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Dear Mr Levy Challenge

STR has been put under pressure by an ABU Spurs’ forum to answer some United related questions for Spooky at the excellent Dear Mr Levy. Loads of questions which make for a great debate, like…

Will you be accepting Wayne ‘once a red always a red’ Rooney back with open arms or accepting that he’s royally mugged off the club and fans for a bumper pay packet always with that option to still move away?

What is it with City fans and their obsessions with getting tattoos of players they’ve not (and don’t) sign?

I’ve always scoffed at the irony of wearing the green & gold scarf then draping it around an AIG logo. It’s akin to Spurs fans during the dark days throwing their season tickets onto the pitch in disgust…on the final day of the season.

Does it get boring winning everything, you silverware-hugging show-off you?

Are you worried that you have VDS, Rio, Scholes, Giggs, Neville, Berbatov, Owen, Hargreaves etc to replace in the next 2-3 years but have (i) no cash and (ii) a lot fewer decent young players making it into the first team squad than historically?

Read in full: Part I and Part II

About Scott

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. gerkeo says:

    “Are you worried that you have VDS, Rio, Scholes, Giggs, Neville, Berbatov, Owen, Hargreaves etc to replace in the next 2-3 years but have (i) no cash and (ii) a lot fewer decent young players making it into the first team squad than historically?”

    not really when we can just buy any half decent spurs player to plug a gap cause they all want to leave to play for united according to micky carrick.

  2. Smudger says:

    Lol..The Spurs fan thingy abt throwing tickets was the funniest!!

  3. RobDiablo says:

    Good read, Scott; I enjoy these interviews spiced with a little banter. Nice of DML to return the favor.

  4. gerkeo says:

    Bale went to Spurs instead of United 3 years ago for £6mil, how much would we have to spend on hom now after considering how he has developed and factoring in his san siro hattrick? Could he be the successor to Giggsy?

  5. Spooky says:

    Carrick had it nailed on at the time. The culture of comfort at Spurs was a disease, emphasis on was. I’m not sure we’re quite there in terms of having top top class players who do not have their head turned by a club like United. In this day and age, no real shocker tbh. But we’ve turned the corner in many ways in that players do actually play for pride, play for the badge and for each other. Unlike when Carrick was about and had to put up with the egos and the unwritten rules.

    Spurs, glamour club on the slide we were, and everyone involved accepted it by pretending it wasn’t happening. Harry – of all the managers/coaches – has worked a minor miracle.

    Is it enough?

    If we finish top 4 – then I reckon we’ll sell only if we want to rather than sell because someone is throwing a sulk.

    So so vital for us that top 4 finish.

  6. DEVILisRED says:

    fanstatic read & alot of fun! totally enjoy it. cheers scott!

  7. gerkeo says:

    @Spooky: Good article, funny read. I think one of the biggest dangers is spurs holding onto their miracle worker ‘Arry the Wheeler Dealer. He’s put himself in prime position to replace capello and he’s always said how he wants the england job.
    As Scott said, Spurs have a decent squad with one of the sweetest midfields in the PL, i would be happy to see any one of Modric, VdV, Bale, Palacios in the united squad. Now they have a taste of the champs league they’ll want it consistently. If they dont get it a Spurs then they may look elsewhere.

  8. Spooky says:

    We’ll always be there or thereabouts, because, no matter the delusions or arguments, we’re big enough (not that big) to still attract and sign players like Moddle and Berba and vdV etc etc

    Problem we have is finding that extra bit of something to consolidate. Because if we do, then the next step is title challenge (lol, how funny is that when I type it out?). But it’s not to be scoffed at. We are in no position to do so at the moment. But if we finish 4th again this season, then next year, we’ll have to give it a go – it would be rude not to, and what with our steady financing we’d be able to pick one or two players that City decide are not worth £300K per week.

    Fine line. Because finishing 5th might mean sacrificing one or two or the players that we need to get 4th…and so that never-ending cycle of hope starts over again.

  9. Fred says:

    Let’s just hope Spurs can keep City where they belong: nowhere near the fucking Champions League.

