In the middle of our bids for Phil Jones and Ashley Young, Sunderland who have sold Jordan Henderson for a reported fee of 13 million plus David N’Gog are after launching a 12+ million bid for three United players: Darron Gibson, Wes Brown and John O’Shea. All three players have a year left on their current deals and the bid has been reportedly accepted by United.
Darron Gibson is a player who it’s fair to say isn’t popular among the fans after being hounded off Twitter by some idiot United fans. Darron has had his chances in a United shirt, and in all honesty hasn’t really taken them. He’s never had a shocker so to speak, but it’s not very often you come away from Old Trafford after a game thinking: “Gibbo had a good game today didn’t he?”. He’s had his moments without doubt, scoring the opener against Bayern Munich last year and scoring in the 4-1 demolition of Schalke in the semi-finals this season. He also has scored some quality goals in the red shirt, including a spectacular brace against Tottenham in the Carling Cup and incredible lob from a tight angle against Scunthorpe in the same competition. Gibbo will certainly come away with OT with some good memories, but with Tom Cleverley coming back from an impressive loan spell at Wigan and United reportedly looking to strengthen in a midfield area which looked very weak last season it’s time to go. Always sad to see a player who has come through the ranks leave, but if he does go I wish the lad all the best for the future.
Wes Brown who has been at the club since 1996 and has made 361 appearances, and is another who has come up through the ranks, and unlike Gibson is a popular man among the fans with his no-nonesence tough tackling approach to defending. Wes best season with the club came in the 2007/08 where he made a career high 52 appearances, and was a key figure in our success in both the Premier League and the Champions League setting up Cristiano Ronaldo to head home the opener in the final. Brown only made 15 appearances last season and didn’t even qualify for a Premier League medal, this was after speculation of a fallout between Brown and Sir Alex at last years USA tour which has seen the Manchester born defender fall out of favor at the club. While it will be strange to see Wes in a different shirt after all these years, I think it’s right move for both club and player. The progress of the Da Silva twins and the signing of Jones would mean Brown would be further down the pecking order. We will also be saying goodbye to one our most beloved chants:
John O’Shea who after Giggs has made more appearances then everyone else in the current United squad, is probably the most surprising of the three to be sold. John who made 32 appearances last season has been a key member of the United squad filling in at left and right back, center back, center mid, striker and even had a cameo appearance in goal! While John has had his critics in the past, most of them have acknowledge what an important member of the squad he is and he showed everyone he can be more then just a squad player as he was made first choice right-back in the 2008/09 season where he made 54 appearances and helped the Reds bring home 4 trophies (Yes I am considering the Community Shield as a trophy!) and reach a Champions League Final. While I understand the other two being sold, I can’t really understand why in a summer where were losing Van Der Sar, Neville, Scholes, Hargreaves and now Brown that we’d be willing to let go of another experienced head who has had the United way built into him. However, maybe Fergie sees Johnny Evans as the new ‘O’Shea’ as he can cover in at full back and center back. While Chris Smalling proved towards the end of last season that he can fill in at right back, and new signings Jones can also play as a defensive midfield. So SAF could feel that he is more then covered at the back and it’s time to let go of the ultimate utility player. If he does leave for Sunderland, he will leave with the admiration of the United faithful and will always be remembered as a hero for his last minute goal against Liverpool at the Kop back in 2007 especially.