With Ashley Young’s £16 million move from Aston Villa all but finalised, it seems Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing for his biennial squad clean out. Over the years of his illustrious career at the Red Devils, some real class players have been brought in, flopped and then sold on at the club. Let us not forget the goalkeeper fiasco from a few years ago. So naturally after a few chances at the first team, Sir Alex deems if they’re worthy or not before sending them off.
With a huge club like Manchester United, it’s a necessary occurrence, if Man Utd kept all their injury plagued or just plain bad players for longer than they needed too, they would be limiting places in the squad for younger and newer players and losing money on wages putting them even more so in debt. Every player wants to do well, but with a £40,000 a week 5 year contract and a niggling knee problem, it’s not such a bad deal if you’re not playing. Throw in the possibility of the boot, sometimes a literal meaning in the Ferguson dressing room, can naturally encourage some sense of urgency to play.
Obviously after a 12th titles under Ferguson, there has been some brilliant players at Man Utd in recent years with Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Nani and this seasons surprise package Javier Hernandez, but for every up and coming Antonio Valencia, there’s a Michael Carrick on looking in despair.
With big names like Michael Owen, Obertan and Wes Brown on the chopping block and Ferguson finally getting rid of Owen Hargreaves, it looks like there’s going to be a lot of new faces at Old Trafford next season, Phil Jones and Young it seems for definite and names like Sergio Aguero and Luca Modric slipping from the corners of tight lipped Manchester insiders, a completely new dynamic looks set to come with it.
The big name leaving United this summer however looks set to be their Bulgarian top scorer Dimitar Berbatov. The myth that is Berbatov’s consistency is about as simple to the average fan as a rubix cube, but to baffle even Ferguson with a hat trick one week and a sulk the next is peculiar to say the least.
With a £30 million price tag with that however is unacceptable. An overpriced player leaving United is no unusual happening, see Ruud van Nistleroy and Cristiano Ronaldo, but where he goes with that price tag is difficult to foresee, because Chelsea have enough aging, moody strikers and Manchester City have more than enough spoilt internationals at the moment. Ferguson has moved onto buying younger players to build another super team to possibly leave as his legacy. A fitting gift to the next United manager who feels up to filling his boots. There are some positions that Ferguson needs to address urgently in the transfer window, signing a winger in Young and having two young centrebacks in Chris Smalling and Phil Jones is the first step in the Fergie rejuvenating process. Rooney and Hernandez have the front two sewn up with Bebe and Mame Diouf as maturing back up, therefore only the aging midfield is left to update. Young is a clear replacement for Ryan Giggs, but with Scholes retirement, it appears that Fletcher needs an incredible counterpart to share the load. Anderson has not yet been ridiculed by the Old Trafford fans, personally, he seems a powerful attacking midfielder with an appetite for getting stuck in, but after over 70 appearances and just 2 goals, which came in one game this season against Shalke, it looks like he might need to step up. So who will fill Scholes’ boots? A whole host of names have been thrown about in recent weeks, some with more credibility than others, but which one will it be? Jack Rodwell of Everton is a young defensive midfielder with a promising career ahead of him. Wesley Sneidjer is an accomplished Dutch midfielder, creative and proven winner. Luca Modric the skilful Tottenham Hotspur maestro has had a great season and looks like another great import from Harry Redknap, but is he really United calibre? These are my three picked from the depths of the gossip forums that seem most likely, on the other hand, my personal pick would be Real Madrids out of favour Kaka, down on his luck but still an incredible player in his own right, looking to move, is Manchester United so unlikely? Is it that far out of Fergusons reach? The summer transfer window will tell. ThisisFutbol.com are seeking new writers to join the team! If you’re passionate about football, drop us a line at “email@example.com” to learn more. To have a peak at the top SEVEN available FREE TRANSFERS this summer, click here.