Huh? Manchester United manager losing hope of landing Spurs striker

There are only a handful of days before the transfer window slams shut and Manchester United don’t seem particularly close to bringing in a new striker. The Red Devils managed to land the Premier League last season with the attacking talents of Ronaldo, Tevez and Rooney, although the absence of the former for the first few weeks of the season means they are looking short in the striking department.

It had been thought that Dimitar Berbatov was ‘on his way’ to Old Trafford especially after he wasn’t even on the bench for Spur today but The Independent reports that the deal is in grave danger of falling through. Sir Alex Ferguson certainly doesn’t seem very confident any more, if his latest comments are anything to go by.

Ferguson, who has been pursuing the Bulgarian in an attempt to add to United’s goalscoring options, is not hopeful of signing the 27-year-old before the transfer window closes in less than two weeks’ time. “I’m feeling less optimistic right now,” said Ferguson yesterday, when asked whether he was more optimistic than he was two weeks ago about making any signings. “We are looking at something, but if it doesn’t come off then we will carry on as we are.”

Indeed, the Scot is not one to be held at ransom when it comes to signing anyone, although it does put pressure on the likes of Rooney, Tevez and even young Fraizer Campbell to deliver. Does anyone else think that with the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Red Devils might falter badly over the next couple of months, irrespective of whether they sign Berbatov?

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