Competition Time

We all love free stuff right? Course we do! So here is a fantastic competition that is sure to excite you.

If like us you have spent many an hour in front of LMA Manager, Championship Manager or Football Manager you will know the feeling and emotional roller coaster that comes with playing those games. Well author Chris Darwen has taken that one step further and written a diary based around his fictional manager Johnny Cooper, all based on his experience of Championship Manager. In celebration of his forthcoming second book “Johnny Cooper, Championship Manager: The Second Season Syndrome (according to Champ Man)”, he is giving people the chance to win a signed paperback of his debut ” Johnny Cooper, Championship Manager: The Story of Mansfield Town FC 99/00 (according to Championship Manager)”.

All you have to do is email; johnnycooper@chrisdarwen.com with the answer to the following question:
Who ends the 99/00 season as Johnny Coopers top scorer?
The competition ends on Friday October 3rd and the winner will be announced afterwards.

You can purchase a copy of “Johnny Coper, Championship Manager: The Story of Mansfield Town 99/00 (according to Championship. Manager) from here.
Good Luck

Ry

5 Reasons Why……. This Transfer Window was the best for a while.

Continuing our look at 5 reasons why…..
Our 5 today comes from SiRZ owner Ryan and he explains why the last transfer window was the best one for the Premier League in a long while.

1/ We had top quality players coming in

The first reason this window was better than any other was the simple fact we had quality players join the ranks of the Premier League. Di Maria, Falcao, Diego Costa, Sanchez, Mangala, Cabella & returns for Balotelli & Fabregas all go to show that despite recent claims, the Premier League is where all the top players want to ply their trade. Infact of the top 3 World Players of the Year only one hasn’t graced the League and that’s Messi, who it would take a lot to persuade him away from his beloved Barcelona.

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Diego Costa has adapted well to the Premier League.

2/ The Premier League now has the 3 most natural strikers in the game today.

It already had one in Sergio Aguero. But now with Diego Costa and Falcao joining Chelsea and. Manchester United respectively, we have the three top goal scorers who will hopefully lead their forward lines and continue to build on their own personal reputations. Certainly with Diego Costa already looking settled in front of the Chelsea creative machine he looks like he could be the missing part of their puzzle. Also with Liverpool acquiring Balotelli and Welbeck moving to Arsenal, those two will be worth keeping eyes on as they have have a natural ability to find the back of the net when played down the middle.

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Aguero carries the weight of the City fans on his shoulders in what they hope will be a title winning year.

3/ Liverpool got rid of their albatross.

Come on I did well to get three without mentioning the obvious. Luis Suarez has finally got his gnashers out of Anfield and although now FIFA got bitch slapped down by CAS they could have got a bit more for him, I think every Liverpool fan will be happy that he and the circus his actions attract has finally departed. He had some excellent solo match winning performances for Liverpool but often his actions were overshadowed by his cannibal routine, now hopefully every football fan will sit and enjoy the smooth counter attacking football Liverpool play and if not there’s still Mario who can cause us some amusement.

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Its the guy banned from football playing for his new team that was banned from signing players!

4/ Some English players got some great moves.

Micah Richards must have been fucking annoyed being at Manchester City, A product of their youth academy and once thought to be the next big defender for club and country and rightly so. He found himself marginalised and under utilised by City and despite a few injury concerns never got the game time he deserved. Now with a loan move to Fiorentina he should hopefully get a lot more time on the pitch and show City where they fucked up. Another good move was for Danny Welbeck aka Dat Guy, his desire to play and his bulldog chasing the ball mentality often meant he was played out of position at Manchester United so never lived up to the hype surrounding him. Hopefully Arsene Wenger will play him down the middle and let Dat Guy score a him 10 or so goals this year, my only concern with that is Arsenal still don’t have a guaranteed 20 goal a season scorer which the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea all posses. Elsewhere Thomas Ince made a clever move to Hull who have altered their play in the last two seasons to utilise wide men. Ashley Cole finally fucked off although unfortunately it was only to Italy, but it means we don’t have to watch him on a weekly basis unless we choose to. Frank Lampard proved he still needed to improve his bank balance to single handily keep Greggs afloat with a move first to the MLS and then to Manchester City on loan. and Manchester United finally cut their losses on “The Next Paul Scholes” Tom Cleverley and allowed him to join Villa on loan until his contract expires in the summer.

