At the beginning of the 2012/13 season you wouldn't have blamed Manchester United fans for being excited at the prospect of Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Nani tearing teams apart and providing fans with amazing football and entertainment.
Valencia was coming off a brilliant season in which he won the club's Player of the Year award; Nani was expected to break away from his inconsistencies and perform to the level many Manchester United fans know he can; Wayne Rooney was going to be Wayne Rooney and, along with key signings Shinji Kagawa, who is technically gifted, and the world-class Robin Van Persie, the Red Devils' faithful were expecting entertainment.
This unfortunately has not happened. What we have seen is a team who sits back, works hard and plays on the counter.
The wide areas have been an issue all season with Ashley Young, Valencia, and Nani being out injured at various times causing all to be significantly inconsistent. Only three goals have been scored by these three players, all from the boot of Nani. Rumours have claimed that a couple of them may not be at the club come August. Wilfried Zaha will offer something different in the wide areas and, with his ability to take players on, he should benefit Manchester United.
Other than Michael Carrick there hasn't been any outstanding midfield play from Manchester United and it is something that will need to be addressed this summer.
When they can control the midfield, United will be opposition for anyone. Now will surely be the time Sir Alex Ferguson does something about it.
Yes Manchester United have entertained with some thrilling comeback wins, especially earlier in the season, but that was because of the fire power of the front men: Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez have combined for a total of 56 goals.
With all that scoring ability upfront, Manchester United must solve their problems in the middle to become not only an entertaining team - but one that doesn't get left behind.
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