Interesting that Sir Alex weighs in on Thierry Henry's reported move to the MLS, saying he will be a Red Bulls success. Almost makes you wonder whether Man Utd's coach is a wee bit worried that he might be contemplating a Premiership move, maybe back to Arsenal. If Sol Campbell can return, all bets are off.
Henry maybe off a gear from top speed but there are at least 2-3 years of good football left. Which is why there is so much, will he won't he? After the US media made very definitive announcements of an MLS arrival, the player is denying any such move saying he still has a year left on his Barca contract.
But the 13 minute cameo at the Camp Nou was a farewell move if ever there was one. With the arrival of David Villa, he will be even more of a bench warmer. So he is leaving.
"He is very popular in the MLS and there's a lot of interest in him. We are working on this and will try and reach an agreement that suits both the club and the player".
Is a loan move being considered? With an option to buy at the end of the season? Its far from a definite. One factor in Titi Henry's consideration, like Beckham, may center around continued national appearances. He is 32 years and France's top scorer beating Michel Platini's record. The relative anonymity of MLS and the travel logistics could weigh in on this decision.
Titi contemplated international retirement after the Ireland match, an emotional reaction to all the negative press about his ball handling skills. Which makes his performance at the coming World Cup hugely significant. If he shows he can score like his former self, then offers from European leagues will come a plenty. Something tells me that AC Milan could become his destination. A club very much still a European force but with a soft spot for older players.
A forgettable World Cup will pave the way for international retirement with an end of career MLS move, a more attractive option.