TRANSFER SEASON: A MANCHESTER UNITED FAN WISHLIST

Although not officially open, the transfer window is in full swing with teams across Europe already splashing the cash in preparation for the upcoming season. The Premier League resumes in two months, but teams like Manchester City have already spent big on players like Bernardo Silva from Monaco and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson in a World record fee with Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker still on their wish-list. For the Champions Chelsea, it is expected that they will bring in a new striker after Diego Costa revealed he had been informed by the manager Antonio Conte that he was no longer in his plans for the coming season. Arsenal have secured the signing of Schalke’s promising defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer whilst keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil remains Wenger’s major task going into the new season. A lot of activities will still take place till the very last day when we experience the usual deadline day rush but from a Manchester United fan’s perspective, which players will you like to see unveiled as the team makes a four pronged title approach next season.

MANCHESTER UNITED: United have already secured a deal to sign Swedish International and former Benfica Player Victor Lindelof subject to medicals and work permit, this looks like a good deal as United struggled to cope with injuries and loss of form in the defense with only new signing Eric Bailey covering himself in some form of glory, but outside Lindelof, the team needs more and with names like Gareth Bale, Donnarumma, James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and many more linked to United, who else should be on Jose’s four man wish list given to Ed Woodward and which positions should the team be looking to strengthen?

Gareth Bale/ Douglas Costa: Jose Mourinho usually fancies a lone striker and with the likes of Martial, Rashford and Lingard failing to contribute as much goals to support Ibrahimovic’s numbers, the team fell short when Zlatan wasn’t scoring. That is one area that needs to change and Gareth Bale would be an obvious fit at United. Despite injuries limiting his performances at Madrid in the just ended season, Bale running at any defender with his shooting prowess and aerial strength will be a valuable asset to any top team. Aside also being a statement of real intent, he has always been linked with a return to England with United top of the list. Out of favor at Bayern Munich, Douglas Costa is my second option if we don’t get Bale as United will present him a chance to revive his career and with his pace and skills, the Premier League may just suit his style well.

Alvaro Morata: If the rumor mill is to be believed, Morata to United will be a done deal in the coming days, it’s no secret that following the release of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United needs at least one top striker to lead the lines next season and initially the talk was on Antoinne Griezmann joining the team but following Atletico’s transfer ban, he has decided to stay with the team for at least one more season, so attention has now been shifted to Spain forward Alvaro Morata who despite scoring a total of 22 goals for Madrid in a double winning season, he is still second place to Benzema and has been quoted as seeking more regular playing time even if he has to leave Madrid again after only one season. At 24, he is quite experienced and is even yet to fully hit his prime which he may achieve at United.

Fabinho/ Any good DM: Last season, Jose allowed Bastian and Schneiderlin leave, which he later admitted regretting, the team ended up with Tuanzebe drafted into the midfield role towards the end of the season, Michael Carrick who recently had his testimonial and got rewarded with a new contract will be 36 next season, United fans have never fancied Fellaini leaving Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba as the only dependable midfielders going into the new season, United needs a holding midfielder who can give Pogba the freedom to bloom like Carrick did, Fabinho did this pretty well combining with Bakayoko at Monaco and will be interesting to see if he can replicate a similar partnership with Herrera.

A left Back: Left back is also one area where United struggled all through the last season with Matteo Darmian who is a right back playing in that position at crucial stages of the season, Luke Shaw has well-documented injury concerns and may not just be able to hit the levels he once did at Southampton, Daley Blind is quite useful to the team for his versatility but his lack of pace has seen him struggle at the left back role, clearly Marcos Rojo is a better option at Center back and despite improvising decently when called upon, Darmian is not a left back, it is quite a difficult role to fill but it is one that Jose needs to pay attention to. Someone in the likes of Danny Rose maybe.

 

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