- Mar 12, 2005
All well and good saying this, but we're Manchester fecking United. If there's one club in the whole country where you can go and ask for your first choices and be reasonably confident that those above you will have the resources to get them, it's us.Who knows what order of preference the players are? It’s a tale the press spin in hindsight. With Ole, for example, there is every indication that Maguire was his first choice. That Wan Bissaka was his first choice. And yes, managers will get second and third choices until the end of time, due to the simple fact that we aren’t the only team in the market and more than one club cannot sign the same player.
Take Bellingham for example. People just go ‘ahh, shit recruitment team’. Players have choices, he went somewhere else. If his wish was to come to United, we’d have signed him. Reguilon and Haaland we opted against due to clauses insisted on, according to reports.
Ole’s ‘first choices’ are hardly that fecking creative. They are the best players on the market. It’s easy to walk into work and say ‘my first choice winger is Sancho and centre half is Upamecano’, and then throw a strop if they are not landed. These players are not easy to sign, and no club in recent times, maybe except Barcelona, has been able to just go and sign all of those types of players with similar status. City, Real - they have all missed out on players like Pogba, Sanchez, Havertz, Lautaro etc. If those are the sort of players managers are demanding before throwing a strop about recruitment teams and directors of football, they should go and get a PlayStation. There is little indication that we can’t sign some of the more attainable players easily. We, or almost any other club, will never be able to just land all the best players on the market.
Unless you think his time at Molde and Cardiff gave him a taste of the high life, Ole has shown that he can work with a lower budget, and even here, he managed to make do as best he could for those first six months of last season where he wasn't given the midfielder or Lukaku replacement he clearly needed. Again, unless you think he thought that Daniel James was going to be a pillar of his team? Something which his public statements both at the time and since, clearly contradict.
He didn't complain once about the trasnfers situation both on and off the record. He hasn't even said anything about the colossal feck up that was last summer either, which for me was much, much worse than what we've ended up with this summer.