Utd have invested in new keeper David de Gea, a 20 year old from Atletico Madrid who is going to be Utd’s number one keeper for many years to come and certainly a legacy of Ferguson’s. The same goes for the the young defender Phil Jones, signed from Blackburn just at the end of the season. Two key positions filled already and still on the trail of Nasri from Arsenal and possibly Wesley Sneijder to add to the addition of Ashley Young from Aston Villa. Lets look at what their nearest rivals have bought so far with only 1 month until the start of the new season. Bear in mind that the players the Red Devils have bought are first team players.
Arsenal – two youngsters who won’t get a first team game for about 6 years under Arsene Wenger; Silva (18) from Levante and Jenkinson (19) from Charlton. Wow! They have completed the signing of forward Gervinho from Lille… one goal every two games last season doesn’t set the Premier League alight for me. Still, they have Walcott who couldn’t find a forward pass if he tried, so where are the crosses going to come from? And in turn a title challenge, its non existent. Again.
Manchester City – They’ve signed Gael Clichy from Arsenal, so no need for Wayne Bridge now… and they have also bought some guy I’ve never heard of called Savic from Partizan. I know, who? Perhaps Mancini had said “get me Robbie Savage” and a lot was lost in translation… Adebayor has returned from Real Madrid from his loan, but has reportedly gone on strike and Tevez is on his way out somewhere, I don’t see a huge challenge here.
Chelsea – Ok, so we have got a new manager which I am very pleased about, but he hasn’t done very much so far, and all we are hearing from the Chelsea camp is rumour and conjecture. We did sign one player from Sao Paulo, Lucas Piazon, but as hes only 17, I don;t think he’ll be featuring in the new campaign’s first team. Essien is out injured for six months now, and we lost out on left back Fabio Coentrao who chose to go to Real Madrid. We were yet again far to slow on the move. So its the same old team from last year that achieved nothing but the sack for their manager. Where else is a challenge going to come from?
Liverpool have only signed Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, and are still a team in complete rebuild mode, so realistically they shouldn’t be aiming for a title challenge. In fact there is only one team this preseason that is doing any work on the transfer front and thats Sunderland, managed by Manchester Utd oldboy, Steve Bruce. They have signed no less than 8 players already and some of those include John O’Shea and Wes Brown from Manchester Utd. There is major strengthening going on there and I would not be surprised if they finish in a Euro spot. As for a title challenge, pie in the sky.
So, we might as well not bother playing the season unless the big teams do something very impressive in the next 3 weeks or so because with the team Manchester Utd now have, I just can’t see past them winning it again for number 20.