Do Manchester United and Ronaldo still win at transfers if Frenkie De Jong says no?

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Frenkie de Jong and Erik Ten Hag in their Ajax days Credit: PA Images
Frenkie de Jong and Erik Ten Hag in their Ajax days Credit: PA Images

Manchester United have done what Pep Guardiola and Man City couldn’t with Frenkie de Jong apparently. And it’s gone down well with a clean Ronaldo…

 

Wish list
There’s been a lot of words written about Ronaldo wanting to leave Manchester United, which is seven degrees of nonsense because he can only leave if other clubs want to buy him. That’s how this sh*t works.

But some people know exactly what they are doing when they publish this particular strain of absolute tosh:

‘Cristiano Ronaldo gets Man Utd transfer wish as he chills on private yacht with Georgina’

Does he get his ‘transfer wish’ to leave Manchester United? Does he balls. He gets his ‘transfer wish’ that Manchester United almost and maybe sign some new players as he ‘was snapped on a private yacht in Ibiza with Rodriguez, taking showers and regularly checking his phone’.

And that’s news in 2022 folks. A man looks at his phone while hundreds of miles away from some stuff that may or may not be happening. And he also ‘took showers’. How many minutes are we from a ‘Ronaldo comes clean’ headline?

 

Manchester United > Manchester City
Obviously the news that qualifies as a ‘Man Utd transfer wish’ is that Manchester United have agreed a deal with Barcelona for De Jong, though celebrations about that signing should possibly wait until the Dutchman decides he actually wants to come. He seems reluctant.

But the Manchester Evening News are not holding back and by God, do they have an angle…

‘Manchester United have done what Pep Guardiola and Man City couldn’t with Frenkie de Jong’

Yes, never mind the 35-point gap between the two teams last season. Never mind the five Premier League titles won since United last claimed one. They are still a bigger club than Manchester City because they managed to agree a fee for De Jong where Manchester City failed (three-and-a-half years ago).

‘With De Jong now on his way to Old Trafford, they’ll finally get their wish. And in the process, United have succeeded where Manchester City failed three years ago.

‘Back in January 2019, the Blues were keen to sign De Jong, with the Dutchman impressing in Ajax’s stunning Champions League run. There was, however, plenty of interest, and the moment Barcelona weighed in with a mammoth offer for both club and player, City were blown out of the water.’

We think that last bit might be important. City were ‘blown out of the water’ because Barcelona also wanted De Jong. Now, Barcelona are utterly desperate to sell De Jong and nobody but Manchester United are seriously interested. City lost in a three-horse race against a thoroughbred and United are tripping over their own hooves and they are the only nag on the course.

 

Can you hear the drums, Lisandro?
Mediawatch sometimes finds itself watching those videos of hipsters in shorts jumping off bridges, but no leap watched on an insomniac’s phone is as grand as this one performed by the Mirror website’s Jonty Colman, who read that Manchester United were now looking for a versatile attacker and landed here:

‘Arsenal given free run to complete Lisandro Martinez transfer after Man Utd agreement’

Because it seems that Manchester United wanting a versatile attacker means they cannot possibly want Martinez (even though they have actively pursued him already this summer, but that’s no longer relevant), thus leaving Arsenal to sign him. Which must be a blessed relief after they seemingly missed out on Raphinha.

There is some hella logic at play here:

‘But the addition of Malacia would seem to indicate a move for Martinez is highly unlikely. Martinez is a left-sided player known to be on the small side for a centre-back and pairing him with 5ft6 Malacia would make little sense. With a versatile forward now understood to be the priority and Malacia nearing a move, it appears highly unlikely United will continue to compete with Arsenal for Martinez.’

Get the shirt, Arsenal fans. Thankfully, Kieran Tierney is a frigging giant.

 

Prepare to tale
Elsewhere, ‘Man Utd ‘prepared for Scott McTominay offers’ after Erik ten Hag decides his stance’.

Call us old-fashioned, but what are you actually quoting there with your actual quote marks?

Not the source because The Times write only that ‘United will resist any offers for Scott McTominay as Ten Hag sees him as a pivotal player. It is believed that Newcastle United, along with another Premier League club, made tentative inquiries about McTominay’s availability earlier in the transfer window. The 25-year-old, who has three years left on his contract, is determined to be part of the rebuilding process that is being undertaken by Ten Hag.’

So who the f*** is ‘prepared’ here? Just the Mirror for juicy clicks.

 

Getting shirty
Mediawatch is still reeling from the fact that this was not quite enough to convince Darwin Nunez to join Manchester United…

‘Erik ten Hag could hand Darwin Nunez dream Manchester United shirt number with transfer decision’

Or Jurrien Timber…

‘Erik ten Hag could hand Jurrien Timber ideal Man United shirt number with transfer decisions’

Or Christopher Nkunku…

‘Erik ten Hag could hand Christopher Nkunku ideal shirt number if Man United complete transfer’

Or David Carmo…

‘Erik ten Hag could hand David Carmo dream Manchester United shirt number with transfer decision’

But the Manchester Evening News are undeterred so here we go again…

‘Erik ten Hag can hand Tyrell Malacia ideal shirt number with Manchester United transfer decision’

If by ‘ideal’, you mean the number he ditched literally the second he could when Ridgeciano Haps left Feyenoord, giving him an upgrade from his number 15 to 5. That ideal number?

Mediawatch suspects that if he joins Manchester United it will be because the only alternative was Lyon, and not because Andreas Perreira might soon vacate the coveted number 15 shirt.

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