It's the Mailbox all but United fans have been longing for, with Davey Moyes copping so much stick. Also have love for Martinez, Luis Suarez and Southampton. Enjoy...
The stark realisation for Manchester United fans is that their Everton counterparts seem much happier without David Moyes. Even more so after their 1-0 win...
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It Was Only A Friendly
Please don't print any 'Moyes out' mails (I'm looking at you Chris), I really don't think I could handle it before the season's even begun. It was not a great performance; the United players looked like they hadn't played a competitive game for ages... (I hope no one needs that sentence finishing.) United had enough chances to win and should have, but we've lost to what would be considered weak opposition before on pre-season tours and the world kept spinning. It will continue to do so now.
...When I just couldn't take any more of the blazing hot sun yesterday and my skin was begging for mercy, I retreated to the sanctuary of the living room and popped the TV onto MUTV, home of my beloved Man Utd. There were 75 mins on the clock and United were 1-0 to a collection of Thailand's finest footballing protagonists, plying their trade under the commercial collective known as the 'Singha All Stars'...Incidentally I was at my fridge breaking open a coldie within 30 seconds which I guess makes me a sucker for advertising!
Anyhow, I digress...Danny Welbeck had just scuffed a shot from 7 yards hopelessly wide and fallen over in a manner that most United fans have become all too accustomed. The team containing Rio, Rafa, Evans, Jones, Evra, Carrick, Welbeck were struggling to get themselves back into the game, huffing and puffing but no real cutting edge. Fear not, I thought, the boss will sort this out and cue two late goals to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Then the camera cuts to the dugout and I see Phil Neville and David Moyes. I am not ashamed to say it but I cried into my freshly poured beer.
Reality is a b*tch!
Richard (Slightly nervous about the first 5 games) Manchester
Thiago Is Stupid
So I am one of the "obsessed" fans that your recent article alluded to, giving more that a lot of brain time to the Thiago to Man United saga. For me he was the most exciting transfer prospect I'd heard since Tevez (ehhh, no comment on that). In my opinion the current United squad has incredible strength in depth but needs a first team central midfielder to play beside Carrick. Who could have hoped for better than a young Xavi.
I was absolutely gutted to hear about Bayern entering the race and even more disappointed this morning when the deal was tied up. The thing that has made me angry though is that I think it is a terrible move on his part. I think he is simply stupid to leave a side he can't get into to go to a side he also can't get into. He was guaranteed first team football and an excellent wage at United and will only be left frustrated in Munich. I strongly suspect that Pep Guardiola's brother (Thiago's agent) was pushing him towards Munich, bad advice based on personal bias.
I know the last thing people want to hear is Man United fans complaining, but I can't see how we lost out in this one. This opinion is probably not helped by the fact I think everyone has flown into a tornado of hyperbole because of one good Champions League showing from the German teams, it is the third strongest league in Europe and will remain so for the immediate future.
Alan (when we get Ronaldo back I'll feel better) MUFC
...Dear David Moyes,
I told myself I would not panic but I cannot help it. With Bayern Munich beating us to Thiago I must say I may reaching my tipping point already. Not only have we been linked with the unreachable Ronaldo, but our midfield is still crying out for a few quality signings. My advice, not that it matters, is to add to that "unlimited" budget by ousting Anderson, Bebe (for f**k sake), and Nani. Now with the money we have please by someone, anyone at this point to ease my mind.
Kevin Strootman looks quality, and feel free to take Fellaini off Everton's hands. Don't worry about negotiating, just pay please. I am sick and tired of missing out on midfielders because of our fear of looking desperate...we are! So Moyes, buy someone soon please to ease my anxiety.
PS - Holy hell I did not realize Bebe was still on our books.
United Can't Attract The Best
So another transfer window passes and yet again United have missed out on this windows hottest property, Thiago.. It was inevitable wasn't it given their previous record over the past few seasons when young talent has been available on the market and we have been slow to react or just flat out been rejected. Previously it was Lucas Moura, Hazard, Shaqiri even Gotze had a release clause in his contract..
Now I'm basing some of this off of some unoffical press garbage about transfer gossip, but a club the size of Manchester United must have scouts running all over Europe looking at young promising players and established regulars so they must be aware of the quality that is out there and a club like United, as Moyes himself said, is always after the best players. That's a great policy isn't it? Aside from Van Persie (the only realistic challengers for him were City) what other superstars or hotly tipped youngsters have United bought in the past few years? We missed out on Sneijder and instead have purchased an underwhelming Japanese playmaker, we sacked off Tevez in favour of Berbaflop, missed out on Ozil, missed out on Nasri, the list could go on and this is from only the last few years.
Some talented youngsters have been available over the last few years Instead we have signed very expensive and overhyped players such as Anderson and Young, whilst missing out on far better players at a better price also.
This may sound like a typical football manager fanboy message or a spoilt Manchester United fans views but it's not, Im generally foaming about the amount of good young players and established stars that seem to be slipping under our radar and heading off to other clubs, whilst we saddle ourselves with lesser players or fettsacks like Wayne Rooney who are completely undeserving of a spot in the team.
United Should Sign Eriksen
Since Pep came out and f**ked us over with the Thiago deal (presuming we were interested, which every man and his dog seems to think so) I really think United need to go in for Eriksen. I wrote in after United played Ajax in the Champs League and this kid ran their midfield, he is tall, quick, good with both feet and against Man City last year showed he can play further forward. He is only 21, if Liverpool sign him I will be gutted, he is class.
