With the transfer market in full swing, or should I say hardly swinging we still wait for the big moves to happen. All the managers in the Premiership are making their final preparations for the upcoming season by fine tuning their teams in a series of friendlies including last night’s encounter with Manchester United, and Barcelona in Gothenburg.
The Barca side of course is without manager Pep Guardiola, after he decided to have a break from football for a while being replaced by his number two man at the Catalan giants Tito Vilanova. Things however are running as though Pep never left with all the teams players determined to upset Los Blanco’s for the title.
Alex Ferguson looked on in despair at times, when so used to everything going United’s way it seems like he may not always get what he wants, and by that I need Brazilian Lucas Moura who Ferguson was sure would sign for United instead opting to go to big spending club Paris St Germain, and play for Carlos Ancelotti.
When asked about the free spending French side Ferguson said: “I find it amazing that a club can pay £35.5m for a 19-year-old boy.
“They have signed Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a couple of others and spent over £150m in the last couple of months or so.
“The only deterrent to that is UEFA. The condition of European football is that you don’t qualify for Europe by winning the league or finishing second, you get in by invitation.
“That’s the only way UEFA have any power. I am sure Michel Platini will be concerned. It doesn’t matter which country you are from, I’m sure he will be concerned by what’s happened recently.”
Fergusons misery continued, when after being awarded a penalty when Nani was brought down by Tello. Wayne Rooney stepped up to take the kick but Barca keeper Victor Vales managed a save. Rooney who has now missed five penalties in the last twelve months failed to return after half-time being replaced by new signing Shinji Kagawa. Barca had the best of chances but failed to score with Sanchez forcing it great save from David de Gea.
With the game now forced to be decided by penalties Ferguson again could not believe it when both Nani and Young missed from the spot leaving the Barca boys to give them a lesson in penalty taking.
Final score 2-0. After this display Sir Alex could use RVP more than ever but with Arsenal preferring to sell him to Juventus it is a reminder to the Red Devils boss that you can’t always get what you want.