Football FanCast guest columnist Jay Roberts would like to have seen Adem Ljajic brought to Old Trafford.
The decision not to pursue the interest in Adem Ljajic shocked most United fans and according to reports the player himself as it was seen that the January deal with Partisan Belgrade was a mere formality. United have pulled the plug leaving the Serb in limbo and supporters somewhat bemused.
The official line from the club was that they had trouble obtaining a work permit and it would take some time to put another application through. I personally find that incredibly hard to believe and with David Gill and United usually being as scrupulous as we normally are, I cannot understand why the club weren’t aware of the work permit situation when they agreed in principle to sign the youngster, therefore I certainly does leave us guessing as to what the real reason is behind the breakdown.
Speculation has been rife and while some have suggested that perhaps the player’s form had dipped and he was failing to live up to his potential, there has been whispers that Manchester United’s financial state is none too healthy, which has only been heightened by reports in the Times today that the Glazer family are struggling to refinance a sizeable loan that they undertook when they purchased the club. My own view is that the promise of Gabriel Obertan we have seen may have perhaps swayed Fergie’s judgment, but I certainly don’t buy into the story that the simple matter of a work permit has proved the stumbling block of this deal at all. United are far too thorough to let that happen…aren’t they?
So am I disappointed that we didn’t sign Ljajic? Well I think it is hard to say, after all I haven’t seen him play regularly and all I have got to go by is footage on YouTube, but I still would have liked him brought in, even if it was at the expense of Tosic or Nani being sold on in January to make room for him. Obertan certainly looks promising, but does he possess those mercurial talents to be Ronaldo’s future successor at Old Trafford? I still am unsure and that is why I would like to have seen what the Serb could have brought to the proceedings.