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Ferguson has plans in place for summer signings

By Football News



Alex Ferguson says there are plans in place to improve his Manchester United squad this summer.

Speaking prior to his side's Premier League clash with Chelsea, the Scot said preparation had been ongoing for some time as to which players are likely to arrive at Old Trafford ahead of next season.

With Wilfried Zaha already agreeing to join and a host of young players already bedded in at the club, Ferguson hinted that just one or two other players will join in the summer.

"We've been doing that [planning for next season] for a while," Ferguson said.

"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."

Ferguson also said he wanted to avoid a situation where there were too many players requiring regular football, noting that it is a situation he has had to deal with this season.

"We have fantastic strength in depth," he said.

"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."

Ferguson also discussed Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez ahead of Sunday's meeting with the Spaniard. 

The pair have had a notoriously frosty relationship in the past and Ferguson hinted that Benitez, who led the London club to the UEFA Europa League final on Thursday, did not take the manager's job at Stamford Bridge to help the club out.

"I think he's really concerned about his CV," the Scot added. "He refers to it quite a lot. 

"But you can't dispute the fact he's brought success in the last few weeks. The fans have settled down, they've left him alone because it can't be easy listening to pressure from the fans all the time."