It's sad, I know, but I've found myself fantasising about who we might buy in the summer. Go on, admit it, you do it too. This seems like it will be a relatively big summer for us, since there will be quite a few old and crocked leaving, and some deadweight sold. In the interests of making the exercise somewhat worthwhile, I'm going to assume a vaguely realistic max net spend of about £35M.
Gibson 2 million
Evra 20 (think is likely, I don't want it to happen)
Henderson 20 (I get the feeling this is a done deal)
Steklenberg 15 (this seems quite likely too)
Coentrao 25 (I'd love this, I thought he was ace at the WC)
Which comes out to £35M net.
The problems I have with this are that we still look light on the left wing and right back positions, and is our central midfield noticeably improved with Henderson and a young defensive midfielder like M'Vila? Scholes might retire too. Perhaps we might get more than I estimated for the likes of Carrick, Scrabble, and Brown, and we'd get good money for Welbeck. So we could buy a decent midfielder in that case, but would be light in strikers with just Berb, Hernandez, and Rooney?