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  • jim w jim w Apr 4, 2010 15:33 Flag

    Sunday's Thoughts

    Losing to Chelsea ( and indeed to Bayern) is not unusual. United's record against both clubs is not marvellous. What is of more concern is the average age of both teams last week. On Tuesday United fielded their oldest ever CL team and the one yesterday was even older. I am trying to work out whether Fergie has lost confidence in his younger players, or whether its just an unfortunate coinicidence of injuries and lost form.
    You could make out a case for Fergie wanting to 'go out' at the same time as his oldsters, so he plays them to the maximum; alternatively it could be that most of the guys who were supposed to replace them are just not up to it when the crunch comes.
    What has been one of Fergies greatest feats is the almost seamless way he has transformed one winning team into another by introducing slowly new talent into the squad. Only once in the mid-90s has he significantly wielded the axe for new blood, and that was for internal promotion.
    The likelyhood is that something similar will have to happen shortly, simply because of ageing. However its not clear there are the 'internal candidates' ready for promotion.
    We are told there is money to spend. So does he spend it on top overseas talent? Indeed will this elite contemplate coming to rainy Manchester. Its proven a stumbling block before, add in the Fergie retirement factor and adverse tax situation and my guess it will prove difficult to persuade the very best to come. That leaves the 'promising' and the next tier down. Better I think to 'overspend' on British or at least known EPL talent. Cheaper in the longrun with the pound/euro exchange rate and tax rates making 'euro wage' levels difficult to match.
    So my suggestions for revitalising the squad; Rodwell, Milner, Davies and Cole. £60m or so the lot. No 'fancy-dans' or 'exciting young overseas talent'. Just guys who could win our title back ( if we lose it).
    The big unknown is Fergies own plans. Will he really want Mourinho shipping into City in the summer?

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