Manchester United has broken the British transfer fee record twice within 24 hours by signing Howard Webb for £70.5 million this morning, eclipsing the £59.7 million signing of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The 5-year deal which was sealed early this morning will see Howard Webb come out of retirement to play as Manchester United’s 12th man, a role he successfully played at his former club FC Ferguson’s Backpocket, where he won countless trophies. With confidence in the United dressing room at an all time low, Webb is expected to bring his match-winning influence to bear on the pitch.
The signing of Webb has taken pundits by surprise with many describing it as a desperate attempt to save United’s season after a humiliating 4-0 defeat to League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. Down in 13th place after their worst start in the Premier League for 22 years, United’s new manager Louis van Gaal hopes Webb will be all that his team needs to get back to winning ways. “He will bring back ‘Fergie time,’ something that has been missing from United’s game since Alex Ferguson retired last summer after 26 years in charge,” said the Dutchman.
The former FC Ferguson’s Backpocket player arrived in Manchester from Fergieland on a private jet on Tuesday night and proceeded to travel to United’s AON Training Complex for talks before returning early this morning to undertake the routine medical examination.
Speaking about his transfer, an excited Webb revealed he will be wearing the number 12 shirt, “It signifies my role in the team. I played as the 12th man at Ferguson’s Backpocket and I intend to continue with that role under my new manager, van Gaal,” revealed an excited Webb.