6 Players Manchester United Must Target to Make Them Premier League Winners
Manchester United could do much worse than these six players in their quest to regain the Premier League title next season.
The list is a combination of stellar, top-tier, expensive talent and potentially more affordable young players who would add quality and squad depth, given that both types of signing are needed.
United's is a squad short in both quality and quantity.
(Thanks to @mochinegun for the suggestions and sounding board.)
The 21-year-old, capped by the Spanish senior side for the first time last year, would be an excellent replacement for Patrice Evra. Should Evra stay an additional season, Moreno would remove an enormous burden from the Frenchman, easing the transition to a new left-back era.
Having established himself in the Premier League, Clyne would now be a fine option for United. Able to play on both flanks, Clyne could provide much needed full-back cover. Given how often Chris Smalling, a natural centre-half, has had to play at right-back this season, it is clear that this is an area in which United's squad needs more depth.
Clyne could provide this cover to left-back, too, another area in which United's squad is thin.
Known for his tough tackling as a fierce competitor, and being both mobile and determined, Mehdi Benatia could be an excellent replacement for Nemanja Vidic.
Even with Vidic and potentially Rio Ferdinand leaving Manchester United in the summer, United still have good centre-half options.
In Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans, United have three fine defenders who are all still improving. The highly rated youngster Michael Keane could also be ready to see more first team action.
However, all three of the senior players mentioned have had troubles with injuries in recent seasons. Jones is also needed to provide cover in midfield, and Smalling is often required at right-back. With that in mind, United are very likely to move for a defender in the summer, and Roma's Moroccan stopper is a fine choice.
Toni Kroos has been strongly linked with United in recent weeks. With the Mirror reporting that United would be prepared to pay Kroos £250,000 per week for his services, his would be a signing of huge significance.
A wonderful passer and a player who makes excellent decisions with the ball—with a fine shot on him—Kroos would be a genuine replacement for Paul Scholes, which is amongst the highest praise a midfielder can receive.
Skillful, creative and a fulcrum in Diego Simeone's impressive Atletico Madrid side, Koke would immediately improve Manchester United.
Capable in centre midfield—in a more advanced position and on the flanks—Koke has recently signed a contract at Atletico, which makes him a more expensive proposition, but none the less one worth pursuing. (h/t The Express)
The Kenyan midfielder had settled well into the Premier League, having arrived at Southampton from Celtic in the summer. The injury he suffered in December set back his progress, as he faced an eight-week lay-off, but he is integrating himself back into Mauricio Pochettino's side.
Victor Wanyama would provide energy, positional sense and drive to Manchester United's midfield. Having cost £12.5 million in the summer (per BBC Sport), Wanyama may also be a reasonably affordable way for United to enhance their squad.
In a summer which seems likely to see a great deal of expensive action, this may prove to be a significant selling point.