Classic transfer: Man United sign Argentina left-back

first_img1 Ten years ago Man United completed the signing of Argentina left-back Gabriel Heinze from Paris Saint-Germain. talkSPORT looks back on the transfer and subsequent bitter falling out…Chelsea had made an attempt to sign Heinze in January 2004, but Paris Saint-Germain told the Blues the Argentina international was going to see the season out at the Parc des Princes, allowing United to swoop in June that year.The club had just won a record 11th FA Cup, but were deposed as champions by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’, and manager Sir Alex Ferguson was determined to build a team capable of putting the Red Devils back on top.In moving to Old Trafford, Heinze became the club’s second signing of the summer, following the £7m arrival of Alan Smith from Leeds.“We’ve been monitoring Gabriel for a long time and he demonstrates all the qualities of the top Argentinian defenders – strength, speed and excellent technical ability,” Ferguson said after the £6.9m capture.Fiercely competitive, Heinze spent three years in Manchester, becoming a favourite for his all action displays at the back, despite a relatively fallow period for United on the trophy front.However, love soon turned to hate. A knee injury sustained shortly after the start of the 2005/06 season saw him sidelined and Patrice Evra brought in.Finding himself out of the team, Heinze fell out with Fergie and the fans when he tried to force through a move to rivals Liverpool, even taking the club to a Premier League tribunal when he was denied the transfer in 2007.The club refused to sell Heinze to Anfield, but Real Madrid eventually agreed to take him off Man United’s hands before he moved to Marseille two years later. He retired from football in May 2014, finishing at Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys, the club where he began his professional career.A few years after leaving Old Trafford, ahead of playing for Marseille against Man United in 2011, Heinze expressed regret at his previous actions. It didn’t stop the home support from booing him throughout the match and delivering chants of “you Scouse b*****d” at their former favourite.Now Man United are targeting Marcos Rojo, an equally fiery Argentine, who starred for his nation at the World Cup.As with Heinze, Rojo is trying to force through a transfer, and faces disciplinary action from his club, Sporting, for his allegedly ‘unprofessional’ attempts to seal a move away.But unlike Heinze, this Argentine full-back is trying to force a move to Old Trafford, with United said to be prepared to offer £16m. With a name like Rojo – which translates as ‘Red’ – he seems a perfect fit for the 20-times English champions.Just as long as he doesn’t try to force through a move to the other reds! Gabriel Heinze signed for Man United in 2004 last_img read more