Do Manchester City Have Scouts?


By G@mb!t

I have come across an interesting trend recently, which other football fans have noticed too. Any player linked with a big English team, City are also linked and consequently the price increase in the player’s valuation is tenfold once City poke their ugly heads in. Be it David Silva, Fernando Torres, Angel Di Maria, Milos Krasic, Edin Dzeko, James Milner or even Joe Cole. Well one can always say, it’s the papers! It isn’t true!! Unfortunately in my opinion it is very much true, City have quickly become the villains of the transfer market because they have a stupid habit of messing up the transfer market for the other teams. They are like an over enthusiastic bunch of idiots with cash to throw around but they don’t get the point, MONEY ISNT EVERYTHING!!!

I doubt players like Silva, Torres, etc. wish to play for a club which in my opinion has shown no loyalty to players that have served them well, for example Stephen Ireland. City seem to be bent upon continuing in this trend, which asks a very interesting question. Do City have scouts or do they buy every tabloid possible and show an interest in every player linked to another club?

Clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, etc. spend millions on scouting, they have people in all continents on the lookout for the next Kaka, Rooney, Terry or Julio Cesar, etc. They compile exhaustive reports on the players and spend hours keeping an eye on their progress, and then there is Manchester City. I think they have a team of spies who have a job of finding out who the players are and the rest is history. This is how I imagine the story usually goes in the media. Media reports comments from a “source” that Man Utd or Arsenal, etc. are linked with Player X, rated highly… club are asking for 10 million for said player, 2 days later, Manchester City and Arsenal are battling it out for Player X who is believed to be valued by his club at around 25 million, Manchester City have said to have declared an interest in the player and have stolen a march on their rival by opening negotiations for the player!!! (In my opinion :-))

Sound familiar?

I think something similar happened when Abramovich bought Chelsea. Players like Essien, Robben, Mikel, etc. all linked to other clubs before Chelsea signed them, thank god, they have managed to sign a few scouts. God only knows when City will try to employ scouts. For now they’re happy trying to ensure anyone interested in a big name signing better bankrupt themselves first or not sign them at all. I think one thing’s for sure, they don’t like the saying ‘Live and let live’.

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    Jason Freeman on

    haha I’ve been saying this for months, as have a lot of people. Apparently they have been scouting Ozil for nearly a year now. Seems they were the only ones who wanted Boateng too. But the majority of their interests seem to come from us and other clubs who can’t compete with them in terms of money…Spurs, Arsenal and Villa in particular.

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    PawelScholes on

    There probably is some truth in what you say, but they obviously had scouts out watching Adam Johnson. That’s the one signing they’ve made that’s an undeniably superb piece of business. Didn’t see him taking to the Premier League so fastly, and within half-a-season he’s one of the best wingers in the Premier League. We should whack a bid in.

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    I wish we’d stop talking about City so much. We’re only feeding their ego, and as things stand we’re still better than them.

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    City can get to f*ck.

    Still gutted they shafted us for Tevez, he’d have won us the title this year, but they can stick the rest of them up their bollicks.

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    StrettyEnder691 on

    I sincerely hope this comment is published and taken the right way by fellow Reds, but if we buy Stephen Ireland, who can’t even get in their side, what does that say about us?

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    So your wonderful scouts managed to find Rooney did they? Why did you pay £25 Million for him then. How much you pay for Nani and Anderson?

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    I’m a City fan here, but i don’t hate United, far from it, i’m proud to be a Mancunuan, getting old and there’s no point in silly grudges. I’d be thrilled to see United finish a point behind us every season.

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    Couldn’t care less about City, but i know i’m not happy with things here at Old Trafford. The Yanks are ripping the back out of the club and it feels like we’re powerless to stop it. I think we should consider formaing a breakaway club.

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    Martin Grayfield on

    Yes it is logical City don’t have any agents and we are really trying to buy everyone that the papers say ! If we waited around for your current alleged purchases we would have a long wait ! SAF says United are not buying anyone…. That was one quote from the papers. On the other hand i don’t see the world rushing in to by Raul who you are currently linked with on a free…..Our interest is bound to put the price up……
    I think a lot of agents are playing a lot of people to make money for them. I don’t think btw that we are the only team in the world to break the transfer record in the UK. I doubt we will be the last. I also think you might not be so bothered if you had some money to spend…….

