The summer of 2013 will hardly be remembered as memorable by United fans, who have seen the club acting in the transfer window with same swift and resolute approach of a drunken teenager stumbling towards a bus stop, as David Moyes and Ed Woodward have come under increasing pressure to land the sort of top player that would boost United’s chances this season.
Manchester City have splashed cash in customary fashion on the likes of Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas, while Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea is likely to galvanise the Londoners as they seek to secure a first league title since 2010.
Ryan Giggs, however, believes United shouldn’t feel threatened by City’s spending spree and by the Portuguese’s return.
“Obviously, Mourinho has come in to Chelsea, and City are spending quite a bit of money, but it is not something we are worried about.
“The quality is in the squad. We showed that last year. Now we have to show it again. We won the league with those players so we are looking forward to the start of the season.
“If we sign someone – great. If not, we will just get on with it,” Giggs told the Mirror.
Giggs’ stance was shared by Nemanja Vidic, who refused claims that United could be on the wane, following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and an extremely quiet summer in terms of new signings.
“We respect everyone’s opinion, but we know the players we have here.
“We know what the expectations are. We are just focused on winning the title and we are not very bothered about what people say.
“We will show we can compete for the big trophies again, Champions League and Premier League. We don’t have a problem with that,” said the United captain.
“We never fight for our place in the media, we like to fight on the pitch and we’ll do that again.
“Every season you have to prove you are good enough to play for this club.
“It’s no different now. This club will always have big expectations, it doesn’t matter who is the manager, who are the players, who is the chairman. It’s always the same.
“Sir Alex was the biggest manager in football history, but this will continue to be a big club whoever the chairman or manager is.”
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