Juventus fan who used to support United
- Sep 5, 2002
I remember when we signed Andy Cole. I was too young to have a definite opinion about the guy but older cousin was fuming. According to him, he wasn't worth the money we spent for him.Based on what I've seen. Rashford was terrible as our striker when Martial got injured and Greenwood looked overwhelmed when he played as our striker. This is why we signed Ighalo because it was a necessity and we were fecked if Martial got injured again. And this is why I think we shouldn't sign Gaich because other than Martial (who himself can be unreliable) we have no reliable striker and signing a 21 year old from Argentina to play in the premier league is not looking likely to solve that issue. My bad for missing the Lautaro Martinez point
My cousin was wrong of course but time and time again Andy proved to be an adequate but hardly a WC player. Throughout his career Sir Alex would try to replace him with 2 better players (Shearer and Batistuta) until he actually did replace him with RVN. Meanwhile Hoddle criticised his eye for goal and there were rumours back in the day that Cantona preferred Ole to him. Despite all his limitations Cole was a great servant of this club, a legend and he was a key player in our treble side. So how could that be possible?
I'd say the player's attitude helped and of course the manager's brilliance in exploiting Cole's strengths to the full. However the fact that Cole played in a top top team which created assists out of Lulz was a key factor as well.
There are many decent but not top players who ended up winning a lot thanks to being part of a top team. Sebastiano Rossi is a classic example to that. I think Berlusconi himself once said that he left that tiny clink in AC Milan's armour simply because he could. Who needs a WC goalkeeper when one had Tassotti, Maldini, Baresi and Costacurta at the back?
I think Rashford is a decent but not a WC striker. He's more comfortable on the flanks and the potential of him becoming WC there is high. Therefore do I want to move him back as STK? The answer is no. But can he do the job there? Yes. Now let's go a bit FM crazy here. If rumours are right and we're getting Sancho and Graelish then our midfield will become one of the best in Europe. The former is an assist machine on the right, the latter is an assist machine in either CM or the left flank. Add those to Rashford, Bruno and possibly Pogba as well then we've got a midfield that can go toe to toe (but still lose) against the treble midfield. Those two players will cost a bomb though which means there's little cash for a striker. Considering that midfield will be brimming with creativity (Bruno, Sancho, Rashford, Graelish or/and Pogba) + we've got Martial and Greenwood upfront, can we risk going for a very promising SA talent on the cheap? I'd say yes especially since we can also rely on Rashford who, will be having top service, this time round.
I understand why most of you are terrified of us signing Argentinians. Our record with them is hardly great. However I assure you that most of the mistakes made were down to our club failing to do its homework instead.
a- Heinze was known to be a mercenary. He was a decent player but he was greedy
b- Both Veron and ADM didn't want to come to United. The latter burnt bridges at Real, he wanted to go to PSG and we kind of sabotaged the deal by offering Real more money. Meanwhile Veron got involved in the passport scandal and he thought that if he stayed in Italy any longer he'll go to jail. Once the situation calmed down he wanted to go back but no one could afford him
c- Tevez is Tevez. He stays a few years, he wins a lot there and then he moves on.That's how the guy works
d- Rojo was shit.
Young Argentinian players who never left SA are different. They are hungry to prove themselves and make as much money as possible simply because they don't want to go back into poverty. Sure for most of them their football career is something to exploit and make as much money as possible. However at this stage it can play to our advantage. If we sign Gaich and he becomes a star with us then who cares if in 2-3 years time he ends up at Real for 100m? Especially if by that time Greenwood is old enough to own the position.