Manchester United must improve squad or season could be another failure

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Manchester United have had a solid start to the new Premier League season, with six points out of six and they have also kept two clean sheets. Louis Van Gaal appears to have found a formula which he can now use in the months ahead and his players seem to be buying into it. Positive news for the United fans however it could all come crumbling down very quickly for two reasons.

With all the signings Van Gaal has made he has still not solidified his squad. There are glaring holes in both defence and attack as United only have Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez up front. At the back, Van Gaal has had to resort to playing Daley Blind as a centreback against Aston Villa to partner with Chris Smalling. Blind has played the position well but it is a not a long term position for the talented Dutchman.

Striker Dilemma

Reports have recently linked United with an interest in Paris Saint Germain striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Arguably one of the world's most renowned and sought after players, Ibrahimovic could certianly add quality to any team he plays for. The problem however is that he is not the type of striker United need at this point. Wayne Rooney already plays a similar role to what Ibrahimovic plays at PSG. United are in desperate need of a striker who can get twenty goals a season. These types of players are certainly not easy to come by but the solution might be closer to home than they think.

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Harry Kane is a striker who can add serious talent to the United striker force and could help propel them towards the Premier League title. Kane had a fantastic season in 2014/15 for Spurs, but this season has begun quite slowly for the English international. Arguably it would seem that the fire has been removed from the belly of the striker and possibly a move to United could rejuvenate his season. Kane is a big game player and with United now in the hunt for the Premier League and embarking upon qualification for the Champions League it could be the signing that United fans are calling for. 

Defensive Frailties

In defence, United's squad is thin. Blind has slotted in well at centreback but there are tougher tests to come. With the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all still to play, United will need to add bodies to their defence in case of injuries. New right back, Matteo Darmian has had a solid start to his Manchester United career, but it would seem that they need an imposing talent to help solidify their defense. With the apparent inevitable move of star goalkeeper David De Gea to Real Madrid edging closer, United will need a big game player to help keep clean sheets and lead the defence.

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These types of defenders are extremely difficult to come by. Deals for Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi have both fallen through; both are players who could have added real steel and grit to an inexperienced defense. There are names such as Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels or even Everton's John Stones who would be excellent defensive signings. Chelsea however appear to be in the hot seat in acquiring the signature of the highly rated Stones, and Dortmund would appear to be unwilling to let their star defender leave.

Clock is Ticking

What is for certain however is that the perfect start for Manchester United is to be tested in the coming weeks. Without a recognised star striker and defender in their team they still look relatively weak especially when faced against the top four clubs in the country. Van Gaal will have to work quickly to assure that he can add the required level of player who will improve his squad. Time however is running out with less that two weeks to go in this summer's transfer window. If United can not sign these players, it could be a long season ahead for the United faithful.

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