Vincent Ralph gives his take on the stories surrounding Manchester United in recent days.
This week Manchester United fans have read reports that claim Ander Herrera is leaving, Gareth Bale was offered more money to join United than Real Madrid and Radamel Falcao’s Old Trafford future rests on the next two months.
But let’s bring some common sense to proceedings…
Herrera’s going nowhere
Reports emanating from Spain regarding Herrera and his United future found their way into the English media this weekend. It was suggested the former Athletic Bilbao player could be on his way just a few months after joining for £28.85million.
The reason? Well, someone noted that Herrera was only on the bench for United’s last three matches and decided that was evidence enough to say Louis van Gaal had lost faith in him. Only it was conveniently forgotten that Herrera was recovering from a fractured rib and that when he had returned – prematurely – against West Bromwich Albion he had left the field at half-time as a precaution.
Given the circumstances it is no surprise van Gaal has given Herrera time to recover fully, especially when the Spaniard was one of United’s best players in the early weeks of the season. And yet here we were being told he was going to be sold for £19million – a figure seemingly plucked from the air to give some credence to a story that was a non-starter.
Stop talking about Bale!
Yes we know United tried to sign Gareth Bale. And now we know they offered slightly more money to the Welshman than Real Madrid. But the truth is the former Tottenham Hotspur winger had his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu since he was a boy and all this talk of United’s interest is boring and rather pointless.
The recent claims that he could be heading to Old Trafford a year later were an example of the rumour mill becoming a caricature of itself – crazy and fabricated rumours turned up to 11.
Bale is at Madrid. He is staying at Madrid. United never had a chance. Move on.
Reports this week have claimed United’s on-loan striker Radamel Falcao has two months to save his United career. Well pardon me, but isn’t he there for the season? So that would suggest he actually has around seven months to prove to van Gaal that he should be signed permanently next summer.
Much has been written about Falcao’s injury but he appears to be going about his recovery the right way and United have taken the pressure off him as he looks to build up match fitness.
With last season's injury, his subsequent World Cup absence and his shock loan move, it is no surprise he is not currently at his best. But there is every chance in the weeks ahead he can build up a head of steam and show United just what they signed for, well, nothing…apart from his astronomical wages of course.