Keeping Up With Manchester City: Three Key Steps Manchester United Must Take
Following the heartbreaking finale to the season the blue side of Manchester emerged victorious and now look set to start their domination of the English league.
Here's what Manchester United need to do to keep pace with the new league champions.
Ferguson set out with the intention of rebuilding a new squad last season with the signings of De Gea, Jones and Young and although they had good seasons it never quite worked out. The old guard were still calling the shots and contributing most in the bigger games. It's great to see Scholes back and Giggs carrying on going but at some point the overhaul needs to be more drastic else the younger players may never fully step up. I’m delighted they both will still be at Old Trafford next season but they will need to be used in the right capacity, in the appropriate games and in team selections that compliment their age. It was encouraging to see the likes of Evans and Carrick step up last season and more of the same will be needed from players of a similar squad status. Would also be nice to see Pogba and Will Keane get some sort of test in pre season (If they are still at the club)
Yann M'vila is the kind of player we need in the bigger games to be able to physically compete
The departure of Owen and the pending departures of Berbatov and Park will certainly freshen up the bench but more may be needed. Evra had a terrible season and all though selling him would be drastic I wouldn’t put it past Ferguson to do so. It's more likely a long term replacement will be signed to put a bit more competition on the position. Ferdinand's decline is also worrying especially when coupled with Vidic's injury problems, a young centre back with real pace would be a good addition. Nani has all the potential to be a world beater but it seems as though he's missing the consistency to allow him to do so, maybe its an attitude issue but he certainly doesn't lack self confidence. Should be kept at the club unless an offer we can't refuse comes in, he's a good asset and a potential game changer but not indispensible.
Having missed out on the egotistical Hazard it looks as though we are going for Kagawa for half the price of the Belgian. Having watched him play in the German cup final it looks as though he would be an asset to the team, its likely he may not provide the wow factor that Hazard would but he may be just as effective. Playing just off the striker he may provide the final 3rd creativity that we have been lacking from central positions the last few seasons.
I'm not sure the of the level of accuracy in the Leighton Baines rumours but he wouldn't be a terrible signing, competition for the left back place is needed at the moment and if Fabio isn't going to push for the place a new face is needed. Paying over the odds for an English player is not something that constitutes to good business however and Newcastle have proved that there are other alternatives in the transfer market.
These kinds of signings would strengthen the team but what Manchester United are competing with is an ultra physical and sizeable team that are not only hard to break down but possess an abundance of individual attacking prowess. Therefore more investment may be needed in the form of a defensive midfielder and a striker. Although linked with Arsenal, Yann M'vila is the kind of player we need in the bigger games to be able to physically compete. It showed in the 1-0 defeat to City that you can play 3 in the middle and still not keep the ball or break up many attacks against a superior team. Carrick's useful against smaller teams because we have a lot of the ball but more ineffective when we are up against a more attacking threat. Fernando Llorente is a player that we should do everything in our power to sign, he has every attribute a top striker needs and him and Rooney would be enough to steamroller most teams in the division. He wouldn’t come on the cheap especially after the Euro's but he would fit in perfectly at Old Trafford and at this time we need to attempt to compete with the financial power of Manchester City.
Preventing Manchester City's first title win for as long as possible was something we needed to do and didn’t succeed in. It's going to be even tougher next season but we have come up against a similar situation with Chelsea in the past and still come out on top. With the right signings and attitude Manchester United can do the same next season and in the years to come.
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