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Manchester United must raise bar in transfer stakes

United's rival City showed that despite a lack of new faces for the Premier League champions, they are force to be reckoned with as Chelsea were on the back foot, even at eleven v eleven, in the Community Shield

Chief executive David Gill says more signings can be made and Alex Ferguson will have the funds to buy top new players.

The old Trafford debt leverage may not be a factor on player influx but the fall in share price on the New York Stock Exchange is with potential investors wary to invest. 

“We fully understand and the owners fully understand that what happens on the pitch is crucial to us and we will make sure there are sufficient funds to invest in the team going forward,” said Gill.

“The level of debt that we've had at the club since they've taken over hasn't impacted on what we've done as a team,” he added.

“We've won four Premier Leagues, we've been to the Champions League final three times; we've had ongoing success on the pitch.”

Ferguson must raise the bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, but with PSG flexing financial muscle with Brazil starlet Lucas Moura out bidding United, they have their work cut out to compete.


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