Commencing pre-season at Old Trafford
By Andrew Cuff
Tuesday 15 Jul 2008 16:00:00
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Finally we can look towards the new season, with pre season well under way and United looking for a treble 10 years on from the ’99 season. So with the new season looming what can we look forward to?


Carlos Queiroz's departure from Old Trafford to attempt managing his third international team, the other two being the United Arab Emirates and then South Africa, has sparked Ferguson into a search for a new assistant. His greatest success has been with United and after 6 years as Ferguson’s number 2 he is looking to progress his career and the good news is he has so much talent to work with in the Portuguese national team with the likes of Ronaldo and Nani whom he has already been working with at United. There are a lot of rumours and speculation about who may replace him, though Ferguson is in now major hurry and will find a replacement in due time.


On the transfer front  not much has happened with reports accusing United of treating Ronaldo as a slave, all of which is a bit extreme. There is no real reason for Uniteed to sell Ronaldo especially if the offers are not matching the quality of the player. The club is well within its right to refuse to sell a player and keep the player especially when he is under contract. The real question is whether Ferguson will play Ronaldo or whether he will bench him for a year, loan him out or sell him in the mid season transfer window, all are viable options for the club. A player should show his full commitment when it is due, potentially one of the most devastating things for a club is to field a player because he can play quality football and have the player become more a liability than an asset. The telegraph claim that United have agreed a fee of 28million, 18 of which will be up front the rest in performance related clauses, for Tottenham’s striker Berbatov. This could give United the extra star up front to compliment Rooney and Tevez, though we still await official word.


United kicked off the pre season with a win against Aberdeen with both Carrick and Rooney slotting goals away. United also take on the South African giants of Kaizer Chiefs in Cape Town on Saturday they lost 2-0 at their last meeting in South Africa. United will also take on the other South African giants of Orlando Pirates later on this week. Manchester United's first Premier League game will be against the Newcastle United at Old Trafford on the 17th of August and kicks of our campaign for anoher title or two.


A very challenging season looms though looking at all United's pre sason games they have an easier start to the season with only Liverpool and Chelsea at the beginning of September, with the 11 games prior to this should be sufficient for United to dominate.


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