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Thomas Ince should settle right in under Steve Bruces watchful eye.

5/ Transfer Deadline Day was brilliant as always.

Jim White, Purple Dildos, Fuck Her Right In the Pussy chants, Jason Bent doing an Odemwingie, Fans turning up at other teams grounds and ‘Arry blanking an interview in the car I love he randomness of Deadline Day, roll on January!

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Evertons new signing is a massive one.

Agree or Disagree? Get in touch the normal ways on social media or commenting on the article we read them all.

Ry

World Cup 2014

So here we are, only a few hours away from the biggest event on the footballing calendar.

After all the hype, scandal, deaths and protests lets hope that Brazil 2014 doesn’t disappoint. But who are some of the teams and players a few members of our writing team think could catch the eye. I will also provide a few players and teams that shouldn’t be written off.

Adam Dell Boy
Winner: Brazil
Player of the Tournament: Neymar
Potential Shock Exit: Portugal

Pete
Winner: Brazil
Player of the Tournament: David Silva
Potential Shock Exit: Italy

Ryan
Winner:Brazil. Although Netherlands would be a good left field bet and Belgium could make it to the semis
Player of the Tournament: Toni Kroos
Potential Shock Exit: England, sorry. Although if Ronaldo doesn’t drive Portugal as he has done on many occasions they could be out at the group stage.

As well as the players highlighted I think Arturo Vidal could continue to build on his fantastic domestic season and help Chile provide a tough test for Spain and the Netherlands. All eyes will be on Neymar and as he showed in the Confederations Cup, he can handle the weight of a nation in an international tournament, but can he handle it on the biggest stage? Romelu Lukaku will be licking his lips and hoping he can win his fitness race before Belgium’s opener against Algeria on Tuesday. This tournament could put him right in the shop window, especially if Mourinho is in a selling mood, also keep an eye out for fellow countryman Axel Witsel who has sparked time and time again at domestic level. Let’s hope it’s Brazil 2014 where he catches fires.

As for teams I’ve already said Belgium and Netherlands are both good “outside” bets for getting far in the tournament and perhaps in Netherlands case winning but who else do I think can do a job? Well one team would be USA, managed by Jurgen Klinsmann and a team that plays a patient game and looks to hit teams on the break, they could prove a real test for all the other teams in perhaps what could be the hardest off all the groups.
The other team to watch is Russia. Built on typical stoic soviet defensive techniques and managed by Fabio Capello who despite his lack of personality is a tactical genius and builds his teams to be fantastic on the basics of the game.

So that’s who we think could be lighting up your TV in the next few weeks but what’s your opinion?

Ry

Moyes: The Postmortem

So after all the hype and fanfare surrounding David Moyes arrival at Manchester United it’s now over, ending in whispers and rumours until this morning when it was announced in a short statement.

So what can be made of the Scotsmans short tenure? Well it was a shambles from start to finish. He wasn’t even in the top 3 of successors United fans wanted when Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement so was always going to face an uphill task but he didn’t exactly make things easy for himself. Then in terms of his decision to go against Sir Alex’s advice to keep his back room staff and appoint his own he was also making a rod for his own back, after all the back room staff have played a big part in the success Manchester United had enjoyed in the last 20 years so to clear them all out showed naivety.

Moyes’s first transfer window was a disaster, bringing in Fellaini and not starting to trim the squad down to help mould it in his own vision. He showed no planning in his transfer activity. Manchester United have been crying out for investment for a few years in the midfield, they have been missing the midfield general who is willing to put his foot into the opposition and grab a hold of the game. Likewise the defence needed to be upgraded with 3 of the first choice back 4 out of contract in the summer, last summer would have been the perfect opportunity to bring in Garay or Thiago Silva but no movement came on this. They should have trimmed squad and the likes of Nani, Anderson, Cleverley & Fabio should have gone then. Now as we come to the end of the season no one knows if Ferdinand or Evra will be at the club next year and we know for a fact that Vidic (who would have been the only one of the 3 I would have retained as a member of the playing staff) is off to Inter.

Moyes’s tactics as well were sometimes baffling and you sometimes got the feeling he didn’t know who the best team to put out or where to play them. In what turned out to be his last game in charge against Everton it showed all sorts of issues that have been present all year. Yes United had a lot of possession but with no penetration what so ever, it’s no wonder Rooney was dropping further and further for a touch of the ball because there was nothing coming to him. His substitutions were predictable and forced after he picked the wrong team to play against an Everton team who must have eyes on United’s Champions League place. Other games his idea of get it wide and lump it in to the box early showed a real lack of ideas, with the likes of Mata, Rooney, van Persie, Kagawa & Januzaj on the pitch in any combination there is more than enough talent to carve teams open but they just didn’t ever play to those strengths.

