Why Sir Alex Ferguson should sign another Veteran for this season

The talk of Manchester United’s midfield has started to become insipid, unfair criticism of Michael Carrick, whether Phil Jones is a midfielder or defender to the fact Anderson is turning into the new Djemba-Djemba.

The re-signing of Paul Scholes has boosted the squad who had been missing the young Tom Cleverly as a creative spark. As I watched the highlights of United’s 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderer in which Scholes scored, I wondered just how they’d benefit from another veteran and former United player.

David Beckham had been extremely close to signing with Paris Saint-Germain following his contract with LA Galaxy ending on 31st December. However, talks broke down and new PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Beckham rejected the deal because his family wanted to stay in Los Angeles.

I suppose it makes sense, Beckham who turns 37 in May would only be joining PSG on a short term basis, not the logical move for a young family to make. Reports suggest that he’ll sign a new contract with the Galaxy very soon; if he does it is likely a loan move whilst the MLS season is off looks likely.

Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers have been the two named clubs rumoured in signing Beckham but the player himself has said he’d find it extremely hard to play against United for any other Premier League team.

That’s why I can see a loan deal for Beckham a viable option for Sir Alex Ferguson as his United side that hope to retain the Premier League title from the advances of City and Spurs.

Scholes coming out of retirement shocked a few, especially with the sale of Darron Gibson to Everton and the fact Anderson seems to be out of favour, could the team benefit from another veteran?

Whilst Becks may not have the fitness for full on Premier League games, he could play a vital part. Scholes came off for fellow veteran Ryan Giggs against Bolton and similar rotation could be done with Beckham.

No one can argue against the statement that Beckham is one of the best crossers of the football in the World and his delivery and passing could booster United’s midfield for the rest of the season.

The hype and fame that comes with Beckham may be off putting for SAF but as Becks is close to retiring, perhaps a return and bow out to English football would make it all the more worthwhile.

He’s expected to be included in the Great Britain team come the 2012 Olympic Games, he’ll want to be fit for it and the MLS season does not start until March.

We saw fellow ex-Premier League/MLS stars Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane return with Loan deals to Arsenal and Aston Villa. If Becks does re-sign for LA Galaxy again, Fergie should give him a call and see if he can add that extra option to the United midfield with silverware in mind that would end a golden era of players.

I don’t think that’s one move David Beckham could ever turn down.

David Beckham’s Career Crossroads

Here at Verbal Football, I’ll analyse David Beckham’s latest career crossroads. Despite hitting 37 years of age, David Beckham is still a professional footballer in demand. Whether it’s for his ‘brand’ or the fact that he can still dig deep and produce at the required level, Beckham is a man who most high-tier clubs still covet. As it stands Beckham has two ‘confirmed’ options. One is to join PSG on an 18 month deal, the other is two remain with LA Galaxy for the rest of his career.

PSG

The Parisian project is enticing for many reasons. In an ideal world, he’d win another league in a different country and he could test himself in a decent European League. Having Beckham around would also aide the likes of Pastore and Menez in terms of dealing with off field pressures that comes with a club rivalling Manchester City in terms of re-growth on the pitch and buzz amongst football fans. Joining PSG would also give Beckham the chance to perform in the UEFA Champions League and display his unique crossing talents to a global audience (which can sometimes be slightly cynical) once more.

Los Angeles Galaxy:

On the other hand, Beckham can opt to remain with in sunny California with LA Galaxy. We all know that Beckham’s family is settled in Los Angeles and Beckham has, in the main, enjoyed his MLS experience both on and off the pitch. I think Beckham would also relish defending the MLS Cup and thus, picking up another MLS Cup medal. Beckham would also have an even bigger target on his back from his ever vocal critics in the States and who better to silence them once and for all?.

Conclusion:

David Beckham has always been one who surprised most but not many. His move to LA was beyond unexpected as well as his successful loan stint at AC Milan. Beckham has stated that he wants to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games, wouldn’t a base in Paris represent him with the best preparation to do so? Or would a more relaxed Los Angeles environment be best?. Watch this space.

Paul Batambuze.

LA Galaxy’s 2011 MLS Cup Play-Off Adventure

Here at Verbal Football, I’ll give a run-down on LA Galaxy’s 2011 MLS Cup adventure. With the 2011 MLS Cup Final taking place at The Home Depot Centre, it’s only fitting that I focus a piece on the team from Los Angeles.
As top seeds in the Western Conference, LA received a bye in the first round of MLS Cup playoffs. Up first was the team from New York also known as the New York Red Bulls. Don’t ask me how a team from LA and NY are facing each other in a Western Conference play-off, direct your questions to the MLS HQ.

LA Galaxy v NY Red Bulls

LA Galaxy won the first leg with an imperious display in New York. Mike Magee’s well taken half-volley in the 15th minute ensured LA had the advantage going into the second leg.
New York Red Bulls began the second leg, with the highly rated Ream in defence. Former Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax midfielder Teemu Tainio and a certain Thierry Henry upfront. The home side, LA Galaxy opted to replace the suspended Juninho with former Port Vale player, Chris Birchall in central midfield alongside David Beckham. Opting for Birchall made complete sense as Bruce Arena opted to be gung-ho in the first leg and found themselves slightly open whenever New York launched a counter-attack.
David Beckham put in a herculean effort on behalf of the Galaxy at The Home Depot Centre. Robbie Keane was both wasteful and greedy but at least showed himself for the ball compared to the anonymous Barrett. I wonder why Bruce Arena doesn’t put Mike Magee upfront where I feel he’d be more of a potent weapon for the LA Galaxy offence.

LA Galaxy v Real Salt Lake

LA Galaxy competed with Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final at Home Depot Centre for a place in the MLS Cup Final. To those who are unfamiliar with the MLS Play-Offs structure, this game was practically a semi-final, with the winner heading off to the MLS Cup final.
In this particular match, Mike Magee continued his impressive form with another goal. This time his winning effort was a header effort with the assist from you know who (David Beckham in case you were wondering). The Beckham – Magee tandem has been a valuable source of goals for LA Galaxy. Again, I was baffled as to why Magee isn’t allowed to have a free rein upfront. Either way, Beckham is still able to find him and that is exactly what happened in this match.

LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo

LA Galaxy reached the MLS Cup Final for the second time in as many years. The game was a chess match, with LA dominating the early proceedings. Adam Cristman was wasteful in front of goal and should’ve given LA a first half lead. Cristman will not be missed if he’s acquired in the upcoming MLS Supplemental Draft.
In the second half, Houston Dynamo came more out of their shells and forced the likes of Omar Gonzalez and De La Garza to defend on the back foot. However, in the 80th minute, David Beckham combined with Robbie Keane who in turn fed Landon Donovan with a sublime through ball which Donovan duly put in the net. Cue bedlam within the Home Depot Centre and utter joy when the referee signalled time at the end of the game. It was fitting that LA won the MLS Cup in their own backyard as well as in David Beckham’s last game for the Californian side.

The LA Galaxy Round-Up

LA Galaxy’s head coach Bruce Arena also received the 2011 MLS Coach of the Year … Unsurprisingly, David Beckham also received the 2011 MLS Comeback Player of the Year award. Beckham’s contribution to LA in the play-offs alone have demanded recognition for his work ethic and unsurpassed leadership qualities. LA Galaxy captain, Landon Donovan also won the MLS MVP for 2011. Roll on next season.

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