Manchester United ran away with the Premier League crown last season, showing Manchester City and Chelsea that they remain the English top-flight bosses.

It was a vintage Sir Alex Ferguson performance, one that we have come to expect from his squads over the years, going about their jobs without any fuss.

During the Manchester United trophy parade, Patrice Evra summed up their victory, by saying: "We bounced back straight away to win the trophy back, that's what we do at Manchester United."

Though he might be correct, and wrestling back the title from their noisy neighbours was undoubtedly very pleasing for the red half of Manchester, one might have some leverage in arguing that this title triumph was made all the more leisurely for the Red Devils by the listless performance of the defending champions City, more so than the new champions' own making.

The ruthless manner in which Bayern Munich dismantled almost all of their opponents throughout last season, the monopolisation of possession by Barcelona in every match they played, as only they can, were facets of these clubs' games which had ensured that regardless of their opponents' form, they would have won their respective leagues.

Even Borussia Dortmund, though they did not win any major trophy this season, with their swashbuckling counter-attacking football, made the whole of Europe sit on the edge of their seats and watch in awe every time they took to the field.

But, without taking away any credit from Manchester United, had the Blues performed to their potential, last season's title march would not have been such an easy ride.

And without the experienced hands of Sir Alex on the wheel next season, and their old nemesis Jose Mourinho back at Chelsea, along with the big-name moves being associated with their traditional rivals Arsenal and Man City, United will not find their often-trodden road to glory free and clear.

Perhaps that is why the Glazers are reportedly willing to break the bank this summer in order to land either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale.

Both the deals would involve a lot of money and manoeuvring before they are concluded; both of the clubs these players are currently contracted to are averse to losing their star man and it would be far from a bed of roses for United in their pursuit of these two highly-talented individuals.

Ronaldo has yet to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid and his public denial via Twitter and Facebook, saying: "All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false", suggest of a widening rift between the Madrid board and the player.

Ronaldo has even reportedly put his house up on sale in Madrid.

Having a player of Ronnie's calibre would enhance any team's attacking prowess and United seem to be more than willing of taking advantage of Real and Ronaldo's contractual disagreements and re-uniting the player with his former club so that they can add a few more magical chapters into the United-Ronaldo love story.

Re-signing Cristiano would also go a long way in appeasing United's global fans who are somewhat skeptical about Sir Alex's successor David Moyes' ability to lead the club to trophies.

However Ronaldo's salary demands are a major stumbling block in realising this dream signing for United's fans. United cannot match the wages offered by the likes of Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, the two other clubs credited with an interest in the star.

United's hopes lie in their knowledge that Ronaldo still harbours affection toward them and thus would be willing to sign for them for significantly lesser terms.

The pursuit of Gareth Bale though looks a tad easier in terms of salary demands. United can easily afford to match what Tottenham are offering.

The Premier League Footballer of the Year would be a signing who, apart from being already good enough to play for the best teams in the world, also has a few more years ahead of him before he reaches his full potential.

From this point of view, United would be better off chasing the signature of Bale rather than Ronaldo - but then again, as has been throughout history and is, in all spheres of life: is there ever anything better than the best?


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