United’s relentless pursuit of Fabregas has become one of the stories of the transfer window, with the club continuing to chase the former Arsenal player despite seemingly having no encouragement to do so.With Barcelona claiming he isn’t for sale and Cesc telling former manager Tito Vilanova that he wished to remain at the Nou Camp, one would have thought that United’s interest in the player all but ended there.
United have since made another bid and despite new manager Gerardo Martino again stating he would reject any advances from United for the player are set to bid yet again!
So what exactly is going on here?
Following the transfer saga from the outside looking in, it doesn’t paint United in the best light. There has been talk of our conduct making Moyes look bad and it is an example of United no longer being able to attract the big names but I disagree. Moyes isn’t the first manager to be rejected by a player, even the great Sir Alex Ferguson suffered the indignation of being turned down as recently as last summer by both Eden Hazard and Lucas Moura.
These things happen and say nothing about Moyes ability to attract players. Whilst the prospect of playing under Sir Alex Ferguson would have been a huge selling point, as a club we can offer one thing regardless of who is in charge, the chance to play for the biggest team in the world at Old Trafford.
So instead my main concern is how United are looking at signing players.
This summer is one of huge instability at the club due to the departures of both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill. When Gill announced he would be leaving, despite what you felt about him you had to respect what he did for United in terms of negotiating to get players in.
It is well known that United would properly research a target before attempting to sign him and this was not only down to the manager and his backroom staff, but also Gill.
With Gill gone the relatively inexperienced Ed Woodward took over and whilst that wouldn’t have been such an issue had Sir Alex remained as United manager, the fact he has gone too means that our approach to transfers has changed.
Again he isn’t the first person to do it, but eyebrows were raised when Moyes went public on his interest in Fabregas. Despite claims in the Spanish press to the contrary, he must have had some sort of intel that let him know that a deal was possible and encouraged him to make further attempts to sign Fabregas even though Barcelona were adamant that no deal would be reached.
Something about our attempts to sign Cesc lacks the professionalism of transfers in the Gill/Fergie era, the lack of insight to go after Cesc in the first place not knowing that he would want to stay at the Nou Camp etc. These are things we would have been aware of previously and would have influenced our decision to pursue him or not.
Again this isn’t a damning indictment of Moyes or even Woodward as some would have you believe, there were always going to be bumps in the road early on and as Moyes will be here for the long term it’s likely that Moyes and Woodward will improve at this as time goes on.
But what they say about first impressions is true and this will be Moyes’, fans who were expecting Thiago and Fabregas will understandably be upset as it appears neither will be calling Old Trafford home this season. Chin up though, Sir Alex missed out on Moura then a week or two later we signed some Dutch striker who ended up being pretty decent so even if we miss out on Cesc there is still time for new faces!
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