Press reports today indicate that Sir Alex is lining up Wesley Sneijder as his major signing of the summer. The 25 million on his head suggests that that would be all as far as new players are concerned. It's just speculation so we'll leave it at that.
So far, Sir Alex has added Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling to his side that finished just a point behind Chelsea last season. The question is does Fergie think that United are strong enough to regain our trophy?
In his defence, one would definitely point out the injury crisis we had at the club last season especially in defence and say well its unlikely that we'll lose 7 defenders to injury at the same time.
Another could point out that this season, unlike the last, we'll have Owen Hargreaves available (fingers crossed). Maybe its all these factors combined and the fact that we finished a point off the top that the Gaffer feels that we are actually good enough for next season.
The Glazer issue cannot be kept from this but I doubt whether the Americans expect a treble winning season with the squad we've got. So it can only be in their best interest that they look to strengthen the squad in a bid to impress fans and make certain that the club will be popping champagne come May 2011.
The other factor that fans must be fretting over is the goal-scoring prowess of Wayne. He hammered in 34 last season and that went a long way to ensuring that we remained fighting for silverware till the end of the season. The question is whether he can do it again. We've already seen how goals can disappear from his boots as quickly as they appear at the World Cup so hopefully he gets something right in his mind whilst on holiday.
Dimitar Berbatov has just about frustrated fans and media enough times to suggest that the spotlight will not be on him next season--I mean we all know what to expect from him--Maybe this could be the season that he surprises all.
If he doesn't then step up Javier Hernadez. If this kid adapts as quickly as is expected at United, then there we are.
At the moment though, we could do with one or two new extra faces at the club.
Meanwhile sky sports have extended our summer by a couple of days by scheduling our fixture with Newcastle United--the opening game for us---on a Monday night. It all starts therefore on 16th August at 8pm.
I think I noticed that we play quite late in our first few games of the season. By that I mean that we play after just about our main rivals have played and hence there will always be the pressure to match or better their results come our kick-off time. Oh well...