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Fergie: FA Treat Us Differently

Following United’s 3-1 win over Chicago Fire, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about the FA singling our club out when it comes to

In recent years they have banned Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney for three league games following sending offs in a pre-season, banned Rooney for swearing and even charged Ferguson for praising a referee.

“I think sometimes there is an unfair focus on United on disciplinary issues,” said Ferguson. “It will always be there and I think we know that. I don’t really know whether it’s about me or the club, that’s a difficult one, but I think that [resentment] has got something to do with it. They’ve certainly always found a way to treat us differently. It has been happening for a while now and they always seem to find a way to do us when, with others, it’s seemingly forgotten. Personally, I felt hard done by last season. I defend my club, but that’s my job, yet part of the problem is that when I make comments, the media are onto the FA right away and there is no doubt about that. Then they feel forced to do something and they are afraid of what might happen if they don’t.”

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  1. BIGTONE says:

    Is it true that after a weird scientific experiment at carrington, half of darren fletcher got grafted to ando’s arse, and they’re still trying to reverse the proccess. Fair play to ando tho he’s still tryin to run around with that thing behind him!!

  2. StatesideAussie says:

    I haven’t read all the comments yet, but on the CM thing, I’ve always thought that SAF had a very short list of candidates and it would be one of them, or no-one. I could see him bringing the odd youngster in for “potential”, but for a “solution”, it would be one of a very select handful, or nothing. He was never going to pay top dollar for someone not on his list, just to make up numbers.

    Despite what he says, I don’t believe the Sneijder thing is done and dusted. I’ll believe that when Sneijder signs for a different club, or the transfer window closes with him still at Inter. I am not saying the deal *will* be done. I’m just saying that no-one should expect this deal to be conducted in public. The public statements may be an accurate of what’s happening, or they may not. We have no way to know.

    If we can’t get the A-list CM that so many of us want, no doubt the recriminations will start. Already there’s one poster here (mmbuh) freaking out about this. What the fuck? Do you not understand that these deals are complicated? They involve three separate parties having to reach agreement (which is always tough) over a whole host of issues. At a bare minimum, we have two managers/coaches two business executives (and almost certainly more) from each club, plus at least one lawyer and one abacus-twiddler on all three sides, an agent and the player. That’s 12 people right there who can directly influence the deal. On top of that, there’s possibly a player’s wife who might have her husband’s ear (and, depending on her own career, one or two of her own advisers), not to mention representatives of commercial sponsors for the clubs and player (in the case of Sneijder, the commercial sponsor is Nike for all three parties, but that might be different for other players).

    But apparently, some fans think all it takes is a couple of phone calls and a check.

  3. StatesideAussie says:

    I meant to add … so if SAF can’t get one of the guys on his shortlist, then of course he’ll proceed with what he’s already got. And I’ll back him on that — I’d rather go ahead that way, than throw good money at players he’s not convinced are worth it. Does it leave us thin? Maybe. But on the other hand, it also presents a wonderful opportunity for the younger players to step up and stake their claim. I’m confident we can win Number 20 — it isn’t a shoo-in, but then, it never is. It’s the PL, not La fucking Liga. I’m still hoping we will do a deal before the window closes. Sneijder, de Rossi, Bastian The Beast — someone of that caliber (all very different players, of course, but all A-list midfielders). But if we can’t, then get over it and move on.

  4. Zibbie says:

    @StatesideAussie good to see you state side again. Hope the walk about back home was as good as I think is was for ya mate.
    As always well said and agree with almost all your posts. Short List, check it once check it twice.

  5. buchan says:

    Buy Javi Martinez .

  6. willierednut says:

    We can’t buy Javi Martinez. He has a parking ticket on his record.

  7. smartalex says:

    Paul Scholes had a Police record. Reggatta de Blanc.

  8. StatesideAussie says:

    Goat and Wayne: I read your posts about Barton and I get what you’re saying but I still don’t think he’s right for us. Wayne raised the point about his upbringing, which was fair enough. The American travel writer PJ O’Rourke once said the only two countries he ever visited where public swearing, public fighting and public drunkenness were socially acceptable (if not actually required) were Ireland and Australia. (Of course, there are exceptions. Although I’m an Aussie, I am not a violent man myself — even if I do have a longing to punch that smug bastard Messi on the nose!)

    Goat, I always enjoy your posts, and there’s some merit to what you say. But the reason I disagree with you about Barton (apart from his age — he’ll be 29 just after the new season kicks off) is simply that I think he has a discipline problem. I don’t care where you grow up, who you are, or how good you are — if you sign on to a club (especially our club) you must find a way to control yourself. And for fuck’s sake, you’re paid enough to do it. If a player can’t or won’t, then I’ve got no time for him.

  9. StatesideAussie says:

    Cheers Zibbie, though I’ll confess I didn’t get the bit about “short list”.

  10. Zibbie says:

    SAF has a few targets if he can not get them he will play with the team he has. He does not sign a player just to sign a player. I meant shortlist.

    @stateside StatesideAussie says:
    I meant to add … so if SAF can’t get one of the guys on his shortlist, then of course he’ll proceed with what he’s already got

  11. Zibbie says:

    I’m new to the keyboard and have dyslexia as well, a bit of a 500 lbs Gorilla on my back. All good in the Red hood.

  12. StatesideAussie says:

    Zibbie, was that it? lol. Not often that posters pick on each other for grammar. In English-English, “shortlist” is a one-word compound as either a noun (” a list of the most suitable candidates for an office, post, etc, from which the successful candidate will be selected”) or a transitive verb (“to place someone on such a list”), and both the Shorter Oxford and Chamber’s dictionaries support that. In the US, the term is less common, and is usually two words: Webster’s New World and the New Oxford American dictionaries both include the compound form but prefer “short list”. But in both versions of English, it would need to be two words in a phrase such as “I’ve always thought that SAF had a very short list of candidates” where “short” is a simple adjective for the noun “list”.

    When I’m at work as a copy-editor, I follow US usage because my employer demands it. When I’m on here, I follow whatever the fuck I like.

  13. smartalex says:

    Shouldn’t pick on each other for grampa either.

    Unless you’re relatively unbearable.

  14. StatesideAussie says:

    smartalex … lol, Alex’s Theory of Unbearable Relativity.

  15. StatesideAussie says:

    I’m thinking of making a movie about a grammar pedant who foils a terrorist plot armed with nothing more than volume 4 of the Oxford English Dictionary and a copy of Fowler’s “The King’s English”, but who, despite his new-found fame, is forever unable to find happiness. It will be called The Unbearable Lightness of Being Right.

    Fuck I hate the off-season.

  16. smartalex says:

    The charge of the right brigade is like a red bull to a flagging bean counter.

  17. StatesideAussie says:

    smartalex … I can’t compete on puns, so I’ll resort to stealing other people’s quotes:

    “The term, then, is obviously a relative one: my pedantry is your scholarship, his reasonable accuracy, her irreducible minimum of education and someone else’s ignorance.” (Fowler)

    “This is the sort of pedantry up with which I will not put.” (Churchill)

  18. Zibbie says:

    LOL copy-editor’s worst night mare is Zibbie speek.

  19. smartalex says:

    Maladaptive perfectionism casts a binding spell, yet wen dey rite lyk dis no thawt escapes.

    There are excellent contributors with limited grammar, but none that are lazy.


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