After months of speculation, Pedro finally arrived to the Premier League from Barcelona. But his destination was not to be Old Trafford, as so many of us thought.
No, it would appear that Manchester United didn’t value him as highly as the Nou Camp board.
And wouldn’t you just know it, Jose Mourinho came out of nowhere, ambushing his rivals with a last minute bid. On the evidence of the Spaniard’s debut, this would appear to be an inspired piece of business.
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The controversial Chelsea boss threw him in to his starting line-up just days after securing his signature.
Pedro repaid his new gaffer’s faith in him by scoring the first against West Brom and being an overall stand-out in a man-of-the-match performance. Talk about hitting the ground running.
Louis van Gaal must be feeling a bit sheepish. For so long, it seemed that Man Utd were the only team who were chasing the player and at one stage, he was odds-on to join Rooney and co in an attempt to close the gap on their rivals in the title race.
Pedro’s agent, Antonio Sanz, has since claimed that Man Utd “fell asleep” on the deal and this allowed the Blues to swoop in. And at a little over £21m, this already looks to be an absolute snip.
Despite amassing an impressive seven points from the first three games, Man Utd’s failure in front of goal has been well documented; the fact remains that they’ve only scored two goals thus far, one of which was an OG. And when you consider two of these matches have been at Old Trafford, it really does make you wonder how they could let Pedro slip away.
He was a constant menace on Sunday, his pace and determination suiting the English game down to the ground. West Brom couldn’t live with him and he can only improve the more he adapts to life in London.
“I'm very happy to be at Chelsea because it's a club that, like Barca, are fighting for titles”, said Pedro, who had flown back to Barcelona less than 24 hours after his first Premier League match to hold a farewell press conference.
“This offer arrived and it gave me everything I needed to take a decision. I wanted to leave to have more playing time", he continued. The World Cup winner was clearly torn in deciding to leave his boy-hood club but he was quick to jump on the chance of regular first-team football.
“Of course I would have liked to have stayed at Barca and retire here. But I wasn’t going to stay here just to appear on the photo”.
This is just the kind of attitude that the Chelsea fans will instantly take to. On the flip side, the Man Utd massive must be flabbergasted that he has somehow been allowed to slip through their fingers.
It’ll be interesting to see how he fares during the infamous British winter time but it’s definitely so far so good for the man who Mourinho has practically stolen from right under Van Gaal’s nose.
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