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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Money to spend, gaps to fill, no excuses next season.

With news that Sir Alex has indeed got the "Ronaldo money" to spend  on who ever he wishes, the small mountain of debt  which many fans feared  would cripple our club in the medium to long term, is according to David Gill, not a problem. The news that the transfer budget  this summer will be substantial is music to the ears of most United fans, with most thinking we need to bring in 3 or 4 top players to have a serious tilt at reclaiming the Premier League and Champions League.  

The odds of Man United to retain their Domestic crown has blown out, with all top sports betting agencies tipping Chelsea to successfully beat Wigan at the Bridge. This leaves United in the unenviable position of only picking up one trophy to Chelsea's three (potentially). So with money avaiable, and a world cup fast approaching, whatever signings we make, we should do before the global footballing festival kicks off. Attacking players like Benzema, Higuian, Hamsik, Aguero, di Maria, and closer to home, Joe Cole, James Milner, Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor may become worth a whole lot more if they star for their national sides in South Africa. Other players, who are not going to the World Cup, like Steven Defour, Axel Witsel, Stevan Jovetic, De Gea, and Sergio Asenjo could be good signings before or after the world cup.

Some players at Carrington had better be up for a fight for their future as competition for places increases. Anderson, Brown, Hargreaves and Welbeck have all had injury ravaged recent pasts, and Carrick, Possebon have been out of form and favour for much of the season. Loanee's Cleverley, Chester Cathcart and Tosic have had varying levels of success, with Cleverley and Tosic been becoming invaluable additions to their loan clubs, but a long term future at United is anything but assured. So with up to a dozen players looking to reestablish themselves in the first team picture, and youngsters Rafael,Fabio, Gibson and De Laet looking to become first team regulars, the decision makers at the club will have to carefully assess the chances of our current first team squad recovering sufficiently next season to win the majors, and what additions to make to a fairly good, balanced squad.

There is no doubt that Nani and Valencia have been great providers for Rooney, but Valencia's direct style needs refinement to be truly successful at the top level.Berbatov's finishing will improve with confidence, but we still need another  striker , another central midfielder and a top goalkeeper to challenge and eventually replace Edwin if we lose Ben and or Tomasz. Given our defensive frailties this season, the addition of Chris Smalling to the squad will provide more cover, but if we lose Vidic and /or Evra to the vacuum of Real Madrid, we'll need to purchase another couple of quick, young defenders of top quality to grow into the role.


  1. Nice article Vish... glad to see someone else has their eyes on Defour, Witsel and De Gea aswell...

  2. yeah, i'm keeping an eye on their performances, as well as Hamsik.