My dad has been watching football for over 40+ years, way longer than I have. I asked him what he thought of Man United’s incredibly active last-minute rush before the transfer deadline, and these were the responses I got.
- Of Radamel Falcao signing for Man United on loan (£8 million)
“That’s a good deal.”
- Of Shinji Kagawa returning to Borussia Dortmund (£6 million)
“He is anytime better than Cleverley and Welbeck.”
- Of Tom Cleverley possibly being sold or loaned (to Aston Villa maybe?)
- Of Danny Welbeck possibly being loaned to Sunderland
“WHO THE HECK wants to buy him?? Can’t control the ball, worse than Andy Cole.”
Note: My dad has an intense dislike for Andy Cole, even though he is the second highest all-time goalscorer in the Premier League with 187 goals, behind Alan Shearer’s 260 goals. He missed a lot of chances at Man United, and I mean A LOT.
- Of Javier Hernandez joining Real Madrid on loan (fee currently undisclosed)
“Sell him better lah.”
- Of Mario Balotelli joining Liverpool a week earlier (£16 million)
“Replace one siao lang [Suarez] with another siao lang.”
Note: “siao lang” is Hokkien dialect for “crazy person”.
- Other quotable quotes
“They need Nigel de Jong, he is very good. United need an Iron Man in the midfield.”
“This is a good manager [Van Gaal] in charge of a shit team.”
“I hate Liverpool.”
Well, my dad is a lifelong United fan who grew up watching a dominant 1980s Liverpool side sweep up trophy after trophy, so that final quote is understandable.
Ah, I miss the good old days of listening to football stories from my dad. In the 1980s, we had Ron Atkinson, Gordon Strachan, Norman Whiteside, and Frank Stapleton. Liverpool had Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, and Bruce Grobbelaar.
See the difference in quality there? United are kind of going through the same phase now. Deja vu.
Okay fine, Whiteside and Stapleton were decent, they helped us win the FA Cup in the 1980s. But you kind of get the idea.