I have been reading posters threads and comments over the last few years and it looks like we are all pretty much coming to the same conclusion, even the die-hards are having their heads turned. A few years ago we all heard this rumour, we saw a few snippets in the press, heard a few comments on the radio though in our hearts dismissed the story as folly........and then suddenly we realise Manchester United had fullfilled all our football wet dreams and signed a certain Argentinian player all of europe coveted. It all had the best of summers and waited for "juan sebastian veron" to pull on the red jersey and take us to the promised land. Now i know this example of signing a top player is not the best example of a sucess story, which in my opinion was down to SAF not knowing where to play veron in a midfield containing keane, scholes etc. Though i do believe at this time SAF and the fans thought we had arrived on the top table regards being able to bring in the top players in the world, no longer would we always be priced out of the market. What we now get is SAF saying there is no value in the market while europes top clubs go and spend millions to strengthen our side, we now get SAF comoing out a saying competing on a show string against our neighbours is what brings out the the best in united, we now get told if we get lucky we might be able to afford a top central midfilder and a few 2nd string players to bolster our squad, we now get told we are playing the long game and youth is our philosophy (now having empathy for arsenal fans)and we now get our ageing players returning to add strength and skill to our midfield. Some people say last season was so exciting, and the climax to the seaon not to be found in any other league in europe. I for one did not really enjoy last seaon and of the 12 odd games i attend i only got truelly entertained twice in the manner i have come to expect my united team. We have SAF saying all the right things, though fear he has become a little bit corporate and is merely making best of a shite situation my owners who only looks to rape the club.Now they say football is a game of ebbs and flows, maybe we are now to realise such times are upon us and reminisce about yester year like our fathers. I truelly hope this isn't so, and that both SAF and the club will surprise us with top level marquee summer signings we all crave, and next year we are back to playing the kind of football we so love.