The Guardian recently wrote that Manchester United “so desperately needed” a striker, following little action in the transfer window. I wonder why these hacks don’t get bored of writing the same thing. For the past two years we’ve been “in desperate need” of a striker, following Ruud van Nistelrooy’s deparature in the summer of 2006. However, Sir Alex Ferguson has yet to buy a replacement for him, but has still enjoyed consecutive league titles and European Cup success in the two seasons since Ruud’s parting.
Rio Ferdinand, who is likely to start next season as captain following reoccurring injuries to Gary Neville, has today championed Fergie, claiming that it doesn’t matter if no new signings make their way to Old Trafford.
“We just trust the manager’s judgement,” Ferdinand said. “The manager makes the decisions and he’s never ever steered us wrong before. We go along with whatever he says. If we don’t sign any players then we’ll go into the season as confident as ever. If we do, then great.”
Whilst a new striker would be ideal, particularly if Wayne Rooney is to continue with his injury-prone seasons, it is important to remember that our current squad just won the Premiership and Champions League.
Owen Hargreaves, Nani, Anderson and Carlos Tevez were all new signings and it takes time for just one player to gel with the team, let alone so many new faces. However, now a year further in to their United careers, as well as their playing careers in the Premiership, we can expect even better from them next season.
And what about this lad Frazier Campbell? Anyone fancy him at being able to do a job for us?
Whoever we do or don’t sign, I think Rio Ferdinand’s attitude is admirable. It is good to see our respected players giving their full support to the gaffer and long may that continue!