Date: 20th August 2012 at 5:40pm
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Sir Alex Ferguson’s legion of fawning media accolytes have had very little to praise him over of late but the signing of Robin Van Persie unleashed a torrent of arslikhan…

Of course, this isn’t unprecedented but hacks with a historically open pro-United agenda have been tripping over themselves to guarantee their press conference places at the affable Scot’s weekly love-in since the money was found to sign the glass ankled Dutchman.

Woe betide any of them that would have ever dared mention his overseeing of the throwing away of an 8 point lead earlier this year…

It’s widely accepted in rival circles that Taggart’s bizarre assertion that his club is unique in developing young players have been slavishly trolled out by numerous hacks despite him previously having repeatedly broken English transfer records when the rags ruled the market unopposed. All of a sudden, the same hacks who backed his Team Glazer inspired claims that ‘there is no value out there’ from aboard the City ruining football bandwaggon are ludicrously fanfaring the signing of the 29 year old Van Persie as ‘a statement of intent’ and ‘a masterstroke’ ad nauseam.

These learned scribes, despite the clear and present fact that The New York Floaters are in deep trouble and needed to act quickly to bolster worsening morale across the ‘700 million club’ are in no mood to let this and the requirement that Robin’s wages should match the established Fatman’s get in the way of some serious Taggart trouser sliming…

The Grauniad laughably declared: ‘Van Persie…buys heavily into United’s tradition and playing style whereas he is less keen on how City have spent lavishly to accumulate under the Abu Dhabi United Group.’

The BBC gave the impression that they were writing under instruction when they stated: ‘It is also a signal that United can and will spend the big money on stellar stars when the moment arrives. Ferguson can point at Van Persie as the flesh and blood embodiment of his insistence that owners the Glazers will support him financially when it matters, proof that his public support for the Americans is not simply lip service to his paymasters.’

The Independent gushed: ‘When showing off Robin van Persie – Manchester United’s new prized asset – Sir Alex Ferguson was being watched intently by the man to his right. That man, the £24m signing from Arsenal who has penned a four-year deal, hung on his manager’s every word, nodding in agreement at times and was generally fixated with what he had to say when talking about the upcoming Premier League season.’

The Daily Torygraph couldn’t contain it’s red underkecks when it drooled: ‘Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Robin van Persie to emulate Eric Cantona.’

Enough already.

This latest episode in the history of ‘The Street of Shame’ should serve as a timely reminder to everyone connected with Manchester City that a hell of a lot of hard work remains to be done before Taggart and his admirers finally accept that all their continued talk of mythical strong second halves of the season and banging on about history has run aground.

The Blues won the title last season not only by playing sensational football but by having also negotiated terrible refereeing decisions, ridiculous suspensions, group of death Champions League fixtures that were each followed by away Premier League fixtures and a run-in as tough as they come. The club also had to contend with almost universal criticism from a distinctly pro-rag press. All in all it was one hell of an achievement.

There’s a school of thought out there suggesting that Team Glazer’s preparedness to commit £66 million to Van Persie is a desperate last throw of the dice. It could well be that Taggart’s mates in the press know it and are also giving this title tilt one last blast. Bigging it up for all it’s worth for the rag’s old father time.

Sadly for him and for them, Manchester City have proved that they are now made of sterner stuff. Game on.


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Sa 01 Sep 17h30 QPR, The Etihad, PL
Sa 15 Sep 15h00 Stoke, The Britannia Stadium, PL
Su 23 Sep 16h00 Arsenal, The Etihad, PL
Sa 29 Sep 15h00 Fulham, Craven Cottage, PL

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES:

The draw for the 2012/13 Champions League Group Stage will take place in Monaco on Thursday, 30th August. The opening round of games will kick off in the week commencing Monday, 17th September.