Football FanCast guest columnist Joe Kemsley wonders if Fergie has any
regrets about cashing in on Kieran Richardson too soon.
Richardson returns to Old Trafford for the first since his £6m departure back
in 2007 and I asked the question as to whether he has actually been missed?
I have to
confess that I was always a fan of the player and to be honest I don't feel he
did much wrong during his time at United and I for one was rather shocked that
Fergie didn't give him the time that he has afforded the likes of O'Shea and Fletcher
to develop and become a regular first team squad member – he certainly had the ability,
but perhaps the attitude wasn't 100% there.
liked about Richardson is that he was extremely versatile and could play a plethora
of roles. He had a good range of passing and his distribution from wide areas
and set pieces was decent and in hindsight is probably a damn sight better than
what we have currently gone now Ronaldo has since left Old Trafford. When you
also consider we spent around £17m on Nani and a similar sum on the two Serbs
Tosic and Ljajic, you have to wonder whether Richardson could have saved United
a fair amount had Fergie perhaps been a little more persistent in him.
know Sir Alex very rarely makes mistakes and perhaps Richardson was getting a
bit ahead of himself, with his attitude and cockiness (not one of Fergie's favoured traits)
but it would have been nice to have seen him get a little longer to prove his
worth at Old Trafford…wouldn't it?
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