When Ramos had no choice but to sell his two wantaway strikers, many believed that both would be big successes at their respective new clubs but so far that has not been the case.
Whilst it is still early days it does seem that in some ways the purchases of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov haven’t exactly worked wonders. The partnership of Torres with Keane has in many ways stunted the brilliant Spaniard who can work better as the lone man up front and as yet is not on the same wavelength as the Irishman.
Berbatov, as great a player as he is, does in many ways cause Sir Alex some problems in terms of selection. Playing Tevez, Rooney and Berbatov doesn’t appear to work that well (as evidenced against Liverpool). Did Ferguson really need to buy the Bulgarian? Many believe that United needed an out-and-out striker rather than a player of Dimitar’s mould. Now it appears that Tevez may not be best pleased as he was recently moved to the bench against Chelsea, so adding another front man could have caused United more headaches.
Clearly as a pairing the former Tottenham players worked brilliantly together but maybe the signings by Rafa and Sir Alex were a tad indulgent and could yet backfire. One thing is for certain, the north London club is missing them badly and Juande Ramos has a tough mission to effectively replace them.
Yes, we are only a short way into the new season and things may well get better for both strikers, but can Liverpool and Manchester United fans confidently tell me that they believe that their sides are any better off having made the big spend?