Nobody could quite believe it when Sir Alex Ferguson sold Giuseppe Rossi a couple of summers ago. The lad showed bags of potential but had never really been given a go, then just at a time when he could have had more of a starting role, he was sold on to Villarreal.
We were desperate to win the title, falling short of the standards Arsenal and Chelsea had set over the past three years, and a goalscorer like Rossi seemed to be the key. But he was gone and the only compensation was the rumour we had put a buy-back clause in the contract.
Things have changed somewhat since then obviously, with United winning the title for the past two season, as well as the European Cup, but a lot of our fans still have a soft spot for Rossi. With talk of Tevez’s contract not being resolved, Rossi has been named by a few as a player to fill the void.
However, Rossi has today confirmed there is no deal in place and he is focussing on his time at Villarreal.
“There is no position between myself and Manchester United,” Rossi said. “I am with Villarreal and that’s it. I didn’t get a chance to play in England. That was the main reason I wanted to get some experience and that’s what I have been doing with Villarreal. So far I am very happy with that. I have no plans to move back, but then we have no idea what happens in the future. I don’t have a point to prove to Alex Ferguson. I just go out and give 100 per cent for my team. Moving on is not on my mind at all – I just want to do well and then we will see.”