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GNev: Robson Helped Me With First United Contract

One of the worries I’ve had this summer is about the number of experienced players, who have been brought up in the United way, have left the club this year. Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, John O’Shea and Wes Brown have all moved on, whether to retirement or another club, and I can’t help but wonder whether this will have any effect on the players coming up through the ranks at the moment. Our younger lads have been kept in line by the more experienced ones, who know all about how to get in to the first team from the academy, and we’ll miss the presence of the players mentioned above.

Gary Neville has today talked about his role as one of the elders at the club, whilst also reflecting on who he looked up to when making his way through the ranks in the club.

“Some players will get their representatives to go to David Gill, the chief executive,” he said. “But most would go to the manager because, quite honestly, if he said you weren’t getting a new contract there’s no point taking it any further. I know the manager still looks over all the young players’ contracts because I’ve done quite a few with him over the last few years for those players. It’s an experienced player role and something I did for a few years. When I was younger it would be Bryan Robson doing it, or Brian McClair. A young player might be nervous going to see the manager, so they come to you for help. I did the same. I went to see Bryan Robson about my very first contract and Brian McClair helped me, Butty and Scholesy with our second contracts. I’m not sure it’s normal at all clubs but it’s normal here.”

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  1. CedarsDevil says:


    Time does fly buddy! Been back 6 or seven times since…. I try to make it once every 2 years. My last game at OT was the 2 – 1 win against Arsenal when Hargreaves scored that peach of a free kick… I am due a visit perhaps early 2012….

  2. ryan7 says:

    whats going on with the milk cup game?

  3. soren says:

    3-2 :)

  4. Offside says:

    live stream for the milk cup, losing 3-0 tho..

  5. CedarsDevil says:

    Fingers crossed its only a concussion and he will be up and running again…

    Our prayers are with you Little Pea

  6. Kings says:

    CedarsDevil – Fully endorse your comments my friend.

  7. smartalex says:

    It seems that Chivas and Chicharito’s parents are fully aware of his medical history, and therefore United is too. Possibly that played a role in his treatment thus far, although it is most likely that it is all precautionary.

    Be well Javier!

  8. Zibbie says:
    A Rooney read. How Lil Pea helps him play better.

  9. Kings says:

    willierednut – Great news about Tony.V. Fantastic player.

  10. CedarsDevil says:


    You’re missing the fun on the Aguero thread buddy

  11. willierednut says:

    Kings – It is indeed mate. I think Costas said the other day, we’ve got some great options on the wing now. United have always been renowned for having great wingers.

  12. CedarsDevil says:


    Any update on his injury? I cannot get hold of any news on that front

  13. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @willie, That is amazing news. It makes all the people who called Valencia one-dimensional (some still do) look like daft cunts. He is probably the most traditional winger we’ve had since Beckham. Ronaldo and Nani are great players but are not really the old-fashioned wingers, are they? That is one of the main reasons I also loved the Young signing. Now, we can have two wingers on either side who will just bang on those crosses in all day and with the strike force that we have, it would take me back to the golden days of watching Giggs and Becks bang them in to Cole/Yorke/Sheringham/Ole/Ruud.

  14. Kings says:

    willierednut – There’s even scope for Tony V to play in the centre of midfield.

  15. willierednut says:

    Not good news. Gill says, It’s unlikely we’ll sign a midfielder this summer.

  16. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @willie, I won’t choose to believe anything until the date is September 1st and there is no one added to our squad. I am not saying we are going to sign someone, just that nothing is as cut-and-right as everyone is making it out to be.

    On the other hand, if this means Sir Alex is giving the vote-of-confidence to someone like Cleverley, then that is also fine by me. I’ve not seen anything of Cleverley to actually make a passable judgment on him. But he does seem to have a lot riding on his shoulders and IF (and that’s a big IF) he steps up, then I’ll be even more happier than if we had signed someone with a marquee name.

  17. CedarsDevil says:


    Actually that is great news for some

  18. willierednut says:

    Balaji – I posted a link from the Telegraph, that gives a different slant on that story. I’m still hopeful as well, but it doesn’t seem likely atm.


