Ferguson bolsters management
By Andrew Cuff
Thursday 04 Sep 2008 12:00:00
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After the departure of Carlos Queiroz, United’s former assistant manager, Ferguson has taken his time in appointing a new assistant. This was not because there was a shortage of people happy to take on number two spot to one of the most successful football managers, but Sir Alex has been looking long and hard to appointing a respectable assistant manager who has the same vision for the United squad.

Less than a week after securing Berbatov, Ferguson has appointed Mick Phelan to the vacant assistant manager position. Mick has been United’s first team coach for a number of years now and with nearly 20 years associated with our club he certainly is no outsider to Ferguson’s ways. Rene Meulensteen has subsequently been appointed first team coach, Rene is an expert in skills development and bring something very different to the team in comparison to Mick Phelan. One thing is for sure, this combination are not afraid to try new things and experiment with new tactics and methods.

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Team for the season

With so many changes in and around the club, let us recap. Prior to this season and after last season, Ferguson had it on his mind to bolster the attacking options for United with majority of last seasons goals coming one man the great Christiano Ronaldo. Even with such talent Ferguson is a man of sense and knows that as a team we cannot rely on one man to carry United to a new trophy case filled with first place wins. Manucho has been one signing of Ferguson’s, though after the purchase in January of this year, Manucho has been on loan until United could secure a British work permit for him. Now with his valid work permit in hand, Manucho has joined the rest of the club at Old Trafford and I expect it shall not be a long wait for his first taste of a Premiership game.

Berbatov has been the biggest signing of Sir Alex to date, bringing experience and a vast array of skills to the United team, supported by the likes of Rooney, Ronaldo and Carrick, United have a deadly attacking force. Ronaldo has been recovering in the stands after his ankle surgery over the summer and it has been rumoured that he should be at full fitness for United’s next clash when they travel down the road to Anfield and take on giants Liverpool.

Rio Ferdinand is also reported to be doubtful to take part in England’s qualifier match. He has had a problem with a stiff back, which affected United’s matches against South Africa in pre-season warm ups. Though in spite of this Wes Brown has been training as a possible replacement in the England squad who take on Andorra in Barcelona on Saturday. Ferdinand sat out of England’s training session yesterday.

United in memory

Ronnie Briggs died yesterday at the age of 65. The Irish born goalkeeper played for United 11 times during the period of 1961/1962. Though even with such great talent at the age of 17 he was not able to secure a solid place in the team and moved between a number of clubs after that, until a hand injury forced the youngest into retirement.

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