When Manchester United lured Juan Mata to Old Trafford last month it’s fair to say the vast majority of football fans, Red Devils or not, waited with excitable anticipation to see what he would bring to the squad.
Though it’s only been two games you can already sense the feeling that the Spaniard’s acquisition promises something that the reigning Premier League champions have been largely bereft of so far during David Moyes’ tenure; flair.
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie can boast to having that quality in their locker but, those two aside, there aren’t many players in the United team bar the young Adnan Januzaj who honestly claim parity.
But whilst Mata’s arrival offers the team another dimension to their game and a welcoming degree of experience, it’s absurd to assume that it will fix all of the grievances inherent in their squad.
In my mind it’s a man that they lost out on in January who should be playing the most on Moyes’ mind at the current time, not the man they've just signed. That man is Tony Kroos.
Whether or not United ever stood a chance of tempting him away from Pep Guardiola’s high-flying Bayern Munich is a question to which the answer isn’t likely to be made public knowledge anytime soon.
It’s for this reason that I’m not going to slate Moyes too much for his inability to add another big-name player to the list of arrivals into Manchester, because no one but he knows the intricacies of United’s transfer window to the full extent.
However what their rumoured pursuit of Kross has gifted is a clear mission statement that the under fire boss could, and in my opinion should, take into the summer.
By that I’m not implying that United should set their sights solely on the Bayern Munich man, I’m merely stating that the efficiency and approach to the game that players like him are synonymous with could be the key to success for the faltering outfit Sir Alex Ferguson left behind.
There’s no end to the plaudits that go the way of teams based around a majority of Spanish stars - the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid - and there’s equally a good deal of praise lauded upon those who opt for a German approach - think Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. We have yet to see anyone successfully combine the two.
Just imagine, the tiki-taka elegance of Spain combined with the reliable power of Germany- a merging of two great styles into one hybrid squad which was just as redoubtable in defence as it was potent going forward.
Make no mistake, there’s a reason virtually all of United’s recent targets have hailed from one of the two nations. Think Ilkay Gundogan, Koke, Marco Reus, Ander Herrera, Matts Hummels, Thomas Muller, Kroos and you can begin to see my point.
In my mind Moyes, providing he’s still in the job come the end of the current campaign, could benefit massively from aiming the financial war-chest he’s rumoured to have been put in charge of at both La Liga and the Bundesliga.
The general consensus is that United need a total revamp - why not go for an unprecedented jugular?
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