Manchester United Transfers: 3 Pieces They'd Love to Add Before Deadline Day

Max TowleAnalyst IAugust 20, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Muenchen looks on during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Manchester United lost their opening game of the last Premier League season and went on to clean up domestically.

The season before, the Red Devils won their first five, including an 8-2 drubbing of Arsenal and a dominant 3-1 victory at Old Trafford.

That time, Sir Alex Ferguson's side finished empty handed.


The 38-game campaign is long, basically.

David Moyes' first game in charge of the club may have gone pretty much as well as he could have expected, but the season is long.

He has inherited a team of winners. A team crafted and molded in the image of Sir Alex.

But if Fergie's replacement fails to make the right moves this summer, come December, United could be in trouble.

Staying still is effectively moving backwards in today's game. An uneventful transfer window, and the Red Devils run the risk of going stale later on.

There seem to be three areas Moyes is looking at in terms of targets.

This article will analyse the potential options and where the Glazers' money would be best spent.


Nothing Lasts for Evra

Is Patrice Evra ready to be put out to pasture?

His excellent display against Swansea City would suggest not.

The Frenchman remains a top-quality left-back who embodies that mentality left in the wake of Sir Alex's departure.

He is an experienced, positive dressing-room influence capable of inspiring a team to better things.

And yet Moyes seems determined to land Leighton Baines, a player he groomed for greatness at Everton.

According to Phil McNulty of the BBC, Moyes has already bid for both Baines and teammate Marouane Fellaini, but a deal remains far off.

There is no doubt that Baines would succeed at Old Trafford.

He is very close to being considered world class and the best in his position in Europe.

But again, the need just isn't there. He would be a luxury, rather than a necessity.


A Box-to-Box Beast

There are only a few box-to-box talents in Europe worthy of partnering Michael Carrick in Manchester United's midfield.

There is a great debate as to whether Fellaini is one of them.

He is certainly the physical presence the Red Devils would love to have, but can he transition the ball from back to front as well as, say, an Arturo Vidal?

Unlike at left-back, United do need a player of this type.

Last season the side was overrun by opponents a Roy Keane-driven core would have destroyed.

Earlier this month, Simon Mullock of The Mirror reported that Moyes had turned his attention to Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger as an alternative.

The Germany international would be another ideal choice, but like Vidal, there is next to no chance his club will sell.

Not for any price.

Which is a recurring problem for United.


A Marquee Man

How David Moyes would love to make a ground-shaking purchase in his first summer at the club.

Whether it's Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, or even a player like Cesc Fabregas or Luka Modric, it doesn't really matter.

There seems to be a growing perception that needs to be put right—that the Red Devils can no longer attract the game's best to Old Trafford.

This doesn't mean spending an unreasonable amount of money for the sake of ego, merely bringing in an X-factor capable of making an impact similar to Robin van Persie's last term.

The biggest potential downside to signing a playmaker would be the marginalisation of Shinji Kagawa.

As of this moment, the Japan international's role at Old Trafford is unclear.

But then, so are a lot of things. 



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