How times have changed, part two

Hello, good afternoon sports fans. I hope you’re well, looking after yourselves and are in good health. Sports fans, let’s talk. About football and how times have changed.

Never, ever, ever! Did I think I was going to have to do a part two on this topic, but it’s amazing how times have changed. In part one of this topic, we spoke about Manchester City players getting snapped by Arsenal this summer and once upon a time, it was the other way round.

In this article, which is essentially a part two of the same topic, features Manchester United and Real Madrid. Football fans, I am sure you remember once upon a time, there was a joke in the football community that Man United are Real’s feeder club.

David Beckham, Ruud Van Nistelrooy Gabriel Heinze and of course (how can we forget CR7!), gives the argument some weight. Simply put, United had players that a top European club wanted. Which player in the Man United squad currently are wanted by Europe’s elite clubs? Zero!

The last player to switch from Manchester United to Real Madrid was Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008. In the last decade, Rafael Varanne Angel Di Maria and soon-to-be Casemiro are players to swap The Bernabeu for Old Trafford.

One could spin this and say Real Madrid players are moving to things better, but with all of the players I have mentioned, they have won the Champions League and all of club football’s top prizes. The phrase United is the Real Madrid players’ retirement home, isn’t even that ludicrous.

Ronaldo is well into his thirties and got a pay packet that Real weren’t able to match, nor wanted to match. The same could be said with Varanne and Casemiro.

I have said this many times before, the sign of a good squad is when rival clubs want to buy your players, like those Manchester United teams of old. My gripe is this, Man United produce players they don’t buy them.

Ever since The Red Devils have adopted the policy of buying players, which started in the Louis Van Gaal era, right after the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, the writing appeared written on the wall.

Manchester United have lost their way and the signing of Casemiro is a good one, yes but it doesn’t represent an action plan for The Red Devils in the market.

PSG, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have all become smarter in the window, but United? Well, they’re just as bad as Barcelona. Will United learn their lesson? I am not holding my breath, here’s for hope.

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