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PICTURE: Zaha At Old Trafford Before Passing Medical

Wilfried Zaha has passed his medical at Manchester United and has signed a five and a half year deal.

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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. fwench says:

    this is excellent news.

    imagine we could have had a complete mare and bought Scott Sinclair just to pad our squad with an english player………. then i would be gutted! :-)

  2. Diego says:

    Fergie is the boss:
    I mentioned only one name: Isco. And about him costing North of £25m a simple google search would suggest that the transfer fees paid for Zaha and Isco would be very similar (given that the fee for Zaha will rise to £15m).

  3. DreadedRed says:

    Evil laughs abound as we prepare to take over the world…

    MU + ZAHA = World Domination!


  4. DreadedRed says:

    I just bought a book for 40 quid. Was I ripped off?

    Other books that appear on cursory glance to be just as readable, are available for 30 quid.

  5. DreadedRed says:

    Evra says:

    “The boss has given a big message this season – he really wants to win the FA Cup. He really wants it and so do we. It is the only trophy that I have not won at Manchester United. That seems impossible given that I am now in my seventh year here. The FA Cup means so much and, one day, I hope I will win it. Hopefully this year.”

    “Manchester United is the only team that can make 10 changes and still win. You might hear people call it a second team, but it’s not. Everyone is a United player and you trust each one of your team-mates. The manager makes those changes because he trusts that we are going to win. He’s not crazy, he knows exactly what he is doing.”

  6. FletchTHEMAN says:

    This is mint! Next time one of your blue, black, yellow or green mates question why Man United are always on telly. You can quote them this:

    United fans account for fully one half of the total EPL viewership!
    That means that the new EPL TV contract, which will pay for their players contracts, and directly feeds down to all of English football, is driven by United fan base. Therefore, they should wake up every day and thank United for beating their miserable team to the championship every year.

    errrm well it might sound better if you’ve had a we nip in the pub before you say it ;) Ha


  7. fergie is the boss says:

    Diego – and he is more proven than zaha? they have scouted this kid, fergie has not even travelled to dubai, so I concsider heir views moe higher up, than some 20 year old from spain, who is has unproven as zaha

  8. reddevil61 says:

    did anyone notice the Imogen Thomas t sheet he was wearing giggsy my be lol. welcome to man u

  9. WhySoRed? says:

    That’s the way Zaha Zaha, we like it, Zaha Zaha!

  10. BayoRed says:

    Time to start line up predictions! Kick off 6 hours away “”sigh!!!”"‘, drink drink drink!

  11. reddevil61 says:

    oops shit at spelling t Shirt, score 3-1

  12. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Isco and zaha are NOT similar in any way. The spaniard is more of a attacking playmaker and a number 10, zaha is a winger who is adaptable and flexible to play either left or right and as for the fee, isco would have cost massive fees. So, no, it would NOT have made sense. How on earth is paying 15mill (but in installment) similar to paying 25mill up front? I actually think malaga would milk every bit of cash, he may well go for more than 30mill.

    quit playing fantasy football, the manager sees fantastic potential in zaha and i agree, he does not look a run of the mill english winger, he’s got that continental flair and technique that can hopefully be moulded into a top player.

  13. BayoRed says:

    Zaha, Smalling, Jones, Powell, Rafael, Fabio,De Gea, Welbeck, Wooton, Petrucci, Lingaard….. the future is RED. :)

  14. BayoRed says:

    Not forgetting …… BEBE :)

  15. WeAreUnited says:

    @fergie the boss

    mate, you know me, so bare with me.

    Firstly I want to say, so people don’t think I am ungrateful, Welcome Wlfried Zaha, a great buy, a great prospect for 10mill and add on for a 20 tear old player is amazing, he will turn good, he has everything on his game, speed, power and tricks.

    Then to the real issue.

    for the pricetag, @samuel put it right that Isco would probably cost 25mill, cause Malaga will milk it.


    to say “who is has unproven as zaha” is biased and very crazy mate, and don’t get me wrong okey :) but Isco is playing champions league football day in day out, and La Liga football, tearing the likes of Real Madrid off. Scoring spectacular goals and making assists. SO to say he is as unprooven? Maybe i nthe PL of course, but come on mate, you really believe on that??
    It’s like wanting to buy 2 great cars, one has been tested only in a highway and the other has been tried in the highway and on many tracks and is proven. The difference is, the other one is newer and could reach that potential later on.