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    One of the City websites has a list of all the players that have been linked to City in the last couple of months. It stands currently at about 49 players. As the squad limit is 25 I don’t think they will buy all of them!! Yes we do have scouts….. and cubs and brownies and guides too!

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    Bluemoonrising on

    Evidently Manchester City does indeed have scouts, look at Adam Johnson, Jerome Boateng and Joe Hart amongst others in the first team. Aswell as the likes of Dedryck Boyata, Alex Nimely, Ben Mee plus the young lad the have signed from Chester this summer. We may poke out noses in for players we will never get, Villa, Ribery etc but why not? It isn’t against the laws of the game, Fifa don’t have an issue with it, nor do the clubs who we offer the big money to. The players do go up in value but the recent Yaya Toure saga should prove we can turn our backs on a transfer. Btw TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK.

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    dave@shepton on

    Look lads, as soon as the price goes over a quid you lot are stuffed. You cannot get every player on a free.

    You lot created the monster that is Frankenstein. it was your silly buying in the late 80’s onwards which has made the PL was it is today.

    Would you be crying so much if the Arabs had come in for you?

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    Does the author really think that it is purely City’s fault that the prices go up? Surely the seller has a role in that. Remember the money charged for Renaldo? Was that inflated because Real could or were willing to pay it?

    It is also more than a little arrogant and somewhat ignorant to claim that City do little or no scouting. As one poster has already mentioned, Adam Johnson didn’t appear from another team’s list of potential targets.

    The problem here comes from the fact that City want/need to improve from the status of ‘also-rans’ which they have held for many years. How do you do this? You buy the players that can bring you up to the same level as the teams with whom you are trying to compete.

    It is no great revelation to point out the self-fulfilling prophesy of the Champions League millions and the perpetuation of the ‘Top 4.’ How is that monopoly to be broken? The ONLY way is for a team to be backed with a very large sum of money that compensates for the lack of CL revenue. I say only way as promising players developed in the lower teams are often poached by the wealthy teams either here or abroad. It is incredibly hard to compete at the top.

    Man U have a great team and are well coached. The same can be said of Chelsea and Arsenal. Liverpool had an off year and given their financial issues of ownership may be in for a lean spell. Tottenham have a great team but have also spent a load of money. Unlike City though, they haven’t been held to ransom as much in fees.

    So, I suppose what I am trying to say is City are doing what they need to do to compete at the level they wish to compete. There is no other way to do it in the current environment. You need the class of player who can bring Champions League football. If the selling teams are looking at a big pay-day because they know City have deep pockets, it’s not City’s fault. I am sure they would be glad to pay the proper price for players and not the inflated values quoted to them.

    So, I am sorry if United fans are upset that the cost of the great players has gone up but it could also be said that that is what the buying power of United has been doing to City for years. And, to use a cliche, what goes around comes around.

    I am looking forward to an exciting premier league next year where Manchester derbies are not considered to be forgone conclusions and upsets if City manage a win. Why shouldn’t we all enjoy that prospect?

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    ya man city fans. why cook the chief reads there letters on the internet. he said so himself and reports said the reason mark huges was sacked as city manger was due to the amount of letters send into the manchester eveing news. aslo david silva city fans new we were after david silva what happend they started saying we want david silva and so city have bid for him . so cleary they listen to city fans they need scouts . aslo man united have pulled of the race to sing david silva due to lack of funds for the palyer

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    dave@shepton on

    I think the question needs to be asked. With some much global exposure, wall to wall coverage of every game played down to Weatherspoons pissed up league division 3, are scouts really necessary any more?

    Did United really need scout to check out Rooney, or Ronaldo, Vidic or Evra?

