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Scholes The First Rag To Focus On City

It's been coming. As another wave of squad strengthening arrives at 'liddle ciddy,' finally a rag has broken cover over The Blues this summer and it's 35 year old Paul Scholes...

Last week, Taggart side-stepped the hacks press conference questions over City's continued resurgence which shows no signs of stopping, but you can be sure he won't be able to resist for long.

Of the ageing senior rags whose slowly sapping stamina will eventually tell in The Premier League as the debt ravaged Stretford club continue to over-rely upon them, the soon to be 36 Scholes is the first to wish City would go away.

'Who will our biggest rivals for the title be? You have got to say Chelsea. And the rest? You just do not know. City? We will have to see what happens there. They have bought so many players. Whether they can gel together remains to be seen.'

The squad gelling theory was aired by Taggart around the time of last season's League Cup semi-final the result of which saw a tremendous outpouring of relief at Old Trafford. Consequently, City went on to their finest ever Premier League finish.

Scholes then opts for straw clutching and a hint of desperation that he wishes City were still down among the dead man in the third tier of English football a decade ago.

'Will their spending help to motivate us? Yes...The last thing we want is City above us. It has not happened while I have been here and hopefully it won''s great for the city to have two top teams, but I'd rather them be down in the Second Division, like they were ten years ago.'

We know that City's incredible phoenix from the flames has been hard for everyone associated with The Glazer Empire to stomach. The City obsession of various rag fans site confirms that.

We can surely look forward to more words of wisdom in the next fortnight from the swamp as City continue to turn up the heat on Ferguson's previously unchallenged Manchester reign. Once again, the loveable Scot been unable to seriously strengthen his side and there's nothing himself or the Norwich scarf massive can do about it.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 27 2010

Time: 6:36PM

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I'm sick of us poor mis-guided blues slagging off Utd's strength and depth to their squad. They have loads of money to spend on players, Baconface says so, Gill says so, why can't we just accept that they're extremely happy with their youthful squad...
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27/07/2010 19:02:00

i used to have a lot of time for Scholes, him being a Middleton lad as well, he did keep his counsel on things that neither concerned him, unless it was to do with his career, so what has changed now? we must have really got under his/their skins for Mr 'Dont concern me' Scholes..... have you some kind of 'Dimentia' or has Taggart finnaly hypnotised you, all the same YOU used to be a good player who kept his own ideas private, now it just Smacks of jealosy and envy..... so wear your green and Yellow with pride... GREEN FOR ENVY, YELLOW FOR FEAR, WATCHING THE TITLES DISAPPEAR....the Noisy neighbours are getting louder and here to stay, get used to it, Scholesy.....
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27/07/2010 19:02:00

I hope the green and yellow shirt protest at the swamp continues next year...this is why: More green and yellow shirt sales = less red shirt sales = less profit = more debt = bankrupcy = relegation. Sorry Scholes but the math seems to indicate that City will finish above you after all!
Blue ponderer
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27/07/2010 21:18:00

We are in debt and yet we continue to attract mega sponsorship deals. Wonder how we do it? We continue to make more money than you do. We continue to be the world's most valuable sports brand. You will be in our shadow for a loooooong time but hey if it makes you sleep at night, YES we are about to fold, we can't even afford to buy squad players like Smalling for 10 mil. 35 years is it?
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27/07/2010 21:44:00

Yep Deon, you are the world's most valuable sports brand. And if they wish, all your little plastic fans can carry a little plastic visa card with the red-devil logo whilst texting their mates on their manure mobiles. Remember when you used to be a football team that meant something to real people rather than pathetic glory hunters living vicariously through a foreign football team's success at marketing itself? Oh well, suppose you don't, you were probably one of these people who were born in 1992. So as you snuggle up in your Ryan Giggs jim-jams, underneath your Wayne Rooney duvet cover, you carry on pretending that liddle ciddy don't matter and that the red dream will last forever. But hey deon - when you turn out your red devils bedside lamp your bedroom will be almost as dark as the future of your club, and the dreams you will be having will become one big blue nightmare. Sleep tight!
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27/07/2010 22:04:00

