For Manchester United the big problem last season was goals. Wayne Rooney led the charge with an impressive 34, but Dimitar Berbatov, with the next highest tally of 12, is yet to justify his transfer fee. Own goals accounted for 11 of United’s total. Michael Owen played little more than a cameo role, Mame Biram Diouf was barely used, and Nani supplied the only threat from midfield. A tally of 86 league goals is impressive, but pales in comparison to title winners Chelsea, who banged in seven or more on three separate occasions en route to the staggering sum of 103.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has kept busy over the summer, enquiring as to the availability of €30m (£25.3m) Madrid waterboy Karim Benzema, and is now reported to be after Inter’s Mario Balotelli, the most hated man in Milan. In fairness, the papers have linked United with every big-name player from renowned striker David Villa to fledgling goalkeeper Luis Su