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    billybobs undercrackers on

    What a fantastic article……is it really to be believed that City or any other proffesional football club would operate without the services of a scouting network,seriously fellas come on! Yes City are linked with every big name player that may be available but open your rag blinkered mind for just one minute and maybe you will realise that agents leak rumours to the press whether there is any truth in them or not ,for the sole purpose of trying to get the best deal possible for thier client. It’s gone on for years,think back to when you had money and you might remember that you were linked with all the top players! Honestly and you call us the bitters……

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    I am a City fan and not on here to wind anyone up! but reading through the comments, I agree with some of the posters that surely you have better topics to discuss than City. I have nothing against Utd, if City don’t win a trophy then I would rather Utd than a London team……ok so people are going to shout at me for that!
    In terms of transfers, personally it sells papers, clubs are using City to hike the prices up, don’t think City are like bidding for every single player around, it is quite funny that wherever you turn City are interested in this player or that! Nothing City can do about that and what journos say!
    Oh well at least I have something to read to and from work even if they are rumours!

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    Total man city on

    Of course city are linked wealthy arab owners with oil money to burn so why wouldn’t city get mentioned in all the big money deals makes good headlines after the kaka deal went sour it’s the agents trying to put the Market value up of a player by telling anyone who will listen city have put in a big money bid simple biz a lot of it
    as utd fans I can understand why with the ways things are at old Trafford the need to hit out at the rival team in Manchester who don’t have owners he’ll bent on wreaking the club with debt
    utd should never got rid of the coolmore boys but they were chased out over a horse which fergie never owed stud rights to !! Now the fans will chase more owners out ! Only problem is while it’s valued at 1.2b it’s not worth it dead money !

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    City have over 15 Scouts. They vary from Senior Scouts with a geographical location to ‘normal’ scouts who report into them.

    Look at the number of Foreign Youngsters at the Club and you will see the Network works well.

    That said, when a big name player becomes available and you have the money then why would you not bid if said player will improve your Side?

    This article makes you guys look like the ‘Bitters’ not us. Pretty sad really. You lot have alot more to worry about don’t you?

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    man city fans e may got moey. but we got over 60 odd songs how many songs do e have the blue moon e make me laugh e bitters

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    “I doubt players like Silva, Torres, etc. want to move to a club which in my opinion has shown no loyalty to players who have served them well” … Just like united did to tevez???

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    HOW RICH coming from Utd, who have spent £20m+ on big name players year after year. Jealous are we, Utd cannot afford to compete with the worlds richest club. Believe Utd’s owners are more than £1BN in debt… you’re simply no competition as far as buying power goes. Once a Blue always a Blue ‘Rooney’ will soon be in our sights, maybeour scouts have already recognised he has a bit of talent. Good night ‘has-beens’

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    touching mind on

    I don’t suppose it ever occured to you that MCFC are not interested in the vast majority of players they are linked with, and that the linking is done by either players agents, for obvious reasons, or by the press, also for obvious reasons.

    As far as I can see, City have signed one player, one youngster, extended Vierras’ contact, and put in ( a more than fair) offer for Milner. I can’t really see much of a problem with that.

    I would also point out that throughout the duration of the Premiership, Man Utd have enjoyed the advantage of the largest player budget for quite some time, and made the most of it.

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    Onebillionandcounting on

    What utter tripe!
    City are messing up the transfer market?, who paid 30 million for a centre half then worth not half that value??, twenty odd for Veron years ago?..30 odd for Berbaflop and Rooney in recent years?
    If you think that City are interested in all the players we are linked with then you must be thick!…it’s the agents who are touting their names around to make clubs aware that they are after a move.
    Funny really how yoonited fans say they are not bothered about little City and we’re insignificant isn’t it..then articles like this have increased 10 fold in the past two season!..You greeted the wins at OT this year like no other games…Face it, the noisy neighbours from the City next door are getting your back up because you know the only way for us is up and you’re already on the slide..
    Teams have their ups and downs, you’ve hit the top…many times yes, but now and now you’re on the way down, you know it SAF knows it and the footballing world knows it…
    tick tock.

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    Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabeleta, Joe Hart, Adam Johnson – all realitively unknown before thay came to City for modest transfer fees, where do you think they came from if we don’t have a scouting system. I could add Giovanni, Elano and Petrov to that list.

