Manchester United have moved with military stealth to get David Moyes into the hot seat at Old Trafford. Rarely has a retirement and new appointment been made in such a short space of time. Manchester United clearly didn’t want a speculation frenzy and period of chaos which could have turned many of the players’ heads.
Viewing David Moyes from afar you can see that he’s the sort of meticulous character that will have started planning for his Manchester United even before he got the job. If I, as a football fan, have lay awake many a night imagining my dream team, then it’s a given that Moyes will have done the same – and probably with Manchester United in mind.
Fergie’s departure is devastating for the fans but soon their minds will turn to the new era and all the excitement that comes with it. When Moyes looks at the Manchester United squad he will see a group of myriad talents. But, having floundered in Europe of late, Manchester United will expect to be back in contention for the top gong next season and beyond. Manchester United don’t need a load of new players to execute this plan. Last season they simply lacked that extra bit of fairy dust to put them on the front foot in the big games. Instead, against Real for example, they played a game of containment in fear of a threat which was never that great.
Wayne Rooney will come back to the boil and David Moyes may look to bring in two or three more. Whether, at 28 years of age, Leighton Baines represents a top investment is arguable but Moyes may well look to him for improved delivery from the left next season. But Patrice Evra has just had a great season and, even at 32, looks as if he has something left in the tank.
Meanwhile, many Manchester United fans may not immediately be able to envisage a player of Marouane Fellaini’s style coming into the side. He’s not a velvety playmaker like Modric or Muniain. But he is a real physical presence who is a decent all-rounder. I’m still not sure that he would be a player to take this team to the next level however.
What Moyes needs is a big hitter to add flair to the team and bring immediate success to his tenure. Looking around the football planet you would struggle to find a better option than Gareth Bale. The overall package is probably even more attractive than that of Cristiano Ronaldo at this point. He is 5 years younger and most definitely has his best days ahead. He will improve and he will cost less than Ronaldo to bring to the club. In reality it’s nigh on impossible for United to bring Ronnie back. But, if Moyes put all his transfer eggs in one basket and shipped a few out, the transfer of Bale to Manchester United is within the realms of possibility.
Any player that costs £55m is going to represent a gamble. But, even off form, Bale offers inordinate amounts of energy and a great team ethic. At his best he’s one of the 4 or 5 true game changers that world football enjoys in each generation. His pace, power and fleet feet were evident even at Southampton but, in the last few years, he has added belief and maturity to his natural talent.
Bale may never be quite as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and will never touch Lionel Messi. But there’s no shame in that. What he can do is to nigh on guarantee success for a top side for the next 5-10 years.
Moyes will be assessing his options already and Bale will undoubtedly have come into his thoughts.
Manchester United fans, do you think the club can afford Bale?
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