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fecking depressing watching that oil money buy another premier league title.

fecks me off that they managed to sign this guy. Yes his father played for them, which tipped the scales towards their favor.

But the insane amounts of money being pumped into their personal accounts would have helped his decision too.

Pisses me off that we are saddled with these glazer cnuts while they are backed by a sports washing dictatorship. We'd be far more competitive even if we had just normal owners who didnt put the club in debt. The billions that have flowed out of our club could have changed the narrative.

feck off with this super human playing for them.
 

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To be fair his choices has always seemed calculated, not necessarily based on money. I think the city choice was more based on working with Guardiola to evolve even further as a player.
eh how did you work that out? Barca and Madrid both pay their players ridiculous wages
It was well reported Barca in particular and Madrid were in numerous meetings to try and find a deal to sign Haaland. Raiola and Haaland eventually decided the money being offered at city was too good to turn down based on what Barca and Madrid had to offer.

If City were first choice, all those discussions with the other two clubs wouldn’t have happened.
 

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Has there ever been a player who hit the ground running in the PL the way he has? I’m struggling to think of any. He’s slotted in from another league and picked up where he left off instantly.
 

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It was well reported Barca in particular and Madrid were in numerous meetings to try and find a deal to sign Haaland. Raiola and Haaland eventually decided the money being offered at city was too good to turn down based on what Barca and Madrid had to offer.

If City were first choice, all those discussions with the other two clubs wouldn’t have happened.
It's literally the job of an agent to keep those conversations going though, to get the best deal.
 

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Has there ever been a player who hit the ground running in the PL the way he has? I’m struggling to think of any. He’s slotted in from another league and picked up where he left off instantly.
I can think of one example. Bruno joining us.
 

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It's literally the job of an agent to keep those conversations going though, to get the best deal.
Yes but the point being if Barca offered the exact same monetary package as what city offered, he would be a Barca player right now. That’s kind of the point, money talked in the end.

It’s the exact same reason Sanchez and Maguire joined Utd instead of City.
 

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To be fair his choices has always seemed calculated, not necessarily based on money. I think the city choice was more based on working with Guardiola to evolve even further as a player.
Nail on the head! He could've gone abroad to a prestigious academy when he went to Molde. He could've signed for Juventus (or Leverkusen) when he left Norway for Salzburg. And he had bigger clubs – including United – circling when he went to Dortmund. So it's pretty obvious that he's taken well measured steps throughout his career.

Personally I'm tired of the narrative that he would never sign for United because of the bad blood between Keano and his dad and/or that he grew up a City-fan when the harsh reality is that we couldn't match his sporting ambitions compared to City and Madrid. If there's one thing Haaland isn't when it comes to his own career it's to be emotional about it.
 

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You guys act as if his dad will disown him for joining united. I doubt either of them give a single crap about that incident.
 

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Why do you think he inserted the release clause?

Haaland will be at Madrid in 3-4 years time.

Wouldn’t shock me if he then went to whatever Italian club was the dominant club in 8-10 years time too like Ronaldo.
Obviously, no matter what club, he’d be stupid to sign without a release clause.

Don’t imagine him going anywhere while Pep is at City (unless he falls out with him)
 

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fecking depressing watching that oil money buy another premier league title.

fecks me off that they managed to sign this guy. Yes his father played for them, which tipped the scales towards their favor.

But the insane amounts of money being pumped into their personal accounts would have helped his decision too.

Pisses me off that we are saddled with these glazer cnuts while they are backed by a sports washing dictatorship. We'd be far more competitive even if we had just normal owners who didnt put the club in debt. The billions that have flowed out of our club could have changed the narrative.

feck off with this super human playing for them.
Much as I agree with you we’ve spent plenty and won fcuk all. City have simply done a better job than us. Haaland so so good i Enjoy watching the Cnut play, just for the wrong team though.
 

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fecking depressing watching that oil money buy another premier league title.

fecks me off that they managed to sign this guy. Yes his father played for them, which tipped the scales towards their favor.

But the insane amounts of money being pumped into their personal accounts would have helped his decision too.

Pisses me off that we are saddled with these glazer cnuts while they are backed by a sports washing dictatorship. We'd be far more competitive even if we had just normal owners who didnt put the club in debt. The billions that have flowed out of our club could have changed the narrative.

feck off with this super human playing for them.
United have outspent City, both in gross and in net spend. Money wasn't the determining factor. United could've easily matched any offer by City. It was the choice between winning the PL + possibly CL and playing Sherif Tiraspol while fighting for 4th place that made the difference.
 

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Is he better than Ruud?
I think he might be. Having said that, Van Nistrelrooy scored 44 goals in all competitions during a time when football wasn't as expansive and top strikers didnt get as many chances as they do today. But Haaland is well on pace to break Ruud's mark which.
 

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City should start with an automatic one goal deficit with him in the team. Give the other side at least some fighting chance.
 

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Must be a little bit boring to be attacker on City too. They seldom counter attack and mostly play safe passes. Don’t understand why they don’t playy more behind “enemies lines” when they have a player like Haaland.

City are winning, but their play isn’t very convincing. I thing Pep has taken their possession play to far.
 

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fecking depressing watching that oil money buy another premier league title.

fecks me off that they managed to sign this guy. Yes his father played for them, which tipped the scales towards their favor.

But the insane amounts of money being pumped into their personal accounts would have helped his decision too.

Pisses me off that we are saddled with these glazer cnuts while they are backed by a sports washing dictatorship. We'd be far more competitive even if we had just normal owners who didnt put the club in debt. The billions that have flowed out of our club could have changed the narrative.

feck off with this super human playing for them.
Money isn't the reason he's playing for them over us. It's mainly been bad decision making from Woodward and co.

