Sir Alex Ferguson has acted swiftly and decisively this off-season, instantly looking to address the imbalances that plagued his beleaguered squad last term.
With Japanese phenomenon Shinji Kagawa already signed for a initial £12 million and wonder kid Nick Powell also joining in recent days for around £3 million, the old master is already beginning to play his hand.
In terms of future targets the central midfield berth is still patently lacking in true world class talent, and if rumours surrounding Luka Modric, Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote indicate Ferguson’s willingness to eradicate such weaknesses. A deal for Leighton Baines, in addition has been strongly suggested.
One position that has not been subject to such wild speculation is that of striker. With a relatively settled striking duo of Rooney and Welbeck last season growing into a formidable partnership, the problems, it seemed, were in other areas. However, with Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen almost certainly set for the Old Trafford exit door, and the young guard of Will Keane and Davide Petrucci, not quite ready for the step up maybe there is one more space in the attacking roster.
The criteria I have used is for either a player who has been linked to United or a move away, is a relatively feasible (although in some cases expensive transfer), and one who offers the team something different. In a general sense I feel all of the five players in this list could be broadly listed as “target men”, as this is something that is severely lacking from a Rooney, Welbeck, Hernadez striking triumvirate.
The options are ranked from first to last. The next slide is the player I judge as most feasible as a signing and the last slide is the least realistic.