When Ronaldo did get his wish and sign for a world record £80m then you would have thought Madrid would be happy. Yes, they were extremely happy. However, United supporters must be very aggitated by the fact that one of their players always seems to be linked with Madrid. The latest of whom is defender Nemanja Vidic.
The ‘I’m coming to get you’ game from the Spanish club started with David Beckham, then Ruud van Nistelrooy, followed by Gabriel Heinze and then Cristiano Ronaldo. United will not like to be called a ‘feeder’ club to Madrid but it would not surprise you if that is a song the club’s fans sing about the Red Devils.
Madrid clearly think that United have had some great players, so they have always ended up chasing the ones they wanted succesfully. However, the opposite just does not happen. The four players who have left United for Madrid in the last seven years have been replaced by players who can probably match up to them. The attraction of Madrid is such that it seems a circus club. Some of the players who have gone there seem to have because they can say they have played for Real Madrid.
United could easily say that there has been no need to buy any of Madrid’s players because they are happy with who they have. Madrid have signed players at their peak or past it, in the case of van Nistelrooy, whereas United have plenty of youngsters and players who are getting better under the guidance of one of the greatest ever managers, Sir Alex Ferguson.
As well as having to see Madrid take players of United, the Manchester club lost out on the race to sign Sergio Canales. United were after the Racing Santander player for some time, but Madrid, like an eagle sensing prey, went in for the kill. Canales must have been lured in more easily, but curiously Madrid acted with real meaning after United were said to be interested in the player.
Amongst all the transfers that have seen United players go to Madrid, and taking in to consideration the attraction of the two clubs, you wonder if Ferguson is mystified as to why players are not knocking down the door at Old Trafford pleading to join the club. You can still be sure that there will not be one bit of jealousy inside the United manager.
The real comparison between the two clubs comes in the relationship between success and youth and transfer policy. Should there be continuity in the squad then there is more chance of winning silverware. Just witness the amount of trophies United have won since 2007, their first league title in four years, and how many Madrid have won.
It is irrelevant where a player comes from, or from which club he was signed from, but how he performs in that club’s shirt over a significant period of time.
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