David Moyes does not officially take charge at Old Trafford until July 1, but the Scotsman has wasted no time in making himself active in and around the club. For instance, Guillermo Varela became the club’s first signing under Moyes on Friday.
More signings are expected at Old Trafford this summer, so I have listed a few possibilities under each position. That is not to say I want all, or even half of the players listed. It’s important to remember we won the league by 11 points with a squad full of players developing. Yes, a few signings would be nice, but why fix something that’s not broken? Fans have already began placing bets with Betfair on who they believe Manchester United will sign.
City have started their summer spending aggressively with Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, while Chelsea are expected to do business similarly under new manager Jose Mourinho. Let them. It may not kick start straight away under Moyes, but we would be silly not to give him the time.
David de Gea is our number one and nobody can doubt that anymore. However in January we heard speculation regarding a move for Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic, but it now looks like he could be on his way to Liverpool. We also have Anders Lindegaard, who has appeared to be all talk little action. It wouldn’t surprise if the Danish 29-year-old left with Ben Amos stepping up as number two.
Rio Ferdinand has recently been granted a contract extension but question marks remain over Nemanja Vidic’s fitness. Reports hinting at the arrival of Ezequiel Garay are doing the rounds, but I feel we’re well stocked in the area already with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling.
Leighton Baines replacing Patrice Evra is a story that doesn’t seem to be going away. Two weeks ago I looked at the left back position with the belief that Evra still has a lot to offer, and that giving Fabio da Silva or Alexander Buttner another opportunity may prove to be a better option. The fact Moyes has worked with Baines for over six years adds fuel to the speculation.
Right back is not an issue. Rafael da Silva was our most improved player last season and in my opinion, the best right back in England right now. However, Pablo Zabaleta is a fair argument.
United’s midfield is perhaps two quality signings away from being satisfactory. A tough box-to-box midfielder would be ideal in my opinion. At this moment in time, United are confident of landing PSV’s Kevin Strootman who would a great fit. The 23-year-old Dutch international has been on the club’s radar for some time.
Inconsistency on both wings has been a real worry of late with Antonio Valencia having an awful season. Although, his bad form was apparently down to the fact he was carrying a bit of metal from a past ankle operation, giving him grief all season, but that will be removed before the new season. As for Ashley Young… just not United standard.
Wilfried Zaha will count as a new arrival.
Robin van Persie will lead the attack as usual. If/when Wayne Rooney leaves, Shinji Kagawa will be given a real opportunity to blossom in the position he is destined to be played in. Hopefully Javier Hernandez will get more playing time. And if not played up front, I’m sure Danny Welbeck will be used out wide.
Robert Lewandowski would be nice and you cannot ever have enough world class in your squad, but it’s another area we’re stocked in. The midfield remains my main concern.
All in all, I would be happy with three new signings. Kevin Strootman being our main target.