Manchester United manger Louis van Gaal has said for some time now that he wants to add a winger with both speed and dynamism to his current squad. He sold Angel Di Maria to French giants Paris Saint-Germain and allowed youngster Adnan Januzaj to join Borussia Dortmund on loan.
United were strongly linked with Pedro and Sadio Mane in the summer, but opted instead for 21-year-old Dutch international Memphis Depay. However much has been made of Manchester United’s performances this season, with critics saying that their style of play hasn’t been exciting enough.
Top-class wingers create excitement, get the crowd on their feet and provide real match-winning quality in the final third of the pitch. There’s no doubt that United have been blessed with world-class widemen over the years, from global phenomenon Cristiano Ronaldo to Van Gaal’s assistant Ryan Giggs.
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This article suggests three wingers that Man United should seriously consider trying to sign in the upcoming January transfer window to accompany the likes of Memphis, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata.
Bayern Munich superstar Arjen Robben has already worked with United boss Van Gaal in the Netherlands national team and is comfortably one of the best footballers in the world. The current Dutch skipper has lightning pace, skill, excellent delivery and the ability to beat defenders with ease.
He’s always looking to cut in onto his dangerous left foot from the right flank but his movement across the pitch in the past few seasons means that now he isn’t too one-dimensional. Robben’s had some injury problems in 2015 but scored 19 goals for the German champions last season and is one of their more important players.
As he’s got older he’s realised more and more that it’s important not only to have natural talent but also to possess a strong work ethic. The 31-year-old works hard for his teammates off the ball and has developed a wonderful understanding with Bayern captain Philipp Lahm down the right flank.
Robben has insisted that he is happy in Bavaria but, after a bust-up with star striker Robert Lewandowski last month, don’t be surprised if Van Gaal attempts to sign a man who he knows very well.
Social media blew up on the night that Cristiano Ronaldo was seen whispering in the ear of PSG coach Laurent Blanc after Real Madrid defeated the French champions in an entertaining game at the Bernabeu. That said, if the 2013 and 2014 Ballon d’Or winner was ever going to leave Madrid surely it would only be for Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old phenomenon has always possessed pace, mesmerising trickery and quality from free-kicks, but at Real he has developed into a relentless goalscoring machine and one of the greatest players of all-time. You could argue that he doesn’t track back and he’s not a team player, but with a remarkable 336 goals in 322 games for Los Blancos, there’s no doubting his match-winning ability.
The Portugal captain has 12 league goals so far this season and he recently broke the Champions League record for the amount of goals scored in the Group Stage by one player. However, Ronaldo is visibly unhappy on the pitch when he doesn’t score (even if his team are winning) and there has been growing tension between Real Madrid’s record goalscorer and new boss Rafa Benitez.
United fans have been dreaming of a Ronaldo return ever since he left in 2009, but a deal to make this happen could be closer than it’s ever been before.
Ever since Diego Costa departed for Chelsea, Griezmann has carried Atletico Madrid to a certain extent in terms of goalscoring. The 24-year-old Frenchman scored an impressive 25 goals in his debut season with Diego Simeone’s men and he already has 12 goals so far this campaign.
He arrived at the Vincente Calderon as a wide player but he is proving to be just as effective in a central attacking role. Griezmann is blessed with speed, excellent vision and guile in the final third of the pitch. The former Real Sociedad man scores all types of goals and is nicely building his reputation ahead of this summer’s European Championships in his home country.
Despite Man United being one of the biggest clubs in the world, Griezmann is already playing for a top-quality side that not only reached the 2014 Champions League final but also won La Liga in 2013-14. It will be hard for the Old Trafford club to lure Griezmann away from Atletico, who are currently second in La Liga, but he certainly is the calibre of player that United desperately need to sign.
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