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“I’d Most Like To See Luka Modric at Man United”

This is the 2nd part in our series to get other United Bloggers views on our transfer activity so far this season. The questions always remain the same for each blog. This week we asked top MUFC writer Dale O’Donnell from Stretty News for his thoughts. What have you made of United’s transfer dealings so […]

This is the 2nd part in our series to get other United Bloggers views on our transfer activity so far this season. The questions always remain the same for each blog. This week we asked top MUFC writer Dale O’Donnell from Stretty News for his thoughts.

What have you made of United’s transfer dealings so far this summer?

I’ve been impressed with everything so far, but I’m still waiting patiently for that world class midfielder. Phil Jones joined fromBlackburn for an estimated £16 million, and after watching him at the U-21 European Championship, he has a lot to learn -Smalling was immense, one of few English players that performed in the tournament. I expect to see him a lot next season giving Ferguson a chance to rest the likes of Vidic for the big games.

Ashley Young signed from Aston Villa two weeks ago after his honeymoon (before the wedding took place). The England international has been on the radar for many top European clubs, Real Madrid being one of them. He definitely has the talent to make it at United which makes me even more excited about the coming season.

David De Gea signed from Atletico Madrid last week for a fee said to be worth £20 million, which is a lot to pay for a 20-year-old goalkeeper. But when tested in the U-21 Championship, he did the business only conceding two goals before helping Spain win the tournament. De Gea has big gloves to fill and I’m extremely excited about seeing him between the sticks next season.

Can we expect more?

Is this question referring to Champions League glory by any chance? No, I don’t see us winning that next year unless Messi and a few of the Catalans put in a transfer request and join United. However, I would have said something similar this time last year and we reached the final. Ferguson continues to prove useless writers like myself wrong.

Is there a rebuilding of the squad happening?

Definitely. I don’t think United ever had three players retire in the space of one year – this year we said goodbye to Edwin Van Der Sar,Paul Scholes and former captain Gary Neville.

However, Ferguson could easily pick a back five (including the new goalkeeper) all under the age of 23: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling,Jones, Fabio. Don’t forget Evans, who has been harshly criticised after one not so good season. That shows we’re rebuilding for the future – unlike Chelsea, who I see suffering next season with players like Lampard, Terry, Essien well past their best.

Player you would most like to see at the club next season?

In my first sentence of this interview I mentioned a world class midfielder. We have heard their names all summer, e.g, Sneijder, Modric and Nasri – excuse me if I left any out. It’s hard to keep up as we’re normally linked with almost every decent player that happens to beEuropean or South American.

However, I’d most like to see Luka Modric at United, but haven’t Spurs said he won’t be sold at any price? Correct. But why should webelieve a word that comes out of Daniel Levy’s mouth – he said the same before Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov left his average club for United.

There’s not any player out there that could replace Paul Scholes, but I believe he is one of the closest out there. Fergie, sign ‘em up!

One to watch next season?

Yolkie from 7Cantonas did a very good job answering this question in the last interview, regarding Ravel Morrison. There’s no doubt Ravel has what it takes to be an extraordinary footballer, maybe a club legend. I love how he kissed the badge in front of the Kop afterscoring against the dippers in the Youth Cup. But he has to get a grip and start behaving like a professional off the pitch.

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  1. ParkLane67

    July 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I think we’ve had enough of you stealing our songs and our best players. By the way, it goes “Glory, Glory Hallelujah and the Spurs go marching on”!

  2. Danny Boy

    July 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Actually Levy said nothing like this before he sold Bebatov and Carrick.

    But why let the truth get in the way of a good soundbite.


  3. Mike

    July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Never Red! Twats in red.

  4. ontheboard

    July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Better dead than red

  5. Baz

    July 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Why do all Man U fans come across as such arrogant tossers…

  6. Luke Perry

    July 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

    average club? the ignorance of you manc fans is ridiculous, i assume you’re not from manchester either, if there’s one thing that unites the whole premier league, it’s the hatred we all share for manchester united fans, wankers

  7. Irish Dpur

    July 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

    You will see Modric at Old Trafford 2nd match if the season as he masterminds Spurs victory, arrogance is a must for all United fans

  8. Spurs_est1882

    July 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Ok, as a Spurs fan I would say screw you to buying modric. However as a realist i would say that all players have a price (for note, he never said he wouldnt sell the other two) Levy is a business man, and the right offer is worth more than 1 player. I read earlier about an offer of Evans and Berba plus £12m. That to me is a very intersting offer if true. However, I do think Modric is worth more to us in the short term. AS for United fans being arrogant, they have earnt it, over the past 50years there has always been 2 teams fighting for the top Man U and someone else, plus they have loads of money (debts aside). So they will always be able to attract talent from almost anyone. Even after the financial fair play they will still be a power house as their debts wont count against them.

  9. Laowsmith

    July 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Well, until reading this article I was hoping that if Modric went, he’d go to Man U not Chelski.

    Might have to change that now.

    But anyway, it’s been made abundantly clear now to everyone that Modric ain’t going nowhere. Not this year anyway.

    The scornful byte about Spurs being an ‘Average’ team wound me up at first, but on reflection perhaps looking back the last era has been decidedly average. BUT we are approaching a new era, & we will see how average we are over the coming years.

    We don’t have your money. We don’t have a 70k stadium … But as the previous fella said, you can’t keep your hands off our songs!

    Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur! Into the next era, which I don’t believe will be average!

  10. Hadi

    July 9, 2011 at 3:26 am


  11. Hadi

    July 9, 2011 at 3:27 am


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