Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson returned from his summer holiday in France straight to his office at Old Trafford. The first news coming out of his office has rocked many a United faithful. Apparently, the gaffer has promised a rather quiet summer of transfer activity for the League and European Champions. Many had predicted at least three new signings to strengthen the full-back situation, increase the attacking options and belatedly, replace the uncommitted Ronaldo in midfield. It now seems that only one of those areas will be strengthened in a season when United will be participating in every competion club football has to offer.(pre-season, community shield, league, carling cup, champions league, super cup, FA Cup, World Club cup...etc). As i blogged earlier, if United are to compete favourably in all thosse competions, they will have played ovwe 70 games by May 30 (the date of the FA Cup final) One would therefore have expected the gaffer to bolster his squad in Abramovich style(can you believe Belletti is going to bench next season to give way for Bosingwa!)
Unfortunately for United fans, Sir Alex is one of those managers whose decisions are rarely questioned because of the many times he has thrown pie in the face of his critics. I mean who would have defended his decision to off-load Ruud van Nistelrooy almost for free to Real MUD-drid and sign a replacement in the shape of Michael Carrick? Where the hell were goals supposed to come from? Incredibly it's in the season of Ruud's departure that United out-scored the rest of the League and ended the Premiership's 4-year absence from Old Trafford. What about shipping Manchester United god David Beckham at a dumping price of 25m pounds?(i bet Real
recovered that money in one season of shirt sales with the number 23.) This gog was to be replaced by a certain untested, under-age Madeira villager carrying one of the names worshipped in football-Ronaldo.(the rest is history). So what could Fergie be cooking this time round round? Besides the hefty transfer fees that have made him market-shy, could he have been swayed by Gary Neville's return from injury coupled with Silvestre's desire to stay put as understudy to Patrice Evra? What about his opinion on Ronaldo-he expects him at Old Trafford next season. So why replace him? And then there is the usually forgotten fact that United have already signed a target-man in MANUCHO! That coupled with Louis Saha's descission to stay and fight for his place would raise the questin; Why sign another striker? And even if all the above theories are wrong, could it be that Sir Alex does not want to destroy the momentum of a young winning team that is yet to peak? What do you think?