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I'm a relatively new United fan. Not by choice, but by circumstance. I live in a country far away that has only recently afforded me the luxury of video coverage of the team. Now I don't presume to be fully aware of the club's history. But I certainly make it my duty to read and gather as much information about all that happened before I started following the team.
More than anything else, the main reason I have come to love (and I genuinely mean "love") Manchester United is its structure and philosophy. A sound business entity, a solid football structure (built around the youth system) and a guarantee of ATTRACTIVE & ATTACKING play on the field.
Now, I'm always open to everyone's comments, but when I hear things like "SAF is causing our downfall", I get really upset. I can think of no better guardian of the "United way" than Sir Alex. He believes in one thing, Manchester United first and everything, including star players after.
Now to complain that we haven't signed anyone and that we are not attractive to stars anymore is a load of crap. We really don't need to panic buy or pay too much for anyone. We do need a replacement for Roy Keane, but tell me who that is. There might be a few players with some of his qualities out there, but not a true replacement. If a star is not attracted to Utd, good, we don't need him. We don't need anyone that doesn't want to play for us. They can go to Chelsea earn a good salary for a year or 2, play 20 games, get frustrated, get dropped from their national team and then finally move to a club that will play them, at realistic wages.
I don't think it's realistic to want to win everything, every year. We can aspire towards it, but to actually do that would mean that no other team would be improving and giving us competiton. Football, like all sports, is about ups & downs. One needs the other in order for you to appreciate both. So those newcomers who can't understand why we aren't winning at the moment, you have a choice. Get frustrated and start supporting Chelsea or get behind your team and get prepared for the long term which will include many more years of wins and losses.
When Roman decides to leave Chelsea (as soon as they win the CL or he gives up trying), they will have to face the reality of not having the money to buy everyone that Utd has scouted. In the mean time remember this, we lost by 2 wins and 2 draws last season. We had major injury issues and a poor start to the season caused by an unfamiliar formation to accomodate Keano's waning skills. Both of those issues are behind us. I believe we will win this year, with or without a midfield signing, and funnily enough I expect Liverpool to be more of a challenge than Chelsea.
Now if you want something to complain about, turn your attention to the new owners. Ask about our debt and make sure we have a gaurantee that these people understand the history and that they don't intend to screw up everything for a trophy and then banish the club to a future of bankruptcy and poor play on the field.
That's my 2 pence worth.