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Fryers: I Rejected United Offer

After rejecting the contract off from Manchester United, it looked as though Ezekiel Fryers was set for a move to Tottenham Hotspur last summer. He trained with the London club throughout the summer, only for an agreement not to be found for a compensation package, with United reportedly asking for £4m whilst Spurs were only prepared to pay £2m. Whilst Fryers was out of contract, United were owed money as he had come through the ranks in our academy.

Fryers then joined Standard Liege after they had watched him for two years following an elite tournament where England and Belgium participated. He signed a two year deal with the Belgium club.

“United offered a three-year contract but I rejected the offer,” Fryers told FourFourTwo. “Spurs were interested but the fee [that United requested] was too much. Then Standard Liege arrived with a good opportunity for me to play regular games and get experience.”


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86 Comments

  1. Joner89 says:

    I don’t understand what you mean proverb? He always gets played on the wing doesn’t he? The start of his bad run in the team was when he lost the ball against Chelsea when we were 3-2 with a minute to go. We ended up losing AET and Fergie singled him out in the post match interview. I would consider him a senior player now, especially with the young team that played that game. He should have led by example and had the experience to keep the ball and see the game out. He has been injured since but that was when he first got dropped.

  2. Proverb says:

    DECEMBER 4, 2012 AT 10:02
    Joner89 says:
    “I don’t understand what you mean proverb? He
    always gets played on the wing doesn’t he? The
    start of his bad run in the team was when he
    lost the ball against Chelsea when we were 3-2
    with a minute to go. We ended up losing AET
    and Fergie singled him out in the post match
    interview. I would consider him a senior player
    now, especially with the young team that played
    that game. He should have led by example and
    had the experience to keep the ball and see the
    game out. He has been injured since but that
    was when he first got dropped.”

    I thought he played well in that game mate, he might have over did things but the goal we lost wasn’t his fault, singling him out for the loss was absolutely unnecessary, we still had a chance to defend it as he lost it upfield, its not like he gave it away in the penalty area
    We automatically had lost the match just after ando was withdrawn, we then created fuck all after nani had put us ahead

  3. Joner89 says:

    The link works for me so not sure why u can’t see it. The list I put up is from the link anyway ;) .

    On another note, if neither Giggs or Scholes play on Wednesday I fear that means they are being saved for City. Every time we have a Carrick/Fletcher + Scholes/Giggs CM combo we drop points. I’d love to see a stat of this to see if my theory is true or I’m talking shit! Either way we must play Cleverley. I would be tempted to have Rooney in midfield and RVP Hernandez upfront. But has anyone ever got Fergies selection right….

    Fair point about where he lost the ball, should still defend better. Maybe Fergie stirred it up to unsettle him so he could get rid? I just can’t see him going until we have a replacement.

  4. Proverb says:

    Yeah it does work mate but could see the list of player there after

  5. Proverb says:

    We must start fearing if they don’t feature in tomorrows CL match even though its not of much importance I hope youngsters get a chance.
    If they don’t play there’s a good chance they will take part in sundays match whether as impact subs or starters, that I can’t tell

  6. Proverb says:

    We must start fearing if they don’t feature in
    tomorrows CL match even though its not of
    much importance, I hope youngsters get a
    chance though.
    If they don’t play there’s a good chance they
    will take part in sundays match whether as
    impact subs or starters, that I can’t tell

  7. belfast red. says:

    @joner89 hopefully your right m8. Its obviously alot more than nani not being in the calendar. His total despondency when playing for us atm (when he got a game). He dosnt seem to care. Then the wage demands and the training ground bust up.. i realy hope its just the media stirring things tho,

  8. Joner89 says:

    @belfast red I didn’t hear about a training ground bust up? When did this happen? I think u are right it’s probably the media talking shite. Did u see Fergies glare of death when ESPN interviewed him after the reading game saying “why didn’t Rafael shake your hand when he got subbed?” I thought he was gona give her the Glasgow kiss haha! He despises the media meddling with the team and usually gives them fuck all to go on so they have to make stuff up.

  9. Proverb says:

    Psg and juventus two ‘top’ clubs are showing interest and there’s a likelihood they will offer more than he’s getting here

  10. Joner89 says:

    I’d that’s the case then do an Andy Carroll on PSG getting £35m and buy Bale. He is far too good for Tottenham now he will be moving on soon.

