Date: 29th May 2012 at 4:53pm
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Last night was almost surreal.

In the space of a few hours United went from being favourites to sign the Belgian talent that is Eden Hazard to watching our rivals, from London, Chelsea swoop to sign the twenty-one year-old.

All week we`d been led to believe that the three interested parties, City, Chelsea and us, had agreed a fee with Lille and that Hazard was going to decide his destination in the next ten days.

Furthermore, several news sources were very keen to infer that Hazard had decided that Old Trafford was to be his destination and that City had fallen by the wayside because the young Belgian wanted a regular first team spot.

But, as the wheels began to turn, a flood of information relayed the bad news that Hazard had decided to play for the current European Champions, a real kick in the teeth for us, even more so when you consider that it is our midfield that needs strengthening this summer.

Unfortunately, what bothers me most is that United had gone into this deal keen to pay a huge fee to land an exciting talent, despite the apparent level of debt we`re in. Obviously the phrase – speculate to accumulate – springs to mind,

Now whether Chelsea would have been successful if they hadn`t have won in Munich, we`ll never know but what does worry us here at Vital Manchester United is that this knockback might become the usual rather than the unusual as the football landscape continues to lurch towards those backed by big money rather than debt!

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