In his recent press conference, Sir Alex Ferguson said that Manchester United would push on, meaning that they would not sit on their laurels just because they have won the Premier League title so easily. However, he will not make the same mistake that Mancini has made at Manchester City. Sir Alex knows that you have to continually improve your team and that will means exits for players as well as new arrivals.
Whilst it is unusual for Sir Alex to talk openly about transfer matters, he has been bolstered by a number of high profile and high value sponsorship deals done by the club that will add a massive bankroll of which a major portion will be available as transfer funds. He has said that he thinks that there will be two new arrivals, but also added that should a high profile player become available who fits the Manchester United profile, the Glazers would be willing to sanction a big transfer fee. With that in mind, let`s have a look at the realistic sorts of players who would improve the Manchester United squad.
No introduction is required for this player, who burst onto the scene last year and has blossomed into one of the world's top players already at the age of 23. The driving force behind Tottenham for the past three years, he’s never been better than this season. Described as the new Cristiano Ronaldo, the Welshman’s ability to play right across the front and score spectacular goals has made him one of the most coveted players in world football. Ferguson failed to sign him when he left Southampton for Spurs in 2007, however, there has been speculation that should Tottenham not get a top four spot and thereby miss out on next season`s Champions League, he would be open to offers from clubs who are in the Champions League. That would put United in a strong position, despite all the talk about animosity from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. If Sir Alex goes in with a big enough offer, Spurs will have to listen.
United tried to sign him last year and the combative England international has the flair and pace going forward to supplant Evra in the coming season. Alexander Büttner has done alright when asked to stand in for Evra, but Baines is a readymade player for that position. There is talk of Everton manager David Moyes considering his future at the end of this season and that uncertainty might just persuade Baines that the time is right to leave for pastures new.
I have already written about this player recently and I have every confidence that he is high on Sir Alex`s list of players, especially as they were watching him score four goals against Real Madrid in last week’s Champions League Semi Final. Sir Alex was within a whisker of signing him last year, however, it seems a certainty that he will leave Dortmund this year. There was some nonsense this week claiming that Bayern Munich had already signed the players, but this was denied strongly by Bayern. Lewandowski has made it clear to colleagues that his preference is the English Premier League and that Manchester United is his preferred destination.
Of course Jones is already a Manchester United player, but injury has blighted his progress since he joined the club, however, this season we have seen glimpses of the enormous talent this boy has. he is still only 21 and an England international as well as a regular first team player. He can play in a number of different positions, but he will probably end up as a centre-back. When a manager of the stature of Sir Alex makes a statement that he thinks Jones will become one of the greatest Manchester United players, it gives you some idea of how he is seen by the Manchester United hierarchy.
There are exciting times ahead for Manchester United fans and it will be intriguing to see who they eventually do buy in the summer transfer market.