Manchester United have spent all summer being linked with huge transfer targets.
They have recently had a bid of £28 million rejected for both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines of Everton. There have been suggestions that the Red Devils will make an improved of around £35 million about to be made. But is this really necessary?
United won the league by 11 points last season, suggesting that they were a class above the opposition. Manchester City have addressed this during the summer, spending upwards of £90 million improving their squad. Chelsea have also been busy adding three players and considering a new bid for Wayne Rooney. Does all this mean that United need to invest though?
In my opinion, the prospect of buying Leighton Baines seems farcical. United already have Evra in the position, who had a solid last season.
They also have Alex Buttner and Fabio in reserve. I can understand the speculation over United needing a new central midfielder on the other hand.
During pre-season two players from the youth development system at United really stepped up and showed that they have the potential to be world class.
Adnan Januzaj is an attacking midfielder, built in a similar mould to City's David Silva. His ability to pass the ball is impressive, and he looks like he could be the player that United need at the moment.
A direct replacement for recently retired Paul Scholes. Another player that his class was Jesse Lingard, an English youngster who can play down the wing or as a front man. He had a fantastic pre-season, finishing as top scorer with four goals.
Whilst United do have other bright talents in their your squad, it appears that these two are ready to make the leap into first team football already. Januzaj did make the squad for the Charity Shield against Wigan, and came on late in the second half.
If Manchester United do let Wayne Rooney leave the club this summer, then I would be the first person to say that some reinforcements are necessary to bridge the gap left by him.
However, if he stays, then I see no reason that United won't be a force this season, they just need to give the right young players a chance to prove their worth. As proved during the era of Beckham and Co, you can definitely win a lot with kids.
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