Sir Alex Ferguson took the time to discuss his views towards his squad, and his policy of deciding when he feels it’s time to move on a particular player for various reasons.
A story on the Sky Sports website (link posted below) features quotes for Ferguson about the importance his job holds in avoiding sentimentality when it comes to transfer policy, referring to past experiences with players such as Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, both close to the United manager, but two players who it was felt should be moved on to new opportunities.
“It is a horrible thing to say but you cannot be sentimental in this job,”
“I love the players that I’ve had and I’ve been very, very fortunate to have had great players who have come through my career with me”
“All of the players I have had here have played a part in my success so when I see something happening – as in the cases of Nicky Butt and Phil Neville – I have had to release them to other opportunities”
“Everything to do with me is black and white. If it’s on the football field and I see something that I feel is a retrograde step for the club, I have to act and make decisions.”
With major changes being speculated at Old Trafford in recent weeks, the timing of this statement suggests that fresh blood will be brought in this Summer, and others within the squad will be moved on. It is thought the likes of Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen may not have their contracts extended, Paul Scholes possibly retiring and squad members such as Gabriel Obertan and Darron Gibson look to have uncertain futures at the club. Indeed it is fair to see Ferguson has not hesitated to make changes when he feels it is necessary, with examples of top players falling out with him and being swiftly sent to other clubs, such as with Van Nistelrooy.
Whilst it is not clear yet exactly who is to be shipped out of Old Trafford, his words will certainly send rumours and speculation in to overdrive, with many wondering not only who’s time is up at United, but more intriguingly who will be brought in to replace them.
And with that, what changes to the squad would United fans like to see? Which players need to be shown the door? Which players should United try to sign? Leave your thoughts below.
Story provided by Sky Sports: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11667_6883844,00.html
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