Transfer Business Between Real Madrid And Manchester United Is Usually Conducted On A One-Way Street

Posted: August 3, 2017 in Chelsea, European Football, Football, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League, Transfers
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Not only is it a one-way street but, for the most part, it is cordoned off at one end and emblazoned with “No Entry” signs!

In recent years there have been a few players leave Manchester United for Real Madrid yet, in return, only one has ventured the wrong way up that one-way street.

Is this just coincidence or is there more to it than that?

Manchester United, during the Sir Alex Ferguson era, sold four players to Madrid. They were; Ruud van Nistelrooy, David Beckham, Gabriel Heinze and Cristiano Ronaldo.

If a player left United for Madrid whilst Fergie was in charge it was usually for one of two reasons. Either the player had fallen out with the manager and wanted to leave, or the manager had fallen out with the player and wanted him to leave. There was only one instance, that of Cristiano Ronaldo, where the departure was amicable on the side of both parties.

In the case of van Nistelrooy, he allegedly swore at Ferguson when not brought on as a substitute in the 2005 Carling cup final against Wigan. That was the beginning of the end for him. Although he has since apologised, at that time the writing was on the wall and he was sold.

David Beckham also fell foul of Fergie because of his “popstar” lifestyle during which time he was more often seen on the front pages of the newspapers than on the back. He had “followed Fergie’s advice” by getting married and settling down, although his idea of settling sown differed greatly to that of Ferguson. It became just a matter of time before he was sold.

Gabriel Heinze suffered a drop in form and, when he realised he was no longer the first choice left back, decided he wanted to go to Liverpool. Ferguson was not going to sell a player to Liverpool and so it became a stand-off with the player threatening legal action before he was eventually sold to Madrid as a compromise.

As previously mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo was the odd one out. When he was made aware of Madrid’s interest in him he wanted to go. He never fell out with Ferguson and, apart from the usual tiffs, Ferguson never fell out with him. It was just natural that a player like Ronaldo should want to play for Real Madrid.

Since Sir Alex retired only one player has made the trip to Madrid and that was on loan. Javier Hernandez spent one season there after which Real chose not to take up the option to buy him.

Like Ronaldo, Hernandez didn’t fall out with anyone but, unlike Ronaldo, he never wanted to leave United. He just didn’t seem to fit in with van Gaal’s way of thinking.

So, all in all, four players have made a permanent move directly from Manchester United to Real Madrid and one has gone on loan, yet only one has made the reverse trip.

Anyone who has been reading these chronicles for any length of time will know our feelings about the one who signed for United from Madrid and will either agree or disagree with us that he should never have been signed in the first place.

The pros and cons, however, of that deal have been discussed many times in the past and there are certainly a couple of articles on this site about Angel Di Maria and what a negative signing he was. Here’s a link to one of them if you are interested.

Why did he leave Madrid? Simple, because Madrid wanted him out.

So Manchester United have only managed to sign one player from Real Madrid and that was a player unwanted by the Spaniards!

All other attempts to sign any of their players have been rebuffed. Remember what happened with Sergio Ramos? He ended up with a nice new contract. There was really nothing to stop Real selling him at the time but it is now pretty obvious that they had no intention of doing so.

Alvaro Morata was another exercise in futility. Madrid appeared to be asking way too much for a player with no Premier League experience and so the deal never happened. Was it payback for United’s stubborn refusal to sell David De Gea To them? Possibly.

The moral of the story seems to be that Real Madrid, with the exception of De Gea which may yet still happen, tend to get what they want from United. When the boot is on the other foot, United only get from Real what Real don’t want, which, to date, has been Angel Di Maria.

  1. silverchris Jude dudu says:

    Real Madrid are selfish fellow, they are aware that it is Man Utd that can break their records, this is why they are behaving like that. At least, Jose Mourinho has managed both sides, he knows their plans, therefore, cannot be fooled like other of his predecessors, this is why he strategizes his plans in the ongoing transfer window with an alternate player in each position. They delay the sale of Alvaro Morata, he opted for Romelu Lukaku. In the history of Real, they have been able to get five productive players from Man Utd, four on permanent deals and one on loan, in the likes of Heinz, Ruud Van, David Beckham, Ronaldo C. and Javier H. respectively. But they only sold one unwanted player by them to Man Utd, in person of Angel Di Maria. What a selfish fellow, most their players who wanted a better deal have used Man Utd in cementing such deals, Most recently, Sergio did it, Ronaldo, who was once ours did it etc. And today Bale is out again. If they are NOT ready to sell to Man U. they should not expect to buy from us anymore. David De Gea can go back to where we bought him from which is Athletic Madrid, if he is too desperate or so desires to play in Spain, because if he goes the other way Oblak can move to Man U. Madrid should go and rest.


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