Manchester United: Now Offering Money to Players To Go Away
BEFORE this season, Manchester United have signed a host of players that haven’t exactly lived up to the hype. While Alex Ferguson has signed some incredible players like Cantona, Ronaldo and Denis Irwin, he’s also the man who threw money at David Bellion, Bebe, Eric Djemba-Djemba, Jordi Cruyff, Karel Poborsky, William Prunier and Kléberson.
Another one of Fergie’s Flops is Anderson, who has given Manchester United the kind of performances that suggest he’d struggle to walk into a Championship team, let alone another one of Europe’s giants.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Man United are so eager to offload the Brazilian that they are prepared to fork out around £1.4m in wages to ensure he is out of Old Trafford by the end of January.
Louis van Gaal is at his wit’s end and is reportedly willing to listen to just about any offers for the player in the winter transfer window, which means QPR or Newcastle will probably end up buying him as they’re the only clubs mad enough to do so. If no-one comes for him, then the £60,000-per-week player will have his contract ripped up by Old Trafford bosses.
Remarkably, Anderson has been at Manchester United since 2007 and, get this, is rumoured to have cost the club somewhere in the region of £26m, with add-ons.
However, Van Gaal hasn’t been at all impressed by the Brazilian and has stated that Anderson has no future at the club. After being sent out on loan to Serie A outfit, Fiorentina, the player wasn’t able to secure a permanent deal there. Back at Man Utd, he’s made two appearances – one in a goalless draw with Burnley and another in the dreadful 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
He’s practically stealing a living at the moment.
Still, the Red Devils have previous when it comes to things like this. Man United paid French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez £2.4 million to piss off in 2004.
The club have been left with a lot of very average players and thrown cash at some star signings in a bid to keep fans excited about the future. However, LVG has a mess on his hands and the backroom at Old Trafford isn’t looking particularly confidence inspiring at the moment. Is this the end of one of football’s most successful dynasties, akin to Liverpool’s collective drabness after the ’80s?
The neutral will certainly hope so. For Manchester United fans, it’ll be a reminder of the pre-Premier seasons, or, for younger fans, a taste of what most football fans have to put up with every week.