Japanese star Shinji Kagawa
Manchester United have already bolstered their squad for the upcoming 2012-2013 English Premier League season by signing the much-needed Shinji Kagawa in addition to Nick Powell, who is widely regarded as one for the future.
The following list is of the three key players I believe Manchester United MUST sign to complete a squad able to regain the premiership crown next season. Let's get started...
Javi Martinez is a towering physical presence that can excel as defensive midfielder and central defender.
He has been a starter for Bilbao throughout the 2011-2012 La Liga season and has caught the eye of a host of major European clubs with his stellar performances.
A key player who led Bilbao to the UEFA Europa League final, Martinez will add MUCH-needed steel and grit to a "soft" Manchester United central midfield.
Pros: Physical, versatile, young, fast, highly skilled and not afraid to attack the opposition and score his fair share of goals, like this great effort.
Cons: Might halt the progress of Phil Jones, who shares most but not all of Javi Martinez's qualities.
Baines, Gerrard, Rooney, Lescott and Neville.
Leighton Baines is another necessary addition to the Manchester United defense line. Patrice Evra has earned much deserved criticism for his performance during the 2011-2012 EPL season, and competition for his position will do himself and Manchester United a world of good.
Baines enjoyed a very successful season on a personal level and was Everton's stand-out player this season.
United's other preferred option, Jordi Alba, is most likely to join Barcelona, so Sir Alex must hurry and sign Baines before his rivals do.
Pros: Accurate passer of the ball, excellent crossing ability, solid defensively and great positioning.
Cons: At 27 years old, Baines isn't exactly the youngest left-back. I believe Sir Alex should reassess the ongoing situation with Ezekiel Fryers.
Bale in action
Many consider Bale to be an overrated footballer, but I personally believe that he is an exceptionally talented winger who has nothing more to learn at White Hart Lane. Sir Alex needs to keep someone breathing down Ashley Young's neck to ensure that whenever either player starts, both will make sure to perform admirably to make the LW position their own.
I believe that Bale will develop into a devastating winger under Sir Alex Ferguson's watchful eye.
Pros: Young, talented, fast, Premiership and European experience. Scores great goals and makes fools out of world class players. In case you missed Bale at his best, watch it here.
Cons: Will cost a fortune.
Sir Alex Ferguson
With the additions I mentioned, I believe Manchester United will be a complete squad and will possess a devastating attack, creative midfield and a very solid defense.
Please let me know if you agree or disagree with what I have shared with you in this article.
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