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Benni Would Love United Move

Benni Would Love United Move

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
Time: 12:07PM


A move to United is unlikely for me but you can never tell?!?! As I say though I do worry that he will leave in the summer. Mourinho's previous relationship with him at Porto could come into question with Chelsea (if he even stays himself?) Not too likely either could happen but who knows. A move to one of the big four would certainly tempt him. I can certainly see him returning to a top European club though.
Hughes Da Man
03/04/2007 12:09:00
Benni expressed his desire to stay with Rovers and has more than once said how much he loves it here but hasn't done so much recently and has hinted at moves away more than once since he was first "rested". A rest was good for him (and needed!) but it doesn't seem that this has gone down so well with him, things haven't been the same since he was given a break against Portsmouth and then left on the bench against Arsenal, despite coming on for the winner and then scoring twice against Bolton. I am growing ever more concerned that we will see a case of Déjà vu again this summer!?!?
Hughes Da Man
03/04/2007 12:11:00
What is it with all our top players in recent weeks talking about how they would love to play for....... Zurab, Gamst an now Benni. You cannot fault the guy because he has ambition but this is slightly too much IMO. Sparky needs a quiet word in their collectve ears methinks!
03/04/2007 12:18:00
Definitely BomBom, but maybe a quiet word in Benni's ear from Sparky is what caused a possible break down in communications to begin with, if there even has been a genuine fall out?!?!
Hughes Da Man
03/04/2007 12:27:00
Benni wasn;t doing himself any favours in front of Fergie on saturday - I reckon if he had to choose he would go with Matty rather than Benni, escpecially if based on the performance at OT.
Ex Ewood Resident
03/04/2007 13:37:00
Rumours abound that we are going in for Rasiak & Baird in a £4 million bid and we are interested in Marlon King at Watford. Intruiging, to say the least
03/04/2007 13:45:00
Ah here we go again, the "big" clubs targeting our talented players. Then again, Tromso prob thought that we are a big club, Porto prob thought that we are in a bigger competition, same as Rangers. Its a fact of life that we have to live with. Unless you are a home grown talent who dreamt of kicking a ball in a rovers jersey, you are gonna chase your dreams. Bellers chased his dream, McCarthy and Pederson are chasing theres. Its just a fact of life and we have to deal with it. Im sure if either player leaves, Sparky will fine another talented player who will more then adequately replace our current stars.
03/04/2007 13:52:00
Of the topic though, what you think about a cheeky bid for Flamini from Arsenal. definitly a man to take over the realms from the Maestro. Flamini has spoken out at the lack of game time and his contract does end in june. He has said he will reject the contract, maybe we can pick him up on loan till June then buy him like we did with bentley
03/04/2007 14:07:00
Flamini would be excellent - not sure where you got the story though - he would have a lot of offers. McCarthy has really got my goat if he has stated the United thing - this is a guy that was struggling to get into the Porto team 12 months ago - who was persistant in rescuing him - Hughesy - and now he comes out with this. If he left for a 'top four' club he would sit on the bench - just like he did at Porto where he moaned all the time. Wake up Beni - concentrate on your own performances......
03/04/2007 15:56:00
Totallty agree Ex Ewood, Fergie would be more likely to make a fresh approach for Derbs rather than Benni in recent weeks, especially after Saturday.
Hughes Da Man
03/04/2007 16:00:00
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