SAF has transfer targets in mind

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Manchester United will be able to add ‘two or three’ new players to his squad in the summer.

United are expected to be in the market for a new goalkeeper at the end of the season when Edwin van der Sar steps down, while there are also suggestions Paul Scholes will announce his retirement.

That would leave the Red Devils needing a new central midfielder and Everton youngster Jack Rodwell is rumoured to be Ferguson’s No.1 target.

Ferguson expects to receive the backing of controversial United owners, the Glazer family, and confirmed he has identified the players he wants to sign.

"We have certain targets in mind at the moment anyway," said Ferguson. "I think two or three will be fulfilled, there’s no question about that.

"The Glazer family have always been very supportive of our desires to improve the team."

The primary focus is likely to be on bringing youth to Old Trafford, although Ferguson did reveal he would not be looking to improve his striking options for next season.

He added: "What we are good at is bringing young players to the club, like Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) for example.

"If you look at how, over the last six to eight years, we’ve brought in young players like Ronaldo, Rooney – okay, one was 17, the other was 18 – we’re good at that. I don’t see why we should change from what we’re good at.

"We will continue [to buy players], without question, and when the opportunity does arrive and we identify the right young players, that’s the way we’ll go.

"In the present situation, with the likes of Chicharito, I think we have possibly some of the best young strikers in the country.

"Danny Welbeck, who’s at Sunderland at the moment, is an excellent young prospect. And the boy Mame Diouf who’s at Blackburn is another good prospect.

"We’re particularly strong with young strikers at the moment for some strange reason. Sometimes it works that way."