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Carrick Deal To Change United Summer Transfer Targets?

Michael Carrick Michael Carrick of Manchester United applauds the fans at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on February 1, 2011 in Manchester, England.

News that Michael Carrick signed a new Manchester United contract wasn’t the most popular news among United fans, not least because he has had a below average season so far, in a pretty average and uncreative midfield. The majority of United fans on forums have been raging with the news with comments like:

“F***ing hell, his demeanor on the pitch this season suggests he can’t be arsed. There was a time a few months ago where it looked like he was protesting on the pitch but generally being a ****.”

“Chelsea are rebuilding, and so must we. City will be stronger too. Next season, genuinely, we could be left behind if we don’t improve the 11”

“We’re doomed”

“F***ing joke of a midfield player for best part of 2 seasons”

“They must have a plan – a new plan – that he fits into somehow”

So why has Sir Alex Ferguson not seen what United fans are seeing? Does Ferguson think Carrick would be better than new signings – fresh-faced, skilful, creative and imaginative players who would rejuvenate a current old, fragile centre midfield.
Well, Sir Alex had this to say:

“I am delighted Michael has signed a new contract.”

“He has been outstanding since joining us from Tottenham in 2006. He is a true professional and it is great he has committed his future to the club.”

Perhaps Sir Alex knows that no large funds will be available in the summer to sign any big name, top quality, proven players. Or perhaps the United manager is sticking to his understandable and obvious claim that there is no value in the market. When £25 million for, at best, good players are happening every other week because bottomless pits of money are available at certain clubs, inflation is out of control. United don’t have that sort of money.

Expect more signings like the astute ones of  Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling. Manchester United scouts will have been sent out to search for midfielders that could, in the future, replace the likes of Paul Scholes and maybe even Owen Hargreaves who’s injuries seem unfortunately endless. Players will be signed in the summer, but they will be young, and not in high demand – possible risks, unproven atPremier League level.

Manchester United have been linked to Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean winger playing for Udinese. The club have announced that a bid of close to £30 million was offered to them, with a completion due to go ahead in the summer. Udinese refused to identify the bidders.

United will be bidding for a goalkeeper in the summer, I’m sure we can assume that much in confidence. Again, the cheapest option is most likely to be considered – in this case, Maarten Stekelenburg of Ajax who is apparently worth around £10 million as opposed to other targets such as Manuel Neur and David de Gea, who’s asking prices will be considerably higher.

United have been linked to several midfielders as they scour the globe to find a replacement for Scholes, including Nuri Sahin, Steven Defour and Marek Hamsik – all would cost at least over £10 million, with the highest valuation being around £35 million for Hamsik. Perhaps it would be better to give some young players from the reserve team a go – there are certainly some talents in there, with Tom Cleverley, who was on loan at Wigan and Paul Pogba impressing. Pogba may be too young at the moment, but I would like to see more of Cleverley, but it looks very likely that Ferguson will be looking for a new play maker in the market this summer despite news of Carrick’s contract extension.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball



  1. M-a

    March 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Sign Sanchez

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  3. DAVE

    March 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    He’s a joke SAF has lost the plot and he’s starting to p*ss me off.

    • frank

      March 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      i agree about your comment, fergie is pissing me off aswel, hes to scared and is a pussy to even buy a player in the transfer market, every player is expensive these days and will have to may high ammounts of money, carrick for me needs to go, i do not rate him and also he is 29/30 getting old. its time he goes and bring in 2 or 3 new central and attacking creative midfielders in to our squad, i also wan c a new striker like benzema and winger in alexis sanchez, midfielder i like sneijder and defour in and pastore also, sell gibson, welbeck, obertan, bebe, carrick, owen,kushziak fringe players which are shit and which will never make the 1st team

  4. kidder

    March 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    It’s starting to look as though we’ll sign a GK and a couple of kids for the future with SAF again saying there’s no value in the market!The glazers will be keeping the chequebook in the cupboard and Gill saying we’ve got money to spend!Time these leeches were chucked out of the club for good!If they wanted the best for the team they’d never of bought it in the first place.Do everyone associated with this club a favour and sell.

  5. erk

    March 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    well it looks like we are left with the as beens while the other clubs move on, thanks a lot…

  6. erk

    March 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    well it looks like we are left with the as beens while the other clubs move on, thanks a lot… we are going to end up nobodies in bit,give the fans something to shout about will yah..

  7. njo

    March 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    What we need to do is make the Glazers sell up, by not going to the games. Protest outside OT and make a stand.
    Then the buyers like the Red Knights or the Qatar Royal family or who ever they are can come in. Bring in the players we need, but not doing a Man Shcity and signing a whole team every transfer market. Use the young talent we have and with new signs. We are then on track for a 20th LEAGUE TITLE next season.

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