So, the Mirror are reporting that it is going to finally happen. Leighton Baines will join Manchester United in January in a deal worth £16m, apparently, to reunite with his former Everton boss David Moyes and team-mate Marouane Fellaini. Although this is good news for Manchester United, I thought that I would take a closer look into the England left-back'sstatistics and try and pick holes in his game to see if he is a suitable addition. So here goes.
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Tom Cleverley really is a marmite man. While some slate him as a useless player who offers almost nothing into the Manchester United midfield, others see him as a young English player who is yet to hit his potential. I am leaning towards the former, however, and I would suggest that it is time that he was shipped out to make room for some real midfield talent.
Manchester United flop Bebe wants to join Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon. The 22-year old has made a total of 7 appearances for the club since joining from Vitoria Guimaraes for £7.4 million and his future at Old Trafford looks bleak.
When the eyes of the world were watching him, in the £120m game, Wilfried Zaha delivered with a stellar performance that enabled his beloved Crystal Palace to join him in next season’s Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement, David Moyes was named as his successor, Paul Scholes also brought down the curtain on his Manchester United career for the second and final time, and in other football news a certain Scouse lad who goes by the name of Wayne Rooney, once again stated his desire to leave the club, proving that lightening can strike twice in the same place, it's groundhog day.
The day was always going to come, it was inevitable.
But when the grand master of football Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United a few days before the penultimate game of this latest title winning season, it was no less surprising or emotional. Not just for followers of the club such as myself, but the whole football world felt some sense of loss when the news filtered through.
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.
But for Chelsea’s late late Europa League final win over Benfica, the football world’s big talking-point today would be Rio Ferdinand’s decision to retire from England duty.
Over recent months I've noticed the spreading of a new disease in football, its symptoms include memory loss, myopia and something allied to Tourette's syndrome. I've taken to calling it Fickle Fan Syndrome and it seems to apply equally to all Clubs.
This morning has indeed come as somewhat of a shock to Manchester United fans. After all who would have expected the news of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as manager just a fortnight after the club claimed a record-breaking 20th league championship?
One recurring theme over the last couple of seasons has been Nani’s future. Has the Portuguese winger done enough to warrant staying at Manchester United? Has he reached his peak? Has Sir Alex Ferguson got any patience left for him?
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.