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    billybobs undercrackers on

    he’s not upsetting us ‘stretford end arising’,we’re just showing him up to be ill informed!! on another note there is an awful lot of eloquent folk on here isn’t there!!

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    Also, it’s hardly like Ireland hasn’t been well looked after. He was our player of the season the year before, then lost form and fitness last year, playing very poorly in the few games he managed. He then immediately bangs in a transfer request, rather than knuckle down and fight for his place.
    Michael Johnson has been injured for 2 years, also another that’s been well looked after…

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    ManUtdthroughandthrough on

    We have awesome history and man city need sugar daddys to bring the slightest of success, but man utd will never fall. I’m counting the days a new ronaldo arrives on the playing field at old trafford, terrorising differences like man citeh.

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    It's Grim Oop North on

    Wow this World Cup must be dull for you to have penned this bit of garbage.
    poor wind-up at best, ill-informed, factually barren nonsense at worst, leading to obvious accusations of hypocrisy from City fans (and everyone else with half a brain).
    Brian, you’re a Gorp, shuffle off back into your corner and sing all sixty songs back to back, should make you feel a lot better about the debt mountain.

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    60 songs my arse, all you ever hear at the swamp is knick-knack-paddy-whack – sung in a mixture of Cockney and Cantonese.

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    Do City have scouts, well seeing as how our academy is outperforming yours on every level year after year, then i’d pretty much say the answer to that question is YES!

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    you really are naive if you believe that rubbish
    if you had half a brain cell you would have figured
    that the agents will say city are interested to boost the value
    of a player and increase his bargaining power with his current club

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    Shouldn’t this be titled “Noob Stretford End Arising believes what he reads on, Tribalfootball and various blogs”. Grow up.

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    @ DAZBLUE- Outperforming? our Academy came first this year in group C and yours came 6th Wolves finished above you .Then you won the group the previous year.Then in the reserves we won the league and you was 6 points behind this year.08/09 we won the reserves league and you came 5th.

    So out of 4 titles we have 3 you have 1-I think you will find DAZ its us out performing you.

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    While I don’t think the Manchester City academy is the best out there for producing world class stars, it is certainly a very well respected academy and known for producing high quantities of good players who go on to make a career in football. It would only take a red who has deluded himself to think otherwise as this article suggests. I think even most reds would accept that in reality, it is down to the papers; we are simply the easiest option to fill columns. I also think agents and clubs are making a habbit of mentioning City to speed up other clubs in making bids while also increasing the price. If we are indeed bidding for every player on the planet, we have certainly gone about it quietly aye (that’s just the garry cook way you see)

    Now Gambit, stop talking tripe and giving the rest of the reds a bad name, one might think your beginning to sound bitter, i will accept it as an honest mistake though, hopefully you’ll do better in the spelling test tomorrow at school.

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    1. Article is a rant, am not implying City don’t have Scouts!!

    2. City fans cannot go around saying their Academy is brlliant! but at the same time it is good i agree, but what is the point of a good academy when none of the players play?!

    3. Adam Johnson was linked with every Prem club poosible before City got him, so u have no right to go around asying that u found some unknown player who’s a gem!!

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    Mcfcfanoldham on

    I absolutely love the old MONEY ISNT EVERYTHING, it sure was when you had some, but now you red bags are skint, your all for transfer caps, salary caps etc etc, didn’t stop you grovelling 80 mill for ronaldo did it, the real truth is…. Go on… Admit it… Your as green with envy as one of those scarves you all bought from some other money grabbing pikey outside your ground…. Ha ha ha…. You will get to taste the scraps from our table real soon chaps…

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    just to clarify, the Article is sarcastic, i’m just implying that city really dont need scouts when they’re just bidding at everyone who’s famous!!

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    Alphie Izzet on

    It must be very hurtful for those Rags who have clung to the glory train for so many years to see the cracks appearing in the fabric of their club.
    Did I say cracks?
    Sorry, more accurately described as ‘rents’ or ‘fissures’ I should imagine.

