I think I only find the subject of Sunderland buying players so fascinating because the rest of the Premier League has been relatively quite. So far. Today Sunderland have completed the signings of Manchester United duo Wes Brown and John O’shea. Both players have signed four year deals and will be expected to add some experience and versatility to the Sunderland back line.
The two players have been plagued by injuries over the last few years and would have seen their chances of first team football further reduced at United. Sir Alex has signed Phil Jones and has the two Da Silva twins, Chris Smalling and even Johnny Evans to back up Ferdinand and Vidic so moving to the stadium of light makes sense for the duo. Ferguson has spoke in the past about how there is no room for sentiment in his job, as it would not have been easy for him to approve the sale of two players that have served him so well. O’Shea will always be remembered by United fans for his last gasp winner at Anfield in the 06-07 season. The win seemed to inspire United to go on to win the title that season. Meanwhile Wes Brown has been a great servant for United (when fit) making over 300 appearances for the club. He was the first choice right-back during United’s European winning season in 07-08. He even managed to provide the assist for Ronaldo’s goal in the final against Chelsea.
Seems Sunderland are determined to do all their transfer business as quickly as possible. Steve Bruce will hope that he now has a side that is capable of challenging for a place in Europe or even to have a decent cup run. I will watch with great interest. Or at least some mild interest. All I’m saying is, if they do well in the league don’t be surprised. End of subject.