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    Quote Originally Posted by DiehardKingsFan View Post
    Was really happy to see Barca win the UEFA Title. As good as ManU is they were completely outclassed for almost the entire game. Wonder who we're going to target this offseason.
    All in all a very impressive season for Man United considering the entire year pundits kept mentioning how this was not a "great" Man United side and it didn't compare to past seasons. I don't think any team in the world would have beat Barcelona on Saturday.

    Sir Alex went on record saying he expects to sign three players this summer while Gill said that it would be a busy summer.

    David De Gea has supposedly already been bought to be the successor to Van Der Saar although Athletico deny this as they struggle to keep their squad together.

    And the buzz in the papers and twitterverse is that the Ashley Young signing is imminent. United have also been linked with French youngsters Raphael Varane although I hope that would not be counted as one of three summer signings since he is more of a long term/developmental player.

    I think United will push hard for a center mid, both Sneijder and Modric have been linked with a move to Old Trafford but I think Sneijder will prove to be too expensive not just in transfer fees but his salary is pretty damn high and Spurs aren't too keen on selling Modric. It will have to come down to either player forcing a move especially in Modric's case.

    Ideally a proper destroyer CM will have to be bought. Hargreaves was supposed to be the answer but unfortunately his body did not cooperate. The Barca game highlighted United's lack of a true ball winner and although they were able to win the league without an Ince/Keane/Hargreaves type player not having one hurt in the final as well as the Man City/Arsenal/Liverpool games.

    Jack Rodwell has been linked with a move but his price tag is high and he has never really proven himself a consistent force. It would be interesting to see how he develops under the guidance of Sir Alex but it seems like a steep price to pay for a player who hasn't proven a whole lot.

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    Paul Scholes retires | Mail Online

    Another one of the class of '92 to retire. Scholes is/was absolute class will be weird not seeing him play next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    Paul Scholes retires | Mail Online

    Another one of the class of '92 to retire. Scholes is/was absolute class will be weird not seeing him play next year.
    A class act and a gentleman of football, English football needs more of his ilk. I had to laugh at this quote on the BBC. It is proto-typical of what Scholes was all about.

    A huge contingent of Argentine journalists gathered at the front of the room and pushed one of their number to press Scholes with the question: "Who is your favourite footballer of all time?"

    As they waited for what they expected as the inevitable coronation of their own icon and World Cup winner, Diego Maradona, Scholes shot back without hesitation: "Frankie Bunn." Cue utter bemusement.

    With an irritated glance that questioned how they could not have heard of Bunn's stirring deeds, Scholes added: "Scored six goals in a League Cup tie for Oldham against Scarborough once, you know."

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    Aguero, Forlan and De Gea leaving pretty much show how Atletico Madrid have no real identity. It's a shame really the way Forlan was treated at the end by Quique Sanchez Flores, a coach I'm not real fond of anyway.

    As much as I hate to say it, but Real Madrid have enough talent stashed to field two incredible teams. Where the **** they get the money for this I don't know. Barcelona are going to have it rougher next year after that final performance. The crosshairs are dead on from ALL of their opponents.

    It's going to be one crazy summer.

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    wonder if Berbatov is gonna stay at Manchester, sounds like he was pretty pissed about not being on the bench for the final. Plus with Alex using Hernandez and Rooney as his primary strikers there may not be a place for him.

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    He's as good as gone. He's in the last year of his contract so the price is way down. Supposedly Newcastle had a 7.5m bid accepted for him. Could go back to Spurs as part of a Modric deal. Michael Owen got another 1 year deal. Plus they have Diouf, Macheda and Welbeck coming back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    Harry is playing hardball but he faces a tumultuous off-season. It will be interesting to see how he deals with having to fight off bids for Bale and Modric while at the same time improving his squad without the guaranteed Champions League revenue.

    Seems like Harry clearly wants another striker and the Scott Parker rumors continue to swirl. I hope he finds away because Tottenham are definitely a fun team to watch and Redknapp deserves a chance to build his squad but it will be difficult if the board wants to cash in on certain players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiehardKingsFan View Post
    wonder if Berbatov is gonna stay at Manchester, sounds like he was pretty pissed about not being on the bench for the final. Plus with Alex using Hernandez and Rooney as his primary strikers there may not be a place for him.
    Berbatov has told certain media outlets that he wants to stay at Manchester United. Basically it is up to the boss on whether or not he wants him in the squad. As Vegas mentions Berbatov has a year left on his contract and he is 30 years old. Obviously United won't come close to recouping the the price they paid for him but this is definitely the last chance for United to get some value for him.

    Regarding whether or not he has a place, I think he Berbatov still has a role for this team. Chicharito and Rooney are the first choice strikeforce but United aren't going to play 4-4-2 every game. Also with as many games as United play and Ferguson's fondness for rotating the squad there are plenty of games to go around. Finally there are certain matchups that favor Berbatov over Hernandez. Hernandez is obviously at his best when the pace of a game is played at a high speed and he can play off the last defender to latch onto through balls and balls over the top or when United play a team they can counter against.

    Against teams where more build up is required and United dominate possession Berbatov is the better option. His link up play is better and he is a lot more creative with his touches, runs, and passes. Finally I do think Berbatov is more adept at making other players better. When Nani was in such a rich form earlier this year he and Berbatov were linking up really well.

    The knock on Berbatov is he doesn't score in the big games. While that may be unfair I think it is valuable to have someone who will punish the weaker sides of the EPL. United miss Ronaldo for various reasons but chief among them is he was so ruthless against the mid/bottom table clubs. While Berbatov obviously is not as prolific as Ronaldo was/is he did score 21 goals last year with a number of them being crucial.

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