Saturday, January 03, 2009

United's new star signings come two by two...

It's very refreshing to see that even though Fergie cannot be long off retiring, he is still trying to build for United's future with the double signing of Zoran Tosic, 21 and Adem Ljajic, 17. It was at this time last year that Fergie agreed the deal for the da Silva brothers. After some red-tape issues the Brazilians eventually arrived at Old Trafford in July along with Rodrigo Possebon.

Rafael and Possebon have proven that you can acquire good players in January and the Reds' will be hoping that their latest signings prove to be as good as their young South Americans.

United wrapped up the signing of Tosic and Ljajic just as soon as the January transfer window opened, amidst talk of interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City - the latter, despite their new found wealth had no chance of hi-jacking the deal. According to United's Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic, the Partizan Belgrade stars' couldn't wait to join the Champions.

Zoran Tosic who plays wide left is seen as the long-term successor to Ryan Giggs and Fergie has hinted that he will play some part in the current season, depending on how quickly he adjusts to the pace of training and the special demands of playing in England. One thing is for certain, United will not rush Tosic into action as there's no need given the galaxy of stars' at the manager's disposal.

Reports have suggested that the arrival of the Serb duo could signal the end for Nani and Park Ji Sung, but Fergie has played down this speculation when confirming that the South Korean will be given a new contract.

The fact is that as far as Nani and Park are concerned money talks and if Tosic does well then I wouldn't rule out United accepting a summer offer for either player.

Adem Ljajic, who plays on the right side of midfield, will spend another season playing for Partizan before moving to United. The transfer fee both players’ could eventually rise to £16.3m, but the deal is target related and so it could be a lot less, depending on how both players' fair.

When Fergie eventually retires he will leave us with many fantastic memories, that day could turn out to be some time off, but no one is sure. As recent events have proven, one thing is for certain, the manager is still working tirelessly to sign the best talent from around the globe.

Finally, Fergie has also announced that Gary Neville will be rewarded with a new deal, here again there has been talk of interest from rival clubs, including Everton - somehow I cannot see Neville moving to Scouseland.

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