Date: 24th March 2013 at 3:13am
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Will the Argentine be United's first signing in the Summer?

Will the Argentine be United’s first signing in the Summer?

A few days ago the name Ezequiel Garay wouldn’t have meant a lot to many United fans, as the Benfica defender wasn’t exactly top of the list of potential signings Sir Alex was reported to be looking at.

Over the past 48 hours following a report in Portuguese paper Record, that the Reds had not only been looking but actually signed the 26 year-old centre back his name has been everywhere.

On the back of the Portuguese story the Express ran an article that noted:

“Manchester United, have ‘signed’ Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay ahead of the summer transfer window.”

The article went on to note that the Reds had forked out £17 million for the former Real Madrid, Argentine international.

Since Garay became the new ‘trending topic’ in the transfer market, there have been reports that Chelsea and Barcelona are also chasing the defender. Last Summer the signing of Robin Van Persie changed not only the way United did business but also made any deal seem possible as rather than buying a ‘youngster’ Sir Alex Ferguson was willing to fork out a large sum for a player almost in his thirties.

United had paid a large sum the previous Summer for the then 25 year-old Ashley Young which was then a break from the norm for the Reds as most recent signings had been under the age of 23.

The point with both RVP and Ashley Young was that they were proven in the Premier League and obviously needed to strengthen not just the squad but the first team. In the case of Van Persie there was also the Man City factor to take into account – if the Dutchman didn’t come to United, he would almost certainly be joining the Premier League champions, something which could prove catastrophic to the Reds.

Garay is unproven in the Premier League, occupies a position where at present United have no less than FIVE players capable of playing in, with only one even remotely likely to not be at the club next season. As if all that wasn’t enough to make you doubt there’s also the fact that Garay has practically no re-sale value, at least not enough to recoup the £17 million it’s claimed United are spending on him.

Yes United may be willing to sign players they know won’t be sold for any form of profit, yes they may be willing to sign players not likely to break into the first team, yes they may be willing to sign players that are unproven in the Premier League, but are all those factors ever encompassed in one signing? I for one seriously cannot see it happening…mind you who ever saw Andy Goram joining United a few years back?

Does any one really believe the Garay stories? Does anyone think we need him? Answer below if you can be bothered:

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15 responses to “United’s New ‘Signing’ Doesn’t Make Much Sense”

  1. giggyjon says:

    Think wé may see Vida leave this summer if a 20m+ offer came from one of thé Russian oil clubs. Would be hard to turn down for a 31 year old!

    • Kilhar says:

      We have Rio and Nema, who are not getting any younger and are prone to injuries. Jones might be planned to play at midfield and then where that leaves us in two years or actually right now if we get a bad spell with injuries? I really can see the point on this one and it’s not saying that other areas are neglected ’cause of the sum quoted. “Attack wins games, defense wins trophies.”

  2. toyin says:

    i support d issue to sign garay i can remember d season all our defender got injury and we use carrick and flecher to play 5 and 6 that season fulham beat man u 3-0, so i support it to sign dat defender.

  3. bill honer says:

    Garays name should not have come from nowhere for any real united fans. He was heavily linked with united befor he chose to go to madrid and has been aquality player for a number of years now. He would be a good signing because unlike smalling and jones he will be able to immediately slot into our defense having had lots of experience. He can replace Rio and then in a few years smalling will directly replace vidic. Jones will end up playing midfield although I have about as much faith in him as I did in djemba djemba. I do however agree that someone younger, mainly either of the two Dortmund centre backs (hummels or Subotic (vidic national partner) would be better