Thursday, June 21, 2007

United should buy him: Riquelme not returning to Villarreal

According to CNN/, Villarreal will not be bringing back Juan Roman Riquelme and will try ever attempt at selling him.

Manchester United, if they really want to pull anymore than a double next season, should do everything that they can to buy him. Having Riquelme in the midfield with Hargreaves, Scholes, & Carrick with Giggs, Ronaldo and Rooney available up front would be murder. United wouldn't even really need to try and get an other forward as Ronaldo would be able to play up front or a withdrawn forward full time.

Add Riquelme to the acquisition of Nani & Anderson along with the possibilty of Rossi returning to the squad should give SAF enough depth in the midfield and forward positions, something he was starting to worry about towards the end of the season.

United passed up the chance two seasons ago when Barcelona let him leave for Villarreal, hopefully they don't do the same this time.



Blogger D said...

I can't see ManU really setting their sights on winning everything next year. I still think they'll prioritize, and probably put their eggs in the ECL basket.

But yeah, Riquelme would be a great addition there. Nani and Anderson are interesting, but I'm not sold on either. Riquelme gives so much confidence to a midfield with Christiano and Scholes and the like.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Suprisingly enough, Rio said a few days ago that they want to win it all. I can't see them risking teh League or the UCL on getting past the 3rd round of the League Cup, so I agree with you that they will try and contend for the big ones mainly.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Kinney said...

I so thought you were talking about DC with that title and was wondering what you were thinking. I really am MLSnob.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Sorry Kinney, if United had him along with Gomez and Fred, things that they would do to the league...

4:07 PM  
Blogger Forrest said...

Riquelme would be a great addition, but ManUtd won't go after him. They bought Haregraves this summer and Carrick last summer. You could make a good argument that they overpaid for both of them. They're not going to spend a ton of money on Riquelme who is better attacking than Carrick but plays no defense. ManUtd really needs to offload 2 or 3 players, buy another striker, and recall Rossi.

7:15 PM  
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12:12 AM  

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