Ignoring that we could have signed him years ago, once we signed Ronaldo last summer it was easily predictable that we'd regret being stuck with a past it 37 year old while City had a perfect spot for Haaland.
 

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You guys act as if his dad will disown him for joining united. I doubt either of them give a single crap about that incident.
You serious? If that challenge was in the street jail time would have been served. You don’t think the father of Drago hasn’t brought this up over dinner? Alf never played the same if I recall, missed most of the season after the assault, and really don’t know if he ever played a full 90 minutes after that all for saying get up. Money doesn’t cover up what happens to family and Haaland at City has to be making the father satisfied.
 

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fecking depressing watching that oil money buy another premier league title.

fecks me off that they managed to sign this guy. Yes his father played for them, which tipped the scales towards their favor.

But the insane amounts of money being pumped into their personal accounts would have helped his decision too.

Pisses me off that we are saddled with these glazer cnuts while they are backed by a sports washing dictatorship. We'd be far more competitive even if we had just normal owners who didnt put the club in debt. The billions that have flowed out of our club could have changed the narrative.

feck off with this super human playing for them.
We’ve spent or shall we say wasted buttloads of money, difference is they’ve had a plan whilst we made it up as we went.
Good decision making vs poor decision making is all the difference.

We’re not very good at this buying trophies thing.
 

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City don't work to play him in often, interestingly. Outside of De Bruyne and Cancelo, he's not getting premium service. Foden seems to be at odds with deferring to him and others are playing secondary passes amongst themselves rather than spotting very good runs and trying to hit the balls through to him.

Clear this City side have a lot of work to do and are going to get better as a collective. They're strolling through rather than working on patterns and movement like they should be doing. I bet Pep isn't happy about that.
 

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fecking depressing watching that oil money buy another premier league title.

fecks me off that they managed to sign this guy. Yes his father played for them, which tipped the scales towards their favor.

But the insane amounts of money being pumped into their personal accounts would have helped his decision too.

Pisses me off that we are saddled with these glazer cnuts while they are backed by a sports washing dictatorship. We'd be far more competitive even if we had just normal owners who didnt put the club in debt. The billions that have flowed out of our club could have changed the narrative.

feck off with this super human playing for them.
We almost had him, we wanted him before anyone else because Ole brought him through at molde. It is surprising though that city seemingly had a free run at him
 

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City don't work to play him in often, interestingly. Outside of De Bruyne and Cancelo, he's not getting premium service. Foden seems to be at odds with deferring to him and others are playing secondary passes amongst themselves rather than spotting very good runs and trying to hit the balls through to him.

Clear this City side have a lot of work to do and are going to get better as a collective. They're strolling through rather than working on patterns and movement like they should be doing. I bet Pep isn't happy about that.
Yeah, they're really struggling at the moment.
 

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Yeah, they're really struggling at the moment.
You learn and hone when battering fodder. They switched off once the second goal went in and stopped working on their game. It's when the serious games come that what you've been working on needs to be on point. City need to win the CL and should be working towards that with every game they play.
 

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Really hope people aint thinking that if he signed for us, he would look the same or produce the same as in City.
 

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You serious? If that challenge was in the street jail time would have been served. You don’t think the father of Drago hasn’t brought this up over dinner? Alf never played the same if I recall, missed most of the season after the assault, and really don’t know if he ever played a full 90 minutes after that all for saying get up. Money doesn’t cover up what happens to family and Haaland at City has to be making the father satisfied.
Can we please stop perpetuating this myth. Alf literally played the rest of the match and his surgery was for a recurring problem with the OTHER knee. Also, according to the Manchester Evening News, he had nothing but good things to say last year about the prospect of his son joining United.

edit: a few words
 

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Shame Madrid don’t buy City players.
They can definitely match the weekly wages. What they can’t match is the under-the-table backhanders that don’t show up in the books paid to Haaland, his dog, his mum, his mailman; and his dad’s medical fees for round the clock care after Keane ended his career.

There’s a reason why Real didn’t go near Aguero, Toure, Kompany and David Silva when they were tearing the league apart.
 

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Can we please stop perpetuating this myth. Alf literally played the rest of the match and his surgery was for a recurring problem with the OTHER knee. Also, according to the Manchester Evening News, his dad had nothing but good things to say last year about the prospect of him joining United.
No we can’t. Facile minds are fertile ground for this bullshit. It’s intellectual whack a mole, and you can’t win.
 

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Only guy on his team who respects the kit man too.


 

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Yes but the point being if Barca offered the exact same monetary package as what city offered, he would be a Barca player right now. That’s kind of the point, money talked in the end.

It’s the exact same reason Sanchez and Maguire joined Utd instead of City.
He would not. It was City, Madrid or Bayern.
 

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It was well reported Barca in particular and Madrid were in numerous meetings to try and find a deal to sign Haaland. Raiola and Haaland eventually decided the money being offered at city was too good to turn down based on what Barca and Madrid had to offer.

If City were first choice, all those discussions with the other two clubs wouldn’t have happened.
There’s a decent documentary actually on the process Haaland and his team went through. They portray it as quite a holistic evaluation with

- Which team has the best chance at success
- Which team needs a number 9

Being two central parameters, among others. Each parameter is scored out of 10 and the decision was made based on which club has the highest total score. They say that 5-6 clubs were included in the evaluation, but there were only 3 real contenders. Haaland senior talks about different clubs, but City, Real and Bayern are the ones that get the most attention (Bayern seemingly missing out because they still had Lewa - they also make it seem like Bayerns pursuit of Haaland is the main reason Lewa left).

Sadly, no objective observer can argue City is a bad choice for any player (if they can get game time..), but I guess it also depends on how heavily a player weights things like history, culture, ethics etc.
 
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