Let me admit up front that I am NOT a betting man. I don’t even know how to place a football wager so the last impression I want to give is that I have a great knowledge of what I’m talking about. Nevertheless an item on the Manchester United official website drew my attention this week. It highlighted the fact that most United players are strangely way off the pace in the Betfair PFA Player of the Year market. “If you fancy the Reds to win the league, then why not back one of the boys to bag the PFA prize? After all, the last four winners have all been Old Trafford based.” it was argued.
The World Cup is over and done with for England. Another four years, another failure. Nothing new in that but this time the ramifications could be far more serious because it could have a negative impact on both the Premier League and its clubs – including Manchester United. The fans that have built up the league into what it is today are beginning to look through the veneer and they don’t like what they see. They don’t like a dressing room culture which has produced overrated, overpaid and over pampered prima donnas who are seemingly divorced from reality.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson pulled off one of the shock transfer deals of the season in July last year when he convinced 30 year old former England international Michael Owen to sign for him on a free transfer. The canny Scot is now reported to be poised for an encore by offering Chelsea play maker Joe Cole a contract to continue his career at Old Trafford.