Well the season is over and Manchester United have finished in seventh place. The Reds finished 22 points behind their billionaire Blue neighbours.
In a time of transition, United fans expected some progress but it just turned out to only be a time of turmoil. The main question on the 20 times league champions lips is; who can be brought in to bring back the good times?
The first in has finally been sorted and that is the manager. After the weary face of pessimism the Manchester United want to see a brash, charismatic, proven leader and this is what they have got in Louis Van Gaal.
Mr. Van Gaal has got the temperament to control, what can only be described as a bunch of misfits.The players have had their year with the supply teacher, now it is time for the experienced private school head master. Van Gaals appointment was well dealt with by Ed Woodward and hopefully this is a sign of how he will deal in the transfer window.
Looking in defence Manchester United have three veterans leaving the club with Vidic, Ferdinand and more than likely Evra. The Reds do have a ready made centre back in Phil Jones but he needs to play there regularly, this is exactly what Moyes should have done in his "year of transition".
Jones needs a partner and you have to say Mats Hummels is the perfect man for Manchester United. The giant, curly haired, composed German would be ideal at Old Trafford.
They need a leader at the back to replace Vidic, and Hummels is the man to lead Manchester United forward.
Manchester United have made it known that they want Luke Shaw and in all fairness they will probably get him. For an 18-year-old youngster who was rejected by Arsenal, Chelsea and Fulham he looks destined for stardom in spite of the rejections from big clubs. Luke Shaw is quick, strong and has an amazing ability to whip in a cross, it is exactly what Manchester United have needed for the past three years.
There are still question marks over Rafael's progress, he has the potential to be a United right back but under Moyes he looked like he did not have the strong figure to tell him what to do and improve his game. Under LvG we may see the Rafael that we saw in the title winning side of 2012/13.
"HELP! We need a central midfielder!" Has been the cry from Manchester United fans for a good four to five years now and I am telling you now Marouane Fellaini is not the man.
Manchester United have always been strong in the middle you look at Robson, Scholes, Keane, Ince, Giggs (later on in his career) etc. Admittedly Djemba-Djema, Kleberson and Miller have also graced United's centre midfield but I'm still hoping that was a dream.
In this day and age most teams play a 4-2-3-1 system (Van Gaal prefers 4-3-3 but is flexible) so now United need TWO centre midfielders.
Carrick, who has a had a poor season (but who hasn't at Old Trafford?), could well flourish after missing out on a summer of football and under a new leadership but he is 32 and will need replacing, cover or a player with him. Again you have to look at Dortmund with Gundogan who is an up and coming fantastic talent, or to Juventus for Vidal who could be the Roy Keane they have been trying to replace since he left.
There is the possibility they could even make a move for the man they missed out on Paul Pogba, who would be the ideal man. He is quick, strong, can pass, not afraid to put his foot in and by God can he hit a ball. The favoured move for Van Gaal would be Fabregas or Toni Kroos who if come together would make one formidable team in the centre of the park for Manchester United.
Finally, attack, where I would say United are the strong on paper but Moyes did not get the best out of them. Rooney, Van Persie, Mata, Januzaj and Kagawa are more than capable to win the league again for Manchester United. However, the likes of Valencia, Young and Nani are taking up valuable wages at the former champions.
Manchester United need a winger who is willing to work hard, possibly sit slightly deeper to produce crosses for the striker. For the third time Manchester United might want to raid Dortmund again with Marco Reus.
The German winger has the capability to thrive under LvG and get United back into the Champions League. Van Gaal will be able to bring back the swagger that United have lacked in attack this season. He will be able to get the best out of Mata and Kagawa because he will realise that they are not wide men but trequartista and inside forwards.
With Van Gaal taking over at Manchester United we are sure to see a gutsier approach to his side, a stark contrast to Moyes. He will take risks with team selection, which players remain at he club and the style of play that Moyes adopted. Louis Van Gaal- United need you and United is yours!
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