My fears for David Gill's memory after he claims United rarely buy top stars
David Gill has a number of strings to his bow.
The Manchester United chief executive is the man who has to keep Sir Alex Ferguson and the Glazer family happy. He is also on the Football Association board.
This week I thought he had also been doing a stand-up stint at Manchester’s Frog and Bucket comedy club when I heard this little gem.
“Over time, if you follow Manchester United, you will know we have rarely bought the world star,” said Gill.
“We have made them world stars by playing for United and that will continue.”
It’s just that I remember United breaking the British transfer record again and again to sign Andy Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Juan Sebastian Veron.
When the club gave Everton £26million for Wayne Rooney in 2004 it was the highest fee ever paid for a player aged under 20.
United were never reluctant to pay big money for top players. And rightly so, given that they generate more cash than any other football club in the world.
That policy came to an abrupt halt in 2005 when Malcolm Glazer completed a takeover at Old Trafford.
The debts loaded onto the club by Glazer and his family mean that interest payments have replaced British-record transfers.
It’s not that United don’t continue to be record breakers in the transfer market – but when Cristiano Ronaldo became the world’s most expensive player in 2009 it was Gill who was selling rather than signing the cheque.
Maybe one day Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson will come out and really say it how it is.