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Created on Saturday, 19 May 2012 13:48
Written by BlueWolf
Parent Category: MCFC
"You bought it.
" "You cheated.
" "You have no history.
After winning the top league title for the first time in 44 years, many United fans began flooding forums, blogs, and articles with statements such as the above. Granted there have been a few who have actually said something along the lines of "well done
", but they have been so far and few between that you would be forgiven if you hadn't seen them.
Statements like "you bought it
" can only have come from bitter and not particularly bright people, so I ask, you the reader, for your forgiveness, if you feel I have dumbed this article down to the level of an inebriated amoeba.
There is no doubt that Manchester United have been the team of the Premier League, for they have won it no fewer than twelve times. Why? For a start they have a damn fine manager. We, as City fans may say not very nice things about him (I often do), but there can be no misunderstanding as to what he has achieved. Secondly, they have bought in a lot of players, breaking record after record in transfer fees. If you buy from the top, you would expect to be at the top, and they have been.
Many a time have fans asked the question of how to break into the cartel at the top and stay there, and the answer has always been the same: a f**k load of cash.
You see, as the saying goes, the richer gets richer. The same is true for United - they spent massively, because they were able to, on the likes of, amongst others, Ferdinand (£27.5m), Anderson (£5m), Rooney (£27m), Nistelrooy (£19m), Carrick (£18.6m), Nani (£13.5m), Saha (£12.8m), Berbatov (£30.7m), Hargreaves (£17m), Yorke (£12.6m), Valencia (£16m), Jones (£17m), Veron (£28.1m), Young (£17m), and De Gea (£19m). Even if you go further back and look at the early Premier League transfers, which by today's standards were not high, but were huge back then: Keane (£3.7m), Cole (£7m), Stam (£10.7m), Poborsky (£3.5m), Sheringham (£3.5m), Berg (£5m) and Barthez (£7.8m). The list of 'big buys' is endless.
Did I ever have a go at them for having so much cash and being able to spend it? Nope. I had a go at them because I am City and they are United and they kept winning. Money never came into it; they had it, and we didn't.
With the talk (at the time) of the FFPR coming in, all teams had a couple of years or so to spend like crazy before it started. This is what City did. They also did it to close that financial gap that had been created by those at the very top over the past twenty years.
Remember: a f**k load of cash.
If any United fan can explain to me how a team can win the Premier League today without the aforementioned f**k load of cash, then I am listening (as will every Chairman of every football club in the country). Will they point to Newcastle United, who have just done admirably well? The Newcastle who finished fifth, 24 points and -59 GD behind City? Probably, the silly people. They will undoubtedly say that they earned their money, whereas we have been given it - I presume they have forgotten about Michael Knighton's record bid for a football club in 1989, or the billionaires, J.P. McManus and John Magnier.
Instead of questioning their current (very wealthy) owners for placing so much debt on their shoulders, and skimming off the top a massive amount for themselves, they have a go at City fans for doing exactly what was needed to be done to win the league. In a couple of years time, City will be self-sufficient, much like United are - minus the debt and skimming, of course.
As for "You have no history
," may I point out to these dillusional people the following: St. Mark's v Newton Heath in 1881.
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