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Forget whether Fergie is really after the players we are "missing out to Real" for a moment...
I believe a BIG factor for players choosing Real over Utd is (1) the weather (2) Champions League victories.
No matter how well Man Utd have done in the domestic league and Champions League lately, players still see Real as the bigger (or biggest club).
But weather must play a major part in their decision. If a player is in 2 minds, they'll have to think about - their quality of life away from the pitch. Where would you rather hang out?
I'm not being cruel to Man Utd and Manchester as a City (as I love both) but you can see why they might chose Real over us if you ignore the football aspect. Let's face it, modern footballers are more like celebs than sportsmen. And we know where celebs would rather be papped.