  11. Dave Malaysia says:

    Dear Fryers,

    Good to hear from u. Thanks for confirming what we understood to have happened in your case.

    No unexpected twists or turns.

    Just simply this:

    1) Your agent played a key role. Did u not change agents like pogba and morrision?
    Then all the talk of leaving and more money , first team football start?

    2) U were given opportunitys in the first team. U did well, talented but not quite ready.
    Do u remeber Welbeck and his brilliant debut and spectacular goal ?
    He unlike u, was willing to be guided by the Manager and staff
    Went out on loan , grew up ,improved and is now with the first team.

    He and Cleverly were willing to do the hardwork , like others before them and fight for a first team
    place.

    3) Did u think it was going to be easy to make it at United? We are not perfect but we work hard and usually do better than most at developing young people.

    There was Eckersly who did the same thing and spoke with conviction he was right in leaving.
    He is playing in the scandinavian league. Becos he cud not come out and say it, he was not going to make it into the first team.

    Then theres Eagles, stayed worked hard ,until it was clear he was not going to make it into the first team. The difference is he pushed to the end , he wud never have doubts or regrets in the future. He is now a key player for bolton wanderers.

    4) When u played for the first team, u were ok. U almost gave the game away. U dun beleive it?
    Go back and watch the tapes.

    5) U were not willing to work for it. U are from manchester and supposedly a United supporter.
    Yet u will always have the regret, If u are ever honest with your self.
    That u did not fight for your place, use what ever conveinient excuse u can find.

    I do know that United look for players that have Character and skill/ability. U clearly do not fit the bill.

    Good luck to you, May Manchester United Always be Free and Safe from u.

  12. Proverb says:

    Ho boy How the monkey looking kid has improved, him and valencia in both wings is a scary thought
    His price tag is way over the odds

  13. Joner89 says:

    Nice summary @Dave Malaysia hit the nail on the head several times there.

    @Proverb – he signed a new contract in the summer as well I think, yeah well is Modric was £30+ I can see Bale being £45-50, mental money.

  14. Proverb says:

    45m pounds? No thanks
    Its no like we’re short of winger, and despite his brilliance, an in form nani is a better player
    He usually goes missing in big games

  15. Dave Malaysia says:

    There is a process at United .

    When it works , Like for Evans,Tom,Welbeck and others before , they know the drill.

    Its incredible hard work to get into the first team. The more work to stay in the team .

    Guess what is required to stay as long as Scholes or Giggs?

    Do u not know the Gary Neville story?

    When u leave and have the balls to say u were good enough for the first team but the manager did not think u were ready, then u are a fuckwit.

    If u beleive your own hype and your agent , then please fuck off .

    Let me remind you of hugely talented players that have not had that sustained success in thier carreers,cos they did not take the road of hard work and honesty about themselves.

    There is a player called zaltan, many of u may have heard of. Incredibly talented but is he ever going to be as good as messi or ronaldo?

    No, arrogant bastard is like anelka, all the top clubs threw him out,mind u most of these clubs have lower standards on discipline.

    Only time will tell if these players will realise thier potential. But we are better off without them.

    United did everything we cud to guide them and convince them to stay but it did not work.

    Dissapointed? Yes. But this is United we deal with it and move on. There are others more determined to make it at United and willing to work hard to get there, lets support them.

    cud the player who left come back to hurt us , maybe, but I hope we are free from them for good.

  16. belfast red. says:

    It will be interesting to see what kinda team mankini fields tonight. Its a cert he rests sliva and toerag

  17. Dave Malaysia says:

    @Joner89: Tq. But u will see many fans condemm Fergie and United as fucking up with these kids.

    Sorry state of affairs with some of this dumwit fans,they have it too easy they dun know what they have.

    When its gone then maybe , just maybe they might understand.

  18. Proverb says:

    Silva is injures mate, hopefully he doesn’t recover until after the derby

  19. Proverb says:

    Injured

  20. Joner89 says:

    @Dave Malaysia – there are a wealth of class players all over the world, if it was down to some fans we would try and sign them all. Like you said you have to have a certain character to be a united player. Loyalty and hard work are key traits needed. Arrogance is avoided. That’s why I’m glad we got level headed Kagawa rather than twitter hungry Hazard whoring himself out. The players with the right mentality always make it. I always remember Fergie saying missing out on Ronaldinho opened the door to Ronaldo coming to the club. I always trust him when it comes to buying and selling players.

