One Mailboxer may have spent lunch in the pub in suggesting Van Persie could go back to Arsenal. Also, some Premier League meh-ing and a fine Acewatch suggestion...
Even the lesser teams have players like Luis Suarez and Romelu Lukaku so it's all bloody good fun. But mostly the mailbox features United fans being told to grow up...
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Simply Wanting Good Players In The EPL
I find Aaron's sentiments from this morning's mailbox strange. It seems we all want to see great players entertaining us in the EPL, unless of course, they are going to United. I would love to see Fabregas return to England, I wish Thiago had come here too. The Premier League is much better off with a strong United side. I simply don't understand why people find that concept more offensive than the soulless Manchester City and Chelsea billionaire swag teams. Arsenal are looking good, now let's hope for an actual decent couple of United signings and then we might get a good battle between some proper teams. Incredible how much hatred is generated by success in football, in other sports quality is admired, but football its cool to hate. Actually that really is it, declaring your hatred and making it loud and proud is 'Cool' in football fandom. Says a lot about the class of the fans out there (that's all of you by the way).
You Hate United? Good.
Isn't it currently sooo hipterish to hate on United for showing slightly frivolous ambition, or just being United. Even the ever-so-reserved official Liverpool perennial whinger Chris has turned his attentions to United, jumped on the bandwagon and tried his hand at being uber-funny at the expense of a tongue in cheek remark.
As an United supporter I can still enjoy all the schadenfreude being banded about in my own perverse little way. It tells me that United are still worth hating. An underhanded compliment if ever there was one. We only hear of Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd and Spurs being talked about with disdain. Liverpool and Arsenal have slipped into the mediocrity of meh. Or maybe it's just me, hoping above all hope that David Moyes is not the humongous tactical flop I presume him to be.
Although it says more about the people who choose to take joy in the misfortunes of others, than the maligned unfortunate, I do hope it continues. It's a measure to which I can gauge DM (Is that a thing now F365?).
Anthony Kane, Man Utd, Milan
P.S. Just watched United lose 3-2 to Yokohama, Moyes still impressing you Chris Mufc?
Moyes Doing Grand Job Of Unsettling Bale
A second bid rejected and a reported third bid will likely be rejected, too. But remember when Barca were making eyes at Fabregas a few years back? Pepe Reina putting him in a Barca shirt when he was still with Arsenal and all that nonsense? What about Henry before that? And don't forget Real Madrid's shameless overtures at Modric and Ronaldo. In those cases both Tottenham and United were able to hold on to their prized assets for one more year but I don't doubt the whole saga was unsettling and aggravating for everyone at the club.
If Moyes doesn't succeed with Fabregas (looks very likely) at least he will have succeeded in unsettling Barca and Fabregas when they're already dealing with turmoil at the manager position. In a weird way, even if the bid doesn't succeed, it's a pretty effective form of bullying from the new guy on the block.
Vishnu (Cabaye is a Carrick who can score. Sign him up!!), NYC
Liverpool's Prospects: Not Good
Can Liverpool break back into the top four in the foreseeable future? Say within five years? It's a genuine question to the mailbox, no wind-up intended, LFC fans. Barring being taken over by a Sheikh or an Oligarch, it is difficult to see how they would do this. The players needed to bridge the gap are going to be either too expensive or want Champions League football.
Mignolet, Toure, Alberto and Aspas are all good/decent players, I admit to having little knowledge of Alberto or Aspas. Liverpool fans will hope that these two are more Coutinho and less Shelvey. Mignolet will turn out to be an upgrade on Reina I believe as Reina is not the keeper of 3/4 years ago. However, the other players unlikely going to bridge the gap. At least the outlay on these players has not been huge like Carroll, Henderson and Downing. But with their one world-class player Suarez looking likely to leave, even if they could plough the £40m back into the squad, who will they get that is better than their counterparts at United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs?
The Spurs squad is vastly superior to Liverpool's (wouldn't mind swapping United's midfields with Spurs) and they couldn't break the top four last year, so what hope have Liverpool? A massive club historically, it seems that they really are paying for not getting a bigger stadium built over the last 15 years and for a recently huge outlay on average players which is holding back the current manager.
If Brendan Rogers gets Liverpool into the top four this year, it will be one of the greatest managerial performances for many a year.
Venting At Player Power
I don't normally feel compelled to write anything more than a witty one-liner to F365 (with moderate success in being published!) but the ongoing transfer sagas are just really starting to annoy me.
Let me begin by saying as a United fan I fully expect our summer of business to most likely conclude with us having signed Baines and Fellaini with no joy on Bale/Ronaldo/Fabregas. On the Fabregas story though I think this one is what hammers home just how much power the players have and how little the contracts they sign are worth. Fabregas long dreamed of a move to his beloved Barca while staring at his solitary FA Cup winner's medal at Arsenal. He finally got it and has now won everything both at club level and internationally. Everyone would agree he is not one of the top-tier superstars in the Barca team and is not even a regular in the first team, but I presume he's still pretty happy with his life.
