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Manchester United must solve winger dilemma

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David Moyes announced on Monday afternoon at his press conference that he is eager to win the Champions League this season.

Earlier in the season, his goal is to win every trophy United are contending for, but they will fall extremely short if their wingers can't contribute more this season.

Last season, due to Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney almost carrying United to the title, it papered over the cracks of others' performances.

An evident example would be Antonio Valencia, who two years ago was practically unplayable in the Premier League. He was a shadow of his previous form last year, and whether it was to do with the expectancy and additional pressure of wearing the number 7 shirt, only he will know, but he has to raise his game again this season or he could be on his way out.

Although he is a fan favorite for his industry and dedication, if his delivery has deserted him permanently, he won't last much longer at Old Trafford.

He did show glimpses last season of his peak form, such as against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge probably being his performance of the season. The former Player's Player of the Year will have much to prove this season, especially with a new manager in town. 

Then there is Nani. The Portuguese was bought for £17m in 2007 to become the successor to Cristiano Ronaldo. Sadly, it hasn't happened. What will frustrate United fans the most with the winger is that the talent is clearly there.

Two-footed, full of tricks, can shoot from long range, the raw ingredients were there for Nani at a young age but it seems he hasn't progressed into the player everyone, including Sir Alex Ferguson thought he would be.

With his delivery always being delayed and making it hard to determine for strikers of when the cross will come, his assists have dried up recently. With over 70 assists for the Red Devils, Nani has proved he can be a world beater at times, but he's never shown the consistency to really make a name for himself.

At times, he's been unlucky with constant injuries and last year he was unjustly sent off against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League tie. He was debatably United's best player until he was sent off and any chance of him reigniting his sparkling form vanquished again. With a recently signed five-year contract in place, Moyes seems to have taken on the challenge to turn Nani into a class winger during the peak years of his career. At 27-years old now, the next few seasons will make or break his career.

Ashley Young is another inconsistent winger at United. He hasn't been the same player he was at Aston Villa. With him showing great form when he first arrived, notably in United's 8-2 win over Arsenal where he scored two superb goals, he was then blighted by injuries and never really returned as the same player.

Last year was a reoccurring story. He played well against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, playing a big part in Rooney's first goal, but then got injured again and ended up on crutches at the end of the season.

This year is a big year for Young, with his United career on the fringes with his latest diving theatrics and it being a World Cup year, he has a lot to prove in a short space of time. 

What frazzles me the most is United's stubbornness to drop these inconsistent wingers, especially with the likes of Kagawa, Zaha, and other reserve players awaiting their chance such as Jesse Lingard and Larnell Cole.

Of course, these players can't play every game, and they must prove themselves to cement a first-team spot, but why not give them a chance? Instead of the alternative to playing Danny Welbeck, a striker, on the left wing just because you have no other options, because United have options, a lot of options. 

If these wingers don't pick up their form this year, it could be a long, unfulfilling road for United this year with the reliance on players such as Rooney and Van Persie inevitably going to increase. 


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