Is Sir Alex right not to add to his squad?
After a disappointing campaign last year, much of the reaction from the press was rather knee-jerk. It was thought that for United to really mount a good challenge the following season, that they had to follow the suit of neighbours Manchester City and spend. Yet Sir Alex has come out recently and was quoted to saying he’s happy with his current crop and that he is unlikely to spend in the summer window which has so far been crammed with activity.
Manchester United are no longer the big-money spenders of the English game, that has been for a while now, the tag now belonging to Chelsea and City. It doesn’t help that the club have been plunged into massive debt, so it is sensible to focus on the club’s current players and youth to continue progress. A big signing like Wesley Sneijder certainly wouldn’t help United get out of the red, a fee of around £30m and weekly wages of £100k wouldn’t exactly help the club out of this rather perilous financial situation.
The usual suspects the Sunday papers seem to link us with such as Sneijder, Mesut Özil among others are sure to get fans excited, but it begs the question – do United really need them? I would say no, and I’m thinking Sir Alex will agree. There are some top quality players in Europe and indeed around the world, but financially United cannot afford them. They don’t come cheap, that’s for sure. If United were not in this situation, would they splash the clash on some of Europe’s stars? I’m suspecting they would.
Another reason, however, of not to add to the squad lies in the fact that he believes the players at Old Trafford are already good enough. The truth is most positions are covered, and a new signing may only mean more unwanted competition, not to mention affecting the development of the younger players who ought to be given a chance. Some would argue that the team is ageing and although that is true, it doesn’t mean that they are not good enough to play top-flight football.
The likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes still have a lot to offer despite their ageing legs, having enjoyed good season last year despite United falling short of the title. In terms of players, United have the numbers. There is plenty of backup in their defence with Evans and Smalling as 3rd and 4th choice centre backs, as is the case in midfield and up front where they have no less than seven forwards hoping to make an impact this season.
The feeling right now is that United lack the big-name players and must add to it in order to regain their league crown. The club is littered with talent, some are established members of the team and others polishing off in the reserve team. The fact that I’d like Fergie to keep faith in his current squad is to allow good development of his younger players. Some may disagree with the notion that the current players are not good enough, indeed just the Carling Cup to show from last season’s efforts, but I’m thinking the likes of the more-established Darren Fletcher and Nani could get better this time around, making that transformation into world-class players. What’s your viewpoint? Do United need to add to their squad or is it fine as it is?