AlexFerguson6As Manchester United fans arrogantly sing, ‘We are Man United and we do what we want’, I wonder where they get that idea from?

I bet Mike Dean and the FA are now regretting their cowardly inaction with regard to Alex Ferguson’s disgusting bullying behaviour. Their failure to act has simply meant that from his seemingly untouchable position, Ferguson now feels able to literally do what he wants.

Compared to what Alan Pardew could have said he was remarkably restrained and merely said,

“I think Mike Dean might feel slightly disappointed he didn’t do something about it. I think the pressure that was on him was tough for a referee to take”.

Ferguson’s way over the top response to this, surely tells you why the likes of Mike Dean choose to turn the other cheek and let the disease that is Ferguson’s behaviour spread and poison the game.

“I was demonstrative but not out of order. The press have had a field day, the only person they have not spoken to is Barack Obama.

It is unfortunate but I am the manager of the most famous club in the world; not Newcastle, a wee club in the north east.

I am an emotional guy but I was not abusive.

I shouted Mike over and we walked towards each other. I was only on (the pitch) three or four yards. That has been overplayed.

The problem for me is that profile of this club is huge.

Alan Pardew has come out and criticised me. He is the worst at haranguing referees, he shoves them and makes a joke of it. How he can criticise me is unbelievable.

He forgets the help I gave him, by the way”.

HMV_Big_Games_SaleIt has always been the Ferguson way, when he is confronted with his or his team’s bad behaviour he starts talking about somebody else and pointing the finger at them.

Yes Alan Pardew nudged a linesman, apologised instantly and took his punishment with good grace. Spot the difference?

While Ferguson’s behaviour to Mike Dean was bad enough, the very public and pre-meditated verbal onslaught on the linesman, that held up the start of the second half, was inexcusable.

His childish insult towards Newcastle as a club betrays his true nature, a bully who is also a fraud, somebody who when he chooses likes to talk about never losing his working class socialist roots but in reality clearly thinks that because Manchester United are this modern day monstrosity that different rules apply to them.

As for the help Ferguson claims he gave Alan Pardew, I hope he’s not referring to Alan Smith and Gabriel Obertan…

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15 comments
mactoon
mactoon 5pts

Good call but I don't think they want players they need money hence the fee and the reason why no exchange deal will work

Artie Fufkin
Artie Fufkin 5pts

Good piece, Villa have signed a striker today and is likely to get Adebeyor too. Austin may not have as many options as he hoped. 

ArtyH
ArtyH 5pts

£10m cash and take your pick from Williamson, Gouffran, Abeid, or Obertan , can't get fairer than that, take it or leave it, answer by next Saturday.

mactoon
mactoon 5pts

Following his shoulder injury (dislocation which is highly fixable) in September 2010 he went on to score 17 in 27 games during 2010/11


In 2013 he failed a medical due to issues with his knee which haven't affected him before it happened or since. Before the Feb 2015 fixture between Hull and QPR Steve Bruce admitted he made a huge mistake in not signing him as he too had failed a medical due to a knee injury but still got signed by Man U without any more problems. Austin went on to score 20 in 31 games during 13/14 and 18 in 35 during 14/15


Do the board have injury concerns or are they predictably using it as an excuse to get a lower price?


Just pay the damn £15 million for a proven goalscorer with huge potential.



v0ices
v0ices 5pts

@mactoon and add a pl experienced cb too, does not have to be a world beater solid and reliable will do.

mactoon
mactoon 5pts

@v0ices @mactoon  definately. Willo, Collo and Taylor are just not good enough and we need a proven CB to raise the bar to make them fight for a place, historically all three have been woeful due to the lack of competition and if we buy a proven CB to play alongside Mbemba these three will be on the bench at best. Too long have we had players lacking the quality required playing because of the squad lacking the quality required.

Mal44
Mal44 5pts

I'm with the posters below who are saying CB is the priority. It's very quiet and calm on that front; hopefully Charnley is paddling like hell under the surface.

yeahweekes
yeahweekes 5pts

Its actually really clever business from Cashley to be fair. Austin's contract expires in a year, meaning that he would leave for free.... which would be a disaster for QPR.... they will be forced to let him go for around £10m or less if we can hold out for the last few days of the window..... 

1957
1957 5pts

With the current contractual situation he's not worth £15m, he's good but not an exceptional player that would command that fee with only a years contract left. I also agree the first club to blink and offer the reported fee will be kept waiting in case a better offer comes in, by QPR and Austin.

For me spend the money on defenders, we are in greater need of not conceding than scoring, at the moment whatever we score the opposition can get the same or one more.

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

Good read, and shows exactly why clubs can’t just go in waving the price QPR have put on him as a benchmark, and the deal will be done…I think this will go on until late in the window, and possibly any action held off until an offer can be made that is too late in the day for QPR/Austin to knock it back, and also too late for any other club to come in and trump it… 


...If any interested party threw in the £15m now it would just raise the bar.


...Don’t know how much faith can be placed on the injury history…seeing as he got through 36 games last season, and that’s generally a good guide to show that there’s no recurring damage!!

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag 5pts

I don't see any other clubs lining up to pay that fee either.  I suspect a deal could be done closer to the window closing and with Mitrovic on board already and no sign of Cisse leaving just yet, Newcastle can actually play hard ball on this one.

What is more concerning is the lack of apparent activity on any more defenders.  If the heirarchy think what we currently have will be good enough then we are in for another long season, unless Colo finds form again and Mbemba turns out to be the next big thing in centre halves.

IainElrick
IainElrick 5pts

He's 12mil max if he wasn't British he's be around 9mil

Dubaiexpat
Dubaiexpat 5pts

I think the fact that no club has met the 15m valuation tells you it's not just NUFC who think he is overpriced.


There are clearly genuine concerns overs his medical fitness and personally I think we're right to be cautious with this one. 


Would I want him at St James - absolutely. Would I pay 15million for him - not so sure. 


Personally think we have more pressing priorities in defence.