By Mark James
With Manchester United seeing out yet another transfer deadline day in utter obscurity, perhaps we can take solace in the fact that the ins and outs of other Premier League clubs may have more of an impact at Old Trafford than we first thought. With that in mind, let’s take a view of how transfer deadline day affects Manchester United:
Mario Balotelli to AC Milan – Okay, so this one went through a bit before the deadline day’s festivities and some may argue that it means very little to the Reds. The reality is, that in addition to a lengthy list of misdemeanours, Balotelli created one of the most iconic images in Premier League history when he raised his shirt at Old Trafford to ask the question, “Why Always Me?” I for one believe that Manchester City have lost a true talent. A player capable of creating something out of nothing and turning a game on its head with a touch of pure magic. The noisy neighbours may be a little less noisy with Mario gone, but they have also lost a player who could become one of the all time greats. With no replacement to fill his boots, this departure can only be good news for Manchester United’s march to yet another Premier League trophy.
Jack Butland to Stoke – Is Asmir Begovic coming to United in Summer? With Jack Butland completing his last-minute move from Birmingham to Stoke, the media were left scrambling in an attempt to speak to the current Stoke number 1 in hope of wheedling out any potential last ditch transfer news. Fortunately for Stoke fans, it seems that Butland is not Begovic’ direct replacement, or at least, not quite yet. With rumours still circulating that De Gea has ambitions to return home (rumours no doubt compounded by his inexplicably stunning girlfriend), Begovic has been constantly linked to the goalkeeping position at Old Trafford. Could Butland’s short journey South be the first stages of a new United #1? His loan return to Birmingham suggests that his full-time requirements will become more apparent in the summer.
David Beckham To Paris Saint-Germain – With the former United man saying “Bonjour” to the French media, I must admit that Beckham’s trip upon the Eurostar is unlikely to attract a great deal of attention from Old Trafford. With that said, it does have an effect upon this Red Devil. Whilst I would not dare to toot my own French Horn, may I please humbly direct your attention towards a post which may highlight me as the new Nostradamus of football blogging. Of course, beyond that minor self congratulatory link, it is also refreshing to hear our former number 7 once again remind the football world that Manchester United remain the only Premier League team for him.
Christopher Samba to QPR – Samba’s controversial move to QPR represents yet another high-priced, high wage piece of business by the ever busy wheeler-dealer that is Harry Redknapp. With Harry seemingly intent upon leaving yet another Premier League side in financial turmoil, QPR could be the next bargain basement club ripe for pickings. If rumours are to be believed, Ferguson has a soft spot for the enigmatic talents of the equally enigmatic Moroccan, Adel Taarabt. Add to that the possibility of signing Julio Cesar, a goalkeeper who remains one of the world’s best (just ask the Manchester City attacking line) and QPR may represent ‘Value for Money’ when the summer transfer window reopens. Were David De Gea to depart, few could turn their nose up at the prospect of the Brazilian shot-stopper adding some solidity to our defensive woes.
Transfer deadline day has been a tiring affair since 2011, when a mad Chelsea owner and even madder Liverpool manager decided to splash the cash of Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll respectively. If we can’t take solace in the fact that Sir Alex refuses to subject our fans to such mind-boggling financial manoeuvres, perhaps we can look to the future and to a summer of more exciting transfer activity and hopefully having our Premier League trophy back where it belongs.
About the Author: Mark James attended his first Manchester United game in the mid 80s. He has been a regular visitor to Old Trafford for more than two decades and has developed a passion for sports writing since leaving University with an Honours Degree in Media Studies. As a dedicated writer, Mark has been published in UN sponsored business magazines on behalf of International Tourist Boards, dramatically boosted the online present of e-commerce companies around the world and continues to share his love of Manchester United with blogging communities across the internet. Available via a number of freelancer hire sites, Mark can be contacted through his leading online profile available here..