Ferguson’s transfer activity puts United a step ahead

by admin

Monday, July 4th, 2011
 

It seems as though the defeat in the Champions League final at the hands of Barcelona may have been the best thing that has happened to Manchester United in recent years.

As Lionel Messi and Co. danced to the rhythm of their own incessant passing while Sir Alex Ferguson’s men watched on helplessly, the Scot saw what could be his last great challenge appear before his eyes.

There aren’t many battles left for Ferguson to fight that he hasn’t won already. His place in the history is assured and no one would hold it against him if he were to fade slowly in to the background to the sound of polite applause, but that just isn’t his style; a man with a personality as abrasive as sandpaper is never likely to shirk a challenge.

So his moves in the transfer market this summer have been swift and decisive. After three or so seasons of little activity the red giant of the North West has rumbled into life – but has taken a somewhat alternative route than most expected.

Alexis Sanchez, Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder were all names linked with Old Trafford at the start of the summer.  While

New arrivals Phil Jones, David De Gea and Ashley Young may not live up to the billing to the big names that were linked with the club in terms

Of course there is a certain air of necessity about at least the moves for Jones and De Gea; the retirement of Edwin Van der Sar meant the Atletico keeper was called upon while Jones is the long-term successor of the seemingly permanently injured Rio Ferdinand, but equally there is also something refreshing about the signing of all three.

With Samir Nasri still looking odds on to join the red revolution, Ferguson could have an altogether beast on his hands from the one that ruthlessly exploited its rivals flaws last season.

Perhaps unfairly, United garnered more than their fair share of criticism for their lack of world class players and their style; sure it was effective, but it wasn’t exactly pleasing on the eye was it?

Now though there is an exciting look to the attacking line, and a continuation of the solid look at the back from last season.

Young brought Darren Bent to life after the much-travelled striker pulled up at Villa Park, and the service the adiZero F50 Boots wearer  could provide Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov could be the source of a huge amount of goals next season.

The work is not done just yet, a name like Nasri to add a creative spark in the middle of the pitch would see United line up with arguably the most potent attacking line-up in the Premier League, but Ferguson has embraced the challenge to add a new dimension to his side that has left them wanting at the very highest level in their last two Champions League final appearances.

After the Champions League final at Wembley, Ferguson spoke of his admiration for Barcelona’s La Masia training facility, and the necessity of a strong youth system.

Now he has the makings of his own, much more expensive source of young talent. One or two more purchases and the foundations of the latest incarnation of great United sides would start to take shape. But they must show their potential was worth investing in an go one further than previous teams had been able to; overcome Barcelona. It will be no mean feat.

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  • decks luthor

    Haha how much did Adidas pay you for that plug there?

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    don’t under estimate Arsene Wenger, he will find some 18 year old gems for 2 pence and win the league again, oh no, that was the womans league wasn’t it

  • Jamali

    Should have bought Schneider when he was a real Madrid reject. He was going for peanuts. I really hope that Gibson and Carrick gets sold. Anderson needs a decent string of games. Cleverly and Pogba needs to be given the chance, maybe Morisson too. Wellbeck and Macheda needs to go on loan to a Premiership club.

  • Jamali

    Alan Hansen’s famous words of “you don’t win anything with kids” was not exactly wrong. Just that it was directed at the wrong club. Not Man Utd but Arsenal instead.

    Anyway, with SAF not gonna be around for another decade and with the new financial fair play thingie starting soon, we should go for broke. Do a fire sale of all the fringe players and buy the best of what we need for the long term. That means the best under 27 years old. Nasri and Sanchez would be an ideal pairing in the middle but considering we won’t have the cash for both, I reckon get Nasri and Defour. O play 451 with Nasri, Rooney and Pogba in the middle. But please, sell Carrick for heaven’s sake.

  • Jay

    There is only one club and one manager that can overtake Barcelona,
    Man Utd and Sir Alex. It’s only a matter of time before Barca are toppled by Sir Alex

  • Tommy Stoten

    I applaud Ferguson. Despite winning the League he has identified weak areas of the team and has moved swiftly to sign the players he has before they became the subject of a bidding war. Very clever, plus it gives the new guys a whole pre-season to gel. Take a leaf Wenger.

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