    The Glazers buy the club with your own debt and then heap insult upon misery by charging you milliions in ‘mis-management fees’.
    They don’t give a monkeys about football just the money. Mind you, most Rags don’t give a monkeys about the football either, just the Glory!

    Now you rant about City who have what you wish you had, the means to improve their team and their facilities.

    One day, when you watch your crumbling edifice, half empty and silent, even the crackling of the prawn shells stilled; as your geriatric shadows of a long gone glory stumble around the weed strewn park making Andy Morrison look like an athlete, perhaps you will cast a glance at the shining pinnacle of footballing excellence across the City (in Manchester) and say to yourself; “I could have been there”!

    Meanwhile just rant away t0ss8rs, you don’t bother me one little bit 🙂

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    When is the last time you won a premier league title? hmm….i think it was……………..NEVER!!
    there point made, we’re skint and still finish above u in the league:) :), nice to know money ain’t everything eh? 🙂 🙂

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    bluesboy. MANCHESTER. on

    Getting all your slagging off of city done now are you? Better to do it while you still can eh. TICK TOCK. As Dylan used to sing “The times they are a changin” now go and cry yourself to sleep.

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    Mancenium Contra Mundum on

    Of course City have scouts; every club does. Who wouldn’t want the satisfaction (and the economic benefit) of getting the next Lionel Messi for nowt? Unlike the guy who wrote this rant I’m a realist – I’m sure the Blues have guys standing on the edge of public pitches writing notes about nine year-olds; I’m sure they have silver-tongued geezers who go round and promise the kid a bright future and offer ‘sweeteners’ to the parents; I’m sure they have guys on the staff who, at the drop of a hat, jet off to watch a Serie C game because they have a hint of a new Maldini.
    What really is extraordinary about this rant is not the false logic but the overt paranoia that’s running through Man U supporters at the minute like letters in a stick of rock. It’s understandable. The domination of the last two decades is on the wane and, boy, does it hurt, especially when the star of the noisy, nouveau riche neighbours is in the ascendency.
    The hurt, the upset, the paranoia has to be tempered by yah-boo rants like ‘City have no scouts’; ‘You have one song, we have 60’ and the silliest of all ‘You have money, we have history’. If the guy had said ‘We are history’ I would have agreed – you might now learn that ‘history’ can’t simply be equated with ‘success’. It’s a bit like saying that the English have ‘history’ because they beat the French at Trafalgar and Waterloo. But they also lost the American colonies and suffered the Black Death, etc. Get my drift?
    Can you get over the hurt and shame? Yes. My advice would be to ditch the yellow-and-green, it’s making you a laughing stock amongst fans of other teams. Gather your nucleus of true, real supporters around – ditch the glory hunters and the corporate prawn butty crowd. Leave the Glaziers alone for the minute – doing the ‘Glazier Out’ thing is an energy-sapping waste of time. Get behind the team but, at the same time, demand good football, that’s what you are paying for. Finally, don’t get so bitter about us ‘Bitters’. Let’s all get back to being Mancunians – to the days when we could brag that this amazing, inventive, warm-hearted city (small ‘C’) has two teams in Europe’s top tier.

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    Well, it used to be Utd who were linked to all the big names. Now there is little point as everyone knows they are skint. Everyone that is, beside a few deluded rags who still cling onto their dreams that the Ronaldo money (spent on debt interest repayments) and the Tevez money (there never was any you morons, you never owned him so you couldn’t sell him) is available to buy a superstar or two.
    If a club want £30 million for a player, who would he now be linked to in the media.. Portsmouth ?

    City say they have a list of targets. They probably won’t get many of their first choices but will then go to secondary ones. That does not mean that they are actually interested in every player some journo chooses to link them with to fill up a few column inches.

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    @Mancenium Contra Mundum

    Evidently sarcasm doesn’t get through to you 🙂
    i have already explained what i meant, so try reading for a bit too 🙂 🙂

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    longsightcity on

    United fans you gotta laugh…you are skint ,we are hasn’t times changed..we will be shopping in harrods,you will be shopping in nettos..your banner will be unfurled within the next 12 months i guarantee it..

