Louis van Gaal has three main issues he needs to address in order to make Manchester United a force again.
Manchester United has had a long-standing tradition of excelling in wing play. Players such as David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have helped keep this tradition alive. However, from United’s recent display against Swansea, it is clear Van Gaal must take action or else this tradition may die.
With Valencia out injured, Nani and Young do seem unable to fill the gaps out wide. Adnan Januzaj and Reece James have impressed yet they are still very young and have long roads ahead of them. In order to fix this situation, Van Gaal needs splash the cash. There have been rumors linking United to players like Angel Di Maria, Juan Cuadrado, and Daley Blind all summer long but none have materialised. Hopefully, this changes.
2. Centre Back
In Van Gaal's new system at Manchester United, he deploys three central defenders at the back. Various combinations of youngster Tyler Blackett, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Johnny Evans proved to be successful in pre-season but not in the Premier League.
The Dutchman needs to step up his interest for a top-notch centre back. After failing to sign Thomas Vermaelen, Mats Hummels, and Stefan de Vrij, recent reports are linking the Manchester club to Roma defender, Mehdi Benatia.
3. Defensive Midfielder
One apparent issue was the lack of steel present in United’s midfield. Although Darren Fletcher has impressed since returning from his illness, he is still not back at the world-class level Manchester United need. The Red Devils’ other physically imposing midfielder, Maroune Fellaini, has failed to make any impact and from his display on Saturday it looks he never will.
Manchester United were thought to be considering Nigel De Jong as a candidate for this position yet nothing has materialised yet. Other potential options are Sporting’s William Carvalho, Ajax’s Daley Blind, or Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.