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03/05/2013 10:00, Report by A Marshall & G Thompson

Plans are in place

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that progress is being made in a bid to bring "one or two" new additions to the United squad in the summer.

The Reds boss has explained that the scouting progress can take two seasons at times as plans are in place to dip into the transfer market again.

England Under-21 star Wilfried Zaha has already agreed to move from Crystal Palace and the manager is happy with the fact that his young players look certain to improve again next term.

"We've been doing that [planning for next season] for a while," he revealed at his pre-Chelsea press conference. "Your scouting goes on for the full season, actually sometimes two seasons when you maybe monitor a younger player. You want to see how he does the next season. That is the process we go through. We’ve got some ideas where we’re going and hopefully we can conclude them.

"We'll look at one or two bodies to come in. You’ve got to remember there are a lot of young players we expect to improve and take that into consideration. And you have to consider ages of players and protect that part. In the main, we’re know where we are. We’re comfortable.

"We have fantastic strength in depth. That’s the area where we don’t want to confuse ourselves because you end up with too many players and trying to keep them all happy. It’s happened a few times this season."

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