Between the Lines

"Of all unimportant subjects, football is the most important" – Pope John Paul II

An enchanted evening

Posted by hakanrylander on September 2, 2008

Yesterday was probably one of the most exiting days I ever experienced in almost 40 years as a United supporter. And United weren’t even playing! In the end the outcome was close to perfect; Berbatov to United and Robinho to City.

Short-term it was brilliant that City nicked Robinho from under the noses of Scolari and Kenyon. But in the long-term their new wealth will further increase competition to sign top players. The pockets of the new owners seem to be even deeper than Abramovich’s, and “long-term” in this case mean in the next transfer window. Yesterday City reportedly put in bids for not only Robinho and Berbatov, but also David Villa and Mario Gomes! Beware of some serious shopping in January. We might have to get used to that United is only the third most powerful English club in the transfer market.

Even though I’m pleased with the outcome of the Berbatov deal, the fee was somewhat higher than expected, and probably higher than necessary. You have to feel that United could have closed the deal at perhaps 28m a few weeks ago. I, grudgingly, give full marks to Spurs chairman Levy who by holding out secured a better deal for his club. With some help from City.

As I’ve written in a previous post Berbatov fits United’s requirements perfectly. The prospect of him linking with Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo is mouth-watering. One word of caution though. I’ve not been this excited about a new signing since – Veron.


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