Manchester United Transfer Rumours: 10 Signings That Could Help Avoid Fall-off

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Manchester United Transfer Rumours: 10 Signings That Could Help Avoid Fall-off
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With Manchester United confirming the signing of Blackburn Rovers and England U-21 defender Phil Jones, manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be looking to make additional key acquisitions over the coming months.

Jones joins Chris Smalling as another promising young defender who could be the future centre-back pairing for club and country. However, Ferguson must improve other areas in order to avoid a fall-off next campaign.

Dimitar Berbatov's future is still undecided, but the Bulgarian striker seems determined to fight for his place at Old Trafford. Along with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Michael Owen, United have a surplus of quality attacking options.

Unless Berbatov leaves the English champions, Ferguson will not be in the market to sign first-team strikers in the transfer window. United's midfield is the No. 1 priority for the Red Devils this summer.

Paul Scholes' retirement has left a vacancy in the center of midfield. Giggs has emerged as more of a playmaking threat from the center, instead of a dictator and pass-master like the former Ginger Prince.

Ferguson will be searching for creative, ball-playing central midfielders to fill the void left by Scholes. In addition, United would like to sign an attacking, goal-scoring winger that could provide a Cristiano Ronaldo-like spark in the final third.

The UEFA Champions League final defeat to Barcelona revealed that the 19-times English champions need major reinforcements heading into next season.

Here are 10 signings that could help United avoid a fall-off.

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