Time is not right for Manchester United.
In the recent years, Manchester United have been as successful as any other club in Europe. However, steadily they're on the decline with enormous debts threatening to swallow the club as a whole.
Adding salt to the wound, The Youth Academy isn't supplying as many dazzling prodigies as it once used to. And the financial constraints means Manchester United are reluctant to spend even when there is a dire need to do so.
Although Sir Alex Ferguson is claiming that cash is aplenty at Old Trafford, you can't help thinking otherwise. Ferguson famously saw no value for money in the previous winter transfer window. The fans were optimistic that he would see some value for money at least in the summer, but as it turned out, fans are left frustrated by lack of signings.
Cash being pretty hard to come by, the Manchester Untied boss has turned his attention to youngsters, having already signed Chris Smalling and Hernandez.
Great signings for the future.
But is that enough to fight down the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal in the forthcoming season? "No," would be the obvious reply.
Manchester United were expected to improve their aging midfield by now. But Ferguson seems to be happy sticking around with his aging warhorses—Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs—instead of scouting in the market.
There is an apparent need for a new playmaker, and probably also a new striker unless you have faith in Dimitar Berbatov. Berbatov was expected to be sold by the Red Devils Boss, but he seems happy hanging on to the former for another season. Although Berbatov flashed moments of magic, in the long run he has been a disaster.
Another player who was expected to depart during this summer was Anderson. Last season was a tumultuous one for him. Anderson was also not happy with the lack of playing time. Whenever he got his chance, he was nothing short of dreadful. Injuries, too, played their part pretty well in pulling Anderson downward.
Now it is being reported that he has was treated in a hospital following a car crash in Portugal. Could this be a premonition? This could be a forewarning of what awaits Manchester United in the forthcoming season.
If that's not enough, Manchester United's terrible pre-season indicates that all is not well. The Red Devils suffered humiliating defeats at the hands of lesser known MLS teams—something least unexpected.
Going by that route, Manchester United might well struggle to hold on to the fourth spot if the squad is not improved substantially. In particular, the midfield needs fresh additions. If not, the last season of Ferguson, Scholes, Giggs, Phil Neville and Edwin Van Der Saar could turn out to be the most disastrous one for Manchester United in a long time .
Will Manchester United avoid humiliating defeats at the hands of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal? Can they even hold on to that fourth spot as Tottenham is weighing up to strengthen their squad?
The omen is not favourable. But you just have to wait for a while.