Manchester United: Five points for the future

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The Red Devils - although not the most prolific of teams in terms of transfer involvement - have been known to open up the cheque book when they really want a certain player.

This year is no different, with a host of players reported to be on the Red Devils' radar.

So far, United have captured the Championship Player of the Year - Wilfried Zaha, and Uruguayan U-20 right back Guillermo Varela.

Barring their prospect, neither of these two players is a big name in world football right now. Assuming that United do not splash out on any other player, what can United do for the immediate future?

1. Play De Gea as the primary goalkeeper:       

David de Gea proved that he was worth every penny of the 17 million that United spent on him with his performances last season.

He finally showed the confidence and aura that is needed to perform at a top club like Manchester United.

It will be one of David Moyes easiest decisions in selecting De Gea in his starting 11. Also, Anders Lindegaard’s performances in the final stages of last season were woeful.

Ben Amos certainly played well in the pre-season match against Singha All-Stars, but will most likely challenge Lindegaard for the number two position rather than challenging De Gea for the number one spot.

2. Don’t Sell Evra without capable replacement:

The Manchester United vice-captain had an immense season last term. While Evra may no longer be the best left-back in the league, he is still competent of holding that position.

With Ashley Young failing to turn up in games, Evra has been immense in providing width to the United's attack.

Although his forward runs mean that United have a hole in defence, he is still the best they have. Fabio and Alex Buttner, his likely replacements, are also forward oriented but they won't solve the defensive situation.

Evra is a far more viable option because he defends a lot better than the younger players.

3. Play Jones in his best position - Centre-back

Phil Jones is one of the better young talents in English football right now.

The way in which he handled Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Marouane Fellaini last season earned him plaudits from many people - Sir Alex himself included.

Although he was playing as a defensive midfielder when he nullified the aforementioned players, it has been clear for some time now that Jones belongs in the centre of the back four. As a midfielder, he hasn’t the passing skill or the vision to complement Carrick. He has speed but his finesse is questionable.

He could still learn, after all he is young; but why waste perfectly well-built defensive talent by converting him into a semi-decent midfielder when he can develop into a top-class centre-half.

4.Don’t rely on Welbeck to turn up in big games:      

Last season was not a good one for Danny Welbeck.  Let’s be honest now: we would love it if Welbeck - a product of United's youth system - ended up as a world-class striker.

But at the rate he is going, that looks like wishful thinking. True, he is versatile. He can play as a striker [who seldom scores!], or a number 10, or a winger.

If the truth be told, he is not immense in the flanks, and last season, he failed to impress in the penalty area.

The best thing that Moyes can do now is play him against weaker opposition, and hope he gets his scoring boots back on.

5.Start the transformation of Adnan Janujaz from reserve player to superstar   

Janujaz could very well be the next big thing. Not to overhype him or anything; he still has to bulk up and polish his game, but this player could be the next enigma in a red United shirt. His performance against Singha All-stars earned him the man-of-the-match accolade and rightly so. He was a lot better than some first-team players out there. But it was only pre-season and the opposition were not exactly formidable [although they beat United 1-0]. Expect him to be big in a few seasons - but not right away. But Moyes should consider giving him some first-team action in the foreseeable future.


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