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United boss' blast at kamikaze spending
Sir Alex Ferguson has aimed a thinly disguised dig at Manchester City’s “kamikaze spending”. As City took their summer spree to about £130million with the £26m capture of James Milner, Manchester United boss Ferguson warned that spending big does not guarantee success. He said: “Over the last two or three years, we have seen very wealthy owners become part of football clubs and therefore go on this kamikaze effort to spend their money. I think the kind of spending we are seeing will be here for two or three years, until such time as they understand you can’t necessarily achieve all the time by spending.”
The manager's quotes are from yesterday's press conference in which Bebe, Chicharito and Chris Smalling were unveiled as summer signings - as covered in our story, 'Sir Alex excited by his starlets.'
Mesut Ozil won't be joining the new trio at Old Trafford - as the Daily Express also reports, "Manchester United do not always get their man. Despite being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, Mesut Ozil yesterday opted to head to Real Madrid instead."
In his column for the Daily Mirror, Oliver Holt suggests Sir Alex is planning to bow out with a "legacy of youth". He writes, "There are high hopes for Tom Cleverley, Darron Gibson, Danny Drinkwater (on loan at Cardiff), Matt James (on loan at Preston) and Reece Brown, Wes Brown’s younger brother. Jonny Evans has already broken through and Federico Macheda kept Michael Owen out of the squad against Newcastle."
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