As Jim White, Sky Sports News’ grandmaster of transfer deadline day ceremonies, unleashed his CGI fireworks to signal the shutting of the transfer window, Mancunian Matters turned our thoughts to how happy fans are with their summer signings.
With Owen Hargreaves following Carlos Tevez from Old Trafford to the Etihad Stadium, as well as our clubs in the Greater Manchester area making significant signings, it was a relatively busy day.
So we asked a sample of people in the city centre if they were happy with their club’s signings up to the deadline.
Were you happy with your team’s transfers up to deadline day?
Don’t know / lost faith
Tony Rubel, 29, Student, City Centre
“As a Man City fan, I’m not sure Owen Hargreaves would be a good signing as he’s been injured so it wouldn’t have much impact on the team.”
Phil McGillivray, 36, Security, Prestwich
“It’s alright with Owen Hargreaves going to City. He’s not had much game time so they can have him. United will be alright without Wesley Sneijder as Tom Cleverly will be alright in there.”
Stuart Heydon, 46, Housing Support Worker, Salford
“Hargreaves is only 30 so I think it’s a good move for City because he’s still a good player.”
Haseeb Ahmed, 26, Self-employed, Harper Hey
“Hargreave’s move is not really surprising because we had to get rid of him because he was injury prone. I hope he does well at City but not as well as he did at United. I was disappointed we didn’t get Sneijder because we do need a midfielder and I hoped he would come.”
Jessica Scott, 22, Office Worker, Bury
“Yes I’m very happy with United’s deals. We’ve got strength in our youth so we didn’t too buy many players. We needed a new keeper and it would have been nice to buy Sneijder for the Champions League but we’ll be alright.”
Tony Smith, 67, Retired Trade Unionist, Oldham
“I don’t like the transfer window. I think it’s no problem for my club as long as they start getting a few wins.”
Kevin Davidson, 40, Contractor, City Centre
“I work in Manchester but I’m a Newcastle fan. There’s no start, there’s just an end. We have talked about nothing else for three weeks. The likelyhood of us signing no one was always going to happen.”
Michael Mitchell, 40, Contractor, Piccadilly
“I have been a season ticket holder at my club for 36 years and the Chairman is not telling the fans about anything.
David Grimes, 28, Builder, City Centre
“I’m a Tottenham fan living in the city and we needed a centre-back and a striker and we didn’t get it. They had the money but didn’t spend it.”
Andy McCabe, 39, Housing Manager, Piccadilly
“My team Hull City didn’t sign anyone. We’ve had our moment in the sun so we were quite happy with not signing anyone. They’ve got a settled team now.”
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