Joe Cole to Manchester United?

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With today’s news concerning Joe Cole’s breakdown in relationship with Roman Abramovich I’ve been thinking about possible interest from Manchester United. Apparently Joe Cole is asking for approximately £100k a week but Mr. Aramovich does not consider Cole worth this, which I can sort of understand because Cole has recently suffered a long term injury. I can also understand Cole’s stance as he is now 28 so this will be Cole’s final big pay day before he retires.

There is no doubt a fit Joe Cole is a high quality player; he will add something extra to United’s squad and team. Perhaps not the quickest of players but Cole has plenty of skill, quality on the ball and has an okish goal return for a midfielder. I think we are lacking left hand midfielders/wingers, I don’t think we’ll see Giggs play on left a great deal next season, Park is an option as is Nani but I feel we see the best of Nani playing on the right.

In our current financial situation signing a player of Cole’s ability for free would be ideal. Are we willing to pay the £100, 000 per week though? That could be a stretch.

Tottenham Hotspurs are also apparently interested. Being a London boy and family orientated this could sway Joe’s thoughts as he has recently married and the pair are expecting their first child which could rule out a move to Manchester. A move to Spurs may depend upon Spurs qualifying for Champions League football. If Spurs fail to qualify, is Cole prepared a drop in level of football..?

What do we think?

Do you think Joe Cole will be a good signing for United?

Would Cole add something extra to our squad?

Are his better playing days over?

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3 Comments

  1. Well, for one, I would not mind Joe Cole in our squad. But the more important question will be, where is he likely to fit in? The wings? That dept currently has Valencia firmly established on one side and Nani(whose resurgence, i hope, continues) and Park on the other. As a backup, we have Obertan who is a raw and promising talent. Joe Cole would either have to play on a wing or up top with Rooney as the auxillary striker. Up top, when United go in for Fergie’s now preferred 4-5-1, he could fit in seemlessly and play in the hole behind Rooney with Carrick/Fletch/Owen/Scholes takin care of the legwork. But in a 4-4-2, i dont quite see him fittin in too well. Or maybe stick him out on the left, with Evra makin overlappin runs and Joey cuttin inside (like Harry employs Modric at Spurs) …
    I, for one, would love to see him at United, but ppl might just cast a curious glance or two if he is signed; another relatively older player; relatively injury prone. Is he worth the gamble is the question.
    In my eyes, YES!

  2. Stretford End Arising on

    Agreed Armrith, think Cole is worth a gamble.

    I’d like to see Cole on the left as you sugget (though I’m a big fan of Obertan) or in the middle three playing in advanced role in front of Carrick and Fletcher.

    Is Joe Cole injury prone? He has had a serious injury which has kept him out for virtually a year but has he had many injueries before? I’m not sure…

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