Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Talking Betting

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Talking Betting

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REMEMBER when United signed Eric Cantona from Leeds and Andy Cole from Newcastle? I do - and I also recall there was no publicity about any of these stunning, headlinegrabbing deals until they were done, everything nicely tied up and with crucially no chance of any rivals moving in and messing things up.

You don't have to be the brain of Britain to work out what I am getting at.

It's heart-breaking to me that the Reds have missed out to Chelsea for Barcelona striker Pedro and to City who have landed another potential United target in Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.

My message to Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward is learn from this and learn quickly. The best way to do business anywhere in the world is quickly, efficiently and without the unwelcome glare of publicity. Tell everyone by all means once its sorted, but not before.

Now United have left themselves with a race against time before the window shuts at the end of the month to land this marque signing the manager has promised the fans because Wayne Rooney needs help up there leading the attack. …

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