Fergie must spend or it’s over
I fear the destination of the Premiership trophy will be decided unexpectedly early this season. No doubt many City fans thought the race was over after the humiliating 6-1 defeat. Or maybe the day United couldn’t score a crucial second goal against Newcastle at home?
But, as has been the case for the past two decades, United cannot be counted out of any competition. Until we have to face a side like the mighty Basle (ooops) or, as a few Premiership managers will be saying in April and May, until it’s mathematically impossible.
Why is it that people take heart from something being mathematically possible if not humanly possible? Anyway, despite United’s doggedness, despite their experience and despite Ferguson’s ability to devour title after title, I fear that unless United’s squad is heavily supplemented in January, its game over.
United fans are rightfully fearful that Ferguson’s flat refusal (so far) to consider investing in the squad could mean we all but surrender any chance of domestic silverware to an already rampant City. We only have to look at the squad now compared to the match day squad which got took to pieces in the Champions League Final to see how depleted the this Winter’s squad has become.
Before the season had even started United fans were hopeful that one or two top class players would be brought in. Now though, with the likes of Anderson, Vidic, Owen, Berbatov, Hernandez, Fabio & Rafael injured, the future looks bleak.
Add to that the retirement of Paul Scholes and the diminishing impact of both Ryan Giggs and Park Ji Sung and its hard work to get too optimistic. I am not sure that even Tom Cleverley, who seems to become more of a world-beater with every game he misses, would save us now.
That ‘hard work to get too optimistic’ turned to despair and desperation with the sad news that Darren Fletcher has now had to take an extended break from football. Its obviously very sad news that such a dynamic and, over the last few years, massively improved player is having to fight such a debilitating illness. It leaves United in even deeper trouble.
City’s defeat at Chelsea has been somewhat tempered by the knowledge that United’s squad is crippled with injuries and nowhere near as strong as the squad of City, Chelsea and probably even Liverpool and Tottenham. Unless Ferguson is prepared to look to strengthen the defence after losing Vidic, supplement the midfield after losing Fletcher and Anderson and accept that a player with the ability of David Silva at City or Luke Modric at Tottenham or, dare I say, Wesley Sneijder at Inter is needed, then the title race will be over before its began.
January is a massive month for United. The FA Cup semi-final with City, the league game away to Arsenal and, perhaps the most important battle, navigating through the minefield of the January transfer window. Its buy, buy or bye bye…
Anyway, who’s excited for the Europa League draw. Ssshhhhh.