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McClair: Selling Ronaldo? We’ve Been Here Before

Former Manchester United player and current Manchester United academy director, Brian McClair, has voiced the opinion shared by the majority of our fans.

Big players come and go but United’s success continues. Just as we gone on to win titles and European Cups since Eric Cantona and David Beckham left, we’ll get by without Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Look back at the club’s history,” said McClair. “George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham have departed United in some shape or form and the club has continued to thrive, and in certain cases, has gone on to bigger and better things. A club as big as United is going to have big players and players move on. That’s a fact of football life. No one player is irreplaceable. Or to put it another way nobody is bigger than the club. Selling Ronaldo to Real Madrid is good business. His comments in the past have intimated that he was not happy. There’s no point keeping a player in that state of mind as it will eventually start to affect those around him. We move on. United have always changed and adapted and that process is underpinned by the knowledge and experience possessed by the coaches and the manager. There are young players at the club who have benefitted from that knowledge and experience. Now is the time for some of them who we have developed to see Ronaldo’s departure as an opportunity.”

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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. kapti14 says:

    man utd are the eighth most powerful brand in the world.

    the reason and man behind this is sir alex ferguson.

    how can anyone even think about him leaving ? he deserves our blind support.

  2. Costas says:

    @Boogeyman: You know very good Greek!

  3. Costas says:

    @ROJO RED ROT ROUGE: Actually homosexual isn’t a greek word. I think just the homo part might be.

  4. sanj says:

    off topic (sorry scott), but i wanted to post a question: i live in the US and have a umbro united home kit from 1998-2000. i was wondering if anyone knew any place i could get it customized with the correct lettering?

  5. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    oh my busby i dont want united to rush into any signings
    but i think we need to now so people have some thing to talk about
    “Is Homosexual a greek word??”

  6. Coogie says:

    FFS, the time of year I hate being a United fan! All the doom merchants come out in force! Like spoilt kids wanting all the sweets in the shop, instead of sweets and shops its players in the transfer market! If we dont sign anybody this summer, so be it, and if we dont win the league next year or do well, fuck it, it gets rid of these plastic fans!

  7. Kevin says:

    Time is on our side at this point. I think its good business to bring in Valencia as soon as we can and then play it slow. Bring in CR7′s “replacement” and then handle the other issues within the team. There is plenty of time left and the transfer window hasn’t even opened. Instant gratification has gotten us all a bit crazy this time of year. With up to the minute refreshing of web pages we wonder why hasn’t a signing been made already. Lets take our time and let Fergie make the right choice instead of panic buying now that CR7 is gone.

    Next year will be a hard season with Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal looking stronger than they did at the beginning of last season. We are retooling and reshaping our team. I expect this to take time and might even take an entire season to get right. Patience is the name of the game for me. As always In Fergie We Trust!



    HOMOSEXUAL – The etymology is as follows – HOMOS is the greek for same and SEX is the Latin for …..

    I guess the word was devised by a Greek fella and a Roman.
    Dirty bloody foreigners !!


  9. theboogeyman says:

    @Costa:Thank you.

    You’re right,ghtt,we really need something to talk about.

  10. Dani says:

    Tell me any word, and I’ll show that the root of the word is greek… HAHAHA

  11. Haakon says:

    McClair speaking like the next Man United-manager.

  12. OTRed says:

    OMG, I know some fans are b*tching about our new kit(I quite like it), but the one that McClair’s wearing is just HORRIBLE. He looks like some mutated chicken with polka dots.


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