Just over a week since the Champions League final and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is already looking forward to the new season, issuing a chilling warning to his Premier League rivals that the Red Devils are gunning by more titles.
United achieved a record breaking 19 league titles to make them the most successful team in English football history, despite claims that the current squad is a poor reflection of previous generations. While many would dwell on such a remarkable success, Ferguson is already looking ahead to the new campaign as he guns for title number 20.
It’s clear there is a rebuilding job needed at Old Trafford to see of the latest bulk spending from Manchester City and Chelsea. The new Manchester United home shirt was released this week and it is likely a number of new stars will be gracing it for the 2011/12 season.
Ferguson will have to do without two of his most experienced and talented players as both Edwin van der Sar and Paul Scholes have announced their retirement, with many other stars including Dimitar Berbatov and Darron Gibson tipped to move on, but new faces will arrive.
Spanish keeper David de Gea is widely rumoured to be joining in a £17m deal from Atletico Madrid, while Ashley Young and Luka Modric remain firmly on the United boss radar. It is not yet out of the question that a major star such as Wesley Sneijder will arrive in what would be a significant boost to sales of Manchester United shirts.
The veteran gaffer stated the latest Premier League title was “particularly special” as it took them ahead of Liverpool in the record books but he is not going to rest on his laurels as he wants more trophies next season.
Ferguson said: “Hopefully we’ll be better next season. The only thing you can do at this club is win – that’s all that matters.
“We have to carry on, there’s nothing else you can do. We have a responsibility and expectation to live up to and that carries on next season.”
Written by Eddie Smith, a sports blogger who writes about kids football shirts.