Now we look back and say Moyes always was going on about this being a transitional season but maybe with the right appointment maybe he will proved to be right,but just without him at the helm. You now have to look at the potential people to come in and see what quality of players they can bring into the club.
We have no sympathy for him however as he always looked out of his depth in the Old Trafford hot seat and never seemed to resolve some of the problems that were left by Sir Alex and his ageing squad, as for his future there’s a noises that he may reappear at Spurs or Newcastle and we wish him all the best.

Ry

Adebayor: ….. To Be Loved

In the first 8 games of the season Tottenham Hotspur where winning all sorts of plaudits for their attacking play, with the focus coming on the emergence of Andros Townsend as well as the additions in the summer of Eriksen, Chadli, Lamela & Soldado. In amongst this time of great form their was a man forgotten, Emmanuel Adebayor. Banished to train with the youth team by then manager Andre Villas-Boas after returning late from his own brothers funeral and seemingly looking on his way out of the door.

Then Villas-Boas was discarded by Spurs after their form took a dip and AVBs negative tactics proved to much for the very loyal White Hart Lane crowd to stomach, and under rookie manager Tim Sherwood the man from Togo seems to have found a new lease of life.

Adebayor has always been a mercurial talent, from his tumultuous time at Arsenal where too often he showed glimpses of a player of special talent. To his largely forgettable time at Manchester City, although he will forever be a legend in my eyes for his pitch long run to celebrate his goal in front of the Arsenal fans. Then via Real Madrid he ended up at Spurs. Once again his first season showed how good much of a poacher the man is netting 18 goals and ending as their top scorer. Last season however Adebayor was everything his critics lambast him for: wasteful, lazy and seemingly at times disinterested and he only returned 5 goals, a figure he has already gone past this term.

So where exactly does Adebayor fit in in the criteria for a top striker? Well the answer to this lies in the fact which Adebayor turns up. On his day he has the perfect balance of speed and strength that all strikers need (a brilliant example of this was his goal against Everton a few weeks ago), he can also hold up the play well for midfielders coming from attacking roles. He posses a good eye for finding the net and has one of the hardest shots in the league. These are all his good traits so what about his bad ones? Well as we have already said he can often float through games seemingly disinterested, he is a forward so can’t tackle at all (see his red card in the North London Derby last season),he will certainly not track 40/50 yards with a player although as we mentioned he can’t tackle so maybe that’s a good thing and finally he has a one season syndrome about him, whereby he plays out of his skin for a year and then doesn’t really get off the ground for the rest of his time at that club. It’s something that can be tracked through his career and Sherwood must be hoping it doesn’t happen anytime soon with just Adebayor and Roberto Soldado (who doesn’t look likely to score anytime soon) as their only recognised strikers after Defoe goes to Toronto he needs both scoring.

Ryan

Fulham FC: Clueless & in Crisis

Now we will level with you first up, today’s artisan meant to be about Spurs striker Adebayor but last nights news prompted us to change the plan. It emerged last night that after just 75 days as head coach of Fulham, former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen had been replaced by Felix Magath.

That’s right you read correctly 75 days! It’s almost like a celebrity relationship how quickly it had come and gone. Having been brought in initially to assist Martin Jol who he then replaced as head coach on November 1st. Since then he has seen his team flatter to deceive, sell it’s most dangerous striker, the return of a prodigal son in Clint Dempsey,Crash out of the FA Cup and become the latest team to leave Old Trafford with something. It has been quite eventful although you have to question why the sacking has come now? As it stands Fulham are 4 points away from safety and playing some grinding football and the way this season has been going they could have ended up mid table under Meulensteen and still might under Magath but we are not one who likes seeing managers being chopped and changed.

The timing comes as a shock as well as Meulensteen has invested in the squad in January, bringing in the hard working Lewis Holtby & Johnny Heitinga to add more of a backbone to the team, as well as the Greek monster Mitroglou to replace Dimitar Berbatov who went to Monaco and also 3 youngsters in Kvist, Tunnicliffe & Cole. It seemed Meulensteen was starting to mould the squad to his own design and the owner was happy to fund that. Now Magath will have to work with what he has been left with and no time to bring in his own men.

