Manchester United Transfers – My Top 5
Manchester United transfers are slim on the ground but the silly season of Manchester United transfer rumours started weeks ago. With the signing of Memphis Depay and the departure of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao we have some concrete deals to look at but with regards others? As I said it is the silly season. And I have a confession to make, the transfer window is not even open yet and already I am sick of it. Like so many football fans I am tired of the false hope that newspapers and social media gives us. But that is the list I am going to work off for this piece.
The other thing I find frustrating about the window and especially being a fan of this great club is that we are linked with everybody. Therefore very few fans actually sit down and think “Why would I want this right back over another?” and even if they do that we very seldom question how they will fit into a squad. We as fans just say if he’s a good player he will do great.
In my own opinion Manchester United need six new players if they are to compete with the new European champions F.C Barcelona. It’s not about buying the six best players available it’s about so much more. Louis Van Gaal will need to consider the incoming players personalities, the language they speak, do they have premier league experience and their ages just to name a few things. So here are the six players I would like to see at Manchester United next season. It is a mix of who I think might be available and out of that who the best options would be. I am doing this under the assumption that the following players will have left the club either on a permanent or temporarily basis. David De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Jonny Evans, Anders Lindegaard, Javier Hernandez, Nick Powell, Nani, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard.
Many of us came to the conclusion that when Manchester United signed Victor Valdes it was a sign that David De Gea would be on his way to Real Madrid in the summer. As the days go by this looks more and more likely to happen. I can’t help but think Valdes was promised the number one shirt for the season coming. It is very difficult do judge Valdes even on his time at Barcelona as so often Barcelona won games so comfortably that the goalkeeper will often not have to make many saves of notice. One thing Lloris has going for him is that he has plenty of Premier League experience after three years in London. David De Gea has many positive attributes but one mark you could put against him is that he does not shout at his defence a lot. He does not command his box the same way Edwin Van Der Sar and Peter Schmeichel did. As Tottenham and France captain Lloris has such qualities in abundance. The only reason I have gone for Hugo over Lloris over Peter Cech is because I do not believe Cech will get off his line as quickly as his French counterpart. Something that is important in a side that often plays a highline the way United do.
Currently Manchester United have a young side, too young if anything, but with player like Van Persie, Rooney, Di Maria, Valencia and Young all in their late 20’s at least as well as the players I would sign. The Manchester United team could become a lot older very quickly so I decided I had to axe one potential older signing and that was Dani Alves – now extended his contract at Barcelona so out of the picture anyway. The second option I’m going to put off the table is Dani Carvajal. This is because I don’t think it will work signing two La Liga defenders at once and expect them to adapt to the Premier League. This is part of the balance I referred to earlier. With that out of the way it became a straight fight between Clyne and Seamus Coleman. I have gone for Clyne because I believe he is the more defensively responsible defender. Which bodes well with the very attacking Shaw. Clyne is well able to attack but even at such a young age he does not forget his defensive duties. He is very consistent and you are always guaranteed a 7 out of 10 from him. Mind you if we do sign Coleman I would have zero complaints.
A few weeks ago I knew very little about the player but after a bit of research and the unlikelihood of Matt Hummels signing for the red side of Manchester I do believe he would be our best bet. Even if he is a little pricy. I would also point out the majority of his experience is of the Portuguese league. The performances of Eliaquim Mangala at Manchester City should not fill me with confidence about Otamendi’s ability to adapt to the English game. Otamendi is being dubbed as the new Vidic. If that is the case let’s hope it does not take him a long time to adapt. On the other side the Argentine has being one of La Liga’s most consistent performers. Also the prospect of a partnership for both club and country with Markus Rojo will be an exciting prospect for everybody. I strongly believe this transfer will be a massive risk, but one worth taking.
I do believe that Morgan Schneiderlin is a must buy for Manchester United. At £25 million, the club will have a proven Premier League performer who is gradually working his way into the scene with the French national side. Since the World Cup he has played a part in the majority of his countries games. Schneiderlin will be able to slot into the role of Carrick seamlessly. He moves the ball very well in terms of accuracy and forward motion. He would be an upgrade on Blind who seems to have adapted to the Premier League better as a left back. I do believe Scheiderlin would fall into the category of squad player along with the likes of Valencia, Jones and the already mentioned Blind.
The last two decisions I have to make will depend a lot on each other. A lot of this is to do with leadership qualities. Something in which Manchester United are lacking. Schweinsteiger is the obvious leader of the two players under question for me – I did consider Ilkay Gundogan. He also is a warrior, who leaves nothing off the pitch. Schweinsteiger also has a very close relationship with Louis Van Gaal. Like I said the other option I looked at was Ilkay Gundogan who is a more subtle and creative footballer. There is a false perception in the footballing world that Ilkay Gundogan has poor fitness levels but despite one horrific injury he has a very good appearance ratio for Dortmund. He is also the much younger option. Overall I would have to side with the Schweinsteiger party this summer.
I would prefer Thomas Muller for many reasons. He can play in many positions. Rooney would be left up front without any drama from the press and like Schweinsteiger has a very close relationship with Louis Van Gaal. He is a more winner with great self – belief. Sadly the chances of Bayern selling two players to United are very small. So I have sided with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. I do not believe Benzema is one of Europe’s most underrated strikers. He is the most underrated striker. Players such as Bale, Ronaldo and Rodriguez seem to steal the majority of the headlines. He is a very classy finisher and would add a much needed ruthlessness to the Manchester United forward line. A certain Angel Di Maria was often responsible for his goals in the Spanish capital and the possibility of seeing that partnership in the Premier League gets tails wagging to say the least.