Pride Comes Before A Fall

At the precise time of writing, it’s too early to say for sure whether Dimitar Berbatov has gone to Manchester United or gone to Manchester City, or whether he will stay at White Hart Lane and rot in the reserves for the next five months. What we can say with a degree of certainty, however, is that we have learnt a lot about how the Premier League works today. Just when you think that they’ve topped themselves in the avarice stakes, they manage to scale new heights. Berbatov’s move from Tottenham Hotspur has seen a new low reached in the behaviour of Premier League clubs with regard to the transfer of a player. Manchester United, just a matter of weeks after they crying and sobbing over the likely move of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, stand accused of behaving in exactly the same way towards Spurs as Real acted towards them. They have been quite open in their courtship of a player that is still under contract to a rival club. It’s pretty difficult to feel too much sympathy for Tottenham Hotspur, though. Spurs hardly covered themselves in glory when capturing the highly rated youngster John Bostock from Crystal Palace during the summer. One could probably say the same thing about Crystal Palace, if one looked hard enough. Ultimately, the fact of the matter is that they are all...

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