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Rooney: No need to spend big
11 Aug 2009 - 07:53:51
Striker Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United are right not to spend big this summer.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has resisted the temptation to reinvest the £80million raised from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid.
The Red Devils have spent just £16million on winger Luis Antonio Valencia from Wigan Athletic this summer with Michael Owen arriving on a free transfer.
That is in stark contrast to the likes of Madrid and Manchester City, who have splashed the cash in La Liga and the Premier League respectively during the close season.
But rather than be envious of the signings made by those two clubs, England striker Rooney claims there is no need for United to make major changes to an already successful squad.
"I don't believe we need many changes," he said. "We have won the league for the last three seasons and reached the Champions League final twice in a row.
"I think the manager has probably got it right.
"There is no element of jealousy at the money City and Real Madrid have been spending.
"If our manager felt he needed to spend he would."
Meanwhile, Rooney is predicting an improved second season at Old Trafford for strike partner Dimitar Berbatov.
"You can see in training and games during pre-season Dimitar has looked sharper," he added.
"He looks like he is more determined. He is tracking back with the full-backs in pre-season and is definitely working harder and trying to impress.
"He is a brilliant player. He has so much quality he has got and we all want him to show it."