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Manchester United have survived a lack of investment this season but next will be a different matter

They say there’s no substitute for experience, and United’s side are currently in a process of transition. Last season it was Van Der Sar & Neville who were on their way out and in the next 18 months it is inevitable that Scholes, Giggs, and Ferdinand will be drafted out. A lack of investment has resulted in United only recruiting the young, talented players who will surely not be able to lead the club to glory until they have matured.

In terms of age. By that time, the only players in the United side with notable experience of winning things will be Evra, Vidic, Carrick, and Rooney. Nani will be approaching that age but doesn’t really hold the mentality of a leader. In every winning side there has to be the right balance of experience and talent, and United have the ability but will lack the know-how of how to win the big games when the modern faithful (Giggs, Scholes & Neville) have completely left. In addition to this, Sir Alex Ferguson may also have called it a day.

Should Jose Mourinho eventually become the United manager, as has been widely speculated in recent years, you would expect him to have taken on the role with assurances of money available to spend. However, should anyone come in without his charisma, United may be happy to continue spending relatively little. Of course, you shouldn’t have to spend large amounts of money, but players with winning experience come at a price. This leads to the fact that United probably will have to make one or two marquee signings this Summer, preferably in central midfield.

These cracks in the United side were exploited by Ajax a couple of weeks ago, who took advantage of the complacency that had crept into United. They gained an early lead thanks to a tidy finish from Javier Hernandez but a team with a defence of De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, and Rafael (average age of 21) became victims of naivety and decided to sit back and defend. This led to them losing 2-1 and nearly crashing out of Europe’s second competition. Phil Jones, showed his age at the weekend but not for the right reason. His performance was not bad but could have been sent off for repetitive fouls arguably worthy of yellows.

Ferguson has admitted these doubts in his team selections. Many have questioned the decision to play Jonny Evans so regularly but actually, except for his part in the disastrous 6-1 defeat to Manchester City has been fairly solid. Against Tottenham, he was probably the best player on the pitch. In terms of ability he is not as talented as fellow defenders Chris Smalling & Phil Jones, but his experience of playing in past seasons has more than made up for that. It has taken the Northern Irish born centre back a while to blossom but once again, Ferguson has been proved right in his decision to keep him.

Should Manchester United go on to win the league it would probably be one of the Scot’s greater achievements, given the squad and the absence of Vidic, but this Summer United must acquire several players to steady the ship. To add to this, United could probably do with a couple of more technical minded players to suit them to Europe, in which they struggled this season. This may not be necessary had Man City not emerged, but they have and United cannot afford to sit by and watch them turn Manchester from Red to light Blue.

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  1. ikenna jude

    6 March, 2012 at 07:07

    Man u really need to buy two creative mid fielders so that they wl be able to challenge d top clubs like barca,madrid and vn d present man city

  2. Andy Roberts

    6 March, 2012 at 08:25

    It can be argued that Man U did indeed lack possibly one or two Snieder type signings last summer but once again Fergie is assembling a great young team with really exciting players. Yes they require guidance from experienced players but once Scholes, Giggs and Ferd have gone players like Rooney, Young, Valencia, Vidic will provide that. Having said that I think the winning mentality comes from within the core of the club. Beckham, Scholes, Butt etc took little time to develop that mind set as youngsters. It comes from the fact that Fergie trusts and belives in his squad and they are given confidence by the fact he doesn’t rush out and spend 50 Million every summer even if he could.

    I think Man U will spend this summer on possibly one or two players. Added to the current squad being another year wiser I can only see exciting times ahead.

  3. Joe Lamb

    6 March, 2012 at 11:12

    The hope is that when the likes of Giggs and Scholes finally move on that they will have helped seal a couple more trophies to ensure than the current youngsters have tasted success. They can be successfully led by the likes of Rooney, Vidic, the ever improving Carrick. Players such as Nani, Valencia and Anderson are starting to put in match turning performances, and their experience and influence can not be discounted. If United can buy one midfielder in the summer, coupled with the return of Fletcher, then I will be very happy with the way the squad looks.
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    7 March, 2012 at 20:20

    On the basis harry redknapp takes up the England challenge luka modric will probably deflect to Manchester united. It’s unavoidable scholes and Ryan g will also depart, yet at the same time sir Alex having always managed his players correctly will want to prolong their release for as long as possible. If sheringham can still be playing top tier football way beyond his sale or return policy scholes and Ryan g can also delay calling time on the careers.

    Additionally Manchester united will need an assured mid fielder and someone in the defensive hole who is able to support Rio f since Manchester city will win the premier league with the softest of margins…

  5. robinbarlow20

    8 March, 2012 at 00:51

    I don’t think we can afford Modric. Spurs would want £45million + so I can’t really see that one happening, as much as I want it to.

  6. Anonymous

    12 March, 2012 at 16:17

    Taiwo, i don’t know what club you support, but you’ll agree with me that it is a good attribute to always triumph even when every neutral hates you. And you know what Taiwo, when you are not hated, you are not successful. “There is only one MAN UTD”.

  7. Raphael Olajide Ajayi

    12 March, 2012 at 16:21

    Taiwo, i don’t know what club you support, but you’ll agree with me that it is a good attribute to always triumph even when every neutral hates you. And you know what Taiwo, when you are not hated, you are not successful. “There is only one MAN UTD”.

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