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Apology to Ritchie de Laet

Posted by hakanrylander on May 25, 2009

In the past Between the Lines has occasionally poked fun at the signing of Ritchie de Laet, and even questioned his very existence, mainly because his record seemed close to non-existent or at least not anywhere near United-quality. De Laet arrived in January from Stoke City where he spent a year and a half without even once playing for the first team, and since then the reports from the reserves didn’t indicate that he had made much progress.

I was therefore very surprised, and delaeted, by his MotM performance against Hull. He was adventurous going forward and solid at the back, and was voted our best and second-best player by the readers of Daily Telegraph and Manchester Evening News respectively. Full marks and an unreserved apology to Ritchie for doubting his ability.

De Laet was signed on a short-term contract until the end of the season. His performance yesterday should earn him an extension.

Edit: De Laet has signed a new one-year contract. Great news!

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One Response to “Apology to Ritchie de Laet”

  1. The Gaffer said

    He looked very solid. To be honest, I didn’t think much of him, too. I saw a reserve game a few months back and he looked a tad edgy. But he looks like he has learned a bit since then, and like you said great news that he has signed a contract!

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