Manchester United are involved in three stories in the Sunday newspapers. Apparently Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in the signature of Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribéry, Jose Mourinho is to snub Manchester City in favour of the hot seat at Old Trafford and Darren Fletcher is to be offered a new contract.
With United set to face Bayern in the Champions League this week we have unsurprisingly been linked with a summer move for Ribéry. Whether it is the press adding one and one together and finding five, I don’t know… Fergie was probably asked which of Bayern’s players he admired.
There is no doubting Ribery’s quality; he would certainly add something to our squad/team. I wouldn’t say no to his arrival at Old Trafford. Would you?
Similar to Cristiano Ronaldo, it has been rumoured since last summer that Ribéry has signed a pre-contract agreement with Real Madrid. To be honest, I’d be very surprised if Ribéry is not a Madrid player next season.
Jose Mourinho will apparently reject the advances of Manchester City to become the next United manager after Fergie retires.
To me, this gives an indication to what Mourinho is about. Rather than become manager of the noisy neighbours (where he could name his price) Mourinho would rather come to a club with tradition and history.
The pressure on the next United manager will be massive. I feel Mourinho is one of the few current managers to have the personality to succeed Fergie. My only worry of Mourinho is the style of football he prefers to play, it will be different to the attacking play we have enjoyed under Fergie. Would you be happy with Mourinho as the next manager?
If there is anyone at United that deserves a new contract at Manchester United it is Darren Fletcher. Early in his career Fletcher was heavily criticised, there were suggestions he wasn’t United quality and that he shouldn’t be starting games. However, in the last 18 months or so Fletcher has turned himself into a top player.
Fletcher would probably admit he isn’t as talented as say a Paul Scholes (who is..? Scholes in my opinion is the best English midfielder of the last twenty years) but Fletcher’s role in the team is different, he is in the mould of a Roy Keane or Gennaro Gattuso. Fletcher brings energy to the midfield, harassing the opposition at every opportunity and the creativity he can offer is underrated in my opinion. Some still criticise Fletcher, which I really fail to understand. Can someone explain why?
Darren Fletcher has turned himself into a big match player.