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Ferguson's big boost for Gibson

ALEX Ferguson is preparing the way for significant change at Old Trafford -- but Darron Gibson is one man who is sitting pretty, now certain to have a long and productive career in Manchester.

Ferguson is, however, planning a summer search for at least two quality performers.

"You have to take a decision about where we can improve the team," said Ferguson.

"When you are challenging for four trophies, it can have a draining effect.

"You have to be aware of that and spot the moment when it is time to freshen up one or two players. It is not a desire to do it but you need to do it because the demands and pressures on players can, over time, be quite exacting.

"People don't recognise that we've signed three players for £20 million already," he said.

"Young Chris Smalling from Fulham has signed for us, Mame Diouf has done well, and Javier Hernandez from Mexico will join us after the World Cup.

"Those are three young players whose futures are guaranteed at this club.

"There are others who come into that bracket like Jonny Evans, Federico Macheda, Gabriel Obertan, Danny Welbeck and Darron Gibson.

"So we have a good nucleus and foundation of players who can carry the club for a long time."