Now We're Talking Football
Now We're Talking Football
Phil and Doron are joined by Andy Mitten of United We Stand to take a look at both the culture of Manchester United and that of Spanish football in this episode to examine the past, present and future for the club and how it is viewed within Spain through the eyes of supporters overseas and through the remarks of Barcelona playmaker Xavi himself. Loads here from Andy on the matter of sports journalism, how UWS looks for content and develops young writers to deliver more than traditional stories on Manchester United and how Andy sees the near term future for United as many rumours of a Ferguson retirement loom with little basis from the man himself. Andy also helps us gauge the new financial world under Glazer ownership and how United can now be outspent by the likes of super-rich clubs once unthought of years ago, compounded by the level of debt being serviced. Also in focus here is how Sir Alex might just be transforming United into perhaps his last great United team, and put into context how remaining competitive during this transition is something far more admired from afar than within the supporters themselves at times. We also examine the Shinji Kagawa signing and how his arrival may force some tactical shift in the way United will approach the new season, whether the transfer market will produce a new left back and central midfielder as well and whether statements by Nani of late do indicate that he might just be on the way out of Old Trafford this summer. We also touch on the Paul Pogba signing with Juventus and thoughts as to whether Sir Alex may take a look at a new number two, if not this off season, in seasons ahead and whether that could ultimately be the source of his eventual replacement once he decides to call it a career. Then we turn our attention to the Rio Ferdinand issue with the England national team to get underneath the issue of Football Reasons and whether Rio should have added to this squad based on the achievements and form over the last season. Also in focus is the potential of Danny Wellbeck who seemed to have delivered already, having found the confidence in this England side with his goal against Belgium in the warm up to the tournament. The first of several off-season checkpoints for Manchester United as the club continues to its transformation and to that end will continue to be linked to large numbers of profile players this summer.
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