  10. bettathedevilsweknow says:

    good interview and funny too! much prefer seeing spurs in top four than city (stating the obvious i know!) but play much better football and the look on the bitter fans faces at the end of last seasons ‘champ league spot battle’ was a screensaver moment! VDV was a steal and Bales on fire at mo (probably helped by Assou Ekkotou doin well at LB). opinions subject to change depending on saturday! :)

  11. ajopaul says:

    Excellent read.. both bloggers were top notch..

  12. ajopaul says:

    Bale is a good prospect..

  13. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    My answers.
    Will I except Rooney back as a true red. The answer is simply NO, hes a traitor and a dispicable cunt. If he scores for United Ill cheer BECAUSE UNITED scored a goal as its a team effort. If Im at the ground and Rooney celebrates then I turn my back on him. As far as Im concerned we should make the City fan with the Rooney tattoo happy. Please Sir Alex sell him come January.

    The City fans, how do explain them. Its a bit like trying to explain what going through the mind of a woman trying to park her car.

    The Green and Gold campaign in itself is totally pointless and although meant with admirable passion can’t and will never hurt the Glazers but more is an exercise of cutting your own nose off to spite your face. But i tip my hat to them.

    Yeah Im really bored winning trophies, i wish i was a liverpool fan. I can see the attraction of dreaming to win the eague everyyear only to be scuppered 10 minutes in. Why cant liverpool keep a clean sheet with Carragher at the back, beggers belief.

    Are we worried that United havent got, by historical terms, good youth coming through to replace the aging stars. NO, we have. Who anywhere was saying in 95 that we would almost replace an entire squad with the youngsters we had at the time, answer no one. Correct they had done well and won the youth cup etc but its no different to what our boys acchieved last year. We have excellent youth at OT and even though people seem to keep spouting on about how our young players arent that good they fail to notice there age. When Fletcher was young, everyone said he was shit. Fergie said that arguably he was better than Keane was at the same age, and Fletcher turned out ok. Now everyone is saying Andersson, Rafael and Fabio are shit. Rafael is arguably as good as Gary Neville was in 95, Fabio better than Phil Neville in 95, Anderson as good if not better than Butt was at that time. We have great strength, whats more those players have far more experience playing first team football and with winners than the youngsters of 95. Im not saying they’ll turn out better. No one knows the future, but they are well on the way to having the chance of being better.

  14. Costas says:

    Great Q & A. What was up with Berba and the squirrel, lol?

  15. berbatov9 says:

    @Costas…hahaha berba and squirrel nice picture though….

  16. RedScot says:

    Great read and good banter,both Spooky and our esteemed leader! lol
    Having read obviously the full article, very little I can comment on but and there is generally a but.

    Comments from the Spuds fans at the end.
    “This Scott sounds like a right prick to me”

    “Also Scott showed his complete lack of intellegence with his laughable answer to the illegal tapping up that Man U do every single”

    Nice to see this Spurs blog have 10 year old’s posting comments that are thought through and argue the point with reason.

  17. MUFC WL105 says:

    Maybe I’ve missed something, but how does Scott, or anyone else, know that there was a deal in place for Rooney to go to City?

  18. hammons says:

    class interview … it should be a very good match-up on saturday.

  19. paddy says:

    great read,spooky seems a knowledgable chappie.well done boys.

  20. Dazjoe says:

    Good crack, seems a decent blog that. Shame about some of the comments, especially the ” I hope Gary Neville dies” one. How much of a low life have you gotta be to wish death on a person? Even in jest?
    See if it’s still up for a laugh when we take Bale and Modric from them (fingers and toe’s crossed)

  21. orez says:

    Awesome stuff Scott as always

  22. Jeet says:

    This is one match I always look forward to…they actually try and play football, and I always make a show of liking spurs to wind up my Arse mates…LOL…lets hope we do the job on them…Berbagasmic winner, anybody?

  23. SteRDLK says:

    A mention of James Chester but no mention of Magnus Eirkrem? Are you on crack?


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