Juventus fan who used to support United
- Sep 5, 2002
I think that you have to distinguish between the Edwards era and the rest. Edwards was solely focused on winning the EPL (he said so himself) thus his efforts focused solely on being the best in the local pool. Kenyon widened the wage structure especially after Keane's near departure to Juventus because of salary issues. Gill was an exceptional CEO up until the Glazers debt started weighting hard on us. He might say that the Glazers had never said no to signing a player. There again we were replacing the likes of Ronaldo, Giggs and Scholes with the likes of Valencia, Young and Cleverley. Gaz lived throughout all eras (mostly). If SAF wanted to replace him then he would have had all the budget and the opportunity to do it and the media would be all over it. Every man and his dog knew that SAF was never really thrilled with Cole and was aiming for a top quality top scorer instead (Shearer, Batistuta, Salas and RVN)It was never about transfer fee, it was more about wages. When UTD wanted Batistuta he was on triple wages than our highest payed player. We lost so many players because of hagling and staling, Ronaldhino and Hazard hurts most.