David Gill has confirmed that Manchester United will be doing business this summer with a view to “come back all guns blazing next year” once again in the Premier League.
Gill, who will be replaced by Ed Woodward as chief executive at the end of June, fully expects Manchester City to come back stronger than ever next year but expects United to be even stronger too.
“I’m sure they will come back,” Gill said. “They’ve got some ambitious plans on their investment and their academy. But that’s what the excitement of the Premier League is.
“I’m sure all the clubs who missed out this season will be doing business in the summer – as we will be – with a view to come back all guns blazing next year.”
It has only been just over 24 hours since United regained the title after a resounding 3-0 victory over Aston Villa but obviously there is a real desire to strengthen the squad.
Last season’s signing of van Persie was a massive statement of intent that culminated in United’s 20th English league title on Monday. It was the best £24 million ever spent.
And going into next year, with the value of the club increasing thanks to a successful floatation on the NYSE, Ferguson is expected to have a fair amount of cash to play with.
Already, there have been plenty of players already strongly linked with a move to United in the summer.
Robert Lewandowski is one such person. The Borussia Dortmund striker, who has scored 31 goals in 42 appearances for the Bundesliga side this year, has reportedly admitted that he would prefer a move to United instead of German rivals Bayern Munich.
And Ferguson publicly admitted his interest in Lewandowski, something he doesn’t usually do. But with van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez and Welbeck in the team, where would he fit in the squad? Given rumours circulating around the futures of Hernandez and Rooney, there will certainly be a lot of talk regarding United signing another striker.
Falcao has also been heavily linked after reports broke in Spain that United have already given a down payment to Atletico in the same fashion they did for De Gea two years ago. Although, Falcao has quashed the interest (until the summer at least).
As for midfielders, the likes of Wanyama and Strootman are held in high regard as a midfield enforcer that United have lacked for so many years.
Given how weak United’s midfield has been and the impending (full) retirement of Scholes, the up-in-the-air future of Fletcher and the unpredictability of Anderson’s future, United simply have to make a midfield signing this year with the likes of Yaya Toure and Diame horribly exposing the biggest weakness in our team.
And despite boasting such a strong set of both experienced and young centre backs, there have been plenty of centre backs touted for a move as well.
Ezequiel Garay, Frickson Erazo and Eliaquim Mangala have all publicly responded to rumours linking them to United but unless Ferguson intends to let Ferdinand or Vidic go this season, it would seem strange that United were in the market for another centre back.
The important point to take is that United are not going to rest on their laurels and suffer the same fate as City did by losing our title.
Ferguson is going to improve on a squad that is potentially going to get a records point haul in the Premier League, a side that had the better of Real Madrid over two legs until that decision against Nani and a side that has stumbled across the line domestically since March.
And given how strong our squad has been this year, the thought of Ferguson making additions to it should mean that we are in an even better position next year (so long as we don’t sign Sinclair and Rodwell).