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Wednesday 24 April 2013

Gill: Rivals will be all guns blazing next season

Man United CEO expects rivals to be active in transfer market to claim title won on Monday

Man United will parade the Barclays Premier League trophy in Manchester on 13 May

Manchester United chief executive David Gill is anticipating more excitement in the Barclays Premier League next season as his club and their rivals “go all guns blazing” for the trophy Sir Alex Ferguson’s team secured on Monday night by beating Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford.

Gill is expecting a response from Manchester City to regain the title they won last season, as well as other clubs, and hinted that they would all be active during the summer transfer window to strengthen their squads.

"I'm sure all the clubs who missed out this season will  do business in the summer"
David Gill

"I'm sure they will come back," Gill said of City. "They've got some ambitious plans on their investment and their academy. But that's what the excitement of the Premier League is.

"I'm sure all the clubs who missed out this season will be doing business in the summer - as we will be - with a view to come back all guns blazing next year."

Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie have started to focus on next season, stating their desire to add to their silverware.

"I definitely want more," the United midfielder said. "The season is not over yet, we haven't even got the trophy, but, when we come back next year, we will be as hungry as ever.

"I said before I came here that, if I won a league, that would have meant everything to me. Strange as it seemed, as soon as I won that first title, it left me hungry for more. The satisfaction of winning is such a good feeling you want it again and again, and you get hungrier to win it again."

Van Persie echoed these feelings. "I want to win it again and win more stuff – the FA Cup, Champions League, League Cup – I want to win it all,” the United forward said. “It is a great first step but I want more. It tastes lovely."

United have confirmed that they will hold an open-bus parade through Manchester on Monday 13 May, a day after they receive the Barclays Premier League trophy.

The trophy will be handed over to the new champions at the final home game of the season against Swansea City, shortly after the final whistle, on 12 May at Old Trafford, from where the parade will start the next day.

Details of timings and the tour route will be announced later.

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Key Points

  • Man Utd CEO David Gill expecting club's rivals to be active during the summer transfer window
  • Gill anticipates rivals will be all guns blazing next season
  • United confirm parade of Barclays Premier League trophy will take place in Manchester on 13 May