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    More of the usual ‘Gargage’ from the whinging ‘Rags’.
    You might as well get used to it because you are rapidly on the sliding slope to nowhere.
    You were the club that started the massive overpricing of players, we my friends are going to finish it.

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    mmm the papers over here say its a done deal. but i do agree i rather keep vidc. but if he wants to leave leave him go. i dont want a unhappy palyer playing for us jiust like ronldo was unhappy but if vidc stay i haappy

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    And as you know Mr Vidic (or more accurately his wife) made his (or rather her) comments well over a season ago. He said (or more likely she said) that his wife hates Manchester and it’s weather. There was never the slightest chance that he would make the short move to Manchester.
    As the poster at 11.42 said United would rather keep Vidic than take Benzema. Ask yourselves why Madrid are getting rid of him after one season. He sounds like another Berbaflop to me so go on and waste some more money that you don’t have.

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    I have to admit, i failed to see the sarcasm, it sounds very much like it’s what you believe so i think people can be forgiven for not picking up on it. Admittedly I am not paticularly enjoying watching the Glazers destroy your club as much as some Blue’s and Non-Blues all around the coutry, but it does interest me to see how the attitude of some Manchester United fans i know have begun to change. I would actually love nothing more than to see City and United competing for the Title, Champions League and anything else we can rival for in the coming years. Unfortunately, i think the Glazers are very selfish and thanks to limited liability, a football club is only ever going to go one way with a selfish owner.

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    @ slowey we are not interst in raul an old traford source has said he is to old. read the newspaper again mate. and aslo money cant buy trophies. 96 minute micheal owen. 91 minute rooney. 92 minute and 52 seconds scholes scored. so shut up mate

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    If you want sarcasm…….Why are the supporters of the so-called and self proclaimed ‘biggest club in the world’ whining about being out-bid for the best players in the world?

    It is if you have nothing better to do and a waste of time, very similar to your daft protests.

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    breaking news on sky sports news zoran tosic has jioned cska moscow for undisclosed fee it looks like the clear out is happeing after all foster is gone already whos next i put my money on vidc. it looks every worrying for us if were not repalcing thenm. b ut i feeling fergie somthing up his sleve he wouldnt leave these player go unless he had player nearly singed

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    every dissapioned he is gone never realy gsve him a chance. me and my friend were saying we only about decenmber 2009. so he only last a year and half. what was fergie expecting a bit more class our was he to small. i am getting worried there might be a few more leaving cos . i realy hope his last one cant see that do. do you think fergie has something up sleve ibring a good player to our club @ stretford

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    Toxic, never made the grade, so it makes sense to get rid, esp if you can get good money back on him.
    The liklihood is, that you would have to sell anyway as you have already spent something like £M15 on some defender and an unknown Mexican.
    The time to worry is if you do sell Vidic and that money isn’t swiftly used for new players.
    Ignore the rubbish about it not being a good time to buy because players are too expensive. If your house was on fire would you wait for a sale on extinguishers ?
    Utd need fresh blood and if you don’t get it the reason is clear… there is no money to spend.

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    Brian, Brian, we keep being told money can’t buy trophies but, you rags are the past master s at it, how far back would you like me to go, Pallister? the worlds most expensive defender, Oh no sorry that title now belongs to Ferdidand doesn’t it. How about, Rooney, Berbaflop, Veron, et al.

    You’ve been doing it for years and years and years but, now you don’t have two hapennies to rub together and, we’re able to do what you used to do, it’s all wrong.

    Bitter Blues, pot kettle black ?

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    Mancenium Contra Mundum on

    g@mb!t – if that was sarcasm you are a master of disguise.
    I suggest you wrote that piece in all seriousness then changed your tune when it dawned that even your fellow United fans were taking the piss.

    Personally I’d love to see two Manchester clubs fighting for the game’s honours (of course I’d love it more if City won, but hey, I’ve been a Blue since 1954). I’m a Mancunian. I see the real enemy as the Scousers and the Cockneys. Which is why I’m trying to be constructive in what I post – the yah-boo imbecility should be consigned to history along with the mindless violence of the 1970s.

