Here we go again. League title Number 19, European Cup number 4, and FA Cup number 12 along with the Carling Cup as well if we have time. Of course we are still England is best team but we might not win those decorations because this year is going to be a period of transition. However, the club has gone through it before. As Ryan Gigs said the other day, in his time at Old Trafford that the team has dropped Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Roy Keane, and Ruud Van Ni. Ronald, as fantastic as he is, was just another participant. He was an arrogant, gelled up, oily, haughty, Portuguese winker, but he was also the best footballer in the world. And for all his antics flirting with Madrid last summer, throwing a hissy fit after being subbed in the derby, etc. I loved him. It is not possible to imagine winning the decorations that the group has won in the past couple of years without him. I saw the Remembering Ronald series on MUTV yesterday and almost cried when they showed the Portsmouth free kick Calamity James was the goalie, and even he probably loved it. I for one believe that Cristiano Ronald is a United legend, and among the best players of all time. But enough about him.
Somehow Renaldo is 80 million moves to Madrid was not the most contentious departure of the close season. Carlisle Apache Tevez has changed over to the trophy less half of Manchester. This subject is a hot one for united fans, as some desired Fergie to sign him up, and others me included, believe that his work rate, while entertaining, did not compensate for the lack of goals. Tevez scored 5 league goals last season in 29 appearances. No that is not a misprint. He is quite simply not worth 25 million lbs. That is somewhat harsh, because Trophy Malaysia remains a good but not great participant, but we do not need him. Moreover, Tevez lost all the respect United fans needed even following his turn to City with his bitter comments attacking SAF. He claims he was abused, although he played 49 times, including a Champions League Final. So That pretty much sums up the players we have lost, except for Frazier Campbell and Richard Eckersley, I enjoyed Campbell and though he had talent, but I could never see him breaking at The Theatre of Dreams. I wish him well at Sunderland, and 6 million pounds for him is quite a fantastic deal. We have also let Posse on go on loan to Braga of Portugal, that are at the Europe League this year so he should find some fantastic first team experience.