    Lol. I knew you would be happy! Could be a chance, for young Tom to step up. We’ll see, eh?

  19. CedarsDevil says:


    I have high hopes on Tom, the boss did say he wont loan him out this season which has to be a great sign….

  20. fergie is the boss says:

    CedarsDevil – it is bad news for one main reason, carrick and fletcher are both not in great form.

    Add the fact cleverly is not a natural CM, so this makes it a real frustrating attitude from the club, when united decided to strengthen a midfield back in 2001 and 2003 with players such has veron djemba kleberson, when we already had keane scholes butt p neville and fletcher, all very capable playing in midfield yet we decided to strengthen the midfield, but when we have desperately needed to strengthen this area, we decide not to, seems mind boggling

  21. fergie is the boss says:

    Balaji Sivaraman – I always said this, last season was the perfect season to give cleverly a chance. I hope he succeeds, but if there is no platform in the engine room with good midfielders in good form, then it puts cleverly under huge pressure to solve a midfield in dire need of new blood. If the boss really wants to win another european cup, then he needs to get in new blood

  22. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @FITB, “we decide not to” – That is a really unfair comment mate and I don’t think any of us understand just how much work is involved in trying to even track down players and make them offers. We cannot say for sure just how many mid-fielders Sir Alex and Gill shortlisted, how many made the final cut, how many we decided to pursue, how many were marked off for a variety of reasons, how many did not want to come to Manchester, how many chose to remain in London and… well, you get the drift.

    Fact is, the transfer marker in today’s world is not the same as it was when we got all those players you mentioned. It is pretty obvious we tried (are still trying???) to get Sneijder in and that deal got shelved (maybe???) for a number of unknown reasons. Good mid-fielders of the quality needed to survive in the Premier League playing for Manchester United are not as easy to come by as some of us would like to think.

    Oh, and I don’t think anyone would call Cleverley “not a natural CM”. As I understood it, his primary position is in the centre of mid-field.

  23. CedarsDevil says:


    Carrick and Fletch not in great form? Carrick finished the season in excellent form, Fletch was recovering from illness

  24. soren says:

    @Zibbie thanks for the link @cedars good woords I pray for him too.

  25. Manchuchu says:

    David Gill is fucking useless. He has one job and is shite at it.

    Millions of midfielders in the world and he can’t secure the services of any of them? What a tossmunch

  26. soren says:

    woords ha ha words sorry

  27. CedarsDevil says:


    What on earth are on about? Its not like he’s buying bloody vegetables. Besides its Sir Alex who decides who he wants, Gill only concludes the deal.

  28. Kings says:

    Manchuchu – Calm down mate. We are not Chelsea or City looking to spend shit loads on players for a quick fix. We are the Champions of England for goodness sake. Fergie has bought wisely and if there is an opening for another signing he feels will enhance the team, then he will address it.

  29. fergie is the boss says:

    CedarsDevil – this is where you are wrong, carrick has done ok, but for the standards united have set he has got to do more, and like many have said fletcher is in a disastrous state of physical shape. You go through carrick’s form away from home, and it is very very patchy.

    Balaji Sivaraman – WS is the exact problem that cleverly is, its not his natural position, especially in a 2 man midfield, united don’t need a goalscorering midfielder etc, united need a playmaker in the mould of an alonzo or a fabrigas, who can play in a 2 man midfield but can control everything that’s going. But if united cannot get that type of player, get more of a destroyer that has talent but makes our midfield allot more compact and nasty, so if we cannot find that crafty player change tactics to a more snappy midfield

  30. fergie is the boss says:

    CedarsDevil – sorry mun, this is where you are wrong was totally out of line, I ment this is where I disagree

  31. Zibbie says:

    The team as it stands is one of the 3 top teams in the world, I would love a CM. 33 days left before the window closes. Maybe Fletch looks strong, Tom tearing it up in practice? Could be he has his man in Jan or next summer? Andro looking strong. Pogba, Pogba, Pogba…. He may not Un-Ravl ….
    @soren thanks nice read.

  32. pablo says:

    how anyone thinks tom cleverley will run our midfield at places like anfield or stamford bridge is beyond belief….hes fucking miles away from a first team place


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