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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 April, 2003, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
Man Utd ready to ring changes

By Mark Lawrenson
BBC Sport football expert

I think Sir Alex Ferguson will change things around at Manchester United in the summer.

Wednesday's win over Real Madrid was another sensational game but you always felt Real had it in them to score goals when they were needed.

They are just a fantastic team going forward and I think everyone has to hold their hands up to that.

But I think Ferguson will change things. He will do what he has to do and if he has to get rid of one or two big names and can get big money for them then he will.

If someone came in and offered the money they want for Beckham they would sell him
Mark Lawrenson
I'm sure he's drawing up a shopping list as we speak.

He rightly said just before the game in Madrid that United were playing a team whose name is on the European Cup so many times, which is where United want to be.

So come the summer I think he will change it.

I honestly believe that if someone came in and offered the money they want for Beckham they would sell him.

Absolutely no argument.

He would help fund moves but you are talking about the richest club in the world anyway, so if they can't come up with 10m or 15m then there is no hope for any other club.

Ryan Giggs has been very good recently but if someone came in and offered big money for him I think they would think about selling him too.

These lads are getting towards 27 and 28 now.

Real also highlighted United's defensive problems.

Rio Ferdinand has had a poor season. He's just not settled and has not given that domination they thought he would have, whether it's playing alongside Mikael Silvestre or with Wes Brown.

United are alright in the Premiership - that's no problem. But against the best teams in Europe it's different.

It is about how high you set your sights.

Ferdinand will turn out to be a very good defender for them, he's just not had a good season.

In midfield, Roy Keane has not been the same player since he came back from injury. We've seen it on occasion but haven't seen it consistently.

They may have a look at him next season and it may be a case of leaving him out of some Premier League games to keep him fresh.

United also need another striker. They need someone to play with Ruud van Nistelrooy but they also need someone to give Van Nistelrooy a rest.


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