It is difficult to get a handle on what is happening with Papiss Cisse and the Wonga branded

Cisse1kit but what I do know is we have one decent striker on United’s books and he is now potentially in dispute with the club as we start preparing for the start of the new season.

It is appalling how the interests of Wonga are now being placed above the football team we support.

What Wonga want, it seems they get and if that means our No.9 doesn’t take part in pre-season training with his team-mates, that is what happens! Does it mean we will be forced to sell Cisse, against the interests of the team and the wishes of the manager in order to keep Wonga sweet?

Whether this dispute is being used as cover for something else we don’t know. There are those who suggest Ashley will want to make at least one big sale this window in order to fund any new purchases we may or may not make. That could be Cisse though there has been constant speculation about Cabaye, Krul and Ben Arfa. I do think part of Kinnear’s brief from Ashley will be to sell players at a profit. This could be part of that. Or it may not be.

There are those said to have contacts close to Cisse that insist to us he has not refused to wear Wonga branded kit but wishes to discuss it with the club but the club has refused to even speak to him and his representatives about it.

There are those who wonder at the apparent moral relativism of Cisse given he plays in the Barclays Premier League and has previously worn Virgin Money-sponsored kit. This is a fair point but we are all compromised in some way or another and Papiss might just find Wonga morally questionable as so many of us do even though we have mortgages, loans, shares and all the rest of it.

Naturally, the club has not saw fit to tell us what is going on but the basics need to be answered:

Has Cisse refused to wear the Wonga sponsored kit?

Has Wonga refused to accept he could wear a shirt sponsored by a charity next season?

Has United banned Cisse from the pre-season trip to Portugal?

Has Cisse refused to travel to Portugal wearing the Wonga kit?

Who is going to sort this out?

This latest saga isn’t the only reason why we shouldn’t have had any truck with Wonga but it further adds to the pessimism around the club at the moment following a summer in which the grotesquely ill-qualified Joe Kinnear has been appointed Director of Football and left us speechless with a series of wild claims to his achievements that read like something from Fantasy Island, saw the resignation of Derek Llambias as Managing Director, dealt with the potential departure of Chief Scout, Graham Carr, witnessed a complete radio silence from anyone in any authority at St. James’ Park and got used to some crazy media releases from Sports Direct about our club.

We should be looking forward to the new season but those of us scarred by the mismanagement of United over many years are experiencing a kind of dread.