I remember when it was first announced that we were going to sign David De Gea from Atletico Madrid for around £20 odd million and I think it was around the time of Gary Neville's testimonial just days before an all important Champions league final with Barcelona at the home of football in Wembley stadium.
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You may have seen over the weekend that four Manchester United players were voted into the PFA Team of the Year.
Two of the four – Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick – were obvious picks.
As Manchester United stumble to the title, the gap closing but maybe not fast enough for Manchester City to snatch it away again, the general play continues to disappoint.
Brilliantly consistent rather to consistently brilliant sums up United. A rather odd formation with Robin van Perfect on top of a midfield 5, emulating City, just didn't work.
So would a £17m Andy Carroll improve Manchester United?
It seems a ridiculous idea I know, but so did the purchase of Eric Cantona at the time. Of course nobody in their right mind would confuse the enigmatic, technically gifted Frenchman with the battering ram that is the ponytailed Geordie but consider for a moment the potential.
Saturday 3rd November 2012, lunchtime kick off and Arsenal at Old Trafford with Chelsea following at Swansea where they have the chance to get over the controversial loss of last weekend. Then Manchester City at the Hammers.
This is what it means to be a fan.
In a game that suggested that the pitch was sloping, which ironically might have allowed it to drain and so allow play on a day when there were England fans present, the latest showcasing of English talent was truly a game of two halves.
With Roy Hodgson, determined to put his stamp on the team, there was more than a little Manchester United déjà vu, about a side that looked exposed on its left flank and stronger on the right side, with 2 attacking midfielders in a rather loose 4-4-2 structure.
The accidental comedy that is 'Being Liverpool' brings us insight into the current state of affairs at what was once the greatest Club in Europe, narrated in the hushed tones of reverence that Clive Owen brings to the show.
So Moussa Dembele escaped our grasp lit up his debut with a classic goal at White Hart Lane. A rare talent lost to Manchester United after he was in our grasp, a clear sign of the limited funds in the Old Trafford kitty for new talent, in my opinion.
Otherwise the big moves were Hugo Lloris to Spurs and Dimitar Berbatov to Fulham.
So England are out of Euro 2012 after losing to Italy. Which England players came out with credit after the game. Who had a shocker and who went down fighting?
As Manchester United's Danny Welbeck delicately back heeled the ball into the Sweden goal to confirm England's 3-2 win, it proved to me that I made the correct decision to drop all interest in our national side.
Ashley Young, remember him? He was England’s best player for the last year and a half leading into Euro 2012. So why there are calls from fans for the winger to be dumped from England’s starting line-up against Ukraine because he played poorly against Sweden.
England in defeating Sweden last night for once came from behind to win a tournament game. Whilst it was a great night for Roy Hodgson, for some players it was a poor night. How did they rate though?