The UK media is filling column inches thanks to the lack of any sort of news about Manchester United transfers coming out of Old Trafford. With the start of the World Cup still four days away, the tabloids have gone into overdrive. One claims United are `in talks` with this or that player, only for it to be contradicted by another newspaper.
Fans are caught in the middle of this furore and having spoken to a few outside the ground recently, I can tell you that the mood is hardening. There is more than a whiff of the farce of last summer. I personally did not blame Moyes for that but laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward. As far as Manchester United Transfers policy is concerned, Ed is the `elusive Pimpernel`. “they seek him here, they seek him there” but Ed isn`t to be found anywhere.
Manchester United Transfers Descending Into Farce!
It is difficult for United fans to stomach when they see local rivals Liverpool going ahead with their transfers, albeit at a relatively low level. Today being Sunday, we have the take on Manchester United transfers from all of the Sunday versions of the tabloids. If anything, they are worse than their daily relatives when it comes to sensationalism.
Today we have the breaking news from the Sunday Express that any attempt to re-sign Paul Pogba would cost a massive £60m! Bearing in mind that Sir Alex Ferguson, instead of awarding the player an improved contract and more playing time (the sort offered to Adnan Januzaj recently), allowed Pogba to leave for Juventus for free puts this into perspective. Furthermore, Pogba`s departure from Old Trafford was not exactly on friendly terms. He has since stated that he will never return to Old Trafford under any circumstances. That sort of money would be better spent on someone like Vidal.
If, as looks likely with the World Cup imminent, transfers are put on the back burner until it has finished, any fans hoping for some marquee Manchester United transfers to make a statement might be disappointed. According to the Daily Mirror, van Gaal, despite what he said earlier about not thinking about Manchester United transfers, has been in contact with Ryan Giggs about where he sees the necessary players.
All I can say is that just a cursory glance at some of last season`s videos would tell him all he needs to know. United needs a centre back, a left back, two midfielders of the Strootman type, and a top winger. There are five positions identified in a flash! £200m should easily pay for that!
As I said yesterday, fans want to see some signs of action from the elusive Ed Woodward, before the Manchester United transfers once again become like the Brian Rix farce of last season.
Manchester United fans deserve better than this.