It's an issue that everyone seems to be raving about, but the problems at Manchester United refuse to go away.
Sitting six points outside the top four is something that the current generation of United supporters are not used to. The current United team are certainly not as strong as previous sides, but is that all that's going on at Old Trafford currently?
A lot has been said about the new man in charge, David Moyes. One major criticism of him has been the fact that he brought in his own backroom staff, when their were experienced staff who have history of winning stuff and know the players willing to carry on.
But the Scot decided to overhaul the successful backroom with his own associates that haven't got the best track record for winning things, especially with Moyes having never won silverware as a manager.
But there has been problems further up in the hierarchy as well that have not helped. The failings of United's summer spending was well documented, one main reason for this was the poor show from Ed Woodward.
David Gill was brilliant at agreeing terms and making sure that players came to Old Trafford, but Woodward's contribution in the summer time was poor. Constantly chasing dead deals (Fabregas) and not being able to attract players they should've been able to sign (Herrera), in the end paying over the odds on Marouane Fellaini.
Fellaini, in my opinion, can become a good United player, but defensive duties are not his strong point and that's where Moyes seems to be playing him. He's better further up the park; however, there are a good few players in that squad that will do that.
Juan Mata's inevitable arrival, it seems, will add more competition. I can't see Rooney staying, especially if they miss out on top four. Van Persie will be difficult to keep a hold of, too.
A new defender is essential, someone to replace Patrice Evra. He's been a great servant for eight years, but he seems to be making too many mistakes as of late. Leighton Baines would be the perfect replacement, although I see a deal for him far off.
Rafael is a good contributor going forwards, although his defensive work worries many.
Seamus Coleman or Cesar Azpilicueta would be good replacements, again though unlikely. A holding midfielder is really the only other place they need someone, maybe a winger although thats down the list of priorities.
Arturo Vidal is the perfect man to control the game, imagine Vidal, Mata, Januzaj, Valencia, Rooney and Van Persie. A midfield and attack which would strike fear into whoever they played, which is lacking just now.
It's a long road for David Moyes - but something says to me that, with time, it can be done.
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