In an interview with the Daily Mirror SAF told that the squad for next term his best squad since 1999 is, warning not only rivals but also everyone contending for a regular spot in the squad.
And honestly, our team for the 2007/2008 Season is not only the best squad since 1999 but could become the best generation since many years again.
No-one will play all the games next year and hopefully they accept that and move on to the business of trying to achieve success for us.
SAF has built a young and exciting squad, more than just the Galacticos in Europe. SAF has done what Arsene Wenger still hasn’t managed, he built a squads made of talents, talents with an already proven track in competition on high level. And above all a squad with many years of future.
And if Tevez would join us, that move can only raise the Samba level at Old Trafford. To spice things even more up, today SAF said that he doesn’t want to sell anyone, even not players who are highly expected to leave, but at the same time he admitted that some might want to leave because they want to play more games.
I don’t expect anybody to leave
But it may happen because some players will view the situation and think maybe they won’t get enough games to satisfy them.
It is sure that people like Heinze, Smith and even Rossi will want to be regularly part of the first team, and Nani and Anderson might not get the numbers of games they wish to play during next season, because how things look now… SAF can build 2 teams. Two teams, both playing for Europe. The first team competing on every front, the second team with the likes of Smith, Brown, Saha, hopefully Evra and not Heinze, and Anderson and Nani, would compete for direct UEFA Cup qualification.
Lets have a look at the possibly strongest line-up for next season. And I might be controversial here, but I opt for 3-4-3 instead of 4-4-2.
Goal: Van Der Sar
Defense: Rio, Vidic and Neville.
Midfield: Heinze (defensive midfielder, same position as Didier Deschamps during France 98), Giggs, Scholes/Carrick (considering Scholes might not play 60 games) and Hargreaves.
Attack: Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez.
Who’s left over for the second team, competing for direct UEFA Cup qualification or more even?
Defense: Evra, Brown, O’Shea, Silvestre, Lee
Midfield: Anderson, Park, Richardson, Flecther, Nani
Attack: Solksjaer, Rossi, Saha, Smith.
Ooopps, there are more than enough players to build a competitive second team. It seems to me that SAF’s biggest problem next year will be to satisfy everyone, unless some players were to leave.