Ferguson to raid transfer market for ManU

by AFP on May 19, 2011

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects to make a trio of transfer signings this year as he aims to rejuvenate his latest title-winning squad.

United, who won a record 19th title last weekend, are expected to raid the transfer market following the retirements of goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and Gary Neville along with uncertainty over the future of Paul Scholes.

The United careers of injury-plagued Owen Hargreaves and striker Michael Owen are also in doubt along with defender Wes Brown.

Although youngsters Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley will return to the club after successful loan spells at Sunderland and Wigan, Ferguson believes he will need to bolster his ranks.

"We have some ideas in mind," Ferguson told MUTV on Thursday. "Hopefully we can get them put in place.

"We have Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes coming towards the end of their careers, Gary Neville has already retired and Edwin van der Sar is retiring, so there are holes we want to plug up in terms of the safety and security of the team for the next few years.

"Of course, we have some excellent young players and a lot of them have progressed, which gives us a great, powerful squad.

"I am looking at maybe three signings which would boost our overall quality in our team."

United have been linked with Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea, as well as Aston Villa's Ashley Young and Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, seen as a logical replacement for Scholes.