Friday, June 20, 2008

The off-season: Manchester United

How can you improve a winning team? That is the question Sir Alex Ferguson has to ask himself over the summer. After winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons and his second Champions' League title, Ferguson wants to consolidate his position. Yet when you look at the Man Utd team you find very little fault in the players.

GK: Edwin Van der Saar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Ben Foster

With Van der Saar continuing on for at least another season, Kuszczak and Foster will be deputising for at lot longer than they anticipated. It might be one of the young goalies will go out on loan.

RB: Gary Neville

Although Wes Brown played most of last season as right back, he is most likely to revert back to his favoured role as central defender. What is more important is finding a back-up or even a replacement for Neville. Before Ferguson leaves he will recruit a young player to take over from Mr. Man Utd.

LB: Patrice Evra, Mikel Silvestre

With Evra signing a new four year contract, Silvestre might be looking elsewhere for playing time. He's already has offers form Bordeaux and Lyon but they need to match his wage demands. He's 50-50 on whether or not to stay or to go. Keeping him would not cause any disadvantage for United - he's versatile and a capable defender.

CB: Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Wes Brown, Jonny Evans

With Ferdinand and Vidic occupying the central defence, it seems unlikely Ferguson will recruit any central defenders. His opinion might change if Evans joins Sunderland but even then any player coming in will be fourth choice.

WG: Cristiano Ronaldo, Park Ji-Sung, Ryan Giggs, Nani

With Ronaldo rumoured to be going off to Real Madrid, the most important piece of transfer dealings for Manchester United is not selling this Portuguese wizard. His best seasons have been the previous two, coinciding with Manchester United success. If he goes, most of Manchester United's goals go as well since Rooney and Tevez haven't been as prolific as they should be.

CM: Owen Hargreaves, Anderson, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, John O'Shea, Darren Fletcher

The central midfield is the strongest area for Manchester United. The only transfer dealings likely to happen is Fletcher going.

FW: Louis Saha, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Manucho, Dong Fangzhuo

Probably Alex Ferguson's prime concern, the forward line-up will be revamped this summer. Saha is most likely to move on whilst another forward will be recruited.


In: 1 x Right-back, 1 x Forward
Out: Fletcher, Saha, Chris Eagles, (Silvestre, Ronaldo)

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