Here to stay....for now. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
Manchester United have confirmed the signings of both Paul Scholes and Ben Amos to stay with the club. As expected, Scholes accepted the offer to continue with Sir Alex Ferguson's side for an additional year following his return from a short-lived retirement last fall. As mentioned in the Summer Transfer Thread fanpost, this is important because it reduces the urgency of the squad to find a replacement for the Ginger Ninja (best nickname in sports? I vote yes.). There was a concern that transfer fees would be increased by teams knowing the Red Devils needed immediate help in the center of the pitch, much the way that Arsenal were forced to pay more for the likes of Mikel Arteta and Per Mertersacker following the 8-2 defeat in August.
Additionally, Ben Amos penned a three year extension to continue with the club through the 2015 season. While getting only a single Premier League match this year, it is believed Amos will continue to develop and become a legitimate conteder for time as the United number 1 in the future. The more likely scenario is he will go out on loan to a Championship side this coming year and a lower level Premier League squad the next in hopes of continued development and maturation. With the relative youth of Sir Alex's current number 1 and 2 keepers, it may be difficult for Amos to find minutes at Old Trafford, however.
For more transfer window discussion and news, check out the transfer threads throughout the summer.