With the speculation frenzy that is about to engulf our summer many would just like to fast forward straight to next season to avoid the anxiety of it all. Who will your club sign and who will leave? For Manchester United, these questions are particularly far from being answered. New Manchester United boss David Moyes will want to stamp his mark on this team without seeming disrespectful or undoing the great work that Sir Alex did for the club.
What’s more, Moyes doesn’t need to change things that drastically. On the home front Manchester United are champions. In Europe improvement is needed but the margins between success and failure are so fine and luck played it’s part in United’s Champions League downfall this time out. But Moyes is a driven and assured man. He will already know what he wants to add to this squad for next season. Whether he manages to snare his chief targets remains to be seen. The other consideration for the new man is squad numbers.
At Everton he rarely had much more than a first eleven, but the Manchester United squad is as large as it is strong. If Moyes wants to add more than one player he will also have to consider shipping some out. With Wilfried Zaha also signed, the squad may need cuts before the new Manchester United boss can add. Here is what we think he might do.
Moyes has a tough choice at left-back. Patrice Evra is 32 but has just enjoyed his best season in years and looks fresh and sharp once more. As the team captain, he has become a true Manchester United titan – an utterly dependable soul. We don’t think that Manchester United necessarily need to change him out just yet but Moyes may see it differently. At 28, it’s certainly now or never for Everton’s Leighton Baines to make a big move. He may not have Evra’s motor but he again showed at the weekend that he has the sweetest of left feet and he certianly offers a better, more consistent delivery than the Frenchman. With only the inexperienced Buttner and Fabio coming through Moyes may move now but we still think that Evra deserves his place.
Not necessarily the most velvety player you have ever seen. But, wherever he plays, he has been amazingly effective in the last couple of years for Everton. Any decision about signing the Belgian will come down to whether Moyes believes that United require more presence in the midfield, or more artistry. Again, we would plump for the latter and go for a player like Fabregas. But Moyes may decide that the big midfielder will make Manchester United a more dominant side, while adding goals from the midfield.
If Cristiano Ronaldo is a little out of budget then Bale might just be gettable if Manchester United really decide to push the boat out. At 23, Bale would certainly be worth the money and could signal a new period of dominance for The Champions. Bale’s playing style also suits Manchester United down to the ground. The problem for United will be counter bids from the oil rich clubs. If PSG and City also want to sign him, United would be outbid. The only hope at that point would be for Bale to express a preference for United. What a dream buy he would be though.
Such a frustrating player. He again showed flashes of brilliance when he came on at the weekend against Swansea but there is just no consistency to his game. Furthermore one senses that he isn’t always necessarily the most committed player to the cause. The new Manchester United manager may well decide he wants to try to reinvigorate this player but the writing does look as if it may be on the wall for the popular Brazilian.
If Anderson is annoying then it’s hard to know how to describe Nani. Sensational one minute but sadly lacking for the other 89. He does the hard bits well and the easy bits badly. Nani has been given 6 years to prove himself and, although we would take him over the useless Ashley Young, the latter will probably be given more time at United.
Started OK at United but showed a worry mental fragility against Reading, where he simply lost the plot. Since then he has hardly had a look in, as David De Gea has grown from bum fluffy boy to bearded man. This area of the team may not be Moyes’ priority but he may well look for a new understudy at some stage.
So United fans, do you think that the Everton boys could improve the team?
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