Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated he will not be making any more new signings before September 1 to appease Manchester United supporters still smarting from the double loss of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.
A return of just one goal from the two opening Premier League games – including the shock 1-0 defeat to newcomers Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday – has reignited the argument that United are short of a genuine goal threat to provide the foil for Wayne Rooney.
It also highlights the groundswell of opinion held by match-going supporters that Ferguson got away with the same dilemma while Ronaldo, sold to Real Madrid for £80m in the summer, was scoring for fun.
The jury is still out on Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen has yet to hit the ground running, while youngsters Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck are short of first-team experience.
Ferguson, however, has said he is prepared to try and win a record fourth successive domestic title with the players he has and has warned Man United fans not to get excited about the prospect of a marquee signing before the transfer window closes.
“Did I say we wouldn’t make any more signings?” he responded when quizzed on the subject.
“That is it. I have already made the point – and I am sure of it. This is a great group of players.”
The Scot’s admission ends speculation of a late swoop for Valencia’s outstanding pair, David Villa and David Silva; who could have been the players United needed to upset the premier league football odds.
Nick Walsh writes features and betting previews for Betfair.