In the last game of the pre-season, the Reds could not score as the game of celebrating the double against Juventus ended 0 x 0. Ferguson put on the field a strong team well, targeting the 10/08 day game on Sunday against Portsmouth, in the Community Shield.
Of course, the result was not bad as Manchester played against a well organized team, but served to test the players for Sunday. Edwin van der Sar was a spectator during most of the game, because he did great saves. But many fans now are concern about the growing injury list and the lack of striker the team has. As Rooney picked up a virus, Campbell is going to make his first senior season with United and Tevez is not the striker to play in the box, Ferguson has brought an element of worry to us before the new campaign.
While reports suggest Berbatov prefers to join Barcelona to United. The possibility of not buying any striker before the deadline closes on August 31 is rising. But Sir Alex Ferguson remains confident, even if some fans are not.
“We might well start 2008-09 with largely the squad we had last season – and after all, they didn’t do too badly,” he said.
“We have not brought in the kind of top-quality player everyone seems to be expecting.
“We are still researching and looking but it is not easy and certainly we are not desperate because we have the right balance of youth and experience thanks to the work we did in the transfer market the previous year.
“In terms of numbers, we have been boosted by the return from loan of several young players who have the potential to go all the way. So I think we already have the men for the job.”
Finally the pre-season of United was very good, We did not lose any game, we won the Vodacom Challenge and also had several new boys who appeared well, such as: Martin, Possebon, Rafael, Campbell, Gibson and Eagles.
How did you find the team after the pre-season games?