- Jul 6, 2016
What was that kid we were gonna sign when we signed Tosic? We were going to sign him the season after and he was supposed to be a superstar. I remember his manager punching him where he was playing.
Adem Ljajić. He predictably ended up with Beşiktaş.What was that kid we were gonna sign when we signed Tosic? We were going to sign him the season after and he was supposed to be a superstar. I remember his manager punching him where he was playing.
It was at the height of the “buy British” summer when Ole first arrived. Unsustainable strategy given how inflated the prices are, thankfully it was ended not long after it started. Obviously hindsight is 20/20 & Longstaff can’t get a game for Newcastle & is more likely to move for £5m than £50m now, but even at the time it was a baffling one. He had only played about 10 games & had a serious injury. I remember reading we were prepared to pay £30m but Newcastle insisted on £50m, so I guess we owe them a thank you. Their greed saved us from making a poor signing.The Longstaff rumours are the top for me. Such an average player who probably doesn’t even play for Newcastle anymore. Think he was wanted by Udinese recently
Celio Silva is a great shout, didn’t we actually sign him but couldn’t get the work permit & end up with Ronny Johnsen instead?Dion Dublin did very well in his spell at United.
Remember Celio Silva?
I remember us being very close to signing Marcos Senna, who was a good player but tbh faded a fair bit not long after the move fell through.
Good shouts. Added to list. Just remembered Kevin Hoffland too, Dutch CB from a couple of years after that time.Celio Silva - Summer 1997. Deal was signed and sealed!...Work permit was denied however so it fell through. The Brazilian centre-half never amounted to much post 97.
Roberto Rios - Early 1997 we were heavily linked to him. Fergie even went out a couple of times to watch him play for Betis. Strong solid Spanish centre-half but spent the rest of his career injured and was forced to retire at 30yrs old.
Vampeta - Remember being linked to this Brazilian international wide player constantly in the late 90's. Dodged a bullet. He ended up a journeyman.
Wasn’t right for us but can’t put him on a “worst player” list. Was still a very good player after being linked with us, won a champions league & got to a World Cup finalIvan Perisic
I don’t remember it but Jesus Christ..Remember we once were linked with Carlton fecking Cole.
"For Ferguson, though, Cole is someone who could play with Wayne Rooney and who offers something different — more of a physical presence — from the forwards he has at Old Trafford."I don’t remember it but Jesus Christ..
On the list he goes...
I remember in summer 2016, when Mourinho had just arrived in United and Pep Guardiola arrived in City, we were heavily linked with Breel Embolo. People hyped him up to fit the story of City's Leroy Sane (Elegant, quick) vs United's Embolo (Powerful, pacy). There were even speculations that Embolo would play on the wing first to develop, before Mourinho ultimately moves him to centre and transforms him into the new Drogba.The link to Bakayoko and overall overrating used to upset me.
a key moment in our recent history. We wouldn’t have signed Eric if Dion didn’t get that injury.That shouldn't be funny but it is.
Celio Silva. Work permit problems. I went to a pre-season friendly against Inter Milan and Silva was on the front of the programme. £3.5m I think.Had to look up Celio Silva... how have I never heard of him. We'd signed him, fell through and ended up with Berg. All a bit before my time really.
Vampeta is a blast from the past.
https://bleacherreport.com/articles...r-news-jordy-clasie-tipped-to-head-dutch-raidRon Vlaar was miles better than Alexander Buttner, whom you actually signed.
When was Clasie linked to Utd?