With Fulhams next 4 fixtures looking ominous as well Magath really is being given a baptism of fire with 2 of the fixtures being against clubs that are close to them in the league and the other 2 against Newcastle & Chelsea you have to believe that Magath has an uphill task to try and motivate the players for the final half of the season. As for Meulensteen he joins the names of Kidd & Quieroz as ex Manchester United assistants who didn’t make the grade as managers, also it’s worth noting that he hasn’t left the club and has been told he can only leave of he resign. All a bit bizarre if you ask us.

Ryan

Leeds United: More of a family than a fan base.

On the last day of the January transfer window all eyes are normally focusing on the English footballs main players and who they are going to sign. This year the focus of every footballing fan was on Leeds United as a bizarre evening unfolded, and even at the time of writing is still unclear as to what is going on.

Leeds United’s captain Ross McCormack had been the subject of interest from a few Premier League clubs during the window after catching the eye with 21 goals in 28 league games this year. McCormack had only been made captain of Leeds during the middle of January so offers were unlikely to succeed unless they came in well over his market rate (£5 million was banded around for the Scotsman) but never the less in the early evening he put a statement out stating: “I am really happy at Leeds and look forward to staying at the club, I’m club captain and I look forward to continue playing at the club under Brian McDermott for the rest of the season.” Which seemed all well and good until around 8pm Leeds out a statement of their own, not to announce McCormack’s departure but the departure of manager Brian McDermott who was a popular figure amongst the players and fans alike. Within half an hour McCormack was on the phone to the Sky Sports News team voicing his displeasure at the dismissal.

McCormack was still a Leeds player come the end of the window and everyone thought that was that for the drama, until Saturday afternoon when Leeds announced (after their game against local rivals Huddersfield) that McDermott was still Leeds manager. It appears that a group who are in the process of a 75% takeover of Leeds United had dismissed McDermott despite the fact they don’t own the club yet. McDermott returned to his post on Monday morning and faced the media stating that he still wanted to be the clubs manager.

So with McDermott reinstalled and a buyer lined up all looks rosy for the Leeds? Well not quite the new prospective owner a mr Massimo Cellino still has to pass a Football League fit & proper persons test which may be an issue as he has 2 previous fraud convictions and is under investigation for embezzlement of a stadium his other club Cagliari were using in their nomadic search for a new home. Mr Cellino seems to have a bit of a maverick streak on him, he refuses to play on the 17th as he believes it’s bad luck, and once asked fans to turn up to a game that was supposed to be behind closed doors to get it abandoned. Will Cellinos antics go down well with the Leeds fans who are notoriously vociferous of anyone who doesn’t do the best for the club they hold so dear, In fact you could say Leeds are probably one of the best supported clubs in the country and certainly the most followed outside of the Premier League. So no I doubt they will stand for any messing about by anyone let alone someone who already has their back up before taking the reigns.

There may be some light on the horizon though as a consortium of past failed bidders for the club have come in and promised to match what Cellino has offered and would probably hold the clubs interest closer to their heart than Cellino who seems to be in it purely for the money.

As a Manchester United fan I sincerely hope Leeds get sorted out in the near future and they return to the top table of English Football sooner rather than later, if for nothing more than their fans.

As usual let us know your thoughts on Twitter & Facebook.

Ryan.

West Ham: Relegation Candidates

West Ham United currently sit 18th in the Barclays Premier League and are only one point away from climbing out of the relegation zone, the only problem with this is that so are the other 2 clubs behind them and both Cardiff & Sunderland are posing a more attacking threat, and even if West Ham did claim the point that would take them above Fulham they would still be 2 behind Stoke. Now the gap between 20th place Cardiff City & 10th place Swansea which shows the up and down nature of this season thus far.

Big Sam has a massive task ahead of him as West Ham have only scored 4 goals in January whilst being on the end of a massive 6-0 thumping by Manchester City (which is nothing to be worried about as City have played some brilliant football this season) and a 5-0 humbling in the FA Cup by Nottingham Forrest meaning that they conceded 21. So what have been West Hams problems? And how do they sort them? Well you have to point to the obvious lack of Goals. Their top scorer in the league is Carlton Cole with a lowly 5, this is the same striker who didn’t have a future with the club at the end of last season and was hastily re-signed when an injury occurred to record signing Andy Carroll. The Hammers would have expected more from Kevin Nolan as well, whose physical presence as always caused defences around the premiership problems but it seems the former Bolton front man has had issues off the pitch which have affected his performances and has also seen him dismissed twice this season. Nolan, along with the now fit Carroll, Joe Cole & Mark Noble all need to lift themselves and the team by at least 50% if West Ham are to stand a chance of staying up.

