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Has Sir Alex Ferguson Started Building A Man United Squad For His Successor?

Scot already laying foundations for Old Trafford departure?

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It’s unclear who will replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford once the 70-year-old Scot retires from management. A select chosen few have been linked with the Manchester United job once Sir Alex steps down. Everton manager David Moyes, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola have all made the list of potential successors but at the moment, it’s difficult to say who the next United boss will be.

When Sir Alex Ferguson does finally announce his retirement, it is unsure whether he will be allowed to choose the next Red Devil’s boss or if David Gill and the Glazers will use their own initiative. Whoever the manager is, they will inherit a club which has proven to be effective year in year out.

The team’s history, as well as the global audience makes Manchester United one of the biggest sports teams in the world. With that being said, United have started to ‘fall from their perch’ sort of speak, having not picked up a trophy last season and being beaten to the title by close rivals Manchester City. Whoever does inherit the Manchester United squad won’t find it the easiest of challenges, although the club’s transfer dealings in recent years suggest Alex Ferguson is building a squad for his successor to keep the history of Old Trafford alive.

Manchester United are a club that have wealth of players, some with lower league experience and some veteran players who have won record amounts of league title’s. As manager Sir Alex Ferguson plans his retirement these veteran players are starting to also consider retirement, especially Paul Scholes who came out of retirement after Sir Alex pleaded the former England international to help Manchester United secure another title win.

The recent addition of Nick Powell, as well as the development of Tom Cleverly and Anderson suggest that Manchester United may be able to cope without Paul Scholes, especially if Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick can remain fit. Ryan Giggs is another face that Ferguson has tried to replace, with the addition of Ashley Young.

Whilst Manchester United will miss out on the experience of Giggs and Scholes, United cannot be discredited for their efforts even if some fans believe United need another midfielder. Obviously, the club will miss the players influence and with Giggs and Scholes still picking up man of the match awards as well goals and assist, it will be difficult to see them finally hang up their boots.

Defensively, United are in serious trouble. With Centre back Rio Ferdinand and left-back Patrice Evra looking frail at the start of the season, Sir Alex Ferguson really needs to make a decision on whether the club need another defender. The addition of Alexander Buttner has proven that Fergie is already anticipating Evra’s retirement, and whilst the Frenchman is still on top of his game at times, at others he is slow and his fitness with only start to deteriorate further.

Sir Alex has already started to address the defensive situation when considering Rio Ferdinand, the addition of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in recent years and with Rafael, Buttner and Fabio all having the potential to be stars, United’s back four could definitely boast strength especially if United can find an experience defender to hold the line.

With David De Gea between the posts as well Welbeck, Hernandez and Rooney upfront, whoever does take over the job from Sir Alex will have a very strong squad that could continue Manchester United’s english domination.

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