The Ronaldo saga

To be honest, I’m sick of all this crap about Ronaldo. He’s made it clear that he’s not committed to United by the way he’s behaved over teh summer. He signed a contract to 2012 yet he has fostered an atmosphere of discontentment. What annoys me even more is Ferguson’s quote from this BBC story:

The fans have got to understand; it’s very difficult when a young boy is tempted by all this money.

What the hell is that?! The guy earns tens of tens of thousands a week if not hundreds of thousands at United. That’s not even considering merchandising deals. He can throw money into a fire for the rest of his life and he’ll still be able to afford Ferraris by the dozen. Ronaldo doesn’t know when he has it made. He was the top scorer last season and a major factor in the double trophy win. I’m sick of his selfishness though. His heart isn’t in the club and I doubt it ever will be. We should have cashed in and took an offer from Real Madrid. 👿


Saturday saw myself, Mark, Ro, Paul and Co travel to England for the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer testimonial at Old Trafford. We’d been looking forward to this for ages. The guy has been a model professional for United and is truly a legend for myself and thousands of other United fans. The day went really well but it was a long one. We had left Dublin early on Saturday and by the time we’d had a few drinks in Bolton later that night, it was 1am and I was set for bed.

The game itself wasn’t amazing (testimonials rarely are) but I was delighted to pay tribute to a guy who has done so much for the club. He got an amazing reception when he came on with 20 minutes to go and rightly so. Ronaldo could learn a lot from him in my opinion. He had a chance to transfer to Tottenham in 1998 but decided to stick with United even though moving would have guaranteed him more first team starts. He’s now coaching the Reserves team at the club and I’m delighted he’ll still be involved in the future.

We arrived home around 5.30 on Sunday evening whereupon I had a quick trip home to change and head for Darren’s birthday bash in town. I’ll leave the full story of what happened for a seperate entry later on cos I’ve a few photos to upload.

Don’t support them, support us

Apparently, according to this guy, I don’t have any business supporting English football clubs. Rubbish. I’ve been supporting United since I was 12 (1993). Yes, they had just won their first Premier League and I was probably influenced by that (and mainly my mate Mattie). Do I however, consider myself a lesser being because I don’t support a League of Ireland club? God no, and why should I? I respect the fans of Shels, Bohs, Pats, Galway United, Drogheda etc and I can understand their point about people supporting foreign teams. They travel up and down the country each week and get out on the terraces. Fair play lads.

What I won’t be though is a poster boy for what Mark considers to be people who “support” English clubs. I’ve been to Old Trafford once (not the required twice according to Mark) and I’m going again in August for Solskjaer’s testimonial. I’m a member of the Independent Manchester United Supporters Trust having bought shares prior to the Glazer takeover. I’m a member of United’s own supporters club. I buy the jerseys, follow the team news and had a hell of a nail-biting night watching the Champions League final. I can’t tell you why I don’t support a League of Ireland club, my grandad (who lived in Cabra West was a Bohs fan) went regularly to games but I don’t. I fell in love with a club across the water in 1993 and I’m fucked if I’m going to apologise for it.