Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confident he will be backed by the Glazers in the transfer market

Ferguson has suggested United have already identified their summer targets

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident the Glazer family will come up with any funds he needs to strengthen his Manchester United squad this summer.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who will replace David Gill as chief executive in the summer, said yesterday he did not envisage a "major retooling" of Ferguson's squad given the manner in which they have claimed a record 20th championship.

Yet Ferguson had already spoken about the potential for luring big-name targets to Old Trafford, with Robert Lewandowski, Radamel Falcao and Gareth Bale amongst those most recently linked, not to mention the potential for resigning Cristiano Ronaldo, which would hardly be a cheap enterprise.

Ferguson agrees a major revamp is not needed but he is confident the Glazer family will meet his requirements.

"We have fantastic strength in depth," Ferguson said.

"That's the area where we don't want to confuse ourselves because you end up with too many players and having to try to keep them all happy. It's happened a few times this season.

"But any time we've asked for money off the owners they've delivered."

With a spending splurge from Manchester City likely and Jose Mourinho certain to make a big impact at Chelsea should he return to Stamford Bridge as suggested, United cannot afford to stand still, though.

Wilfried Zaha has already been signed from Crystal Palace and Ferguson is expecting minor movement during the summer.

"We'll look at one or two bodies to come in," he said.

"You've got to take into consideration there are a lot of young players we expect to improve.

"You have to consider their ages and protect that part.

"In the main we know where we are. We're comfortable."

And nothing will be knee-jerk, as seems to happen elsewhere.

"We've been planning for next season for a while," Ferguson added.

"Our scouting goes on for the full season, sometimes two seasons when you monitor a younger player.

"You want to see how he does the next season.

"That is the process we go through.

"We've got some ideas where we're going and hopefully we can conclude them."

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