By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Having lost out on the Premier League title to rivals Manchester City, Red Devils fans are hoping Ferguson will bring in some reinforcements this summer, so as to reclaim the trophy from Roberto Mancini's squad next season. While the United manager has transfer plans for the team, the core of the squad next season will still be familiar.
"We know where we’re going. Yes, there are definitely specific targets. I don’t think the squad needs freshening up. We’ve got a good base, obviously every young player will hopefully get that maturity and authority into their game," Ferguson said to the club's official website.
"We saw that with [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Wayne] Rooney. I think with Jones, Smalling, Welbeck and Cleverley, we’ll see that with them. They have very good potential. There’s the two da Silvas [Rafael and Fabio] and [David] De Gea. There’s a good nucleus of young people in the club."
Responding to recent suggestions that the Red Devils are lacking in a midfield enforcer, Ferguson declared that he had no intention of bringing in a holding midfielder, since he does not consider them to be an efficient option. Instead, the Scot plans to expand Michael Carrick's responsibilities, in hopes the Englishman will be able to develop defensive and playmaking traits.
"I'm very hopeful now he [Carrick] will have an authority that will stand us in good stead for the next two or three years. That will be an important role for Michael, to replace Paul Scholes in that department," he shared.
"I always think he starts the season slowly but when we started putting him and Scholes together all the time, it’s a sensible combination in terms of both using the ball and their ability to take the ball. It gave us a central part of the pitch that was very strong."