite hard to ignore Germany currently. They have been at the pinnacle of their football for the past two decades. They have had probably the best squad barring Spain for at least as long as I can remember and yet its been a case of so near yet so far. But this year seems like this might be their time to tango to the tunes of Brazilian samba.