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Gill Promises Investment In Players

David Gill, wisely, have not revealed the size of United's transfer budget but insisted Sir Alex will have money to spend.

United have won the league but there's already talk about the need to strengthen the squad though the celebrations are barely over. The tabloids try to identify Sir Alex's three targets while chief executive David Gill assured everyone that United are going to plunge into the transfer market.

'You can't just assume the success you've achieved will continue,' Gill told Manchester United Radio.

'You have to always look to improve and invest, and that's what we're going to do. We've got a great team who have done very well and we'll be looking to tweak it here and there.

'Manchester United has been - and always will be - a club that buys players as well as giving youth its chance. And that's what we'll see next year and for many years to come.'

Gill, having previously paid tribute to the Glazers' work, stressed once again how much support they had given to Fergie throughout the campaign which ended in title glory.

'The Glazer family understands the sports business and know that success on the pitch is key to success off the pitch,' Gill said.

'Before they'd taken over there was a lot of talk about what the ownership structure was going to be and we had the disciplines of the stock exchange to follow. I think now, with the private ownership, we have stability and can concentrate on delivering a great team on the pitch.'

A great team has certainly been delivered for this season and Gill admitted it was a special feeling to win the league again after four years.

'It's a good feeling all round for everybody associated with the club. As we prepared for the season and brought in new players, we wanted to have a good go at Chelsea. The fact that we hadn't won the title for three seasons meant we wanted to get it back.

'This is truly a team effort - obviously from Alex, his coaches and the players, but also the people selling the tickets, preparing the stadium, making the food, and, of course, the fans. It's been a brilliant recovery.'

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Date:Tuesday May 15 2007

Time: 1:24PM

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i think hargreaves is a dead cert to come in
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15/05/2007 14:50:00

I hope that we buy an out and out goal scorer as well.
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15/05/2007 16:37:00

berbatov would be ideal
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15/05/2007 18:49:00

It seems that Bayern are not so desperate to keep Hargreaves now that they missed out on the Champions League and vowed to build a brand new team. As for a goalscorer, there are very few genuine strikers who are good enough for United but their price is reasonable, too. I'd go for Defoe and keep Saha with all his injuries.
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15/05/2007 18:51:00

Berbatov is a tad slow but he has a wonderful first touch. However, Spurs want to keep him badly and he does not want to go, unlike Carrick.
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15/05/2007 18:52:00

will be interesting to see how much he does actually spend methinks !
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15/05/2007 20:47:00

How about Pablo Aimar, he wouldnt cost much, his wages wouldnt be crippling and he could give us a burst of pace and killer passing ability when we let him off the bench. No way is Defoe good enough for us we need someone who is decent in the air, its no good playing wingers if they have no one to aim for in the box someone like Huntelaar would be great, ***** it lets bid for Kaka we'll all need to chip in though, I'll sell my cd collection should get about 50 quid towards the transfer fee.
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15/05/2007 21:12:00

defoe is a good option and i dont think he would mind being on the bench some of the time
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15/05/2007 21:34:00

why is defoe so highly rated. personally, i rate him as one of the worst engllish strikers in the league, and his gaol to game ratio must be pretty bad. though he is fast, he is unbelievably weak, and his accuracy is awful, im not sure why he is linked with all of the big four clubs, he cant even make it into the tottenham team!!!
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15/05/2007 21:41:00

United4life is right about defoe, he's pretty *****
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15/05/2007 23:21:00

Not the greatest striker, that's true but he would not be expensive and as rooneyisgod observed, he might be ready to sit on the bench sometimes. He's the man who could act as a cover for Saha during his usual injury problems.
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17/05/2007 16:20:00

But should not be aiming to improve by buying a top notch striker and sticking Saha on the bench, standing still is the same as going backwards we all know Chelsea are going to hit the transfer market soon and it wont be for some clown like Defoe. Anyone from Berbatov, Huntelaar, Villa, Toni will do me. What apart young Doyle at Reading he really is showing some real potential and his work rate is phenomenal, I'm sure he'd accept being on the bench till he proves himself and if you have someone with that work rate challenging the strikers it will really keep them on their toes.
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17/05/2007 17:43:00

i agree with kanchelskis, if we want to compete and prove our atatus as the best we need to buy quality, and i agree kanchelskis potential signings, exept for Luca Toni, who is too old to be considered (like 30/31 i think). personally, id love to see berbatov, but he seems reluctant to leave so maybe an out-and-out striker such owen, huntleaar or eto'o would be ideal, a player with a certain 20 goals a season, because we cant rely on c.ronaldo to get 17 goals every season. (additionally, i know he isnt really an out and out striker, perhaps tevez would be an option, fast, strong and already proved he can handle the premiership - and i disagree with the argument he is too similar to rooney coz there both world class players and i think they, along with schles carrick giggs and ronaldo would work very well together)
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17/05/2007 18:57:00

Tevez, that will do for me.
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20/05/2007 00:31:00


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