    The Glaziers are not going to let Fergie have mega amounts of money to spend on transfers; mind you I don’t think The Red Knights in Shining Armour would either. And, as someone has already said, City and Chelsea will probably up the ante. United can’t really complain. Some years ago they willingly paid well over the going rate for a striker they wanted – Andy Cole – and up overnight went the cost of decent players, taking the best beyond the reach of all but 4 or 5 clubs and eliminating probably another 5 or 6 clubs realistically from competing for the title. No one will ever convince me that this wasn’t a very deliberate ploy and a very clever one. Wish we’d thought of it. Come to think of it we probably did but it was City who were skint at the time!

    That said, I’m sure there are still bargains to be had and that the 2010 global versions of Giggs and Scholes do exist and no better guys than Fergie and his team for finding them.

    At the end of the day, the roly-poly diva is still in her dressing room, the orchestra only tuning-up. Any fellow City fan who imagines United are going to roll over and die because they are currently boracic is deluding himself. Any United fan who dreams of another treble, likewise.

    Finally, nice blog and forum SEA – hope the Idiot Tendency (Red and Blue) continue to stay away.

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    @ S E A
    Can i just say what a pleasant surprise it is to hear from a Utd supporter who is not only open to reasoned debate but also is free from the one eyed, rose tinted jingoism of so many of their “fans”.
    It’s sad but true that many appear to have overdosed on success and it has poisoned their minds.
    Compared to the recent past Utd are in a bit of trouble and i’m interested to see how they move forward.

    On the bright side, at least we can all laugh at the deluded Scoucers. Steet protests because they didn’t qualify for the champs league. What would happen if they got relegated ? Obviously they couldn’t go on strike… it would have little effect, so few of them have jobs 🙂

    As for Tosic, you were lucky, City had Vuoso (shudder)

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    @Mancenium Contra Mundum

    no not really, the title was plain sarcasm, all i implied was City really dont need scouts when ur linked with every name possible, I might be a United fan yes, but not so delusional to go to the extent of suggesting such things, maybe could have made it lighter but hey, u learn from experience i guess 🙂

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    Mancenium Contra Mundum on

    No hard feelings, g@mb!t. Just keep on supporting your team and I will mine.
    I hope City don’t buy all 72 players we’ve been linked with. I’ve been watching the World Cup and 40-odd of them are crap.
    Fear not, I think we’ll still need scouts.

    SEA good luck with the blog. Over and out.

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    looks like david silva is heading to man city lets hope he truns out a flop at westlands. what did i say there the other day you will reach 100 conments and that was 50 conments well the done stretford great post

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    Sylvia will need to have a lot more about him than he showed against the Swiss or he will be a flop.
    Ahhh well ! what do we care, it’s only 30 Million… drop in the Ocean really.
    Robinho is looking good again though.

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    watching the france game never knew evra can take long throws did you notice that could be a new weapon for us

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    Well it seems the Silva deal is done, a snip at 26 million (cough!)
    Some of your fellow Reds seem to be a bit upset over it.
    Evidently at some point he said he would like to sign for a club like Utd. Now he has ended up at City he is some kind of liar and traitor.
    As they say he is rubbish, they didn’t want him and he will be a flop, why are the inhabitants of so upset?
    Could it be they remember saying the same about Tevez?
    They should be delighted that City have wasted so much money. How they do not choke on the taste of sour grapes is beyond me.

    As for Robinho, who knows.
    He tells the press what they want to hear.
    In Brazil, he wants to stay there.
    In Spain, he would love to play for Barca.
    Over here, he loves the City fans and gets on well with everyone… except Mancini that is.
    I think Mancini would like him back, even if only for the Europa league.

    Sorry to bother you again but it’s refreshing to get a sensible Utd perspective now and again.
    Where else could i go?

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    Have to wait and see who comes and who goes before we can talk titles.
    If we were to lose Tevez and Adebayour for example (which could possibly happen) they would take some replacing.

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