Ferguson hints at United signing a striker in summer

by Sam Peoples

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that ‘it depends on who’s available’ this summer in regards to Manchester United signing another forward.

With Rooney, van Persie, Hernandez and Welbeck already in the squad, adding one more striker does not seem to be the priority with United’s dependence on Carrick in midfield being a startling reality this year.

Most fans are also anticipating a midfield signing due to Scholes’ imminent (full) retirement, Fletcher’s on-going battle with ulcerative colitis and Anderson’s uncertain future.

But when questioned about summer activity in the Aston Villa pre-match press conference, Ferguson did not rule out signing yet another attacker.

“When big signings are mentioned, the players you are talking about are normally forwards, but it’s complicated enough with the forwards I’ve got,” Ferguson said.

“It depends on who’s available.”

Last season, I felt the last thing we needed was another striker and that bolstering our midfield was the prerogative – then United signed Robin van Persie.

I’m still stunned by the fact he is a United player but it is a move that has been vindicated with United’s 13 point gap at the top of the table and van Persie’s 21 goal haul so far in the league.

But what would signing another striker mean for the current squad? It would certainly place the futures of Rooney and Hernandez into question with both already linked with potential exits even before another striker has been bought.

Surely this is the year that United sign a top class central midfielder? Diame, Yaya Toure, Fellaini et al have dominated our midfield at points this season with United unable to match their power and presence.

Whilst Jones’ flexibility has glossed over the cracks in some games, United still desperately miss some consistent bite in the middle.

Maybe Ferguson intends to buy another striker and drop Rooney deeper on a more permanent basis.

But Rooney has cut a frustrated figure in recent outings after having to drop deep to get game time in the centre of midfield and is struggling to find his form.

As for Hernandez, he is still not able to get any time on the pitch with Ferguson instead placing plenty of faith in van Persie and Welbeck.

And despite Hernandez saying he is happy with his current role in the squad at United, signing another top striker might change that.

Given that Lewandowski has hinted strongly at a summer exit and the recent rumours linking a move for Falcao, there is certainly a lot of interest regarding strikers – and Ferguson’s quotes have done nothing to quash them.

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