Today has been a day of news for United.
First of all - beloved keeper Edwin van der Sar has announced that this will be his last season at the club. He's thirty-eight and wants to go out on a good note, leaving after maintaining his number one spot at the club.
This will mean that we'll probably see a lot more of Ben Foster this season as he gets ready to step up as United's new number one in the 2010-2011 season.
Also today - it's complete! United have signed Antonio Valencia from Wigan!
Sky Sports is estimating that United may have spent in the area of £18 million for the twenty-three year old winger. Valencia says :
"Playing in front of 76,000 fans alongside players like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs will be an amazing experience. I can't wait to get started.''
Now - we all know this - he's no CR7. He won't make all of the goals and have all of the fancy footwork of Ronaldo but at the same time he'll probably be a better team player. He'll probably send more crosses Rooney's way to help him score. Send crosses Berba's way. He doesn't need to be the star. He won't put his hands on his hips and throw hissy fits. And most importantly - he desperately wants to be there. I doubt he'll become the biggest star of the club but I think he'll fit in well and get the job done.
He also might be sending crosses in the way of Karim Benzema - who is basically signed to United at this point according to Lyon teammate Miralem Pjanic. The quote at Sky Sports is:
"Benzema is nearly gone to Old Trafford."
I'm fine with that. I wanted him last summer. I wanted him instead of Berba. I think he'll do well at Old Trafford.
Carlos Tevez - who has left United - took a shot at SAF earlier today, claiming the boss made a big mistake by not putting him in the final in Roma. I would have liked to have seen him started but at this point I just think - that wasn't a classy move Carlos. I know the situation was hard. I think he could have started more. And yes - Sir Alex Ferguson does not take well to players' egos. And yes - you can't argue against Sir Alex Ferguson. But when it came down to it - Carlos didn't have the performance to warrant the starting spot in every match. If he wants to blame SAF and his ego - guess what, Sir Alex has earned his. He's earned the right to have all of the power he does. He makes good choices. As for not winning against Barca - you can't win them all. And it wasn't the lack of attacking forwards that caused the Barca debacle - try the midfield. I'd have started Darren Fletcher over Tevez in that match seven days of the week.
Tevez is losing the support of the United fans that loved him. He sounds arrogant and petulant. Instead of loudly lamenting his inability to command a spot in the starting 11 - he should be focusing on his new club. Does he think that he's really that important? Does he think he'll always start at Man City? Man City is already knee deep in strikers. Eight to be exact. In ESPN's Editor's Blog John Brewin writes:
Tevez will never be a Denis Law, forgiven for a crime against United while in a City shirt. For all his supposed connection with the Stretford End, they are now unlikely to greet him like a long lost brother.
The very words.
When I read what Carlos was saying today I just wanted to pull a little puppet Jose Mourinho from Special 1 TV and say, "Shut up Tevez."