  21. Proverb says:

    I have mixed reactions here mate, firstly was happy to see them out of europa also, but now I think that would give them the edge in the run in as they would have all the time of the world to prepare for every single game. Also would take a lot of pleasure seeing hem out completely from europe competitions.
    Still undecided
    Fuck it! May they be out of europa aswell by the end of the day, I wish the cunts nothing good

  22. Proverb says:

    We should know that fergie is not flawless
    Sometimes his decision making is questionable and the fans are to question it like they rightly praise him in grlory days
    While acknowledging that he usually does good than bad for the team, sometimes fans exaggerate

  23. belfast red. says:

    @proverb didnt knw sliva was out. Thats a total plus for sunday then. But i totally agree with u about not knwing whats the better thing 4 us. It would be great to see all the big egos squirm if they went out of Europe totally and create alot of negative energy. It would give them al the time and space to focus on the league tho. I think mankini will rest his big guns for sunday tho. He knows whats mre important to them h8full cunts they call supporters.

  24. TheCANTONA says:

    @Joner89:
    thanks for that calendar link mate, i can see it very CLEARLY. Oh yes i agree people reading too much about this silly calendar thing.

  25. Jay says:

    I don’t think Fryers was wrong to leave and to be honest I don’t care if he left for more money or playing time. Football is fickle, very fickle, clubs are not loyal to players and players are not loyal to clubs, fans are also not loyal to players, one minute they love a player the next minute they are wanting him shipped out. I can understand why Pogba left he is doing very well and in a Juventus team whose midfield is far superior than Manchester United’s that is saying something. Robin van Persie also left Arsenal for more money but there were also other factors that contributed to him coming to us such as competition and a realistic chance of winning trophies can’t the same be said about Pogba. Do you really think Messi would still be at Barcelona had they not won any major trophies and was the highest paid player at Barcelona no bloody way. If Fryers felt he had to move then that is good for him, Berbatov and Owen were told they were needed but then were not used.

  26. TheCANTONA says:

    I have no problem at all if Nani fuck off from this club.
    Better players has left the club over these years and we haven’t done very bad have we??

  27. mara says:

    jay, you said it great. Clubs are not loyal, players either…and that is fact. We werent correct tNo one is perfeo all players, so you get it back from some other players. no one is perfect, so we…but we have to be realistic.

  28. King Eric says:

    mara – What tosh. OOh players need love and attention, especially the Latino’s! Are you serious? Fuck them. What do we do, pander to their fucking faggot whims. Pogba is a fucking greedy cunt who was tapped up by that bitter City “Legend” Viera.

  29. King Eric says:

    I could play for fucking Juve in a shit slow Italian league. Don’t you think Fergie would have spoke to the lad? Look at Powell, he is getting chances as his attitude is spot on.

  30. King Eric says:

    The Mail is running that story on Nani leaving as he isnt on calendar. Err you can only have 12 players on a calendar! As for Silva this is Mancini’s pathetic mindgames. He will be fit for Sunday.

  31. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Dave Malaysia 10:46

    Good stuff there. He was simply not good enough to get what he was asking.

    To whoever said Spurs get the last laugh when they acquire him from Standard: Bollocks. We get the last laugh when we play against him and tear him a new one !

  32. mara says:

    King Eric – you need to respect other opinions. Players are not machines, they are humans. Maybe you are not human, and you cant understand that, wich is ok, if you feel that way. The time of Staljin past away, so today you can t do the same way then 20 years ago.
    If they want to play somewhere else, they are not jerks and scmus. About Pogba, it is more about SAF s ego, then disrespectful bahaviour. Guy said in one iterview, that SAF was angry because he didnt want to sign, his pride was hurt.
    Maybe latinos are faggots…but in the same time they are the best players in the world…and they are good when they play for us, and shit when they decide to play for others – very intelligent way of thinking, i must admit…

  33. King Eric says:

    mara – No worries mate. Funnily enough Nani performs a damn site better for Portugal than United!!

  34. mara says:

    King Eric – that is because he gets lot of love in Portugal :-) :-P

  35. mara says:

    Yes very slow Juve midfield…they played well against Chelski…going to next level in CL….Selling Pogba was mistake….you will see that, like it or not

  36. KJ says:

    Fryers would have been cover for Evra had he stayed. He left to get more first team football……. Jokes on him, Buttner has started more games than he has so far!

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