Classic knee-jerk drama queen reaction. This is exactly what I expect to read in the English media.
LOL how is this a knee jerk reaction. Many Man Utd season ticket holders who have watched their team year in year out have said that this is the weakest Man Utd team for 20 years. It's hard to disagree that is worse team than the ones with peak Giggs-Scholes-Keane-Beckham across the midfield, Ronaldo-Rooney-Tevez up front, Cole, Yorke and Sheringham and Solskjaer as striking options, Jaap Stam and Peter Schmeichel at the back etc. This current team is more mechanical than their free flowing teams of previous years. The 2006/2007 season was probably the best football I've ever seen them play.
In the Premier League era, really the only Man Utd team that you could argue that this current team was better than, was their transitional team from 2004-2006, but that team still had Van Nistelrooy, Ronaldo and Rooney when they were young and fearless, peak Ferdinand and Gary Neville at the back etc.
Really it's not an insult to Man Utd to say that this is their weakest team for 20 years. It's a testament to the spirit of the club and their legendary manager, that they can still challenge for titles and win trophies when they are struggling (for their high standards) and in transition.
Top quality non-British players would join Stoke if the salary was right. If Madrid and Farca weren't protected by local government they'd be in the same position as Rangers.
We all know about how Barcelona and Real Madrid's unfair advantages, and it would be interesting to see how stacked up in the champions league if La Liga had a proper TV deal like the EPL or Bundesliga, and these clubs weren't continually bailed out by the authorities and their local banks.
Still for now they are by far the two biggest and most glamorous clubs in the world and will both be major forces in Europe for the foreseeable future
Man Utd need to offer bigger salaries to their transfer targets if they want to continue to compete with Barcelona, RM, City etc for the big prizes. Sneijder would be a Man Utd player now if they didn't have such a strict wage structure.