Its funny you bring up the fact that we're losing our identity as a football club so what are your owners trying to do. I'm sure they have no interest in marketing your club do they? I'm sure the fact they're building football fields for kids in NY means they're just being nice. The fact they they're trying to build parks around your stadium means nothing. Being a big club is all about marketing, it brings in most of the money. We are great at that, it has put us where we are the top. Your owners and Gary Cook can't sleep at night cos they're thinking of ways to outdo our marketing skills. They DREAM to have what we have globally. That is a known fact. So don't even begin to give me ANY lecture on when we used to be a football team when your owners are clearly aspiring to be us. Hahaha and YOU are talking about plastic fans?? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha how many fans did you get on matchdays at CoMs before all this money? How many season tickets did you sell before all the money came in? Everything your club is doing is because of us, you look up to us believe it or not. And yes I will sleep very soundly knowing you will ALWAYS be in our shadows. I will sleep well tonight knowing no matter how hard you try or how many players you buy, you will never be able to touch us!
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27/07/2010 22:39:00

"yet we continue to attract mega sponsorship deals." That'll be AON then and their track record of shipping fines and out of court settlements. For details please contact The Financial Services Authority. Or Our Malcolm. LMAO.
Johnny Baguette
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27/07/2010 22:40:00

Everything your little club from outside of Manchester has become is down to us pal. Check out your history prior to 1992 and see how many time Liddle Ciddy have baied out the mighty rags. Not this time by the way, our chari9ty is in the past, just like your history.
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27/07/2010 22:52:00

Aaah history, dont you just envy ours? Its funny, your entire club is based on the notion that you'll be takin over the world in the FUTURE. I'm sure you all know that nothing is ever set in stone and all this money can amount to NOTHING! So I'd much rather have our rich, illustrous history than a future you can't control!
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27/07/2010 23:05:00

United are broke and eventually, although probabaly not this year you will over take them. But only because some billionaire camel shagger is fulfilling his ego trip, otherwise....nothing. Give Utd credit where its due. They are only in debt because law in this country allowed the Glazers to buy them (against fans wishes) & consequently transfer the debt onto them. The Utd fans have been done over, laugh? Hell yes ive been telling my mates for years that their time at the top is coming to an end. But bitchy little articles like this show you up to be "classless" as Fergie once said.
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27/07/2010 23:48:00

They chose the money route by becoming a PLC. Their beloved ferguson invited Magnier and McManus to buy the club so he could run it as his own little fiefdom without interference from the shareholders. Then, when that little relationship went pear-shaped, the Glazers stepped in, without a peep from your "man of the people socialist from Govan". Fergie made the bed you are currently lying in and noone will shed a tear when your little reign at the top comes to an end. And Huddersfield - a banner in the end of a football ground (condoned by the ownership) that mocks another football team (that don't matter apparently) is about the most classless thing anyone could ever do.
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28/07/2010 00:33:00

Huddersfield - keep your racist comments to yourself. And you have the neck to talk about class?
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28/07/2010 08:38:00

