With the way things have developed at Old Trafford this season, the list of potential summer acquisitions was naturally going to be one that continued to grow.
David Moyes debut term has faltered considerably, and the Glazers are said to be willing to part with plenty of cash in order to halt the slide of a team which is currently resembling a very large sinking ship. Of course with great amounts of money comes great amounts of expectation - or something along those lines - and so the calls from the stands with regards to who should be bought in have become more and more optimistic, some may say far-fetched, by the day.
Though the idea of playing for United is likely to appeal to the majority of footballers on the planet all things considered, there’s a fair few names on Moyes’ supposed transfer wish list which won’t be keen to pledge their allegiances to the Red Devils. Here we list five men who simply too good for a post-Sir Alex Ferguson United…
We thought it best to start with this one, as Toni Kroos’ name has been mentioned in connection with a move to United for the better part of half a year. Put simply, there’s only one thing that could tempt the German international to leave the greatest side on earth to sign up to Moyes’ ambitious rebuilding project, and that’s money.
Whilst some men are swayed by such things logic would dictate that if Bayern at least offer their man an upgrade on his current deal, he’d be all too happy to stay. There’s no chance he’ll join if they’re not playing Champions League football next year.
The Everton youngster would have been a good signing for David Moyes at the beginning of the season instead of a certain big Belgian. But alas, hindsight is a wonderful thing. At the present time, and with United’s campaign being taken into consideration, it’s fair to say that a move from Goodison Park to Old Trafford would be a sideways one, and not the type that would see him drastically improving as a player.
United fans cover your ears, but we believe Chelsea is the only place Barkley should look to head if he leaves Everton. The Red Devils just don’t have the pull for a burgeoning talent anymore.
Experienced, level-headed and full of natural ability, Mats Hummels is everything United need. Sadly there’s simply not a chance that they’ll be able to convince him to replace the departing Nemanja Vidic. The Borussia Dortmund star has become a lynchpin in Jurgen Klopp’s side, and his performances have attracted the attention of Barcelona as well.
Almost hitting his prime, Hummels isn’t likely to want to move to a team who can’t promise that they’ll be challenging for major honours next year. Once again the probable lack of Champions League football could be the major deciding factor.
Currently the most wanted striker in Europe, the idea of United landing Diego Costa ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid just doesn’t strike the right chords for us. The Spain international is in the form of his life, and there’s plenty of clubs that will be biting Diego Simeone’s hands off for the chance to lure him away from the Vicente Calderon.
With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie already the main men at Old Trafford the chances of them looking to bring in a world-class striker are minimal anyway. For us if they were to target Costa they would wasting their time.
This season’s woeful showing will have hit their credentials harder than even they realise and the La Liga forward is too much of a household name at the moment.
A playmaker who could well have joined the club had Sir Alex Ferguson remained at the helm, Marco Reus seemed destined to eventually end up at United at one point in time. Of course Moyes ill-fated tenure has put paid to any hopes they had of convincing the German that Old Trafford is the best move with the development of his career in mind, and a plethora of competition means that they would face a stern battle to land him regardless.
With Dortmund now seemingly on the decline it is feasible that Reus will be looking for a ticket away from the Westfalenstadion. That ticket will most certainly not be for a train arriving in the red half of Manchester.
Who do you believe United have a shot at landing this summer? Disagree with the names above in their chosen context? Let us know in the comment box below.