Two new recruits in the shape of Marco Borriello & Antonio Nocerino may also help to keep West Ham up but without some serious money spent on their defence in the last few days on the window it may all be in vain. Stuart Downing is another who needs to look at his performances this season as he simply hasn’t been good enough, this was a lad who before his move to Liverpool was one of the hottest properties in English football but he struggled at Anfield and his confidence has never recovered. Ravel Morrison started the season like a man possessed but has faded away once the spotlight was shone in his direction, a theme that’s prevalent throughout his short career to this point. James Tomkins is another baffling case. He is a product of the fabulous academy system there but he has been highlighted more than for his fights in nightclubs than the talent he has.

If we are honest in the pre season predictions we didn’t see West Ham involved in a relegation battle but unless things change at Upton Park it’s a very real possibility.

Ryan

Toronto FC: Could they be the next MLS Bloody Big Deal?

Toronto FC was formed in October 2005. Since then, despite showing a lot of promise in the Canadian Championship and winning it four times, TFC has shown little in the CONCACAF Champions League (getting into the group stages twice and semifinals once) and even less in MLS (never qualified for the playoffs).

By the end of the 2013 season, fans were becoming restless, not only by the lack of trophies but also lack of quality in the team which produced mediocre football and less and less fans were showing up to the games. Management knew that if they wanted to reach their goal of making Football (Soccer) a big sport in Canada, together with Hockey, Baseball and Basketball, change was required. That’s when they bring in Mr. Tim Leiweke whose main job is to give TFC a lift and capacity to compete in all the competitions they enter. To everyone’s relief, he didn’t waste time to get things going.

It’s a bloody big deal. Those were the words on all the Toronto FC fans’ lips on January 13 2014. 11 a.m ET and TFC was about to make one of the most anticipated unveiling of players in its short history. Speculations have been raging about TFC making a few high profile signings during this off season but to all the fans, one signing in particular was the center of attention. Jermain Colin Defoe.

There are not a lot of Football fans who do not know Jermain Defoe. He started his career at West Ham United and had two (2) spells at the heart of Tottenham Hotspur’s attack since 2004, with a move to Portsmouth during the 2008-2009 season sandwiched in between. Over the course of his career, he has shown that he has the capacity of taking his chances at goal. He is currently the highest goalscorer in European competitions for Spurs and also holds the EPL record for most goals scored when coming on as a substitute. Defoe is exactly the kind of player that TFC needed, someone with a proven scoring record and also, due to his experience at European and International level, has the ability to nurture the upcoming young players.

Now, as we all know, one man can make a team better but that’s not enough. That’s why on that exciting January 13th, TFC also presented Michael Sheehan Bradley to the Toronto FC family. He has played at several clubs in Europe, most recently at Aston Villa, Chievo and Roma. Bradley made his first international appearance for the US in 2007 and has since been a vital element. He is a high energy kind of midfielder who is also capable of looking for the killer pass and put in a few goals of his own. At only 26 years old, he is in his prime years and is also a player for the future.
With these two major signings, TFC seems to be heading the right way and hopefully will be firing on all fronts once the 2014 season starts. Only hiccup is that they are still to prove that they have enough quality at the back but as the saying goes ‘the best defense is a good offense’.

Jade.

Let us know your thoughts.

David Moyes – Stuck between a rock & a hard place.

” I’d also like to remind you that we’ve had bad times here. The club stood by me, all my staff stood by me, the players stood by me. So your job now is to stand by our new manager, that is important”

The words above were said by Sir Alex Ferguson on his last home match in his long and illustrious career. And after reading our Twitter timeline in the last few days many a Manchester United fan would do well to remember them and get behind the man Sir Alex chose as his replacement David Moyes.

In his first 6 months in charge of Manchester United, Moyes has had a few highs but in the eyes of most fans more downs, in all fairness to him though he was always in a slightly losing battle unless he came into the club and announced he was signing Messi & Ronaldo in exchange for Tom Cleverley and Anderson. Also let’s not forget he is also working under a Chief Executive who is new to the club as well and eager to make a good impression.

