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Gutted at losing Milner

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Villa fan in peace. I feel from the 606 boards and from radio phone ins there is an air of apathy regarding you signing James Milner today. I'll admit he doesn't come with the bling and flair that continental superstars may do. But the ticker tape is not what you get.

IF and it's a big IF he's played in central midfield on a regular basis for you he's improving to the extent that the only comparable player in the league would be Steven Gerrard (his diving hasn't improved yet ;)). He really does have everything. Focused, driven, unbelievable work rate, boundless energy, tackles back, pace, skill, trickery, can cross the ball, make defence splitting passes, has a thunderbolt of a long shot, arrives late in the opposition area and gets on the end of things, good at free-kicks, corners & has a cool head from the penalty spot.

At only 24 years old the scary thing is he can only get better. You'll have no problems with his attitutde either. As he demonstrated on Saturday he is an absolute professional & a credit to himself.

I really thought it'd be good for him to stay at Villa as I've stated in previous posts. I really hope he becomes a success for you and England. I've no doubts he'll give you 100%. The only thing that will prevent him growing even further in stature are if he becomes a victime of your squad's merry-go-round ala Craig Bellamy or he's not played on a regular basis and/or used as a utility player at right-back, right midfield, etc.

Anyway - good luck James you'll be sorely missed at VP.

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posted Aug 22, 2010

Please have you never heard of inflation??

If you adjust utd's spending to take account of that they have outspent every other club in the PL by miles.

They paid Leeds 30 mill for Ferdinand 10 yrs ago. The equivalent now would be twice that. Plus they were spending it when no one else had money. It's easy to be a winner when no one else can match your spending. Bit like winning a 100m race when your rivals are all wearing divers boots.

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posted Aug 22, 2010

Woolleyback Blue - but it's not just how much you have it's also how you spend it, previous utd managers couldn't win a egg and spoon race, never mind the 100m.

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posted Aug 23, 2010

Milner is the player Man City needed.

Liverpool are a decent side.

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posted Aug 24, 2010

These comments on spending are absurd!

Yes United have spent big over the years but not in the same way Chelsea did or City now are!

United have never been owned by someone super rich with money to throw at the club, United spent the money generated by the club.

It took United 7 years to assemble a league winning side they didnt try and buy it in a year!

Fair play to City you're lucky to have someone willing to spend vast amounts of money on you and i wish you luck as you will stil need it against some of the bigger teams.

Seriously though you City fans that try and justify the unreal spending on inacurate "facts" about other clubs, get ur head out of the clouds and cut ur absurd delusions and see your club as it is!

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posted Aug 24, 2010

It is worth noticing Milner and Barry were bought for the cost of Rooney and Ronaldo

30m (yes 30, Citeh valued Ireland at 12 throughout the entire process before quickly knocking 4m off his value) + 12m for 12m and 30m....

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posted Aug 24, 2010

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It is worth noticing Milner and Barry were bought for the cost of Rooney and Ronaldo

30m (yes 30, Citeh valued Ireland at 12 throughout the entire process before quickly knocking 4m off his value) + 12m for 12m and 30m....

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To be fair the market has gone mad since Rooney and Ronaldo were bought by utd. How much for Rooney today and we know how much for Ronaldo. That was seriously silly money.

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posted Aug 24, 2010

Man United destroyed the transfer records when fergie first arrived in terms of percentages that will never be beaten again.

They spent an absolute fortune in relative terms. Modern day terms it would be regarded as chicken feed, but incomparrison to the rest of the league the gap was massive.

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posted Aug 24, 2010

When Ferguson first arrived he was buying the likes of Ralph Milne and Peter Barnes for 50k if you must know.

He did then start making some big buys, the likes of Webb, McClair, Ince and Pallister were big money buys but, just in case you forget this, City had a decade previously been spending comparable money on such rubbish as Daly, Reeves and also on Trevor Francis.

So, let's not crack on United are unique in this.

United have indeed broken transfer records on many occasions but during this time, with the likes of Keane, Blackburn and Newcastle have been spending similar sums on the likes of Shearer Ferdinand, Ginola, Sutton, Asprilla etc., as have Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal. Again, not unique and not breaking all comers transfer records.

When it comes to the likes of Veron, Ferdinand and Rooney, they are indeed massive sums, recording breaking, but at no point ever has that combined amount been spent in ONE transfer windown. It would be a marquee signing once a year with money earned by the club and other clubs have also been doing this for years, United just had more money to spend due to earning more.

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posted Aug 24, 2010

He did then start making some big buys, the likes of Webb, McClair, Ince and Pallister were big money buys but, just in case you forget this, City had a decade previously been spending comparable money on such rubbish as Daly, Reeves and also on Trevor Francis.

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Signing Webb was inspired. i mean, look at all the dodgy decisions he's given you! winkeye

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posted Aug 24, 2010

He was our top representitive at the world cup of course!!!

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