Despite thumping German outfit Bayern Leverkusen 5-0 last night, Manchester United have made a poor start to the season by their high standards.
They need to start winning on a consistent basis as they look to climb the Premier League table and here's three ways they can do just that:
1. Sort out transfer dealings
By this I mean that they need to know what players they want and then do whatever necessary to purchase the player.
For example during the most recent transfer window they never really went all out for any of their targets. They tried once or twice and then gave up and moved elsewhere.
Instead of purchasing Cesc Fabregas or Ander Herrera they opted to buy their seemingly third choice option Marouane Fellaini. They spent a hugely inflated £27.5 million on Fellaini and he has so far proved that he is not of United quality.
They could have quite possibly gained first choice target Fabregas by adding £15 million to that amount spent on Fellaini. Yes that would have been over £40m for Fabregas but, seeing as Fellaini cost £27.5m, an extra £15m for Fabregas could be easily justified. He would have added that quality to the midfield and could be deployed in numerous positions.
2. Replace weaker players in the team
Yes this may sound obvious but, it's something that David Moyes has yet to do. Players like Nani, who although was a bright spark in the United team a few seasons back has declined in confidence and now attempts to do too much when he plays, often resulting in very little.
United could still recuperate some of the money spent on the Portuguese and reduce their wage budget. Other players such as; Anderson, Young, Lindegaard and Cleverley could all be sold and pave the way for talented and extra hungry players to join the ranks. Although this is easier said than done, I feel that it would truly benefit the current Premier League champions.
This point could also cover older players that are still in the side. Although this may be a dubious and debatable point it could also be very positive for Manchester United in the future.
Players such as Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are both still quality players, but they aren't what they once where and maybe it might be time for them to be sold on or brought into the coaching set up at Old Trafford.
Either way it would then make space for players like Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to play more often and gain valuable experience which could help them to reach their seemingly high potentials. I'm not saying that this should be done and is not a choice that should be rushed into, I am just saying that it is something that could be beneficial to the club.
3. Use players in their correct positions
Wayne Rooney towards the back end of last season was played in a central midfield role. Yes that could be where he is deployed in the future but for the time being he is very much a centre forward. This nearly pushed him away from the club, something they would have regretted based on the form of the English man this season.
Both Phil Jones and Shinji Kagawa have been played out of their 'favoured' positions on a regular basis. Jones, a centre back by trade, has been deployed as a defensive-midfielder. Although he is capable of playing to a good standard in this position it is not his preferred one and the one where he should be playing in the future.
To get the best out of him and allow him to reach his potential and become the captain of club and country, he needs to be played in his favoured position.
Shinji Kagawa, in my opinion, is Manchester United's answer to their attacking midfield 'problem'. David Moyes made no secret of the fact that he was looking to 'improve' Manchester United by purchasing an attacking midfielder, in my opinion they already have the perfect candidate. Shinji Kagawa is this man.
He was played out of position by Sir Alex Ferguson on a regular basis and was utilised on the wings. He is much more adept to playing in the number 10 role, where he played for Borussia Dortmund and was instrumental, alongside others, in helping Dortmund to achieve domination over rivals Bayern.
He was phenomenal at times in that role and needs to be played in this position more often for Manchester United. This would not only improve his performances but also the performances of the team.
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