It has been a quiet week, most players are on a well deserved break and the traditional transfer gossip kitchen has tried to keep awake United Fans, but sadly failed.
Today the fixtures for next season were announced and I am delighted to see that we can start with a rather slow program.
The season starts of at Old Trafford, against Reading, and our first highlight of the season will be on September 22th, when Jose Mourinho will realize at Old Trafford that the Blues still need to learn much. Weeks before he’ll already be complaining that the return game at Stamford Bridge is very late in the Season again, namely on April 22th.
When we play the return at Stamford Bridge doesn’t matter anyway, but I can understand that Jose is sad as April 22th will be too already for the Blues, because we’ll have decided the League the week before. Life is hard if you’re Jose Mourinho.
Last week’s transfer news about United was rather boring and mostly unbelievable.
Eidur Gudjohnson, as part of a swap deal with Gerard Pique? I think Gudjohnson is not flexible enough for our fast paced game and he seriously isn’t the lethal weapon Van The Man was. If we need a striker, we need a deadly striker. Gudjohnson surely is experienced but sadly not effective enough and we have enough players who can set up class actions.
A striker who comes to mind were Roy Makaay, even though he is already in his early 30s. He’s experienced on the highest level and strikes deadly when assisted correctly.
Our wordclass midfield can launch him and even in his age he can break out as fast as Wayne and Cristiano do. In the box Roy is as strong as Ruud, sadly he had no midfield behind him at Bayern Munich.
Saha and Smith are rumoured to consider their options and if I were them I’d also consider my options.
Rossi’s future is still uncertain, but I can’t believe that Sir Alex would let such a young talent go to another big club. Same for Gerard Pique.
Both are very talented and admirable young players, but right at the moment our squad is too young to rely on two more youngsters. I think both will spend one more season on loan abroad, to return to Old Trafford as experienced players, having played the best teams in Spain or Italy already.
Gabriel Heinze, who’s preparing for the Copa del America, is still being linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, but I’d prefer him to stay at Old Trafford. He is the type of player we need in support of our offensive midfield. Chances he’d immediately get a fix spot at Barcelona are rather minimal IMO, and if, he’d play exactly at the spot where he could be useful for ManU : in between the defense and the midfield. Like Deschamps did during his career, like Makelele has done for Real Madrid (has anyone noticed Real hasn’t won anything anymore since Makelele left).
And since our team might be competitive in all four competitions, we surely need someone with Gaby’s experience and class.
Now I’ll stop before I am as boring as the news last week were. Hopefully the next days will be more and exciting and Kieran Richardson will do us proud and go all the way with the England U21 Team.