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Arsenal, You Can Have Ramsey, We’ll Take Huntelaar

Much fuss was made of lifelong Manchester United fan, Aaron Ramsey, choosing to leave Cardiff for Arsenal, over a move to United. In the end, Arsene Wenger showed that he wanted the youngster more, putting in far more effort than Sir Alex Ferguson to secure the deal.

No doubt, the lad clearly has a lot of potential, however, the only football I’ve seen from him is his half hour cameo in this year’s dull FA Cup final. He looked good though and the fact that he’s had so many Premiership clubs after his signature certainly suggests he has ability.

However, we’re not going to be having too many sleepless nights over missing out on the teen, as thoughts of our league and European Cup double will be more than enough to keep us warm. Not only that, the fact that we’re looking likely to beat Arsenal to long term target Klaas Jan Huntelaar is something to celebrate. Ramsey who?

At the end of June, Huntelaar rejected Ajax’s latest contract offer, which resulted in countless rumours linking him away from the club.

Arsenal emerged as favourites to sign him, much to many United fans’ disappointment. He has been a player plenty of Premiership fans have been looking at for some time, taking note of his latest stats or video on YouTube. He seemed a bit too good to be true and everyone has been waiting for him to make the move away from Holland.

However, this week, the deal seems to be swinging in our favour, with Huntelaar admitting that he wants a move to United.

“I love clubs with great history like Ajax, I also love United,” he said last week. “It’s a club that makes me dream, especially as Ruud van Nistelrooy played there and did great things with them. I know certain English clubs are following me, like Manchester United, who are very interested in me.”

For the most part, United fans were excited to hear this revelation, already working out how we could fit him in to our squad.

Huntelaar’s representative, Arnold Oosterveer, has today moved to strengthen the likelihood that the player will be at Old Trafford next season, claiming that Huntelaar is interested in the transfer.

“For him, United is a club that is interesting, but unless a suitable club come in for him, he will be at Ajax next season,” he said. “We won’t speak to Ajax any more about a new contract because they wanted to put a new clause in it, but he has two years to go.”

The lad’s goalscoring record is incredible, averaging out at 35 goals per season over the past 6 seasons.

So Arsenal beat us to Ramsey, but given a choice between the two, both sets of fans could admit Huntelaar is the one we all want… and this time, the player we’re fighting over wants to play for us!

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Tom F says:

    Sorry, I spelt Norwegian wrong. I am stoopid.

  2. scoop says:


    “wenger doesnt need to buy stars he makes them”

    Aye and then sells them on Ferguson makes stars keeps them and has 10 prem leagues, 2 Champions leagues and 5 FA Cups to show for it. Not going to mention the rest point made!

  3. there's only one team in london says:

    i’m struggling to see how you can compare the two, if it’s simply a “haha in your face he signed for us” between the two clubs you’re not gonna find it here, arsenal have made no attempt to sign huntelaar, whilst ramsey did actually choose arsenal over united, and just because he’s stalling on a new contract it doesn’t mean you’ll snap him up, barca need a new forward….and the big spanish teams are clearly more appealing than manchester united

    just ask your golden child number 7

  4. thenry says:

    TomF i think you will find that Man utd`s paymenst are not fully covered, it currently costs MAN utd 60 million a year in inetrest payments annually. the galzers have taken on penal hedge fund loans that will from next year cost a staggering 18% a year and are on a rising scale untill loans are paid off. you also still owe money for the tarnsfers of the last 4 years to the tune of 60 million but those are not on the balance sheet as the repayments are not complete.

    your debts are 700 million with your ground being owned by jp morgan and not the glazers.
    the galzers recently tried to issue a debt bond structure similar to Arsenals but there were no takers in the fianancial markets.
    we also have 2 cash rich billionaires as shareholders who are looking to take us over, unlike the galzers who are not cash rich and are having problems in their businesses in the USA.

    your days of buying players for big money are over cos the money men will not be able to sanction large amounts for transfers as the debt cover that banks require espeacilly in the current credit crunch climate is increasing annually.

    you man utd fans should not take your debt situation so lightly as it has the potential to derail your club for a few years if the galzers are forced to sell.

    Scotland Steve, as much as I dislike the fact that Manchester United (don’t know who the f–k Man U are) are owned by Americans, the debt re-payments are more than covered. It is nothing for us to worry about. The intrest is all covered.

  5. Tom F says:

    Theresonlyoneteaminlondon- why didn’t you just shorten your name to ‘Spurs’?

    I do not take the Glazers lightly, I like many hate the fact (like I pointed out) that they have dragged us into debt. However, the way things are going.. WE ARE COVERING the repayments. Which means, like any business who invests, it is going to plan.

    Hate the Glazers, but am not losing sleep.

  6. Tom F says:

    The message was to thenry btw.

  7. Buzz says:

    You seem to mention Ramsey in every one of your articles regarding Arsenal. I can only imagine how shitty it must’ve felt.


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