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Saha: Everton Move A Step Down

Three former United players made up the Everton starting XI today, the most recent of these to move being Louis Saha, who spent too much time on the treatment table to keep his place in our squad.

When fit for sustained periods of time, most recently for the first half of the 2006-2007 season, there was no denying his quality. He was the target man United were looking for and I will always have a lot of time for him due to his great attitude to playing whilst Ruud van Nistelrooy was still at the club.

However, if we are to compete for all trophies, we need a player we can rely upon. The season before last he missed the last two or three crucial months of the season, meaning we were playing European Cup and FA Cup semi-finals with just one striker, as well as the FA Cup final, and this proved costly.

Sir Alex Ferguson eventually ran out of patience with the French striker, some time after the majority of fans had, selling him to Everton in the summer on a ‘pay per play’ basis. Does Saha regret it? No. Does he understand why Fergie wanted to sell him? Yes. Does he know how to win his new fans over? Evidently not.

Saha is more than happy to sing our praises, reflecting on the really good times he had at United, and acknowledges that Everton is a step down for him. Not exactly what the Everton fans will be wanting to hear from their new signing.

“I had one choice to make over summer and I didn’t make a mistake,” said Saha. “Whenever you leave Manchester United it is a step down but, if we have to look at it this way, Everton is a good step down. There were some really good times (at United). Of course there were. It’s a great club, the number one in Europe, and it was great being part of such a successful team, but in the end, I could understand why the manager did not want to keep me any longer. I just guess I was unlucky.”

Saha faced a couple of crunching challenges from Nemanja Vidic today and the stretcher I anticipated never appeared. Maybe he isn’t Mr. Glass anymore?

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9 Comments

  1. THIS_IS_MANCHESTER says:

    seeing how saha has actually got a run in this everton team makes me think that all the times when he was “injuried” last season was he really out or was SAF just leaving him out

  2. Scott the Red says:

    He’s played 7 games in all competitions for Everton. He managed ‘runs’ like that at United. When Rooney was our only striker, why would Fergie leave Saha out?

  3. P Neville says:

    Yeah – he should have taken the step up to Hull City. After all – they’re above you lot in the PL are they not? And Everton beat them did they not?
    Maybe he’s a bit confused. Like you?

  4. OTRed says:

    He might have been glass, but you can’t deny his talent when his fit, so i doubt Fergie would ever leave him out on purpose, However I’d be highly suspicious if he goes on a run of 25+ games cus he never did that with us. Anyway, if he does it’s mo’money for United since i heard his cost is appearance related.

  5. Ste says:

    P Neville – Maybe Everton should sell Yakubu to Standard Liege. That would be a step up.

  6. Kevin says:

    For Saha this is a step up, he will get a consistent chance at the first team if he stays healthy. I didn’t want to see him go this summer, I thought he might provide much needed cover if Manucho doesn’t show promise. If he did I though Jan. would be the best time to let him go. The more he plays the more we make, and I don’t think he in any way held back while at United or behaved in any way that would keep him out of the team. What player would not work his tail off to play for United the past couple years, especially last year, where he did have some moments. I hope the best for him as I always thought highly of Saha, he was our Mr. Glass.

  7. CYOB says:

    realistically could he have made a step up, or even made a step side ways? if the premiership is the best league in the world, then utd are probably the best team in the world, goin on last seasons preformances.

    as long as liverpool never win anything ever again and Everton continue improving, who cares! fingers crossed we get an investor to back the club so we can start competing for titles again!!

  8. LTW93 says:

    P.Neville – you didnt beat Hull, you drew 2-2, get your facts right before you post you muppet

    maybe your the confused one

  9. suhayl says:

    ltw93…bob on..lol

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