This summer has seen a strange battle of words between Manchester United and Chelsea, with Sir Alex Ferguson suggesting the blues don’t have much more room for improvement with their current squad, whilst John ludicrously claimed United have already peaked.

Without directly addressing the Chelsea captain, Ferguson has insisted today that our current team has an exciting future ahead of them, with plenty of young players yet to reach their best. He has even suggested the team is so strong that they will continue to be successful after he’s left. Is he right?

“We don’t need to get much better to achieve what we did last season but the challenge for us is to improve,” Ferguson said. “You would think with young players like Anderson, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Wayne) Rooney and Nani we have the capacity to do that. I am expecting a natural progression and there is no doubt in my mind this team will win championships long after I have left. There is a good foundation here now.”

Fergie is going to be active in his own replacement process, helping ensure United get the right man from the job when Ferguson retires within the next few years. With people like Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and hopefully by then, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, heavily involved in the club, the traditions of Manchester United and Ferguson should last far longer than Fergie’s reign at the club.

However, there’s always the fear that United are going to struggle after our manager leaves, after spending something around a quarter of a century in charge of the club. Will we employ the right replacement? Will the players want to stay? It is a concern and something that will be a reality within the next couple of years.

Do you think this United team can carry on the success after Fergie leaves?