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Sir Alex Ferguson names two signings that can improve Manchester United



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Sir Alex Ferguson has named the two newest signings at Manchester United as players to improve the ‘foundation’ at Old Trafford.

The legendary United manager was in attendance at the Theatre of Dreams to watch Erik ten Hag’s side win 1-0 against Wolves in their opening Premier League fixture of the 2023/24 campaign.

Whilst it was not a performance that would’ve filled supporters with confidence, The Reds grinded out an important three points through Raphaël Varane’s late goal.

Before the fixture, Sir Alex Ferguson was speaking to the media about the current side, following their third place finish last term.

“I think Ten Hag’s done a fantastic job,” he told CBS Sports. “He’s grabbed it and brought his own players in, which was important.”

The Dutchman signed two midfielders, a left-back, a right-winger and a defender last summer.

This time around, he’s added a goalkeeper, striker and another midfielder so far. The former United boss believes that the signings at either end of the field, in Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund, will ‘complete’ the foundations set in the other areas of the pitch.

“If he gets the centre forward [Hojlund] ready quickly they’ll be a really good side,” added Ferguson. “That’s what they’ve really lacked over the last few years.

“The rest of the team is very good. They’ve got great experience, the defenders with [Raphael] Varane and [Lisandro] Martinez. Experience in midfield with [Christian] Eriksen and Casemiro. 

“The foundations are there and they’re always completed by your goalkeeper and centre forward. The new goalkeeper is very athletic and the centre forward hopefully can get fit quickly.”

Onana had a busy competitive debut against Wolves, who had 23 shots on the evening.

The goalkeeper, who is best known for his distribution, showed some impressive shot-stopping skills and made some important claims.

Although, there was one moment late on where he mistimed an attempted catch and smashed into a Wolves man. Eventually the VAR dismissed the challenge much to the dismay of Wolves manager Gary O’Neil.

“I am not overly surprised that we didn’t get it,” he said. “When he [the referee] came towards us, I thought he might be going over to the screen but he was booking me and not Onana for smashing our player.”

Meanwhile, Rasmus Hojlund was unavailable for the opening game as he is dealing with a back problem. He is expected to be available next month.