Cheque book staying shut – Ferguson

Ferguson is not tempted to take a plunge in the last three weeks

before the window closes. His summer purchases so far have been

restricted to young defender Chris Smalling and Mexico World Cup

star Javier Hernandez. The latter man in particular has made a

pretty decent impression so far, although put alongside the

spending of Manchester City, the sums are paltry. Yet that

knowledge will not deflect Ferguson from his chosen path. Senior

figures at United have always insisted the debt incurred by the

Glazer family in their running of the club is having no effect on

Ferguson’s transfer budget and the money is there if he wants it.

However, even though Germany’s Mesut Ozil and Danish goalkeeper

Anders Lindegaard are said to remain on Ferguson’s radar, ahead of

Sunday’s Community Shield tussle with Chelsea at Wembley, it is

evident the cash he does have is not burning a hole in his pocket.

“I don’t see the value in adding to our squad,” said Ferguson. “I

am happy with what we already have and I don’t see any reason to

add to that just because people want me to buy someone. “Supporters

want you to buy players. They like to see a big signing every year.

Sometimes the players like to see a big signing. “But we have to be

sensible about it. We look at our own squad and ask what do we

need? “I look at the players everyone says are available and they

don’t excite me.” The striking department is a case in point. At

times last season, it appeared Wayne Rooney was operating on his

own. Alan Shearer certainly felt so, as he pointed out on numerous

occasions. Yet Ferguson views a group of five that is strong enough

to allow him to let Danny Welbeck and Mame Biram Diouf join

Sunderland and Blackburn respectively on loan. “We are pleased with

the young strikers we have,” said Ferguson. “Welbeck and Diouf will

go on loan, which leaves us with five; Berbatov, Rooney and Owen

along with Macheda and Hernandez. That is sufficient.” That more

sustained impact is required from Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen

needs to remain injury free is beyond question but Federico Macheda

has shown glimpses of huge talent, while Javier Hernandez has

scored three times in three matches since linking up with his new

team-mates at the end of their recent tour of North America. The

other aspect Ferguson needs to take into account are the new rules

which require him to name eight “home-grown” players in his 25-man

squad. What exactly is classed as home-grown is slightly confusing,

as Ferguson has discovered. For instance, Brazilian twins Rafael

and Fabio, are not classed as home-grown this season, but will be

next. The same is also true of Macheda, but he gets in this term

due to his age. John O’Shea qualifies as home-grown for the Premier

League but not UEFA. “The rule is a good thing,” said Ferguson. “It

had to happen. “But you have to consider what you are doing and

understand what a home-grown player means because you cannot afford

to make any mistakes.” Ferguson must also decide whether to hand a

spot to Owen Hargreaves, even though the injury-plagued England

midfielder is back in the United States having suffered a setback

in his recovery from a major knee injury. It seems unlikely

Hargreaves will gain selection, although Rio Ferdinand should be

fine despite Ferguson confirming the defender is still “a few

weeks” away from a return following the knee injury he sustained in

a collision with Emile Heskey on the first full day of World Cup

training in South Africa. “I don’t know exactly what happened with

Rio,” said Ferguson. “From what I can gather it was an accident and

just one of those freak things that happened. “He has never had

that injury before. The others have all been related to his lower

back. “They have been well publicised and we seem to be managing