Posts Tagged ‘Sneijder’
As the days go by, it looks more and more likely that we’ll be kicking off against Manchester City in 12 days time without Wesley Sneijder, Samir Nasri, Luka Modric or any other new midfielders in the squad. Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that there were targets, but that the targets are not available to us, which would seem to rule out the likelihood of our signing anyone at all. At the very least, there won’t be any more midfielders unless some unbelievable value becomes available.
Paul Scholes is, to many Manchester United fans, our most influential player of the last 20 years. There are the usual shouts for Cantona, and Ryan Giggs is of course up there too, but for sheer ability, durability and respectablility there is absolutely only one winner.
Whilst it was grudgingly expected by almost everyone, it was no less affecting when Scholsey brought the curtain down on his glittering career in the summer. In typical Scholes fashion he wanted to slip quietly out the door with no fuss and, one potentially star-studded testimonial against the New York Cosmos aside, he got his wish.
Of course, the big question is now the identity of the man tasked with replacing Paul as our midfield lynchpin. It’s not easy to find a player with such a unique range of talents, so who are we looking at, and who should we be getting most excited about?
Click Manchester have today revealed that we have joined the race for Valencia winger Juan Mata, along with Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal. Liverpool’s capture of Stuart Downing is thought to have ended their interest.
I don’t buy this one. We don’t need wingers – we have an embarrasment of riches in that position. We’re going to sign a midfielder and one more defender this summer and that will be it, unless some serious value in the market rears it’s head without warning.
We’ve had a busy summer by our standards, bringing in Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea, with Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley returning from loan spells and potentially a midfield signing to come. Given all that, what do you think our starting XI next season is going to be, and who will be in our fringe team?
The huge assumption I’m making here is that Wesley Sneijder signs for us. If he doesn’t, I’m sure someone similar will do. I’m also assuming that we change formation to accomodate him, as it seems we must.
So what have I gone for?
Yesterday Federico Macheda, new to twitter, posted the following on everyone’s favourite social networking site.
Before you could say “jumping to conclusions”, every single United fan going on Twitter was salivating over the prospect of Wesley Sneijder joining, assuming that Kiko has some kind of insider information. Sorry to burst the bubble, but he doesn’t.
Wesley Sneijder and Samir Nasri are the two names being bandied around right now when it comes to discussion of which player is going to single handedly make Barcelona rubbish. Both players have seen their spurts of popularity amongst United fans recently, with our initial enthusiasm for Nasri having waned somewhat, to be replaced by a desire to see Sneijder join the club.
The two players can now be considered to be experienced, Sneijder especially so, but what do their goal and assists records suggest about the players? Who should we buy? Does Nasri really only provide one assist a season?
Three weeks ago we asked our readers which player they would kidnap and force to join Manchester United, were such an option both legal and morally sound. The results are in, and they make for very interesting reading.