The shock retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson last week has led many soccer scholars to predict that Manchester United will now begin to decline under the stewardship of David Moyes.
But United have romped to the title at a canter this season, they are currently 10 points ahead of their closest rivals, Manchester City, and the former Everton manager inherits a strong and eclectic squad that possesses the Premier League’s best striker and midfielder in Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick, respectively.
There is no doubt there are areas of the side that need to improve though, with United’s wingers and defenders having particularly suffered at times in the past campaign.
Here are three players that could improve the Red Devils and should be Manchester United’s biggest summer transfer targets.
The Real Madrid midfielder has been touted as a potential midfield stalwart for Manchester United since knocking the Red Devils out of the Champions League in March.
Just days later the Daily Mail reported that the Croatian “still has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford.”
Modric would certainly suit Manchester United, and he would be a perfect addition to the side’s central midfield, where he could form a formidable partnership with Michael Carrick.
The 27-year-old would provide the perfect foil for the Geordie’s patient and reliable passing traits, whilst his impromptu bursts of speed and creativity have won the Croat many admirers across Europe.
Lou Macari also backs the deal, telling Talk Sport, “He’s proved that he can do it in the Premier League. He knows what football in this country is about so you don’t need to worry about some of the things you need to think about with other players coming in from abroad.”
Manchester United’s left wing is turning into a problem.
Ashley Young has failed to adapt to the constraints and stress that comes with wearing the Red of Manchester United, whilst Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have each been deployed in the position in order to simply have them on the field of play.
Both Nani and Antonio Valencia, despite being poor over the last 12 months, have the ability to blossom and jostle for a starting berth on the right wing, but Moyes needs to add a stellar left-footed winger to the squad to give United a well-balanced and irresistible attacking threat.
Gareth Bale’s left foot is the most sought after body part in English football, and if he were to join Manchester United, he would relish attempting to emulate the efforts of Ryan Giggs, George Best and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It would be a huge statement of intent from David Moyes.
Under David Moyes, Leighton Baines has turned into one of the most threatening, disciplined and reliable left-backs in the Premier League.
United should be in the market for a left-back, too, due to the fact that Patrice Evra is now on the wrong side of 30, Alexander Buttner is yet to prove himself in the position and Fabio Da Silva’s loan spell at QPR proved to be an unmitigated disaster. And many believe that Baines would suit the side’s attacking style.
Moyes looks set to try and lure Baines to Old Trafford, but according to the Telegraph, Everton are adamant that he won’t follow him to Manchester.
It might prove to be a long, hard summer for the Liverpudlians, though.