Why the young talent at Old Trafford is so valuable

In all the media gossip over possible transfer deals that Manchester United may or may not make during the summer, a comment made by Sir Alex Ferguson during the recent pre season tour of North America was almost totally overlooked. Yet it goes a long way towards explaining the reason why the only ones completed so far were those of two youngsters who have barely hit their twenties. Chris Smalling will not be 21 until November while Javier Hernandez only turned 22 in June.

Forlan may prove to be an example for Berbatov

Thoughts of what might have been can often cross the mind. Watching former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan score crucial goals in both semis and the final for Athletico Madrid which took the Europa Cup to Spain made one wonder whether the title race may have taken a different turn had he been available to partner Wane Rooney at Old Trafford this season.