So after defeats to Spurs, Sunderland & the early exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Swansea what could Moyes do to turn it around?

    Squad

      The current squad is the same squad which won the league last year so is it a case of them not performing well, losing their edge or poor selection by the manager?
      When you look at the squad you look at some of the players who are backup players and you have to think that some of them are not good enough. Anderson, Fabio & Nani all spring to mind as “dead weight.” it’s disappointing in the case of Fabio who when you look at the progress made by his brother Rafael should have been looking to kick on although it’s worth noting Fabio couldn’t force his way into the QPR team that was relegated last season. Then there is the likes of Cleverley, Valencia & Young all of whom feature regularly in the Manchester United line up but never impact the game as much as their talent dictates, Moyes needs to be tough with them and say “shape up or ship out”

      There are a few fringe players who would also benefit from a bit more game time, the likes of Büttner who is a left back with a decent amount of pace and a ferocious shot on him. With Evra advancing in years and also rumblings of him wanting to return to his native France for me Büttner would be a more than capable replacement. Jesse Lingard is just back from a lightning loan spell in the Midlands and has staked a claim for the matchday squads, indeed he was an unused substitute in the home victory against Swansea this past weekend and hopefully he gets a look in because as Birmingham City fans will tell you he makes daring late runs in to the box and finds space. Nick Powell is currently out on loan and is another who is getting rave reviews, with talk of Moyes recalling him to send him back out on loan to a Premier League team it seems silly, let’s see if the lad is Old Trafford material, same with Zaha. If someone asked me who would be my future a United midfield would be at the moment I would say Zaha,Powell, Lingard & Januzaj.

        Transfers

          There has been talk of a “£200m war chest” but I can’t see Moyes spending all that in January, especially with the potential risks involving January transfers taking a while to bed in. A lot of the talk is centred around this apparent gaping hole in the center of Manchester United’s defence and whilst the first choice of Vidic & Ferdinand may be creaking a bit and in the formers case rumours of him wanting him to leave the club, there is more than enough decent cover already contained within in the 25 man squad with the likes of Evans, Smalling, Jones & Michael Keane all possessing great talent and potential.

          An area United may look to strengthen this window is the forwards, with Rooney & van Persie having an injury hit season and also murmurs of them eyeing the exit it may be time for United to bite the bullet and hit Diego Costas rumoured £32m release clause and get him in tone squad, yes he wouldn’t be eligible for UCL but United have to concentrate on their league campaign to make sure they are in the competition again next season. Another forward they could move for would be Jeremy Menez of PSG, out of contract in the summer he is a player who they would save on the transfer fee so could afford to offer him a bit more. Menez is a great player to tuck in behind the main striker owing to his reading of the game and overall movement and if Rooney or RVP do move on he could help Hernandez or Welbeck really kick on.

          Another area they realistically need to strengthen is the holding midfield role. The holding midfielder should provide you with a bit of meat in the tackle and also cover for the defence so in that respect Phil Jones would be your ideal man but with him constantly being switched from one position to another he isn’t getting the time to really master any. Arturo Vidal has been linked to United and would be a great addition to the squad, a midfielder in the same mould as Paul Scholes with a never ending reserve of energy and a ferocious and fiery temperament he may provide the engine room that United need. Another midfielder United could look at bringing in is Real Madrids Nuri Sahin. He didn’t really show his true potential when he was loaned to Liverpool last year although that may have been down to Rodgers playing him in a more attacking role than he played in his time at Dortmund, he also doesn’t seem to have settled in too well at Madrid where he has been sent out on loan from for nearly two seasons after some understated performances for them so he may be available for around £10m. Jonathon Dos Santos may be a purchase with one eye on the future, the Mexican seems to have fallen back down the pecking order at Barcelona despite some impressive performances at he start of the season.

          Fantasy purchases for me come in the form of Reus, Gündoğan and Bojan Krkic but to move for any of those in this window seems to run a risk of not giving the players enough time to settle and expecting them to hit the ground running which sometimes they don’t and it ruins their hype and the fans soon turn against them. Either way it seems any business will be done late on the window again but United fans may be hoping that it doesn’t turn into another Felliani.

          Give us your views in the usual way. By commenting on this or shouting at us on Twitter & Facebook

          Ryan