Football FanCast guest columnist Des Jones feels that Fergie is making a big mistake in not strengthening the squad further.
I have the utmost respect for Sir Alex Ferguson and everything he has achieved at my beloved United; however the decision to curtail this summer spending leaves me slightly bemused. While I understand his principals and the reasons given, the bottom line is the squad has weaknesses and areas that need to be addressed.
I appreciate in the main that Fergie has rarely let us down and his perceived gambles before have proved him right, but the decision to put all his hopes on Michael Owen remaining fit, given his injury record does cause concern. I'm not suggesting that he won't be a good signing for us, but surely Fergie should have looked to bring in a fourth striker to complement the set, bearing in mind that we don't have a Ronaldo or Tevez who can come in upfront. It leaves us having to keep our fingers crossed that both Berbatov and Rooney remain injury free and the likes of Welbeck and Macheda will be able to step up and perform on a regular basis should injuries set in.
Another area that desperately needed to be filled is the holding role in midfield. Fletcher did an admirable job last season and really came into his own, but with Possebon now on a season long loan, suddenly all we can hope is that he also remains fit and free of suspension. With Hargreaves likely to be out, according to reports, until the New Year, again we are seemingly left short, when really there is no reason for us to be, given the funds we have generated from the Ronaldo transfer and the money saved by not signing Tevez on a permanent basis. I don't want to question Sir Alex's logic, but I would be lying if I wasn't confused by it. Next season promises to be even tighter than lost and with Real Madrid and Barcelona really improving their squads, our passage to the Champions League final will be no longer be a given.
So has Sir Alex made a huge mistake in closing the purse strings this summer, or do you believe our current squad is good enough to challenge on all fronts next season?
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