Ronaldo & Lewandowski to lead Manchester United to European glory?
Manchester United opinion: Cristiano Ronaldo & Robert Lewandowski could spark European success at Old Trafford
Although Sir Alex's men may have won the league with four games to spare and give themselves a name in United's folklore, the present crop, though efficient, is not on par with the great teams from the past compiled by Fergie.
This squad has a good mixture of youth and experience and the younger men from this squad would have learnt a lot of crucial lessons from last season's bitter final day drama, being pipped in the dying embers by Manchester City, as well as this season's title triumph. David de Gea has had a fantastic season, maturing into one of the league's top shot stoppers. Named in the PFA Team of the Year, the young Spaniard will only get better as the years go by. Rafael da Silva has made the right back position his own, after a run of sterling performances in both ends of the pitch. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa have enjoyed a season of mixed fortunes. Sir Alex has already sealed the signing of Crystal Palace hotshot Wilfried Zaha, emphasising the club's investment in talented youth. However, youngsters may not guarantee immediate success and would take time to find their feet in a club as big as Manchester United.
One would think Manchester United would be foolish to boost their strike force with Van Persie, Hernandez, Rooney and Welbeck already on the roster.
Out of the afore mentioned four, only Robin van Persie broke the 20 goal mark this season. Wayne Rooney has scored 12 Premier League goals from a deeper role with Javier Hernandez having impressed, despite limited appearances.
However, certain players may be on their way out of Old Trafford come the summer. Wayne Rooney, substituted for the fourth time in five games against Arsenal on Sunday could be on his way out. Portugal wide-man Nani's long standing contract dispute is set to end in the summer with Italian giants Juventus likely to offer him a quick exit out of Old Trafford.
Javier Hernandez has recently complained about his lack of minutes on the pitch and despite Ferguson's assurances of not selling the Mexican, the Scot would opt to move him on if a substantial offer came in.
Brazilian midfielder Anderson has never established himself in the 6 years at Old Trafford and he would be looking to play at pastures new. Wilfried Zaha's arrival could potentially end the Manchester United careers of out of form wingers Ashley Young or Antonio Valencia.
The arrival of Ronaldo and Lewandowski would make Manchester United a formidable outfit once again. Ronaldo knows the culture of the club like the back of his hand and is a proven performer at the very highest level.
Lewandowski's style of play coupled with his impressive physique and obvious talent ensure that he would fit in well at Manchester United too. The presence of former Dortmund teammate Shinji Kagawa would ease his transition into English football. On the field, the Red Devils could move back into their highly successful 4-4-2 formation of yester-years. Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played and flourished in a 4-4-2. So did Rooney, Ronaldo, Tevez and Berbatov.
The new look team would see Ronaldo as a left winger and Robert Lewandowski partnering Robin van Persie up top. Shinji Kagawa might play in a slightly deeper role than usual with Michael Carrick anchoring the midfield. New boy Wilfried Zaha or Antonio Valenica ( if he is not sold) could play on the right hand side of midfield.
The defence seems solid enough with the youth of Jones, Smalling, Rafael, Evans and Buttner along with old warhorses Ferdinand, Vidic and Patrice Evra.
If at all United are successful in the purchase of Ronaldo and Lewandowski, it would give Sir Alex Ferguson a serious shot at getting that most coveted fourth European trophy. Inside England, they will cement their place at the pinnacle of the Premier League for the coming years. Sir Alex Ferguson's insatiable hunger for success could see him form yet another legendary Manchester United team.
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