Manchester United Balls: The Worst Daily Mail Article Ever
ON the subject of Manchester United’s loan deal for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, the Daily Mail’s Jeff Powell is luminous with rage.
Now we have reached the scandalous point at which clubs the size of United are allowed to borrow leading players for a season or so, then why not for one match?
Answer: Because the rules forbid it, Jeff.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Thiago Silva, and Neymar are among those who have hinted that Old Trafford would be their preferred destination should they ever appear in the Premier League, one day. The way the transfer mania is going it could happen for all of them, for just one day each.
You can read the rules in the Premier League Handbook (sections v5 – v10). Rules matter in sport because without them there is no sport.
As it happens, this is the logical progression into a madness which descended to its lowest ebb yet with Radamel Falcao going to Old Trafford on loan. Falcao is touted as one of the best forwards in the world. Yet Monaco have leased him out to United like a hire car.
It is a loan with an option to buy. If it is a car hire, it’s a contract hire.
And then the next question:
So, can we be sure what Falcao’s position will be should United meet Monaco in the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League? Have hands already well-greased been shaken on his non-participation agreement?
Answer: we can be certain. Manchester United are not in this season’s Champions’ League.