Having spent 2, fairly unsuccessful seasons at United – I decided to go for a different challenge. I did get an offer from United again to sign on for another season along with Spurs, Villareal, Ajax, Porto, Arsenal and Dundee (randomly!).
I went for Porto. They had a fairly decent squad (majority over 80) and had a bit of money to spend. Obviously, the first thing I did was to try and buy Welliton – Utd were having none of it. However, this allowed me to buy 3 new players instead. I bought Nilmar who is almost as good as Welliton – give him the ball anywhere around the area and he will score. I also needed a CDM and a RB. I went for Jack Rodwell who was 82 and Sagna from Arsenal who is 82/83.
Turns out there are only 16 teams in the league and half of them I have never even heard of so its a bit of a breeze to be honest. Despite this, I am still 1 point behind Benfica as they have lost only once to my 2 defeats. Champions League though was a bit tougher as you get used to playing against weaker sides. I got hammered 4-1 in my opening game against Celtic but then have managed to get results against Basle and Schalke so just ned to win my last game to qualify.
If you want a quick season, this is definately the league for you. Dont think I have played a domestic cup game yet (I’m at the end of November) and you dont really need a big squad as there are no midweek games apart from Europe.
I will probably move on again at the end of this season but it will get me XP if I win the league here so will hopefully get some good offers for next year.
Incidentally, after I left, United sold Rooney to Spurs for £46m and sold Modric to Roma I think.