We have all heard the sound bites coming out of Old Trafford over the last few days about Manchester United’s need for more pace and creativity.
Louis van Gaal has bemoaned his attacking options despite spending over £200m in little more than a year.
We agree that Manchester United are lacking pace as a squad.
But surely one of the answers is to play Memphis Depay out wide?
He is the one player in the squad with devastating pace and power – Luke Shaw is also very quick but not a forward.
In pre-seaosn LvG didn’t give Depay any minutes on the wing and – despite a few lovely flicks – he struggled to get into the games.
Depay scored 22 goals last season, but mainly playing as a winger.
Out wide he has more room to express himself, more space to exploit behind defenders and more opptunites to use his creativity for Manchester United.
Louis is concerend about a lack of pace. But what little he has, he is currently using through the middle where play is congested and there is much less room to manouevre.
Van Gaal is clearly a top tactician who got the most out of his squad last season.
But he should surely be playing Mata at number 10, with Depay out wide. If Pedro joins the club he can play on the other flank and the attack will have cutting edge and pace once more.
Manchester United fans: what do you think?