THIRTY years ago I said money would kill the game, when the wages rocketed up. I thought it can’t go on, but it still is!
I don’t think it’s good for the game.
It’s certainly not good for the smaller clubs like Burnley, with significantly smaller budgets, when it comes to trying to compete.
It is likely there will be a £60million man on show at Turf Moor on Saturday, with Angel di Maria expected to make his Manchester United debut after completing his move from Real Madrid earlier this week.
It is mega money. A different world, and one that Burnley will never get close to financially.
It’s a nonsense, and it’s the fans that suffer because they’re the ones who are ultimately paying for it with inflated ticket prices and merchandise and the rest of it. But as a player, this is where you want to be, playing against the best.
George Best, pictured, was probably THE best opponent I ever faced.
Speaking from experience, there is no need to fear these world class stars.
Instead, it should encourage you to puff your chest out, raise your game and get on with it. Show folk what you’re made of.
That’s how I used to look at it. You want to be an equal.
In the first two games the Clarets have been guilty of showing teams too much respect, certainly in the first halves, but hopefully they have learned from that and they can start well against United and pile even more misery on the Red Devils.
As for Di Maria, I would not fancy the pressure that comes with a British record price tag.
There is no time to bed in, you have got to go out and do the business, much like Louis van Gaal was expected to.
That hasn’t happened, so there is even more attention on Di Maria to provide the answers straight away.
Fingers crossed he does not succeed, and one of the current Clarets can have a Robbie Blake moment.