Date: 28th June 2009 at 10:47am
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Well this is familiar territory I have to say. Following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez the tabloids returned to their favourite topic with relish: United are in crisis.

The Mirror reports that Sir Alex returns from his holiday to find the club in a transfer crisis. They believe that he expected Tevez and Ronaldo to be part of the squad when he returns – yes, obviously, Fergie lives with his head in the sand and he was away on a Mars expedition throughout the last 12 months… after all, the Ronaldo transfer was totally out of the blue and Carlos Tevez was clearly and visibly content with life at Old Trafford, wasn’t he?

It’s not even July – the transfer window isn’t open yet, officially – but we’re in a crisis already because we won’t be able to sign Ribery and Villa. This obviously spells disaster as United were only successful in the past when we could sign established star players from the continent… hang on, the only such player was Juan Sebastian Veron, one of the biggest failures of the Fergie era… Could it be that the boss has got targets of whom the Mirror does not know and who could, in time, be fundamental in another brilliant United team? No, impossible, such a thing never happened before – the Mirror is always right, you know.

The Telegraph reports that in contrast with our lack of activity, City are already doing the business, securing Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry – proving wrong Fergie’s prediction that luring top players to Eastlands will be difficult in the process. Well, it’s the first time I heard Roque Santa Cruz being described as one of the top players… and for 17m as well. I guess we could also sign injury-prone strikers from mid-table clubs but that’s not the level United are looking for.

I know how most fans feel and I’d also like to see a marquee signing, a Benzema or an Aguero. But even if it does not materialise I won’t fall into misery and despair. Life will go on without Ronaldo, without Villa, Ribery or Benzema. I trust Fergie to find the right players – and if we’re in crisis now after winning three successive league titles and reaching two Champions League finals in a row, winning one, well, I’d take such a crisis any day.