Manchester United intend to make three summer signings

Nani and Sir Alex Ferguson at United annual awards ceremony
Nani was named United's players' player of the year

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he wants to sign three new players this summer - and he has no plans to retire yet.

"I am looking at maybe three signings which would boost our overall quality in our team," he told MUTV.

"We have some ideas in mind and hopefully can get them put in place.

"I have no plans to retire and my wife Cathy is delighted. She'd have thrown me out. The salient point is that whilst my health is good, carry on."

Speaking at the club's annual end-of-season award ceremony, Sir Alex said "You hear many stories of people who come off the treadmill and their system breaks down. I don't want that happening to me."

At the end of another season of success, marked by a record-breaking 19th league title, Nani was named United's players' player of the year prize.

Javier Hernandez was crowned fans' player of the year and Wayne Rooney was the overwhelming choice for goal of the season for his magnificent overhead kick against Manchester City at Old Trafford in February.

But despite this year's achievements, chief executive David Gill made it clear that there would be no drop in intensity next season, and the club would be "slightly busier than normal" in the transfer market this summer.

Full-back Gary Neville announced his retirement from football in February following 19 years in United's first-team squad, goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will retire after the Champions League final against Barcelona on 28 May and midfielder Paul Scholes has yet to confirm whether he will play on next season.

There are also doubts about the United futures of Owen Hargreaves - who has played just six minutes of first-team football since January 2009 - Michael Owen and Wes Brown.

Ferguson said: "We have Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes coming towards the end of their careers, Gary Neville has already retired and Edwin van der Sar is retiring, so there are holes we want to plug up in terms of the safety and security of the team for the next few years.

"Of course, we have some excellent young players and a lot of them have progressed, which gives us a great, powerful squad."

Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley are likely to be given chances by Ferguson after impressing during loan spells this season, with Sunderland and Wigan respectively.

United have been linked with Atletico Madrid's 20-year-old keeper David De Gea, Aston Villa's Ashley Young and Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder.

Gill told MUTV: "We have been working very hard over the course of the last 12 months to plan which positions we need to fill, identifying those players and trying to work on it.

"What Alex Ferguson has done very successfully for nearly 25 years is to reinvent the team slowly and integrate them within the established stars. That is what we will continue to do.

"It gives a buzz to everyone at the club when you bring in high quality players. It is something we look forward to with relish."

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