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Campbell Staying - Berbatov Deal Off Then?

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Hull City's worst fears: he won't allow Frazier Campbell to return to the Tigers on loan. The Huddersfield-born striker will spend next season at Old Trafford.

Now, it's good news, on one hand. Another talented young player looks set to receive the opportunity to step up the plate and prove his potential. And he's got loads of it: pace, skill, eye for goal, everything.

But currently we have five strikers. Louis Saha's departure is still not closer, as there are only vague rumours about Sunderland. We don't know anything about Manucho who hasn't been granted a work permit yet and there is Rooney and Tevez of course.

Could it mean that the Berbatov deal is off or that Fergie is not confident of landing the Bulgarian? The season is only a week away yet the squad's only glaring weakness has not been adressed yet.

I'm not panicking though: this is the side that's won a magical Double and there are no doubts about whether they are competent enough. The problem is that it's clear we need a different type of striker to the ones we already possess. Saha should be great but with his injury record we can't count on him. Manucho is an unkown quantity while Campbell, Rooney and Tevez are both quick little skilful players with very little aerial threat.

Berbatov would fit the bill perfectly and that's nothing new to anyone, I'm sure. But does Campbell's retaining mean we have given up on him? Or is it nothing else but an opportunity for a very talented young player? We'll see.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 4 2008

Time: 5:42PM

Your Comments

haha....
Bosko-Macedonia
I wonder if Arshavin is the key to this... I mean, so what if they buy him? he is not the player to replace berbatov. he doesnt even do the same job. So why think that if he comes in, then berba goes? Is it to finance Arshavin's transfer? Is tottenham short of 20-25 mill euros? It doesnt look like it
alexpant
lets get rid of saha then we can have campbell and berbatov.
rooneyisgod
i hope deal aint off
matth01
wouldnt be the end of the world if he dont come. even if we get berbatov, our first choice striker partnership will be rooney and tevez. i am more than happy with campbell, saha and manucho on the bench.
united4life
Campbell looks a good one for the future, and I certainly think Sir Alex would be wise to give him a few games. But I still think Sir Alex needs to buy a striker: Rooney (out); Saha (always injured, and possibly on his way out of United); Cambell, Manucho (too inexperienced to be expected to play regularly). That just leaves Tevez, who I get the impression doesn't really like leading the line alone. Fine when Rooney's fit, with those three on the bench, but the worryingly frequent times he gets injured means it's a risk United can't really afford to make.
Man utd champions
It doesn't have to be Berbatov though - I quite like the look of Santa Cruz, and he'd be a fair bit cheaper too...
Man utd champions
Having watched the Newcastle game, I'm in two minds. We should have won, and some of the chances we had (Vidic header, Rooney free-kick) should have been goals. But we do need a striker... any striker. There's an air of desperation about it now.
Man utd champions
Campbell did well against Newcastle, but we still need another striker.
Man utd champions
 

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