The Olympics has been an extremely satisfying experience so far. Unless you are a fan of Team GB’s football contingent of course, or Australian. It is unlikely Sir Alex Ferguson shed any tears as the British Isles’ Frankenstein 11 fell to South Korea on penalties this week, thankfully without injuring any United players.
Injuries have been synonymous with Manchester United’s midfield for too long now. Ever since Roy Keane hung up his hip replacement we have mourned his loss in the middle of the park. Owen Hargreaves came so close to filling the void, only for his knees to fall off and cut him short, so to speak.
This summer we will experience Luka Modric not joining Manchester United because he is too expensive. This is a sight that is becoming more and more familiar. Daniel Levy, of Tottenhem seems a fairly hard-nosed negitiator, and United will not be forking out the forty million pounds he desires for the Croat.
What United have spent money on is another attacking midfielder in Shinji Kagawa. If pre-season form is anything to go by this guy looks to be a bargain and will inject some pace into the final third. But not the middle third. Perhaps United will be playing the 4-0-6, or donut, formation again next season.
It is interesting that the manager has not joined up with the first team in the latest round of friendlies. There is more than a suspicion that he has remained at home to tie up our remaining transfers. Those should include any two from Robin Van Persie, Lucas Moura and Leighton Baines.
For me personally, our most important business of the summer has already been completed though. Nemanja Vidic is on the comeback trail and Fergie has signed on for another year. With Chelsea losing Drogba and looking wobbly, and City facing financial fair play, am I allowed to dream of redemption?
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