This thread has a got a little bitchy and probably lost sight of the article. The bottom line is that "little Scholesy" who in the eyes of the commentators is unjustly treated for his mistimed tackles when you and I all know he knows exactly what he's doing when he kicks people has aired his fears. There is a realisation that a stronger playing staff will ultimately deliver some sort of goods. We don't know what it will be yet but we are aware of the ambitions of our owners. We are seeing better quality footballers arriving almost by the day and the stark reality of it is that Scholes can't see the same thing happening in DeliaLand. When you accept that the real stalwarts of their squad for a number of years have been Giggs, Scholes, Neville, Ferdinand & Van der Saar, all at the top end of the on-field age scale you have to wonder where their spark will come from. ~We know ultimately that it is Rooney or bust as far as their current playing staff is concerned. They saw their title and Champions League dreams disappear last season on the back of his ankle injury. Nobody else could step up to the plate and they were forced to rely once again on Giggs & Scholes. I think that it is that which causes Stretford's finest their concerns. There seems to be some amnesia about them splashing out the kind of money they did to secure Ferdinand and Rooney. That seemed to be okay. We're only spending the same kind of loot on players now that they did in the past. Mr Scholes won't be the only one engaging himself in worries about City. Me...I prefer to defer judgement. It is winning matches that is the difference between success and failure. It'a amazing how people on the TV like Sky Sports seems to revel in the fact that big-spending Manchester City have lost a couple of matches in the USA (no mention of us using younger players).We have quite a difficult start and if we win the first 2 matches we'll be starting to make a statement...and then so will the others from the red quarter.
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28/07/2010 08:58:00

What business does huddersfieldshiddo have poking his nose in a banter between local rivals?
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28/07/2010 10:14:00

Ah, there's nothing like a bit of successful dirty red goading to put a spring in my trainers. Shabba!
Johnny Baguette
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28/07/2010 10:30:00

Oh yes we are so jealous of you, we envy to go 37 years without a trophy, we can only aspire to have as much money as you and fail. We're so reliant on Giggs (only performed at the start of the season), Scholes (showed flahes of his original self), Neville (spent most of the season injured and then got dominated by nearly every left winger) and Van Der Sar (who also struggled with injuries). I mean players like Nani, Valencia, Vidic, Evans, Fletcher, Rafael, Rooney,Evra contribute absolutely nothing to our team, they're just there for the ride. How can you justify your spending by comparing it to ours pedmachine? We spend 30 mil on the current England captain who has offered years service with solid performances in contrast you spend 24 mil on Joleon Lescott! You spend 22 mil (or so) on a LB who is unproven in the league whilst we spend 5 mil on Evra. You spend 22 mil on Kolo Toure while we spend 7 mil on Vidic. We spend 17 mil on Hargreaves (when fit one of the best DM's around) and you spend 28 mil on Yaya Toure. We've never splashed out big money on player unproven in the premier league (big money in my definition is 20+ mil).
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28/07/2010 13:02:00

Nonsense of course. The rags went unchallenged finanically for a long, long time. From Cole to Pallister to Yorke to Camel Gob transfer records were repeatedly broken. How much would Forlan and Veron be worth now?
Johnny Baguette
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28/07/2010 13:19:00

No.7 - learn how to count. Where are you getting your transfer figures from? The S*n perhaps, because you're well wide of the mark on some of them prices you're claiming City paid.
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28/07/2010 13:39:00

Pleae correct me then Bluedub, but i did get these figures from various sites. The point remains, you compare the prices of the teams, they're worlds apart. How will you guys even defend the supposed 24 mil bid you're putting in for Balotelli or the 30 mil asking price for Milner (though i guess not even you guys are happy with that one)?
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28/07/2010 16:59:00

The exact figures for transfers in this window are undisclosed, so the various websites you're getting your info from are just speculating. The only thing I can tell you for certain is that Sandro Rosell was quoted in the Spanish media as saying he/Barca have 21.5m Euro (18m sterling) from the sale of Yaya, now I accept City will have paid Yaya a signing on fee, but I seriously doubt it was anything near the ten million that would need to be added to make your assertion of 28 million true.
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28/07/2010 17:11:00

No7: Estimation from Wikipedia (probably better than news of the world and the Sun) Kolarov: 16M, Kolo Toure: 14M, Yaya: 24M, Lescott: 22-24M (only one where you're close) These are all estimations so might well have been less....Owen Hargreaves one of the best DMs around??Who is he? never seen him play...
Blue ponderer
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28/07/2010 19:35:00

Its amazing how Citeh fans are calling United a small club. What a laugh.
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28/07/2010 20:13:00

I think you'll find we're calling them a shrinking club Deltafarce.
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28/07/2010 22:54:00


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