With a week until the transfer window closes, some fairly bizarre rumours have been doing the rounds.
First, it was claimed that Michael Carrick was on his way back to Tottenham Hotspur with Luka Modric coming in the other direction. The Spurs fans seemed to fancy it but could see that it was tabloid nonsense, originated from the fact Carrick had been rotated and Harry Redknapp confessed Ferguson was a fan of Modric. Bingo.
Despite spending £18.6m on him three summers ago and United winning the title every year since, the rumour mills would have us believe we’re ready to ship back to White Hart Lane with an added £10m to secure the services of Modric. Whilst I share Ferguson’s opinion of Modric you would have to have a screw lose to think he’s worth Carrick + £10m. Plus it’s not as if Modric even plays in the same position as Carrick which would leave our central midfield looking even weaker than it already does. Verdict? Bollocks.
Today’s rumour, which originated in The Mirror, claims Anderson is on his way out after having a furious bust-up with Fergie. It wouldn’t be the first time a player got on the wrong side of the manager and was shown the exit door but in this situation the story is a tad far-fetched. The bust-up apparently happened after the Community Shield over two weeks ago when Darron Gibson got a place on the bench instead of Anderson. Now, whilst you can imagine Anderson wouldn’t be happy about missing out it’s hard to imagine him kicking off about it to the point the manager decided to get rid.
The Brazilian star left Fergie fuming after reacting badly to his failure to make the starting line-up. The Scot was so angry he later confronted Anderson over his actions and was stunned by the 21-year-old’s refusal to back down. Anderson insisted he was good enough to be in the team and was frustrated at being overlooked, with rookie Darron Gibson taking his place in the squad. And with the Brazilian international claiming he would prefer to quit rather than sit on the sidelines, Ferguson is willing to grant him his wish.
Something else which is hard to imagine is Fergie telling Anderson to clear off, then putting him in the squad on the opening day of the season and then starting him in the following game. Not exactly the behaviour of a furious Ferguson ready to sell a player. Verdict? Bollocks.
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