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2011 Transfer Window: Most Pivital Months In United’s Future

For the past few years, being a Manchester United fan during the transfer market usually goes as follows:

  1. Linked with multiple players in various Sunday morning newspapers that sound a little bit farfetched and unlikely, so naturally all of which never get mentioned again, or nothing comes from it.
  2. Manchester United are linked with a player that seems to make sense and looks a hell of a lot more likely.
  3. The whole transfer of said players is dragged out the full length of the transfer window until eventually a deal is finally agreed and the transfer finalised.

Just look at the acquisition of Dimitar Berbatov, or even Carlos Tevez for that matter, long stretched out transfer saga’s that leave United fans frustrated as to why it took so long, and why no one else seems to come in during this time.

So when a newspaper is opened this summer and we see the signing of not only one, but three players of some quality, it comes as a breath of fresh air. After seasons that have shown United’s over reliance on certain players, such as Cristiano Ronaldo’s final two years in a United shirt, who then went on to leave with no real replacement brought in, you can see that Ferguson is clearly a man on a mission.

This season has been an interesting one for Manchester United as a club. Yes they achieved a remarkable accomplishment in sealing their 19th league title, and of course knocking Liverpool of their perch, but lets not forget how they got there. There was never a sense of United being in their stride, they sort of stumbled their way to the title. It may have been a milestone, but it wasn’t a memorable way of getting to it at that.

The Champions League final saw United torn apart. They were made ordinary and one of the best goalkeepers to grace the premier league played his final game in a United shirt. Edwin Van Der Sar called time on his career, the only real great goalkeeper to step into the role left vacant by the great Dane all those years ago.

Then there’s the end of a golden generation of players. Over the past twenty years the great players like Paul Scholes, Gary Neville have truly established themselves in Manchester United legend, and now they have called time on their career. The evergreen Ryan Giggs, who breathes Manchester United, is reaching the end of his excellent career too. These are the players who burst onto the scene as fresh faced, naive kids, and became part of one of the greatest United teams in history. We’ve watched them grow into fantastic players who shaped the history of the club.

Manchester United is now in a transitional phase. Now is the time for Ferguson to build a new generation of players. Yes there are already young players who have established themselves within the team but they know, we know and most importantly Ferguson knows that it’s not enough.

It’s begun with Phil Jones, An excellent defender who will no doubt push the ageing Ferdinand to the limit next season. Then there is Ashley Young, a good player who has shown flashes of brilliance at Villa but now must use United as a platform to transcend into greatness.

And what of Van Der Sar’s replacement? a huge hole to fill one that De Gea looks set to step into, but not as big as the one in the middle of the park.

If the rumours surrounding Samir Nasri are true, then he would be a breath of fresh air to the team, an attacking, dynamic midfielder with an eye for goal. Something United have missed for some time.

Ferguson has indeed begun the transformation of his side. There is youth, there is talent, there is a platform in which Ferguson is slowly building a team that he hopes will exceed the achievements of teams gone by.

De Gea? Young? Jones? Nasri? These are only the beginning. This transfer window may just prove to be the pivotal moment in the future of Manchester United.

Submitted by Football Friends



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  2. Rick

    July 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    There’s talk of Phil Jones being used as a holding midfielder, and Young being pushed into the hole. If this is true then Rooney drops into midfield. And we don’t really need a creative midfielder. I hope we sign one though. I have no doubt Roo can fill the gaping hole in the middle, he has the stamina, and the range of passing. I don’t know if Roo will like it, and if we risk losing out on the goals that he could have scored.

    Nasri would be a great addition.

  3. Roy Blinston

    July 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I have always thought Rooney would be better placed as a central midfielder… he has the energy and desire. His ball control though is often lacking, especially in tight situations… unlike Scholes.
    Jones, Nasri, Rooney and Fletcher in the middle, with 2 upfront (Young and Nani/Valencia) would give them heaps of attacking options and flexibility yet still be safe and strong when defending.

  4. Roy Blinston

    July 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I forgot to add Berbatov also as an option up front (rotation of forwards etc). I think Berbatov could work wonders with Young… a great balance of skill, holding power, and bursts of speed and power from Young.

  5. amr

    July 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    hands of nasri u manc scum!

    • RedisLife

      July 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Amr – not our fault you guys are shocking. My doctor told me not to put myself under too much stress or excitement last year – I found the best way to do that was to start watching Arsenal games. You jokers – all the same. We’re not poaching him from you – HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE THERE – JUST LIKE CESC.

  6. Phil

    July 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hands off a trophy arsenal fan!

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