Chelsea might be purring at its off-season transfer business - but Sir Alex Ferguson could not be more delighted with Robin van Persie.
Manchester United ws hopeful of luring
Hazard has already impressed in his new surroundings and, together with
Despite the presence of England's first-choice strike partnership,
Not only has the Dutchman scored eight times already, he has weighed in with a number of valuable assists, including two in the win over Stoke last weekend.
"Robin's performances are getting better all the time," said Ferguson.
"His cross last week for Wayne's goal was the kind a defender hates, whipped in between the last defender and the goalkeeper. It was brilliant.
"It is very difficult bedding new players in. But no big club can afford to stand still.
"When we realised
There were plenty who thought midfield should have been Ferguson's priority, particularly as, in addition to Rooney and Welbeck, United also had
Berbatov has now left for Fulham but Hernandez remains, scoring twice in the comeback win over Braga on Tuesday.
Ferguson has made a point of praising the Mexican, insisting he is benefiting from his first pre-season as a United player after the Scot blocked an Olympic call-up.
However, in buying
"We bought him to make a difference," he said.
"Now he has got there with his fitness his movement has been really impressive.
"We want him to give us maturity up front and also the flexibility of different types of players.
"With Welbeck, Hernandez,
By common consent, United lost the title last year during those mad few minutes against Everton, when it tossed away a 4-2 advantage and two points that crucially meant Manchester City could overhaul it if it won the derby the following week, which it duly did.
There was still one dramatic late twist to come of course, but the outcome was the same; failure on goal difference.
It seems Ferguson regards that as much of an affront as the loss of the Premier League itself - and he is determined it will not happen again.
"There are a lot of ways a league can be decided," he said.
"Losing it on goal difference was unusual for us."
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Manchester United has announced that more than $300 million of its high-interest debt has been refinanced, cutting the club's interest costs by about $15 million a year.