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What next for Manchester United

india Updated: Aug 10, 2009 13:47 IST
Abhishek Nandwani
Abhishek Nandwani
Hindustan Times
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After three consecutive league titles, one Champions League title and a runners up medal and Carling Cup victory, Manchester United were amongst top hot shots in European market.

Critics and bookies have billed United as favourites to lift the fourth league title in a row as well as either the FA cup or Carling Cup.

But after losing Champions league final, suddenly Man United's situation has gone from bad to worse. Firstly they were dealt a huge blow when Ronaldo decided to join Real Madrid. As if that wasn't enough they got another blow when their brilliant striker Carlos Tevez decided not to extend the stay at Old Trafford and has decide to move on as he doesn't want to warm the benches anymore.

Now player transfer market is up and running and is becoming interesting by the day. Reports suggest United are eyeing a number of big players as they have lots of cash to spend and they urgently need a replacement for players like Ronaldo and Tevez. Last week finally they signed a decent winger Antonio Valencia from Wigan (England) but he is not in the same class as Ronaldo.

United number one target this season was Karim Benzema who is tipped as next big thing in international soccer and has been termed as Zinedine Zidane in the making. United were favourites to sign him until high spenders Real Madrid entered the scene and weaned him away from Man United clutches.

United have other players in mind as well like Ribery (who has already announced he will leave his club only for Real Madrid), Sergio Aguero( who is just 20 years old and his asking price is between 38-50 million pounds), David Villa( who has stated in past that he will not be leaving Spain), Samuel Eto ( which can be a good bargain and wants to move out of Barcelona), Huntelaar ( who can be termed as a most realistic target as he will find less opportunities in Madrid now after they have purchased Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema and are set to buy many more players).

With just over a month to go for the start of a new season Manchester United really needs to pull up their socks and aggressively pursue transfer market otherwise one of the biggest club in the World will be in a soup.

Fans of the club are a worried lot but they trust Sir Alex Ferguson as he has proved time and again that he knows the art of putting things in place for the club.