There were the usual inquests after Manchester United lost to Real Madrid in this year's Champions League, but what do United need for success in the competition next season? 

Admittedly United were unlucky this year with Nani's sending off proving pivotal in their defeat and there have been other years when luck has deserted them, but is the current team just not good enough?

In goal De Gea has looked more impressive as the season has gone on, but still looks vulnerable on crosses. Stoke's Asmir Begovic has been touted as a possible target for next season, but would it be possible to keep both De Gea and Begovic both happy ?

A new centre-half looks a certainty, with Ezequiel Garay seemingly the man to answer Sir Alex Ferguson's defensive problems, with talk even of Nemanja Vidic being sold.  

With Ferdinand being used sparingly and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones both having their own injury problems, and despite the progress of Jonny Evans a new centre back looks inevitable.

Midfield has often been the huge point of contention for United fans. Many have felt the Reds have never managed to replace the Keane and Scholes partnership, but Fergie has insisted many times that he's happy with his midfield. Michael Carrick has had his best season yet and Tom Cleverley is improving all the time. But Anderson has yet to fulfill his early potential and Scholes could be set to retire, whilst Kagawa has had a slow start to his United career.

Celtic's Victor Wanyama is again being linked with United and is the sort of combative player they have missed. Luka Modric has also been touted but for an attacking midfielder, and despite scoring against United, he has a very poor scoring record and is hardly worth the money Madrid paid for him. One dream deal not mentioned would be Jack Wilshere, surely at the moment impossible, but how long will he stay at a trophyless Arsenal.

The wings have also recently become more of a worry with Nani constantly linked with moves away and with his up and down form, not many United fans would be disappointed to see him go.

Ashley Young is hardly a world beater and Antonio Valencia has mysteriously gone from United's best winger to perhaps their worst in last few months, a loss of form that can surely only be down to an injury.

Wilfried Zaha will of course be coming in from Crystal Palace but it remains to be seen how many starts Fergie will give him at his young age.

Obviously the dream would be the return of Ronaldo but surely that is just that, more of a dream, than reality. Gareth Bale is another dream deal but if he does leave Spurs surely United would be outbid by one of the Spanish giants or even local rivals City.

Up front Robin van Persie, despite a recent loss of form, has been a major success in what looks like a title regaining season and Danny Welbeck has at times looked United's best striker, although regular goalscoring remains a worry. Javier Hernandez is always unlucky to be left out the team as he rarely lets them down and it would be a travesty if he was allowed to leave. Wayne Rooney looks set to stay at United and is always a reliable force. 

Overall it looks like there will be a new keeper to replace Lindegaard and a new defender to cover for injuries to Ferdinand and Vidic, if he stays.  Those two incomings should be certain and another midfielder on top of those could be all that United need.

The problem is they are unlikely to be the top bidders for any of the top players should they become available.


Dream transfers | Ronaldo, Bale, Wilshere, Marchisio, Begovic.

Realistic transfers | Wanyama, Begovic, Garay.


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