It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Manchester United need some better quality in the wide areas going forward.
Antonio Valencia signed a new deal at the weekend which should see him to the end of his career at Manchester United. His form has dipped over the last couple of years but he’s still an extremely hard-working and adaptable player who can do a job in defence or on the right wing – worth keeping at 28.
We would be very surprised if Nani and Ashley Young were still at the club at the start of next season.
They both look desperate for a change of scenery in order to reignite their flailing careers.
And regardless of what system Louis van Gaal wants to play next season he would surely be looking for one or two extra wide men this summer.
One player who had strong links to Manchester United before he moved to Monaco last summer was James Rodriguez of Colombia.
Having starred at The World Cup so far, the forward known as ‘El Nuevo Pibe‘ (essentially, the new Carlos Valderama), would be a fantastic addition for Manchester United.
And Skybet have opened a book on who James Rodriguez might join, if he does decide to leave his current club this summer, with Manchester United installed as favourites for his signature at 3/1.
At just 22 he already looks unbelievable and has scored 8 in 25 for Columbia and 9 in 34 for Monaco. He’s a goal scoring winger with his whole career ahead of him.
But he’s not just a conventional wide man. The left-footer can drift around any of the forward areas with ease. He’s a joy to watch.
Having signed a lucrative contract with Monaco last year he certainly wouldn’t come cheap. But having seen him play a few blinders at The World Cup, we are of the opinion that this would be an even better investment for Manchester United than Barca wide man Alexis Sanchez.
Let’s take a look at the lad in action. Manchester United fans: would this be the perfect answer to a lack of quality on the flanks?