United beat Celtic 3-0
Even in comfortable victory the doubts persist. Manchester United, inspired by the busy industry of the recovered Paul Scholes, swept beyond a disjointed Celtic last night yet the few hundred visiting supporters amid a relatively meagre crowd for these parts still found time to holler for improvement.
United remain the only Premiership club yet to add to their squad before the new season and, with Ruud van Nistelrooy set to leave Old Trafford, the lack of incoming transfers is prompting consternation. Sir Alex Ferguson arrived here having dismissed that concern with a shrug and a smile. "Some people are trying to make it into a desperate situation," he had said. "We are working on a couple of things but if I were to start the season with all the players I've got available, all fit, I don't think the supporters would be disappointed."