Besides the formidable task of facing all our title rivals away from home before the mid-November, Manchester United may have to do so without a number of club members. For starters, we have already lost former deputy Carlos Queiroz to the Portuguese National team(good luck to him). If Fergie does indeed 'take his time' to appoint a new assistant we might as well start the season without a recognised deputy manager. That aside, even if (by some miracle) Ronaldo stays at United next season, he is not expected back in action till October. That effectively rules him out of ties against Chelsea, Liverpool and Zenit St Petersburg, but to mention afew. The Olympic games spared Park but we shall lose Anderson for at least August(here's hoping he returns fit). Many might have forgotten this but Nani has yet to complete a three match suspension he only started last season. He will thus not feature in our opening two games. And then i recently read an article suggesting that the FA are planning to carry out an investigation that is 'aimed' at charging Rio Ferdinand for kicking a female steward following United's defeat at Stamford Bridge in May(we all recall he apologised and she shrugged it off as "nothing") SAccording to that article, Ferdinand is to serve match ban in addition to paying a hefty fine of 200,000 pounds.(Be sure that if the FA have it their way, he will get it). So, when you come to think of it all, United's squad for the opening of the season could be predictable. Sir Alex may have to do without afew "good" men when the Champions begin the defence of their League and European crowns. Now there is no need to despair because this is United we are talking about...Manchester United.