    But Isco unproven? quit that. Let’s not just say things for the sake of defending a great player we got.

    @samuel mate, sometimes I really don’t get you, and this is not attacking you mate!
    why you always use this line “quit playing fantasy football”, nobody is playing fantasy football, he just mentioned one name Isco, who is a great talent and would improve our team. I get that they play a different position, and I think @diego also should know that, but it’s not “fantasy football”.

    I once proved you wrong on that but you never anwered, so I kept posting my comment many times and my dear friend @wayne was so happy on that, but I could go and dig that comment.
    It’s not fantasy football mate, it’s managing football. Of course he’d cost more, but the value would pay later isels on, like it will with Zaha. RVP, Ronaldo, Kagawa, Nani, Tevez, Cantona, Rooney, Jones, Rio. And those I mentioned apart from Kagawa and RVP, were at the time when the inflation didn’t reach football. SO yes they were expensive.

    Quit saying it’s fantasy football, when the ide is to strengthen your team. sometimes you spend 30mill for a young proven player outside EPL and sometimes like in the case of Zaha 10mill with adds on, a young proven player outside EPL, and sometimes 30mill for a proven old player like RVP or Berba fro mthe EPL.


  16. WeAreUnited says:

    RVP, Ronaldo, Kagawa, Nani, Tevez, Cantona, Rooney, Jones, Rio and many more young and old.

    I understadn that soem of these I mentioned were older than the players we are getting, but the idea was to understand that sometimes you need to spend, like I mentioned later on that same comment.

    just that you don’t get me wrong and take only that part from my comment.

  17. BayoRed says:

    Really enjoyed the bitterness in this article, ROLMAO :)

  18. BayoRed says:

    And there is no mistaking that this bitter blue willl be glued to the screen praying we stummble and at the same time increasing our viewership

  19. Ash says:

    I agree with We Are United. Isco is one hell of a footballer. Isco and Zaha are different players. Honestly speaking I would love us to buy more spanish Players. Isco would be a great buy for any team. If we buy Isco I would be ecstatic if not then Also I am happy with my young squad

  20. WeAreUnited says:


    exaclty, but I think @diego didn’t realise that basically Isco plays the role of Kagawa, and we have Kagawa for that. That’s why I doubt we go for him.
    It would be nice, but there’s not idea to go for him unless we sell Kagawa, but that would be ABSURD and delusional and nobody would do that BAD business.

    If we would want to buy a player also spanish and proven, but maybe not as much as Isco, it would be Iker Muniain, I have no words for that talent. HE is amazing. He’s proven in the La Liga but not Champions, so he’d suit more for us, because we would nurture him.

    But now we got Zaha, so unless we are selling Nani or Young or Valencia (UNFORTUNATELY the most probably case is Nani) then I would buy also Muniain and splash some money. I doubt he’d come.

    But as you said @ash a, cause you made a good point :
    “If we buy I would be ecstatic if not then Also I am happy with my young squad”
    The most important thing is to strenthen our team.

    It would be crazy to think, that people wouldn’t be happy with let’s say buying Isco or Muniain, but then some were unhappy with Kagawa and RVP I bet also with Ronaldo at that time. and now with Zaha. so go figure


  21. DreadedRed says:

    In other news, South African Sports minister Fikile Mbalula reflects on their recent 2-0 win:

    “We stand here as a proud and confident nation imbued by the resounding thrashing, walloping and gregarious defeat of the Angolan national football team by the astonishing warriors Bafana Bafana. Like combat-ready warriors, the team turned the misfortune of being denied goals in the warm-up matches and first game against Cape Verde into a promising festival of goals during our last game against Angola. Our team has once and for all unequivocally demonstrated that there is neither room or place for profits of doom and unpatriotic Johnny come lately in our national fibre constitution and makeup.”

  22. WeAreUnited says:

    A more realated for the FACUp

    just watched the line-up of City against Stoke, City plays with their first-team
    Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Garcia, Barry; Milner, Tevez, Silva; Dzeko

    You ask how is this related with us, well, when we play the FACup we are playing with our “second team” and make alot of changes and still play like a boss.

