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Can Sir Alex resist window-shopping?
I keep waking up expecting to discover that the old growler has fooled us once again, that all Sir Alex Ferguson’s declarations about spending no more money in this transfer window have turned out to be a spectacular ruse. To rise one morning to the news of a jaw-dropping deal, perhaps the revelation that Franck Ribéry, the Bayern Munich winger, is having a medical at Old Trafford, or that a £35 million offer for Javier Mascherano is on its way to Liverpool. At the very least some well-sourced gossip that David Silva, the Valencia playmaker, has been spotted in Manchester. It would be a coup to remind us of the audaciousness of Ferguson and the clout of United, and to wrong-foot their rivals not just at home but abroad. And to provide instant replenishment for a midfield that, any way I shuffle it, I cannot see providing the happiest of endings for Ferguson at Old Trafford. I have taken all the names, juggled them, switched them around, chopped and changed but, whichever way you line them up, I cannot see a United midfield that wins the Champions League this season.
Matt Dickinson, The Times
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One man who believes the Reds can win trophies this season is Wayne Rooney. He’s quoted in the Daily Express: “We’ve lost two world class players and we have to try to move on, prove to everyone we’re worthy champions and can win this league again.”
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