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Manchester United must sign Saints starlets to spark success

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These three are the future of English football.
These three are the future of English football..

Manchester United's season has been one to forget and David Moyes will be hurting at the fact his first term in charge will long be remembered as one of abject failure, unless they pull off an unlikely Champions League triumph.

Moyes will be planning for next season already and reports suggest it is going to be a busy and expensive summer for the Old Trafford club and he is going to need to do some serious rebuilding to make the squad competitive once again. There are three players that the former Everton manager should have at the top of his wish list if he wants to mould a new era of dominance.

They are Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Luke Shaw. The Southampton trio have been sensational this season under Mauricio Pochettino and all three have a chance of being in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer. Manchester United they would be wise to get deals done for them early if they don't want to spend well over the odds, as all three will add pounds to their price tags in Brazil if they maintain their current level of performance.

Of the three, Shaw is the one that has been getting the greatest amount of attention as Chelsea are reportedly showing an interest in signing him too. It is also because of the progress he has shown since making his Premier League debut and the fact that he is only 18 years old.

Shaw has shown he is not fazed by the big occasion and was assured in his play when Roy Hodgson handed him an England debut earlier this year. It is extremely rare to see someone have such a consistent and well-rounded game when so young.

Lallana is the Southampton captain and the south coast club will need some serious convincing if they are to be convinced to part with him. The 25-year-old has become the darling of the Saints crowd after coming through the ranks at St Mary's and arguable making himself the club's key player.

His terrific technical ability makes him extremely dangerous in and around the opposition area, especially when he embarks on his trademark mazy dribbles from wide areas. Added to this is an eye for goal and, while his passing can improve, he would provide a welcome creative boost to Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez is developing into one of the leading forwards in the league under Pochettino's tutelage - he has a long way since his initial season in the Premier League with Burnley. That Rodriguez had evident talent but he was a little lightweight and needed to work on his physique, which is precisely what he did.

A quicker, stronger Rodriguez has proved himself to be a terrific signing for Southampton since he moved there from home town club Burnley in 2012. So much so that he will be unfortunate not to make the World Cup - only five players have scored more goals than him in the Premier League this season.

By signing this young English trio Moyes can start something special with them alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj. Cultivating a core of talented English players is what made Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge such an incredible success and Moyes could create something similar should he recruit Lallana, Shaw and Rodriguez, not to mention the benefits it would have for England.

Manchester United has been the place to be for promising young English talent for a generation and it is time a new one was ushered in with the Southampton stars.

Topics:
Adam Lallana
Luke Shaw
Southampton
Jay Rodriguez
Manchester United
Football
Wayne Rooney
Premier League
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