Manchester United have spent liberally for the last 18 months but the recruitment policy hasn’t been an outright success.
£250m, or thereabouts, has been invested and Manchester United still look far from convincing.
And the boss still wants more. His recent public utterances have suggested that he wants to sign top wide players. But we think that, with the likes of Rooney and Schweinsteiger on the wane, the spine is the area of the team most in need of investment.
Chris Smalling has done really well at the back this season but the constant chopping and changing in defence hasn’t helped the team. Furthermore, question marks remain over the long term quality and fitness of Phil Jones.
If Manchester United want to make a Rio Ferdinand style signing – someone who can stay in the team for a decade – then John Stones surely has to be a man. The Toffees centre back is surely going to be tempted by some of the biggest clubs in the world in the next couple of years and why not United?
We have been banging on about this lad for years and he finally looks as if he is about to realise all of his potential. Ross Barkley is having a great season on Merseyside and he too looks as if he will be seriously courted by elite clubs in the next couple of years.
We could talk about his skill set all day long but it’s his dynamism and drive that Manchester United are most lacking from the attacking midfield right now and we think he would be a revelation at the club.
The boss has mentioned several times of late that he is looking for top quality wingers. But we think the centre forward position could prove to be the key to unlocking Manchester United’s creativity. Anthony Martial and Memphis have both proven, at times, they can be electrifying in the wider areas and we think they can both learn their trade on the flanks with a top centre forward gobbling up the service.
Wayne Rooney may return to his best but a player like Edinson Cavani would guarantee goals at Manchester United.