Manchester United: Despite Winning, Sir Alex Admits Striker Concern

Jeff HarbertSenior Writer IAugust 25, 2008

Following Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Portsmouth, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he hopes to bring in a striker before the transfer market closes. Darren Fletcher is currently United’s top goalscorer, and only goalscorer, following his winner at Fratton Park.

Ferguson is happy with his team but knows he needs to bolster his squad with a striker if United are to repeat their heroics from last season.

“I think we showed tonight that we've got a good quality of players here,” Ferguson said. “We'd like to add obviously, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens with that. I think we played some excellent football tonight. We really relied on Anderson's trust in himself, after such a long journey, he wanted to play and I think he showed it was a good decision by him.”

If Ferguson does add to his squad, Dimitar Berbatov still looks like the most realistic option, with Tottenham suggesting the departure of their Bulgarian striker as imminent. Ferguson will have to act quick, however, with less than a week left in the transfer market and Tottenham admitting they would also be willing to let Berbatov rot in the reserves at White Hart Lane.

Manchester United clearly have a strong squad and are capable of challenging for silverware, but another talented striker in their ranks could possibly give United the edge over their the rest of the league’s title contenders.

After all, when Darren Fletcher is a club’s top goalscorer, no matter how many games have been played, it speaks volumes of the club’s need to buy a striker. Hopefully Sir Alex Ferguson will receive this message loud and clear.