Manchester United face a defining summer to freshen-up their squad and make the necessary improvements in different areas of the team. The Red Devils finished a disappointing seventh place after winning the title by 11 points in the 2012/2013 season which saw the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
David Moyes was singled out by the legendary Scot but his fellow country man failed to improve the areas of the squad like he was told by Sir Alex and paid the price by getting sacked with four games to go. Club Legend Ryan Giggs took charge of the last four games but since then has seen the appointment of Louis van Gaal as manager and he was installed as assistant manager.
Louis van Gaal has reported to have submitted his transfer targets to chief executive Ed Woodward as he looks to build a team that will mount a serious title challenge next season. There has been a cry from the Old Traffford faithfuls for the last 3-5 years to bolster the midfield but the Red Devils now has to add defenders with the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
There is also the need of a creative winger because Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia has been awful for the last two seasons while Nani has endured injuries for much of the last 18 months.
There are six possible signings that could lift the entire spirit around the club and be the catalyst of a serious title challenge. Here is a look at the six summer signings that could bring back glory and joy to Old Trafford.
Since 2010, Mats Hummels has been one of the best central defenders in Europe and in the world. The 25 years old has been a rock at the back for Borussia Dortmund with his intelligence, great positional sense and his excellence in one-on-one situations.
He is also very good on the ball, likes to dribble out of defense and is seen as a playmaker from the back. He also provides a goal threat from set-pieces and has been useful from the penalty spot. He is a natural leader and at this age would be a great signing for United.
He is said to be a favourite of van Gaal and with Dortmund closing in on Freiburg's Matthias Ginter, he could be tempted to make the Old Trafford switch.
Since Ashley Cole burst onto the scene, England has never seen another left back with such bravery, pace and courage until they saw Luke Shaw two years ago. At the age of just 17, he was a revelation for the newly promoted Southampton and immediately won over the English fans.
He is excellent going forward and is just as good at his defensive responsibilities. He has good recovery pace but his positional game needs to work on but as he gets older he will improve on the naturally. Under van Gaal he could blossom into a world class player and if he stays healthy then he will surely reach that stage.
Described as the 'Dutch Roy Keane,' the 24 years old was the man that Moyes was told to capture by Sir Alex last summer. At the end of it all he went to Roma and showed Moyes why the greatest manager in British football rated him so highly.
Strootman is very versatile capable of being an anchorman, a box-to-box midfielder or a playmaker. He is seen as a leader on and off the pitch which saw him captained the Dutch National Team in two World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Romania. He is known for his vision, distribution of the ball and his physical presence in midfield breaking up play.
He is highly rated by van Gaal but is injured with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the World Cup.
Manchester United has been lacking creativity and goals from midfield and Toni Kroos could solve those problems. Blessed with first class technical qualities, the 24 year old German is comfortable with the ball on either side and has the ability dictate the tempo of a game. He can play as a genuine playmaker or as a box-to-box midfielder.
He packs a powerful punch in his shots from long range which are normally very accurate. Kroos has worked with van Gaal before and is already a world class player lifting the Bundesliga and the Champions League with Bayern Munich.
Of all the players mentioned, Marco Reus could be the most difficult for the Red Devils to get this summer. The 25 years old has already stated that he wants to stay at Dortmund but in the football world things can change within seconds.
The speedy attacker brings goals, pace and determination. He is a very clever and tricky player who uses his pace extremely well to get the better of his markers. He is perhaps one of the few players that can strike the ball with great power and accuracy at full speed which is a very difficult skill.
He has gotten better and better every season and United will try their best to persuade Dortmund to sell but he will come at a very heavy price.
Another young and exciting wing wizard from PSV known for his pace, trickery and ability to hit the back of the net. The 20 year old Dutch man burst onto the scene in the absence of Dries Mertens and seems to have the same qualities as the Belgian.
Depay has good temperament and if he stays healthy he will improve under van Gaal who has a lot of faith in him. Depay also has a very good work rate thanks to his stamina. His Dutch manager is very demanding and he would be comfortable working with him and will have Robin van Persie to help him settle into life at Old Trafford.
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