As a United fan, you get used to more than our fair share of criticism. Our team is in the spotlight of the media, of rival fans, and of the FA. If United do something, good or bad, then the papers are full of it. If United do something, brilliant or awful, rival fans have plenty to say about it. If United are guilty of something, then the FA make an example out of us.
Since creating this blog, I’ve had to become more accostomed to that criticism. Whilst most of what you see in the comments is rather amusing, bitter rivals losing their minds over something pretty petty, I delete comments referring to us as “Munichs”, Ferguson being a c**t, our fans being arrogant scum bags etc. on almost a daily basis.
Whilst adapting to hearing the thing you love most in the World, Manchester United and those associated with it, being slagged off on a constant basis, there are always going to be moments when you get pushed over the edge, when you know you’re going to have to get in to an argument and react.
Daniel Levy was the last person to get a rise out of me in this way, having a right good pop at Sir Alex Ferguson in relation to the transfer prospects of Dimitar Berbatov. That is why I’m very happy to see that someone has successful managed to bring him down a peg or two this weekend!
“Today’s public comments by Manchester United’s manager, announcing that he has made an offer for Dimitar and is confident that the deal will go through with time working in their favour, is a blatant example of sheer arrogance and interference with one of our players,” said Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, in a statement on the club’s official website. Ferguson denied making these comments immediately, laughing them off in fact, and the source of the comments admitted they had been a little too ‘free’ in their translation.
“It is also probably one of the worst offences by any manager in the Premier League to date and is unbelievably hypocritical given his recent comments in respect of Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid,” Levy continued. “As a result, we have today made an official complaint to the PL about the conduct of Manchester United.”
At the time, I highlighted how utterly ridiculous it was to compare the blatant bombardment in the press over Ronaldo to anything Ferguson had said in relation to Berbatov.
Spurs had also thrown their dummy out where the dippers’ pursuit of Robbie Keane is concerned, reporting Liverpool to the Premier League as well.
“The behaviour of both clubs has been disgraceful,” Levy continued. “We told both clubs very early on that we had no interest in selling Robbie or Dimitar, respectively, and that they should refrain from pursuing the player. Both clubs arrogantly chose to ignore this request and we now have evidence that both clubs have systematically been working to prise the players away from us, outside of PL rules of conduct.”
However, since these comments, Spurs have accepted a bid from Liverpool for Robbie Keane, along with a ‘donation’ to their favourite charity. Funny how a nice pay off can suddenly make you forget such disgraceful behaviour eh?
Now, since these initial comments, it has been reported that Spurs have a whole dossier compiled on events showing United to have tapped up Berbatov. It’s important to note that when he revealed he had reported us to the Premier League, it was based solely upon those comments printed in The Sun though. I’m not too afraid what this dossier has to reveal though, if it’s anything like the the ones we’ve seen before. We can only speculate over what has gone on behind the scenes in this deal, and we can only hope that Fergie won’t get his fingers burnt here. If he has done something wrong, the FA will be all too happy to deal out a punishment, like usual.
So, for now then, let’s look at things we DO know to be true. Whilst Daniel Levy and Spurs fans enjoyed getting and high and mighty, it’s good to see someone bring them down a peg or two.
“It is hypocrisy personified that Spurs are complaining about things they themselves have done,” said Seville president, José MarÍa del Nido. “They took away our coach. Tottenham’s style is demonstrated by the way they contacted Juande Ramos.”
Excellent news, I’m glad that someone has finally brought everyone’s attention to this. As Levy reassured Martin Jol publicly that his job was safe, behind his back, he was having quiet words with current manager, Juande Ramos.
Ramos revealed to the press that he had received an offer from Spurs two whole months before Jol was sacked.
“They made an excellent, dizzying offer, but I’m under contract to Sevilla and my decision is to fulfil it,” Ramos said. “There was not the slightest possibility that I would accept it because I’m under contract. It did not interest me or the club. I haven’t spoken to the club (Sevilla) because there was no possibility of me accepting it.”
Strangely though, Spurs claimed this offer never occurred. So, what? Ramos just fabricated the meeting and the job offer? Which one of them is lying, Daniel Levy or Juande Ramos? The fact that within a couple of months Ramos was the manager of Spurs, I know who my money is on!
Regardless, a few days later, after a massive fuss had ensued, Ramos told the press that there actually had been no personal meeting with secretary John Alexander and the vice-chairman Paul Kemsley at the Alfonso XIII hotel. What really happened was Ramos met with a go-between, who made the offer, then returned to the Spurs representatives.
Well that’s that one cleared up then… well, until you consider a newspaper, Estadio Deportivo, printed photographs of the three men meeting at that very same hotel. D’oh.
“There’s no doubt that we want him to continue,” said Ramon Rodriguez, Seville’s sporting director back in August. Did that stop Spurs perusing the manager? Course not. Despite Seville stating that they had no interest in letting Ramos go, Spurs arrogantly and disgracefully chose to ignore this request.