    And Like Patrice Evra stated :

    “Manchester United is the only team that can make 10 changes and still win,”
    he asserted. “You might hear people call it a second team, but it’s not.
    Everyone is a United player and you trust each one of your team-mates. The manager makes those changes because he trusts that we are going to win. He’s not crazy, he knows exactly what he is doing.”"

    our team is deep, and just with a couple of injuries we are looking a much betetr squad than City, and the tittle is ours to lose.

  23. Bill Hick's Ghost says:

    After missing out on the Ox and Bale, Fergie wasn’t going to allow that to happen again. United fans should be excited!

  24. BayoRed says:

    @WeAreunited And yet they seem to get away with minimal injuries.

  25. zino says:

    @DreadedRed: LOOOOOOL!! I wonder what he would have said if they had won by 8 goals…..

  26. ididnotzeeit says:

    Completely Off Topic: Am I the only one who finds sadistic pleasure in watching Stoke play rugby against the bitters? I fucking hate Stoke, need kevlar shin guards when you’re playing the cunts, but, when they play our rivals it feels like I’m watching an MMA fight, you just can’t turn away.

    Can’t wait for kick off! C’mon you Reds!!!!!

  27. WeAreUnited says:


    yeah that’s amazing. Maybe they’re doing a Lance Armstrong? Itäs crazy how they doesn’t get their first teamers injured.

    Like Mourinho said when he was going against Chelski with Inter about Cech, he said that he knows he’s injured but their staff will do miracles and he will come back.

    OR it’s plain simple, our training staff and our trainings are too tough or there’s something more into it.

  28. samuel - united WE stand says:

    WeAreUnited – well if every player under the sun is being mentioned as a possible signing then united would be in bankrupt, you simply cannot fill the team with every player making waves around europe, it simply isn’t a realistic proposition and in a way, fantasy football at its best. People need to realise that united also have a youth system and the need to supplement and bring players through is just as much of an aim as it is to buy players. Are isco and munain realistic? Probably not, maybe for barca, madrid e.t.c. I’m not disputing these players qualities ebut it is unlikely to happen.

    Zaha has great potential but it seems some are either claiming the price is too much, he’s a championshiop player so can’t reach dizzying heights of football or underestimating zaha and saying someone is better. It just seems bizarre to me because if anyone had bought zaha, they’d be screaming “world domination” but i’ve seen enough negativity, not that i am suprised.

  29. WeAreUnited says:


    well now you put a great argument with which I agree 90%.

    If we go for every player we go bankrupt, but you know that we are not going to go after every player mentioned and we as supporters know that we have no power choosing a player as much as we want too.

    And of course there are many of many so called “suppporters” that are ready to implement a whole new team, and that’s for me fantasy football! they should be let alone. BUT mentioning one player who would be great for us. You know? is not fantasy football. cause it’s a realistic and good business, but like you said Probably not, because Muniain is I bet Madrid or barca bound as for ISco I have no idea.

    As for academy players, yes we have alot of them, but mainly midfielders or strikers, In my mind there isn’t any proper winger coming through the ranks, Januzaj? is he a winger? or Perreira, nobody else, so no there aren’t any wingers coming through anytime soon, that’s why we got Zaha and I would go after Muniain who is 19, not ISco cause he’s not a winger.

    If you mean academy players for other positions like midfielders or AM, I also would give our academy players a chance. WIll SAF do it? yes, but at the later stage, that’s why we kinda have to look more into it for the next season, but as you mentioned not go after every player and implement a new squad HELL NO!

    As for Zaha, well people are strange. I find him great This made me laugh : “they’d be screaming “world domination” but i’ve seen enough negativity, not that i am suprised.”

    EXACTLY! I also doubted him at the beginning, btu saw some clips and knew that SAF saw something great on him and I changed my mind! cmon Zaha ! cmon UNITED!

  30. iced earth says:


  31. iced earth says:

    at least Kompany is injured

  32. iced earth says:

    another shit match from shity
    lucky bastard

  33. Mash says:

    Isco signed a new contract, I think he’s buy out clause is around 40 mil.

  34. Well red says:

    JANUARY 25, 2013 AT 21:13
    ys says:
    Just look at the picture
    imagine how a Kid like Zaha must have felt ; walking into the stadium ,
    dream come true ; at such a young age

    Nice pic.
    If that doesn’t inspire you, then it’s not meant for you.

  35. United Till I Die says:

    thats a classy photo

  36. King Eric says:

    wayne – Absolutely pal. Was just gonna say same thing. Every cunt moaning we have no money, start spending and they moan spending too much!


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