What Sir Alex Ferguson says, he usually means. We have seen it many times. When he insisted in the past that there’s no value in the market, he kept his cheque book closed despite pressure for him to bring in new faces. It may mean that the reported £16million signing of Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers could be Manchester United’s final signing of the summer. Why? Because Ferguson has recently been quoted as saying a number of times that “I’m looking at possibly a couple, maybe three signings which would boost our overall quality in the team.” That makes it abundantly clear that unless there’s an unexpected development in the next few weeks, Jones will join Ashley Young and David de Gea as the three United transfers that Sir Alex is looking for – and that could be it.
United are reliably reported to be close to completing the signing of Jones although there has been no official confirmation from the Premier League champions but they are expected to beat off competition from rivals Liverpool and Arsenal to land the highly rated 19 year old defender. Blackburn have accepted an offer and Jones was widely reported to have already undergone a medical at Old Trafford this afternoon.
Jones appears to be a wonderful signing for the future of United but the question must remain as to whether he and the signings of de Gea and Young are the answer for what Ferguson really requires in what promises to be an ultra competitive Premier League season in 2011-12 (see bwin betting for the latest title odds).
The bottom line remains the same as it has been for 25 years – do we trust the judgement of Sir Alex?