After last night’s disappointment, some United fans may well now be looking at the summer as an opportunity to restrenghten and make another assault on the Champion League next term, meaning that the coming transfer window will be an extremely important one for Sir Alex Ferguson.
The summer transfer window raises the same questions over and over again in recent summers: will the elder statesmen of the Red Devils’ squad stay or go? Ryan Giggs has recently committed his future to the club, but doubts remain over Scholes and Rio Ferdinand, and Sir Alex may choose to rebuild his squad in their positions.
And if they all do stay, can they carry on at the pace, and defy the usual laws of the game to continue to compete with athletes – some of who are half their age? And besides the elder squad members, what players could strengthen this United side and are within the realms of possibility?
In this article I will look at tjose 10 plausible summer deals that could be pursued by Sir Alex, as well as rating the likelihood of the deals based on my own opinion, and some of the facts we know.
10. Asmir Begovic (In)
The Stoke number one has been a revelation for the Potters ever since he displaced Thomas Sorensen between the sticks. With doubts and critiques of David De Gea showing no signs of stopping, some might think Ferguson to be quietly admiring the Bosnian’s superior dominance of the box, which could remind him of the good old days of Peter Schmeichel and Edwin Van Der Sar.
How likely is this transfer?
25%: I can’t see Fergie giving up on his expensive future Spanish international just yet. With De Gea showing flashes of brilliance, especially in his recent outing in the Bernabeu, Fergie might just be tempted to wait-it-out when it comes to De Gea’s youthful mistakes in the hope that the former Atletico Madrid man finds a consistency that would rival the current crop of great Spanish keepers.
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This article was first posted on March 6, 2013