Sir Alex Ferguson has already said that Man United will not buy any players in January. But he hasn’t yet ruled out moves for players in the summer, and with the playing field no longer level – thanks to the likes of Chelsea and Man City – and the fresh challenges of Spurs and a seemingly improved Arsenal, surely Fergie must strengthen? And what better way than a player that the United scouts have tracked for some time?
Alexis Sanchez, a relatively young prospect at 22, has been likened to Ronaldo. Now usually, this would make fans moan and groan at the thought of the ‘next Ronaldo’ or ‘next Rooney’, labels which we hear so often in the transfer market. But if you trust the scouts at Old Trafford, and with a pretty decent track record, a CV that boasts unearthing Ronaldo and most recently, the brilliant Javier Hernandez, they could be on to a winner with Sanchez.
A player with enough experience to not be overwhelmed in the Premiership or Champions League, and with a great ability to dribble at high speed, pace to burn and an improving end product, he looks capable of improving Fergie’s squad no end.
And what does this mean for the likes of Nani, Berbatov and the retiring Giggs and Scholes? For every success that Ferguson has had in his illustrious career, he’s had some stinkers too, but you reckon he might afford himself one more indulgence and gamble on the Chilean wonderkid.
But are the figures being touted around just too much for the Glazer bank accounts? Is £20 million or £30 million money that United simply haven’t got? The time to rebuild is now, to strengthen while United are still strong. Udinese have ruled out a move in January by United for Sanchez, but what’s stopping the champions-elect improving their squad for next season without a long drawn out bidding war for one of world football’s hottest prospects?
The new era at Old Trafford fell apart when they sold Ronaldo and then Tevez. They’ve missed out on enough potential world class signings since Ronaldinho chose Barcelona and up until Ozil chose Real Madrid. It’s time once again for Fergie to build a new team then to challenge Europe’s elite, and it starts now.
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