Date:Tuesday April 3 2007
Blackburn Rovers forward Benni McCarthy has expressed his desire to play for Manchester United, but doubts this will happen.
South African International McCarthy, 29, has had a very good debut season for Rovers since his arrival from Porto. 18 goals and an almost instant adaptation to the Premiership (that often takes others much longer) have earned him much acclaim.
Is McCarthy looking for a way out of Ewood Park or is he merely revealing a dream that is unlikely, expressing a determination that keeps him going?
Speaking in the Daily Mirror McCarthy said:
"I have always dreamed about playing for United.
"They are the most popular team in my country - and Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan are nothing in comparison.
"With the attackers that United have, I don't think I have much chance of moving to Old Trafford.
"But I want to see myself playing for the best and you must have ambition because without it, players are nothing.
"That's not being disrespectful to Blackburn because it is a very good club and the management, players and fans have all made me feel very welcome.
"At the moment, my ambition is to make Blackburn a big force in the Premiership and win the FA Cup - but I am a dreamer."
Players have to have dreams and aspirations, we do in the everyday walks of life so they can't be any different but I'm not sure expressing such a desire has come quite at the right time? You can never fully know what is and what isn't said with the press and reading too much into things can be dangerous but even with these quotes the enthusiasm, commitment and desire to be a Rovers player that we saw before doesn't seem to be quite there…
McCarthy could well still play for Man United but I would be surprised to see such a move come about. I would not be surprised however to see him do a Craig Bellamy on us though and leave after one season. I have become more and more concerned in recent weeks that this could happen and that a relationship with Mark Hughes is breaking down. He also hasn't seemed anywhere near as interested as he was earlier in the campaign.
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Date:Tuesday April 3 2007
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