Sir Alex has done some intelligent wheeling and dealing this summer and here is the analysis of the club’s transfer activity from COS’s Manchester United reporter Christian Bailey.
Luis Antonio Valencia
I have to say I wasn’t that sure why so many raved about the talent that the former Wigan man had but then I saw him first hand playing for the Latics against us last season and he was immense, he stood out as a player with real ability. Not your traditional winger as he manages to be part flying wideman who can on occasion beat his man and half great crosser, the best of both worlds in many ways.
Sir Alex was very wise to bring in the former Liverpool man. He is a player who is keen to show that he is not finished in the game. Still only 29 many had written him off but this season he will be keen to get Fabio’s attention and he will be a great impact player to come off the bench, as he did at Wigan, and also a vastly experienced player to step into the breach should either Berbatov or Rooney get a knock.
Not exactly a household name but the young Frenchman could be an intelligent swoop. £3m was rumoured to be the price, which is dirt cheap when you consider he is a 20 year old on the fringes of the French senior set up. Another winger and one who graduated from the famed as Clairefontaine academy who of course produced the likes of Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka. One for the future who could well still have a part to play this season if the need arises.
If there was ever a right time to sell a player as talented as Cristiano Ronaldo then I think this summer was about as good a timing as possible for us to cash in on a player clearly looking for a new challenge. There is no doubting the talent the Portuguese international possesses but In my view he will not top the season before last when he was at a peak he will not reach again. He gave us six great years and I do not begrudge him his move to Real Madrid and lets face it we got one hell of a fee for him.
Talented young midfielder arrived from Hearts but failed to break into the first team reckoning after three years at Old Trafford and now back in Edinburgh where he made an immediate impact in his first appearance for Hibs setting up the winner in an SPL clash with St Mirren.
Lee has been around the houses during his six years at the club. Nifty winger on his day it did look like he may well make a name for himself at Man United but seemed quite decent when he did get a first team chance. One and only Premier League game came in the last game of last season at Hull. He has of course been on loan to five clubs during his time at the club and now plying his trade under former teammate Roy Keane at Ipswich. I fancy that the 22 year old will be back in the Premier League soon enough.
Frazier rose to prominence coming through the ranks at the club scoring goals for fun in all age groups. Was then sent out to Antwerp where he finished top scorer. His next move took him to Hull where he helped the club achieve promotion and then came back to the club hoping to be given a chance in the first team and he got a couple of chances early last season before he was made part of the deal that took Dimitar the other way but never really got a look in at White Hart Lane. Campbell opted for Sunderland over Hull City but again finds himself warming the bench and will struggle to find a place ahead of the likes of Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones.
Not sure what to say about this guy that hasn’t already been said. Since he left he has been very disrespectful to the club and in particular to Sir Alex. The former West Ham man clearly has a short memory and should think himself lucky that he lifted the Champions League trophy and two Premier League crowns because he won’t be tasting that level of success again for some time. A great player on his day,he could also be very frustrating to watch and not the kind of irritation you need in a dressing room.
20 year old full back who looked comfortable enough a player when representing the club was always going to find it hard to break past others ahead of him in the queue and he took the brave, and probably correct, decision to leave sooner rather than later and opted for the short move to Burnley.
Something of a surprise signing when he first arrived at the club, a livewire of a striker but not a player I could honestly see making it at the club. Now at perennial La Liga strugglers Real Valladolid.