Date: 30th March 2011 at 3:01am
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United fans in 1994

Remember when it was eight quid for the Scoreboard paddock- four for a junior!

If reports are to be believed and admittedly that’s a massive ‘if’ then Sir Alex Ferguson will be handed a transfer war chest large enough to buy Joleon Lescott, Emmanuel Adebayor, James Milner and Mario Balotelli.

However, while you’d arguably be better off torching £100 million than spending it on that quartet of overrated donkeys, there are a lot of players out there who could improve United’s squad.

Ashley Young, Jack Rodwell, Jordan Henderson and Luka Modric have all been touted as possible United targets and if Sir Alex were to decide to buy all four he’d probably end up forking out the same amount that City ‘invested’ in their glorious aforementioned foursome.

I’ve argued in previous articles that I, unlike many of my friends and fellow Reds, do not feel United need to spend any money in the Summer on new players- well certainly not to the degree that’s been suggested. For Ashley Young, see Ravel Morrison, for Jack Rodwell see Paul Pogba, for Jordan Henderson see Darron Gibson for Luka Modric see Tom Cleverley.

I genuinely believe United already have the players on our books to challenge for honours next season- and yes I did say Darron Gibson earlier, amazing at it may sound that someone who’s watched Gibson regularly could actually advocate a policy of keeping him, but believe me given a chance I think he may still have a future- or at least be as worthwhile as Henderson would be if he were signed.

Yes I know that none of the players I’ve mentioned are anywhere near as experienced or proven as the ones touted to be signed, but then again David Beckham wasn’t as experienced as Darren Anderton- who Fergie considered signing in 1995, Nicky Butt was seen as a somewhat lesser replacement to Paul Ince, Paul Scholes wouldn’t be able to replicate the goals and influence of a Mark Hughes.

My faith in United’s youngsters may sound slightly deluded but I’ve watched United’s academy sides since the early nineties when you could go to Old Trafford for a quid as a youngster and see the likes of Ryan Giggs and Mark Bosnich learning their craft- to varying levels of success admittedly.  I’ve not been as excited about a group of young players since we had the class of ’92 and I’m sure that if Fergie were to stick his neck out somewhat he could save the club a fortune it doesn’t need to spend, at least not on players.

The point I’m making is that if Sir Alex doesn’t need to spend the money on players, rather than give it back to those kind deserving benevolent chaps that go by the name of the Glazer brothers why not give it back to the fans in the best possible way. Increase Old Trafford’s capacity.

Before you start screaming a list of reasons Old Trafford cannot be expanded allow me to give you a counter argument for every one.

£100 million. That’s the point I’m making, if United could invest £100 million in expanding the stadium then surely that would be enough to bump the capacity up by at least 8000. Would that be worth it?  Well if each seat was worth say £800 a season then it would probably take around 15 years for the full £100 million to be paid back. That’s of course saying the club could get rid of all those tickets which is by no means a guarantee. However even if it took that long or longer, it could be worth it in the long run and that’s what United is all about sustaining our place at the top of the food chain, or even raising it slightly.

Even Sir Alex had advocated stadium expansion in the past, stating:

“ I’m on to David all the time about expanding the stadium. I know what we could do with the main stand at both ends; we could build a structure up and across. We could do one corner at least and maybe get another 6,500 seats to take the total capacity to 83,000.”

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8 responses to “A Better Way For United To Spend The £100 Million Transfer Kitty”

  1. thedubdemon says:

    bit of a pipe dream but if they could make it happen it sounds like a fantasic idea to me! like you say it would certainly add to fergies legacy at the club. and i would much rather see that than 3 or 4 big name signings (that serve no purpose other than giving the tabloids something to write about)

    theres also a chance that standing areas could be reindroduced (see which besides adding to the atmosphere would also add to potential revenue

  2. Ridwan says:

    You do have a very good point Justin, but the yearning for a proper play-making midfielder who will come into the side and start performing immediately (which may be a tall ask for some of the youngsters you have named) might be too much to resist. In any case, we will definitely spend a hefty amount for an established goal-keeper.

    But I agree, something needs to be done to improve the atmosphere of Old Trafford. Even if we do not add 8000 seats right away, I would like to see a portion of the existing seats to be sold as Pay on the Gate.

  3. Homez says:

    On the youngsters I would add Ryan Tunnicliffe as well….

  4. John Tring says:

    No worries, mate. SAF woudn’t have 100m pds ( may be HK$100m if very lucky). So, keep your wise cracks to yourself. This team has no defender except Vidic ( Evans is a shame, Ferdinand is Woodgate in disguise). Midfield is a joke. Gibson is utter rubbish, Park is no one, O’Shea is slower than Scholes backwards. Carrick and Fletcher are, sadly, what they are really: below-average players in bad form. So, it’s not injuries that is “impeding” Treble bid ( when was it on, anyway? Like the “unbeaten” record?/?). Just pray something will happen.

    • LiamPM says:

      ‘This team has no defender(s) except Vidic’ – completely agree, Patrice Evra wouldn’t get in Blackpool’s side, Wes Brown can’t tackle, Chris Smalling has no future and them Da Silva twins are just awful. But for a team full of rubbish players it looks like they’re somehow going to win the league? it’s an outrage.

    • tom says:

      knobhead you really are thick

  5. dom says:

    GIBSON is absolutely PANTS!!!! not one of my unfortunate united fan friends say he’s good…every time they see him in the line-up or coming off the bench they all moan and put their hands in their heads…. a bit like when o’shea, evans, carrick, fabio or obertan come one.
    United have got a terrible squad, how they won the league is beyond me. At least it will be your last for a few years…’s next!!!!!!!!

  6. Donkeys says:

    I wrote the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania asking for an explanation.