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“Man Utd have become conservative in the transfer market”
Manchester United’s days of breaking transfer records are over. At least for now, according to the Sunday Mirror’s David Walker, who believes that the club’s ambitions in the transfer market have been tempered by frugality.
“If you look down the Sir Alex Ferguson years, when it came to a record signing for a British defender it was Gary Pallister, it then became Rio Ferdinand, who is still the record. If you look at the deal for Roy Keane, that was a British record [too]. [And] Ferguson would have paid the record transfer for Alan Shearer.”
Journalist and author Ian Ridley agrees and feels that breaking transfer records was once something Man Utd used to revel in. ”It was a badge of honour. And [former chairman] Martin Edwards always used to say ‘we’re not frightened, we’ll break the transfer record’.”
While David understands Sir Alex’s unwillingness to pay exorbitant transfer fees he believes it means the club is no longer targeting the top players. ”It’s fine Alex going ‘we’re going to draw a line’ [over transfer fees] but it almost seems to me that they’ve become conservative in the way that they deal with the market.”
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