In other news, seems our friend Zlatan is upset that PSG have spent big money on a big name striker. Apparently he wants out because Zlatan's ego can't cope with anyone else stealing his thunder. The Premier League needs this guy, I don't care if City or Chelsea sign him and it increases their chance of winning the league, one of them need to get the cheque book out.
And lastly, good news and bad news after watching United's first pre-season friendly. Januzaj and Zaha were our best players, good news is they looked pretty good, bad news is everyone else looked sh**e!
Orts (getting more worried that Moyes can't attract top class players the longer this goes on) MUFC
Welbeck = Sammon
Fergie did it with Scholes so, is it possible for Moyes to move Welbeck to a defensive midfielder or even a fullback? He is just a more technical Conor Sammon.
Greg Tric, Nairobi.
United's Empire Is Crumbling
History has been littered with examples of decline of once famous empires (Romans, Mughals, Qin dynasty etc.) and as a United fan, I am afraid our decline has started. In retrospect, various theories are attributed to the decline of these empires and taking a cue from them, I am postulating why once famous United will be undone under 'great' David Moyes.
1. David Moyes doesn't understand winning - Many people come back saying how even our god Fergie took some time to settle down (I agree), but Fergie had winning pedigree in Aberdeen. Just type David Moyes Trophies and be prepared to get impressed.
2. He doesn't even have a winning back room staff - Barring Giggs, Phil and to some extent Woods (if you consider SPL a winning league), none of the other supporting staff has the experience to what it takes to get success and more importantly sustain it.
3. Moyes doesn't have the charisma to attract top drawer players. Established players wouldn't want to come as there is a lesser probability of success, young players might want to join for get an experience of playing for a very big club.
4. United doesn't have the spending power - PSG, RM, Barca, City, Chelsea, Monaco. Heck! I am afraid even Fulham might have a bigger transfer budget than United.
5. Competition is just too much - Jose understands and thrives on winning, Pellegrini has done it before, AVB is a fast learner and Wenger has even done it quite a few times. More importantly, these managers are ruthless, so while Mancini might have slipped up, I doubt Jose will. Unless Moyes hits the ground running (very unlikely), it is quite possible that the pressure will keep on increasing and being not accustomed to this pressure our engine will just stop working.
Sir Alex has given us so much during his unbelievable stint at United and it seems like I will just watch old DVDs during the entire season to remind us just how great we once were.
JM(Thiago gone and our possible targets are the entire Everton first team) New Delhi
Annoyed By Arsenal
First the almost believable stories about Higuain - now some guff on Suarez.
Is anyone else slowly moving to the conclusion that Arsenal aren't going to sign anyone in the summer?
It seems the strategy of the club is to never add value to the squad but to keep it at the same level by moving on one star player to fund new signings. There are those gooners who have welcomed this summer as the first in years where none of our players have been linked with moves away but is this because no-one wants any of them?
So with no high profile exits to fund new signings - what does Wenger do to ensure he at least brings in some money over the summer? The answer's been to move on the likes of Arshavin and Squilacci as well as significantly cutting the youth squad.
So like many a summer before - the management are happy because the manager's brought in a whole heap of cash, Wenger and his players are happy because everyone who remains gets to keep their silly wages and the fans are happy because... no wait, hang on - well who cares about us? We're only the mugs that keep that club afloat.
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London
To Mr Luis Suarez.
Put in a TRANSFER REQUEST, or clam up! You want to go, ask to go .. stop 'hinting' and 'suggesting' and openly complaining about things you have done to yourself!
Many of us stuck behind you on the racism thing - but then you had to go and bite a guy .. AGAIN!
If you want to go, then don't make the club that has stuck behind you pay some sort of bogus and undeserved 'loyalty bonus'. To get that, you actually have to be LOYAL. I think Steven, or your old ex-team-mate Jamie could explain to you what that all means.
That is all.
Glen (enough already) Stuart, New Zealand
Ballon d'Or Doesn't Mean Much
Having read Chris MUFC's missive demonstrating that the Premier League is in rapid decline due to only having five (or three) players in the 2012 Ballon d'Or, I wonder if he could clarify how rubbish German football must have been last year as they only had one player? In fact, Wayne Rooney had more votes than all the Bundesliga footballers combined - dark times indeed for German football.
While the Ballon d'Or is sensible in demonstrating the top five or six players, as these players take most of the votes (top 3 got over 75% in 2012, top 6 got over 87%) the remaining positions are rather random only needing one or two people to vote for them.
Having said that, I do agree that there are less of the absolute best players in the Premier League than in the past but players when they are recognised as the absolute best never come here anyway. They were either purchased when young (Ronaldo), when they had failed elsewhere (Henry), when they were an injury risk (v Nistelrooy) or they are English (fill in your own biased views here).
Impressed By Norwich's Business
I know it's early, and the transfer window has only been open for two weeks, but quite a lot has gone on so far. I live in Norwich and I'm rather impressed with their business already after securing Garrido again, then van Wolfswinkel, Nathan Redmond, Martin Olsen, Carlo Nash and now Leroy Fer. This new TV deal has really helped us splash the cash for once. Leeds must be sitting by the phone waiting for the usual bid for one of their players, but I don't think it's going to come this time.
I'm also impressed by the signings of Southampton and Swansea so far, so I think surviving that second season has given all three clubs a little boost to push on. Anyway, who do the mailbox readers think have had the most productive transfer window so far? Are the two massive signings at Man City better than six big signings at Norwich City?
Kellen, (What is going on with DJ Campbell??) Norwich