So along come United with their £30m bids. The usual 'he's not for sale' replies come from the powers at the club, and I'm sure if Fabregas were to comment he'd say he was very happy too. But if and when he does stay, I presume the natural reaction from Fabregas, no doubt encouraged by his Mr 10%, is to request a new contract to match the higher wages United would've paid him, seeing as he is supposedly so valued by the club (I presume at Barca he is a 'modest' £100k or so, while United would pay him equivalent to RVP/Rooney). Would Barca really pay a non-regular that much? So then would he get 'angry and annoyed' that they didn't want to sell him but aren't willing to pay him the big bucks? Along comes January and a transfer request and voila the papers can write about it all over again!
Anyway, so yes he probably won't sign for United, but just as with Rooney (aside from he would say he wants to leave), what good is anyone at the club saying any player is not for sale.
Nick, (in other words...please let him sign for United!) London
More On Transfer Requests
Two points on the significance of transfer requests:
(1) Even if the position is as described by Conor this morning, there will still be circumstances when a player's refusal to make a transfer request will affect whether a transfer goes ahead. For example, let's say Club A want to buy Player X from Club B. Club A have £10m to spend and Club B value Player X at £10m. However, Player X has £1m in unpaid bonuses due to him from Club B so is unwilling to make a transfer request. Club A have no more money to spend on either fees, wages or bonuses and Club B won't take a penny less than £10m net from the deal - someone has to take the hit or the transfer is off.
(2) Anyone who has read The Secret Footballer will know that he views the making of a transfer request (or not as the case may be) as something that has a significant impact on the personal finances of the player being transferred. He doesn't seem to think that the player can simply make up his losses from the club he moves to. Of course he may be wrong, however it can perhaps be said that regardless of whether transfer requests do in fact make any difference, the perception amongst footballers is that they certainly do make a difference and there is therefore still something that can be read into whether a player chooses to make one or not.
And on an entirely unrelated note, is there a more annoying phrase than describing a club as 'putting the finishing touches to a transfer bid'? What does that even mean? Are they writing it in calligraphy and doing f*cking illustrations or something?
Michu And That Awkward Second Season
In repsonse to why Michu hasn't had any bids on him yet, might I suggest the following.
Michu looked like a great signing in his debut Premiership campaign for sure. But then again so did Amir Zaki, Michael Ricketts, Andrey Arshavin and Nikica Jelevic. American sports commentators are more concerned about players' second season that their first, because that's when the most development occurs. It's something we're less concerned about in football - we like the good first impression and we never really shake them off. Football fans and pundits seem more concerned with the next big thing rather than a few seasons of sustained performance. We've seen players enjoy excellent debut seasons and then fade away due to a number of factors (homesickness, 'ambition', injury or laziness). I don't think it would hurt the bigger boys to give Michu another season. If he produces another good season I doubt he'd cost much more than he would right now (£15 million I'd imagine) and if he has a stinker they'll know they should stay away, or could pick him up for a lot less.
Last thing I'd want from my club is to spunk a load of money on a player who'd one had one decent season. I mean, Shaun Wright-Phillips once moved for £24million. Think about that for a minute.
The Curse Of Leaving Swansea
In reply to Colin Williams, THFC the simple reason is Michu has been told about the 'curse of leaving Swansea'. If you leave Swansea, you become rubbish. It's a fact.
Dorit De Vries - left Swansea when they were promoted and has since suffered two straight relegations with Wolves.
Scott Sinclair - Joined the Champions at the time I accept but Stuart Pearce's stuffed donkey has seen more action on the Etihad pitch than Sinclair.
Danny Graham - left before the League Cup final win and has ended up at Hull for a year via numerous non-scoring games at Sunderland.
I would go on but it might disprove the curse so I won't.
Why Belgium Are Rubbish
Sorry to burst the bubble of our Benelux-bumming friends, but international teams comprised of players who ply their trade almost exclusively in the Premier League fail without exception in big tournaments. I am of course talking about England.
Belgium will simply be England playing in red if they qualify for Brazil next year. At best a last sixteen exit is beckoning I'm afraid.
Jamie Bedwell, Cheltenham
Advice For Aaron
Never mind the football season; I can't wait until the Singaporean school holidays finish so we don't have to listen to the ramblings of the likes of Aaron, Singaporean Gooner. If doing loser signs and giving out wedgies makes you and your friends laugh then I suggest you should put away the laptop, go outside, and chat up some girls if you can pluck up the courage (get one of your mates to ask her out for you as that always works).
Then maybe you'll get more satisfaction out of your summer holidays before you have to go back to school in September.
Garey Vance, MUFC
Losing Will To Live
I'm going to admit it, after weeks of claiming I was just ignoring it, the transfer window has got to me. And I think I want to kill myself.
Couldn't they just bring it to a close early, like Friday maybe? That way we'd actually get some signings and then be able to look forward to the football rather than another six weeks of rumours, twists, #ITKs, sources, secret meetings, upped bids, hold ups, agents' quotes and all the other stuff that you could otherwise classify as bullshit.
I could go on but I can't be arsed. It all just seems so endlessly bloody pointless.
Will (...ennui...) O'Doherty