Last season, United claimed the Premiership title despite not having the depth of squad Jose Mourinho had at Chelsea. Both teams suffered injury and United struggled particularly at the back, with injuries to the likes of Gary Neville and Nemanja Vidic. In the crucial Premiership victory against Everton at Goodison Park last season, United came back from 2-0 down with a defence of O’Shea – Brown – Heinze – Evra (who was subbed off due to injury at the start of the second half).
After winning the title, Ferguson strengthened the team considerably, bringing in Hargreaves, Anderson, Nani and Tevez. Due to the month’s long injury to Paul Scholes, Anderson has been given more time in the first team that we could have anticipated, and has fit in perfectly. The same can be said of Carlos Tevez, who has spent considerable time this season as United’s only fit striker. Hargreaves has filled in at right back in the absence of Neville and Vidic, whilst Nani has been given game time because of the injury to Park.
Without these new signings, United may not currently be top of the league. They have been a great addition to the team, as well as being well needed in times of injury problems.
Our opponents for today, Arsenal, have been forced to learn the hard way how vital it is to make sure you have strength in depth. Wenger has stuck to his guns of investing time and effort in youth, rather than taking the well needed dip in to the transfer market. Despite being offered considerable money to spend, Wenger has turned down the opportunity to sign bigger named players, and have squandered their five point lead at the top of the table as a consequence.
Despite not feeling as though another signing is desperately needed at United, Fergie has today revealed he will be spending in the summer just to make sure we are covered for next season
“I don’t need to spend, but I will,” said Ferguson. “I think there is an area where we are short and we can stock up on that a bit. It is not easy getting the best players here. But we have to because when you have a lot of quality in your squad you have to be absolutely correct on who you bring in. I don’t think I will bring in as many as last season and if we buy players it will probably be young ones.”
Ferguson then went on to praise the contribution the signings of last summer have made to our season. “Having a strong squad has helped Chelsea and us this season. Last season, we just didn’t have enough. This year Tevez, Hargreaves, Nani and Anderson have been really fantastic for us. Those four players have made a big contribution to our season.”
Which young players would you like to see Ferguson sign this summer?