Sir Alex Ferguson does not envisage signing any more players prior to his team’s encounter with Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 7th, the Guardian has reported.
Whilst Fergie has added David De Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young to his squad over the course of this summer, the United manager is still yet to find a worthy replacement for Paul Scholes. Although potential candidates, such as Luka Modric, Samir Nasri and Wesley Sneijder, have been linked with moves to Old Trafford to fill the void left by Scholes, this speculation has remained just that and it now appears Sir Alex is prepared to enter the new season with his current lot.
“At this moment I can’t see another addition. The type of player we might have been looking for is not available. I am happy with the players I have got at this moment in time,” Ferguson was talking as he prepared his squad for their fixture against the MLS All-Stars at the Red Bull arena on Wednesday night.
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Welbeck eyes Wilshere success.
Danny Welbeck has stated his desire to follow-up his successful loan spell with Sunderland by becoming a regular in Manchester United’s first team, in the same manner as Jack Wilshere used his time at Bolton during the 2009-2010 season as a spring-board to propel him into the Arsenal last term, Sky Sports informs.
Welbeck, whose fine form at Sunderland last season saw him return six goals from 21 Premier League starts and gain recognition at full international level for the first time for England against Ghana in March, believes Wilshere has set an example, which all young players aspiring to make the grade at Premier League level can follow. “He went to Bolton and did really well and then went back to Arsenal and really kicked on. It is something quite a few of the young boys look at and think if he can do that, so can we,” Welbeck said of Wilshere’s rise to Premier League prominence.
Ultimately it is now Welbeck’s ambition to establish himself as a mainstay in United first-team, claiming his time at Sunderland will help him to do just that. “It was a different part of my career. I went there as a boy and came back as a man. I am really happy with the way things went but I am always looking to improve. It would mean the world to me to make it at United, the biggest club in the world.”
Macari has doubts.
Lou Macari, who made 400 appearances for Manchester United during the 1970s and early 80s scoring 98 goals in the process, has voiced concerns to Talksport that the Red Devils efforts to retain their Premier League title in the forthcoming season could be hindered by the trio of recent high-profile retirements the club has been unable to prevent.
Following Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar and Gary Neville all calling time on their playing careers, Alex Ferguson has added Ashley Young, David De Gea & Phil Jones to United’s ranks but Macari doubts whether sufficient experience remains within the club’s squad to embark upon another title – winning campaign.
“Normally at this stage of proceedings I am looking ahead and thinking United for the title. I said it last season, I though ’yes they’re going to do it.’ I’m just a little concerned the big guns, lads who have done it regularly – Scholes, van der Sar and Neville – won’t be kicking off the season,” is how Macari explained his current thought’s on United’s prospects for the season ahead to Talksport’s Ray Stubbs & Micky Quinn.