Fergie rules out major changes at Old Trafford

By on May 19, 2010

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By Football Talk.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he won’t be splashing the cash the summer and is likely to be making just one more signing ahead of next season. United have already tied up deals for Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling, but Fergie has revealed that difficult transfer market conditions will mean it will be a quiet summer at Old Trafford.

“In the market today it’s very, very difficult and the structure of our squad is good in terms of ages, the balance, the numbers and there’s a lot of good young players.

“Sometimes you have to trust in all the development of the last few years and I’m going to stick with that, or most of it.

“There may be one signing and maybe we’d like to get a good player to the club, of course, but it’s not easy in the present day climate.

“I’ve nothing definite to tell you because we’re still assessing whoever’s available and the difficulties in terms of who you’d bring in.”

Manchester United have been linked with a whole host of strikers in recent weeks amid rumours that Ferguson will look to replace Dimitar Berbatov and buy a goalscorer to share the burden with Wayne Rooney. However, United chief executive David Gill points out that the new premier league squad quota will be taken into account as the Red Devils weigh up any squad additions.

“Hernandez and Smalling are signings we’ve already made and the other point to bear in mind is that the Premier League is bringing in squad limits next year of 25, which we clearly operate in European competitions, but is now coming to the Premier League.

“There will be unlimited under-21s and other rules and we’ll be taking all that into consideration.”

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One Comment

  1. timbo

    May 19, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Another garbage post claiming United are after strikers, which is the last thing they need. How many benchwarmers do you want sitting next to Berbatov, Owen, Macheda, Wellbeck and Hernandez, particularly in a side that has taken to playing formations like 4-5-1 and 4-3-3 in order to bolster a sagging midfield by playing a solitary striker?

    United need quality midfielders, big time, and if Fergie is prepared to sit back and do nothing on that front than United are going nowhere in the next few years, because the midfield has been United’s Achilles heel for the last few years against the better teams. The likes of Scholes are not getting any younger, Carrick has proven himself a flat track bully who goes missing against quality opposition, Hargreaves remains a mystery man regarding his long term health, and Anderson has shown himself to be a talented individual with the usual Brazilian penchant for getting too self-involved. That’s a bunch of players who aren’t exactly ringing any bells regarding the long term health of arguably the most important and influential area of a team.

    Who’s coming through – Gibson? The guy is still young yet already looks big, slow, cumbersome and far too enamored of his long range shooting – his future can only be downhill in the fast-paced environment of modern day football.

    If United are to add to their list of championship wins and finally overhaul Liverpool, they need to source a quality midfield enforcer who can stamp his authority on the pitch and protect the back four, and also find a creative midfield spark who can unlock the true potential of the forawrd line, add some much needed goals, and take United away from the one-dimensional wing play of the season just completed which made the team far too predictable and pedestrian looking at times.

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