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Pre and post-sale comments from NUFC.com
We wrote on January 9th 2004:
As has been speculated upon for most of
this week, there does appear to be interest from Aston Villa in signing
our Peruvian international Nolberto Solano.
If there is genuine interest in one of
my players, a club should come through the front door, not the back
"We have got some players who are buyable but in my mind Nobby isn't one of those players who is for sale."
For our own part we're saddened at the
treatment of Nobby by the club in recent times and even if he has now made
a return to the senior side after his time in exile, his departure seems
Yes, Nobby supposedly agreed to lessen his commitment to Peru for friendly games in return for an improved contract, but was it fair for Bobby to ask him to do this in the first place? The pressure on Solano to play in every Peru game is huge, from what we understand, there is no club v country debate in Peru, country always comes first.
Surely that is something someone as patriotic as Bobby can understand, after all it was only the resolve of Freddy Shepherd which stopped our manager putting country before club when the FA asked him to become involved in the England setup again.
And it's become almost a standing joke
that when United make a substitution that Nobby starts moving towards the
touchline even before his number is up - in stark contrast to one or two
other colleagues who seem immune from being replaced.
* A few of you have quite rightly pointed
out his drink-driving conviction.
It's now been confirmed that Peruvian international midfielder Nolberto Solano has left the club, after Aston Villa's bid - now thought to be around the £1.5m mark - was accepted by United.
The player met with officials from Villa in the Midlands on Thursday to agree personal terms and put pen to a two and a half year deal with the Villans on Thursday evening.
Questions have to be asked about the state of the club's finances if we are willing to lose a player of Solano's calibre for a paltry £1.5m. Bobby has stated (see below) that this is a "good deal for both clubs" but seems to have few allies with that opinion.
So we now have £3.5m banked from the January transfer window, why that's almost enough to go and buy another Bassedas or Maric (or Stephen Carr). No doubt, Bobby's old friend Mick Wadsworth has spotted a few bargains on his travels with DR Congo which he can tip us the wink on.
We wonder whether Bobby realises the depth of feeling this transfer has stirred up. Did he not hear the "you don't know what you're doing" chants at Anfield when he subbed Solano for the umpteenth and final time?
Kevin Keegan took stick for his sale of Andy Cole, Kenny Dalglish for letting Ferdinand go but for some of us this is worse. Robson's bizarre defence of Carl Cort, followed by the knockdown sale of Solano have convinced some that plots are being seriously lost at St. James'.
Those at St. Andrew's on Saturday are likely to leave the management in no doubt about their views on the subject.