Kagawa transfer proves Utd are still streets ahead of City

by Michael Somerville

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
 

One of the most interesting things about the summer spending period so far has been where the top teams have indicated where they want to strengthen.

It is obvious that Man Utd have needed to improve their midfield with the possible retirement of Darren Fletcher and doubts about Park Ji Sung pending and the rather rushed re-signing of the evergreen Paul Scholes.

Scholes almost won them the title last season but it’s clear that they’ve needed a more, shall we say, youthful midfielder to join their ranks.

Although Utd made no secret of their attempts to sign Belgium winger Eden Hazard, Sir Alex Ferguson has had an excellent back-up plan in the Dortmund maestro Shinji Kakawa who scored 13 goals and provided 8 assists in his first full season in the German Bundesliga in 31 games.

Comparing that to the 20 goals and 16 assists that Eden Hazard managed in Ligue 1 in 38 games and considering that the Bundesliga is held in higher regard than Ligue 1, you have two players with very similar quality.

Kagawa’s transfer makes complete sense for United. They don’t need another explosive player such as Hazard anyway. They have Nani, Rooney, Wellbeck and Valencia at their disposal whose pace and power terrified teams at the tail-end of last season.

United have wanted a nimble, David Silva esque player that can unlock a defence with a pinpoint pass. And now they have him, for a snip at £12m.

City are trying to improve their defence even though they had the best defensive record last season. Makes no sense to me.

United continue to spend within their means while City will create a team that have no loyalty to the club and will simply leave for a bigger pay-check elsewhere.

Very smart buy from United- over to you City.

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  • “D”

    Im not a man utd fan, but do agree with this article.
    Fergie is a better manager than Mancini anyday too!!

  • Paul

    “United continue to spend within their means while City will create a team that have no loyalty to the club and will simply leave for a bigger pay-check elsewhere.”

    What a load of nonsense! Clearly written by a united fan, remember when Rooney wanted more money ? and now Nani wants more money! Stop making stuff up

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