‘United to make third Fabregas bid.’
‘Cristiano Ronaldo spotted in Manchester.’
The Twittersphere has explode with rumours in the last couple of weeks regarding Manchester United’s transfer targets. In fact, rarely has a transfer window been and gone where United aren’t linked to most top players across Europe and beyond. Nevertheless it seems that the club has finally got the hint from both Barcelona and Cesc Fabregas that the Spaniard wasn’t interested in a return to England (how about one last bid Dave, just to be sure…). The other rumour however fills the majority of United fans with dejected hope. We know it won’t happen of course, but boy do we love to dream that the prodigal son could return to Old Trafford.
The issue with this fantasy world is glaringly simple though – Manchester United rarely sign superstars. Look through any “Best ever United XI” and tell me how many of the players United signed whilst they were at their peak. You would be hard pushed to find perhaps more than one, depending on your views.
Disclaimer: when I say we don’t sign world class players, I don’t necessarily see it as a negative.
The fact is simple, we don’t sign the best players; instead we shape them into becoming the best players. (More …)