You’ll probably see this headline today in the Sunday papers, but it doesn’t seem to be based on too much logic.
Demba Ba – Manchester United interested?
It’s based on Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, mentioning that Demba Ba had a great first half of the season.
Since Papiss Cisse arrived, he has taken over the mantle of Newcastle’s goalscorer with 13 goals in the last 12 games, and in that time Demba Ba has scored only once, and that was his first game back from the African Cup of Nations, against Aston Villa in early February – in Cisse’s Newcastle debut.
This is what Alex Ferguson said, as he spoke to Inside United, Manchester United’s official monthly magazine:
“The boy Demba Ba had a great first half of the season and scored a lot of goals.” “At Swansea, Leon Britton and Neil Taylor have had great seasons.”
“Grant Holt has been excellent for Norwich and David Fox has been impressive too.” “I think Swansea and Norwich are the surprises, together with Newcastle.”
“With the history and fan-base at Newcastle, you expect them to improve at some point, but they’ve done well.”
It seems that some Manchester United blogs have interpreted the fact that Alex mentioned Demba Ba, means that he is therefore interested in the player.
Of course Ferguson must have been impressed with Demba Ba, in Newcastle’s 3-0 win against the Red Devils at St. James’ Park on January 4th, because the Senegal striker was almost unplayable in that game.
Ferguson will be hoping that Newcastle do his club a huge favor today, by beating league leaders Manchester United, and if that happens and the Red Devils beat Swansea, that could open the door for United to get their 13th Premier League title.
But one thing that worries us still about Demba Ba, is whether Newcastle will offer him a new deal soon, and that he will sign it.
If you believe Harry Redknapp, Ba has a £7M release clause in his contract, and if that’s true, we would expect a number of clubs to be after Demba Ba in the summer, and that could include Manchester United.
The very last thing we want to see this summer, is for Newcastle to start losing some of their best players.
That would not be good.