Wayne Rooney has dismissed suggestions that Manchester United could suffer from refusing to slug it out with Real Madrid and Manchester City at the top of the spending charts this summer.
Spain’s capital club and United’s cross-city rivals have pushed the boundaries during the close-season by shelling out vast fortunes in a bid to revive their fortunes but Rooney is convinced manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s pragmatic approach to spending only a fraction of the £80m received from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo provided a touch of reality in a summer of madness.
Ferguson did try to sign Karim Benzema from Lyon but was put off by a potential price war with Real and baulked at the suggestion of paying in the region of £50m to lure exciting young Argentina forward Sergei Aguero from Atletico Madrid.
His only transfer activity so far this summer has included the signings of Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Obertan and Michael Owen.
Sunday’s FA Community Shield defeat by Chelsea raised the argument that United are missing a match-winner in midfield and established goalscorer in attack but Rooney is not feeling this loss of Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez and is convinced it is a safe bet the champions are well placed to defend their Premier League crown.
“There is no element of jealousy at the money City and Real Madrid have been spending,” he said.
“If our manager felt he needed to spend he would.
“But I don’t believe we need too many changes. We have won the league for the last three seasons and reached the Champions League final twice in a row, so why would we need five or six players?
“I think the manager has probably got it right.”
Nick Walsh writes features and betting previews for Betfair.