Steven Gerrard will sign for Manchester United

Premiership: Steven Gerrard will sign for Manchester United – fact(ish)
Alex Kay

Alex Kay is an aspiring journalist from London, who loves Spurs....
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Everybody knows that if you butter one side of a piece of bread, and then throw it up in the air, it will always land on the buttered side. It’s just one of those dead certs in life, somewhat like a football dead cert that is about to come to the surface.

Roy Keane announced this week that he is going to retire at the end of his current contract with Manchester United in 2007. With him with go United’s driving force of the last ten years. The captain who kept heads up during the occasional rough spell, the man who led by example in the big matches, and the best central midfielder to grace the Premiership. With Sir Alex surely on his way out also in the next few years, and the likes of Giggs, Scholes and the Nevilles hitting their thirties, it would not be so ludicrous to suggest that Keane’s departure will signal the end of United’s golden era. After all, the latest crop of youngsters to come out of Old Trafford have hardly set the world alight. Eagles, Richardson and Spector don’t look like Red Devil material.

In reality though, we all know that United will be ok. Ferdinand, Silvestre, Heinze, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Rooney and Van Nistelrooy have still got plenty of legs left in them, and with Keane’s departure, there is only one player who can, and will fill the void, taking United forward once more: Steven Gerrard.

As silly as it may sound, in fact, Gerrard to United is a fairly obvious move. Firstly, Gerrard will get out of Anfield soon. Liverpool are going round in circles, and Gerrard needs major silverware. So where does he go? Real Madrid? I think not – it does not come with a particularly high recommendation from buddies Owen and Beckham. Arsenal? Don’t be silly. As much as the Gunners would love Steven Gerrard, he’s not French, and Arsenal really can’t afford him. That just leaves Manchester United and Chelsea, if we leave out Everton, who despite being championship contenders by 2007 are unlikely to get Gerrard in their blue shirt.

Jose Mourinho has made his appreciation of Gerrard very clear. He will try and move heaven and earth to sign him. He certainly has the financial backing, and Chelsea do look like the best team in the country these days. Gerrard alongside Lampard would be awesome. Gerrard could also live in London, and the move wouldn’t leave the bitter taste in the mouths of the Liverpool fans.

Why then will he go to United? For the same reason that Wayne Rooney did. Sir Alex is incredibly good at getting his man, and despite Chelsea’s excellent position, there is not really a bigger club in the world than Manchester United. Being idolized at the Theatre of Dreams, being certain of a starting place for the big games, being sure that the chairman isn’t going to get bored and run away with all his money. Manchester United has had long term success. United’s pastoral care is second to none, and quiet boy Gerrard doesn’t need the bright lights of London that Chelsea offers.

You can laugh all you like, but this will happen, and Liverpool – United games are going to reach another level for years to come.

Alex Kay

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