Since David Moyes was named the new Manchester United manager, the transfer rumour mill has gone into overdrive for the club.
There has also been talk of how incoming manager Moyes can keep the Red Devils flag flying high. The Manchester outfit have already sealed the league title for this term, taking the tally to 20, two clear of bitter rivals Liverpool. The Kop were once upon a time the most successful English side but a change of manager started their downfall in such a drastic way that they haven't won the Premier League ever since its introduction in 1991. And United fans may be anxious that their magnanimously successful club could suffer a similar fate.
In the process of selecting the new manager, Moyes' name was written by both Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton. Both these men have stated that in David Moyes, they find all the necessary attributes to take over the mantle from Fergie.
No one knows the club better than these two men. The infrastructure, the squad, the youth academy is all set for Moyes to take over. But the Scot must run his reign in his own mould.
He could take a leaf out of predecessor and fellow Scot Ferguson from time to time, but he must have the confidence in his ability and take the decisions he feels would be apt for the club. The first and foremost task he faces in the reinforcement of the squad this summer. The days of working with a tight budget, saving every nickel and dime are over for David Moyes.
He is now equipped with a large treasure chest, capable of matching any top club for any big name. The first news to filter out of England was that Moyes would raid his soon-to-be former club Everton for two of their most precious assets : Left back Leighton Baines and powerhouse midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Coincidentally, those are the exact positions Moyes' new club lack in depth. Patrice Evra at 31 is on a decline although he had a successful 2012/13 season personally. Baines at 28, would give the attacking potency and defensive security to United down the left channel for at-least three years. The left back would not say no to move to United, which would greatly boost his chances for selection in the starting XI for England at the Brazil world cup next summer.
In midfield, United have long been criticised for not filling up the void left by Roy Keane and Owen Hargreaves. Paul Scholes is most likely to hang up his boots for the second and final time come end of season. Darren Fletcher is still recovering from a serious bowel condition and Anderson has never lived up to his billing at Old Trafford.
Fellaini's arrival will definitely ease worries, given his immense physique and high ability, combined with his vast experience on English shores. The signing of Baines and Fellaini will gives more depth and stability to United in crucial areas and help them stave off challenges from strengthened Manchester City and Chelsea sides.
If Moyes sanctions the signing of either one of these two players, it would send out a strong statement of intent to rivals home and abroad. The current lineup has suffered quality service from out wide with Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young all going through pathetic spells of form and fitness.
The return of Ronaldo or the arrival of Bale will make Manchester United all the more fearsome as a team and help them go the extra distance in Europe, where they have faltered in the early stages in the past two years. Meanwhile, the signing of any of the above mentioned wingers will eat a major chunk of the transfer budgets thus restraining Moyes' hands in signing a centre-midfield man.
On July 1, Moyes will walk into his new job at Carrington. Who he will bring in, who he will send out, how it will affect the future of this great club will be a new chapter for the fans and players to experience.
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