Man United Must Build Side Around Kagawa & Nani Next Year

Ridiculed among fans for his inconsistency, a regular place for Nani would see him fare far better than the abominable Valencia and Young...
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Man United Must Build Side Around Kagawa & Nani Next Year

Although elimination from the Champions League is not yet confirmed Manchester United have nothing left to play for this season, except for pride – and even that’s debatable.

The other damnation for the Moyes Out crowd is just how unlikely it is for David Moyes to be out. He is 10/1 to be the next Premier League manager to be axed but if he managed any side other than United there would be no such value to be seen. Primarily because he would already have gone.

So Moyes will be manger next season and until next season begins – be it in the first qualifying round of the Europa League or the first day of the league season – United fans will have to watch behind closed eyes at the football on display.

There are positives to Moyes staying, he will get rid of deadwood and the players who just cannot perform to an acceptable level under a non-Alex Ferguson manager. He will be given money, perhaps even the full £100 million that’s being reported. And this time we may just land one of those world-class midfielders that we’ve heard so much about. And Juan Mata will be eligible for Europe, if we qualify.

But until then Moyes may as well let his hair down, relax a little bit, and give Phil Neville an early holiday. Because the longer Ashley Young looks like one of our best performers the shorter Moyes will have to prove his doubters wrong next season.

David Moyes should show, against lesser opposition, that he knows a flair player when he sees one. He should have a calendar counting down the days until Nani’s return and Kagawa should be allowed to play with Mata after all that suffering he did playing with Tom Cleverley.


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Nani, who impressed Moyes in pre-season, won himself a five-year-contract and on his day is one of United’s most potent attackers. He can be a rightfully ridiculed but when your alternatives are Antonio Valencia - who has seemingly lost all of his attacking threat - and Ashley Young - who loves to cross when moving in from the right, can’t do much else and can’t even cross consistently either – Nani should be a starter without any hesitation from dithering Dave.

Of course Nani is still to return from injury and precaution should be used after such a long lay-off. But Nani should definitely not be one of the players Moyes sacks off in the summer. Kagawa, although most likely will leave in the summer, should be tried again in the side. With Fellaini back and Carrick surely to see an upturn in form the three behind the striker should be free from defensive responsibilities. Kagawa and Mata have both got that quick thinking playing style that could become formidable when brought together.

It isn’t without reason that Shinji finds himself on the fringes at United but there can be excuses made for him in the shape of the limited ability his teammates’ possess. Now though with the more skilful and intelligent Mata, Kagawa may well see himself form a dynamic partnership with the Spaniard that would be no match for the West Broms of United’s run-in opponents.

Alas it all sounds like a dream scenario, one that will never come into fruition. There is nothing from the last eight months to draw inspiration from that we might, just might, play football with freedom and flair without the presumption that our first, second and third lines of attack are ‘get it out wide’.

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