WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

09/04/2010 07:43
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Papers: Time for change?

Who will join United?


Before Manchester United's agonising Champions League exit, Sir Alex Ferguson insisted he would not be embarking on "wholesale buying" this summer. But as he sifts through the wreckage of a failed European campaign, Fergie must confront the uncomfortable truth that his current squad is simply not good enough to rule Europe. Major reconstruction is not necessary but the quarter-final exit to Bayern Munich, cruel as it was on away goals, exposed the lack of depth in United's squad and their continued over-reliance on Wayne Rooney. United need a striker, goalscoring midfielder and goalkeeper to take over from Edwin van der Sar, who turns 40 in October and is likely to play a lesser role next season, with France No.1 Hugo Lloris Fergie's preferred choice to replace him. In recent years Fergie has bemoaned United's lack of a free-scoring central midfielder in the mould of Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard, and Aston Villa's James Milner may provide the United boss with the answer. Fergie has been impressed with Milner's emergence as a central midfielder this season and his age profile - he is still only 24 - along with a value of around £20m, could see the United boss move for him. Karim Benzema's failure to make an impact at Real Madrid may yet see Fergie get the France striker at the second attempt. Valencia striker David Villa remains a target for Fergie and will be available for around £25m, but Benzema's physical strength and dynamic style may be more suited to the Premier League. "We have a very good squad that just needs tweaking here and there," said Fergie. "We have some ideas at the moment but not many players will be joining the club."
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

The Daily Express also runs a list of potential transfer targets, throwing in Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko of Wolfsburg, Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, West Ham’s Scott Parker and Joe Cole, should he leave Chelsea.

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor claims David Villa wants to move to Old Trafford in the summer, but speculates that a mooted fee of £35m to £40m for the 28-year-old will prove prohibitive.

The fallout from Wednesday's Champions League exits continues, meanwhile. The Sun quotes Darren Fletcher's assertion that 'the lads will be gutted for a long time,' and Uli

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