In a surprise move over the last few days, United starlet Tom Cleverley has been sent out on loan to get some vital experience under his belt.
After comments from both manager and player regarding Tom's position in the squad this season, it was felt that he would remain at the club and fight for a midfield starting position. However, with the blinding form of Paul Scholes, the return to fitness of Anderson, and the presence of Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs and Gibson, it was felt that it would be better for Cleverley to get some short term action out of the United reserve set up.
Personally I'm disappointed to see Cleverley go, but I thoroughly see the reasoning. I just don't think the reserve league is a place to get young talent ready for playing big time Premier League football, and I think the loan system is the best way forward in this area. However, for this move to be a success we have to hope that Wigan actually play the lad. I remember all too well when Newcastle took Giuseppe Rossi from us, only to let him warm their North Sea wind frozen bench, when he could have been on ours.
With the possible transfer of Charles NZogbia away from the club, there should be ample opportunity for Cleverley to get the vital Premier League experience he needs and a good solid run in the starting line up
I wish Tom all the best on his loan move and hope to see him in a United shirt very very soon.
So none of us saw that coming. Over seven million pound coins on an unknown bloke who has represented his country at the World Cup...that being the homeless version.
The signing of the apparently flair driven, Tevez dribbling, deep lying attacker come winger called Bebe, in technical terms is not surprising. We've all been banging on for months how we need a player that occupies that space between the centre forward and midfield..and now we've got it. However he appears not to be German and also does not respond to the name Mesut.
The possible signing of Ozil has become a thing of Twitter legend, with wild rumours about the young German being spotted at airports, service stations, and Nani's house. But in real terms it was felt that United didn't have the 8-12 million it was needed to prise the player away...so we all focused on the Cleverley and Gibson options...and then United magic most of that possible Werder transfer fee on a complete unknown quantity!
The rumour mill dictates that Bebe was being chased by Madrid (who isn't?) and that Carlos Q was the man who thrust the young dreadlocked boy in our direction... Im always a bit suspicious of these players who materialise below the radar. Zoran Tosic? Not really heard of before he signed. Mame Biram Diouf? Banging in goals in a league no one this side of the North Sea watches. Manucho? Excellent African Nations Cup leads to loan moves here and there...and Hull.. And then offski. I'm just always worried that if I haven't heard of them..that they cant be that good.
However, you will never find me criticizing the managers transfer policy. Personally I agree there is little value in the market, but I disagree that every United signing must be young and cheap enough so we can possibly 'do a Ronaldo with them' in 6 years time. For every Cantona signing that Fergie has made, there is a Djemba Djemba. For every Ronaldo theres a Kleberson. But generally the boss gets it RIGHT. He forms squads that have both purpose and versatility..and I think that is the balance he is trying to create with this 'tweaking' of a signing.
As ever Mr Bebe will be given a fair crack of the whip from the Faithful. His Youtube video looks interesting, if not wholly exciting, and he does appear to play in that position many of us thought we have been lacking in. £7 million is NOT a cheap transfer fee, but we all know that if the lad becomes a success that it will be a drop in the ocean.
And lets face it...with a name like Bebe (Baby) then theres gonna be a multitude of dodgy cover version chants coming from the Stretford End soon enough!
Manchester United fan since the age of 9 when he saw Norman Whiteside curl the ball into a Wembley goal in the dying minutes.
He is an Old Trafford season ticket holder in the North Stand Tier 3...and cried tears of joy, on his knees with the many in Moscow.
Rob is a contributing author/editor at Man Utd blogzine 'The Faithful'