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Gareth Bale & Leighton Baines to solve Manchester United's left-sided issue

Could Bale head to Old Trafford this summer? (©GettyImages)
Could Bale head to Old Trafford this summer? (©GettyImages).

David Moyes will be soon be in charge of Manchester United and looking to produce a comprehensive study of his squad before he reaches into the transfer market. 

It has been evident at United that there have been shortcomings in the squad that have been ignored in recent weeks due to the success of the Red Devils reclaiming the Premier League trophy.

However problem positions do remain and it will be United's policy to enter the transfer market to solve them. There are particular problems down the left hand side at Man United, however it seems solutions can be found in David Moyes' backyard.

Problem position: Left-back

Patrice Evra, since his arrival in 2006, has been an outstanding defender at United. His pace, athleticism and durability have cemented his place in the team and nobody else has has a look-in.

However this season, apart from his new found goal-scoring ability, he has been relatively inconsistent and poor from defensive positions. Being on the wrong side of thirty has taken that bit of pace and strength that makes all the difference against energised, youthful attacking wingers. However a replacement can be found that follows the same journey as David Moyes.

Solution: Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines has had an outstanding season at Everton and offers all the attacking and defensive abilities that Manchester United need all in one. His key asset is the balance in his game that he offers, which United have not seen since the likes of Gary Neville. Attacking wise, he is creative, dynamic and clinical with his great range of crossing ability. Defensively, he is a rock and is eager to get back to the defensive line, something which cannot be said of Evra this season.

Problem position: Left-midfield

United's left-midfield is beginning to get problematic. The evergreen Ryan Giggs is more often deployed in centre midfield these days so his days of racing down the wing and well and truly over.

People may point that Shinji Kagawa can play in this position but he looks more equipped to play further the forward line whether has a supporting striker or attacking midfielder. The only other candidate for this role is Ashley Young, but he has performed averagely most of the season and it seems his common tactic of cutting in to use his right front has became predictable and more critically sussed out.

Solution: Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has had, once again, an incredible season with Tottenham Hotspur. His sheer speed, exquisite dribbling ability and penchant for the wonder strike will certainly brighten up what has became a vacant, dull position for United. 

His 20 goals and eight assists this season highlight the brilliance that the welsh wizard is capable off. Bale would bring the drive, appetite and focus that is clearly lacking in the wingers department at Man United and in addition offer the creativity that United would fully endorse in front of goal.

 

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