On Monday August 20th 2012 at Goodison Park it is likely that Robin Van Persie (RVP to his friends and for the purposes of this blog) will make his first appearance for Manchester United. It took a reported 24 million pounds and then £10 million a year (4 year contract) to prise him away from the Arsenal to the REDS OF MANCHESTER. Let me tell you all now – I’m a very proud red from Manchester myself and I like to think impartially is my game but now that I’ve outed myself I sure some of you (if anyone is actually reading) will think otherwise.
In my opinion it is a bit of a risk – United’s recent transfer policy has always been one of buy young, get them on a long term contract – so there is some potential sell on value – only Dimitar Berbatov has not followed this route in recent years – though for me the difference is Berba did not have an injury record such as RVP. Its what I call the classic Fergie gamble – he loves them – and he tends to get a lot more right than wrong.
What is the benefit going to be for United – clearly this is a flex buy – showing their muscle (especially to the blue half of the city) – United’s recent transfer policy has been criticised by some fans as they have not been going in to buy the top rank players – citing lack of value in the market – but you cannot question them in this case.
However it can be questioned as to whether the forward line is the main area that the 19 times top flight champs need to reinforce at this time. The midfield area has been an issue at Old Trafford for a few years – and I personally would argue a marquee player in the central area is required more than one up front at this stage. Furthermore defensively we are lacking a bit of cover at the moment and a couple more injuries and there will be a crisis.
SAF is clearly still irked (as am I) about losing the title so dramatically on goal difference (especially as he will not allow that to happen again) – goals do ultimately win you titles – but you also need to keep it tight at the back, if it says nil next to your name – you ain’t lost – allayed with decent fire power ull win more than you draw. Invariably the team with the least goals against usually wins the title – obviously most goals help too – it’s a balance, but you also need to make sure cover is available because as last season proved YET AGAIN the difference between delight and devastation as a fan is SO SO SO slight – though can’t complain too much as a Manchester red as its usually us on the delight side.
A quick postscript – some of my mates have always said to me that Mr Berbatov was a £30 million waste of money. Whilst I acknowledge that we probably paid maybes 10m over the odds – in the time he was at the club he contributed to 2 league titles and a league cup – which I’d say was a decent return. 24 million pounds will be seen as a snip if after RVPs 4 years Mr Ferguson’s latest gamble yields a similar haul. Its gonna be one hell of a season.
FOOTIE IS BACK 🙂 as is 9 / 10 months of highs lows and controversy – BRING IT ON 😉