Manchester United fans will be clamouring for a summer of transfer activity.
Despite the Red Devils's 4-1 win over Aston Villa, the Old Trafford faithful have little to get excited about in a season that will end with Europa League qualification at best. Many are looking toward the future and changes of personnel to kick-start a return to successful ways for the soon-to-be-ousted champions of England.
Here, we detail the latest buzz and rumours surrounding United.
Reported Aaron Lennon Interest Continues to Mount
It's a rumour that has been doing the rounds for some weeks, but United's reported interest in Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon refuses to go away. As highlighted by Jamie Anderson of the Express, David Moyes may turn to the unproductive Englishman for inspiration:
"Sources close to the champions claim that United boss David Moyes is keen to spend some of his £300million war-chest on Lennon, who has failed to impress interim boss Tim Sherwood," reads the article.
Lennon represents a risky investment for the club. The 26-year-old continues to suffer with injuries at White Hart Lane and doesn't offer the kind of quality United should be looking for when fit, as highlighted here. He has scored one goal and provided a single assist during 26 matches across the domestic division and Europa League, reported by WhoScored.com.
United already have enough struggling wide men in the form of Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young. Adding Lennon to the line-up would only bloat a squad of underachievers. Moyes must be more ambitious than to target a player who Spurs would easily replace if he was to leave.
Shinji Kagawa Could Return to Borussia Dortmund on Loan
It's over a year since Shinji Kagawa struck a classy hat-trick against Norwich. Since then, the Japanese international has largely failed to impress—whether playing wide or in his preferred No.10 role. He is expected to ink a loan deal with former club Borussia Dortmund during the summer, as reported by The Sun and via Tony Dawber of the Mirror:
Kagawa joined United from Dortmund in 2012, but the Bundesliga side now want the Japanese international back, though they are understood to be interested in a temporary rather than permanent deal.
Kagawa put in an excellent shift during the victory over Villa, noted by Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News:
The 25-year-old grabbed his first assist of the season during his last appearance, per WhoScored.com. He is yet to score this campaign and has fallen behind new signing Juan Mata in the pecking order, who opened his United account during the aforementioned match.
With Mata ineligible and Robin van Persie injured for United's tie with Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Kagawa is expected to once again take on a leading role. He used to regularly torment the European champions while under Jurgen Klopp's tutelage and will feel this is his last major chance to impress in a red shirt.
United's season will end with a whimper if Kagawa can't inspire a win—analysis that will also extend to his tenure at the club. Dortmund remain the perfect environment for Kagawa to rekindle his consistency.
Ryan Giggs Preparing to Exit After Continued Clashes with David Moyes
Manchester United without Ryan Giggs doesn't seem right. Following on from recent reports suggesting the Welshman has fallen out with Moyes, John Richardson of the Express believes the legendary 40-year-old could be on his way out of Old Trafford:
Despite denials, there has been a falling out between Moyes and Ryan Giggs with the 40-year-old Welshman believed to be considering his Old Trafford future once the season ends.
Moyes promoted Giggs on to his coaching staff after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson but there have been some heated exchanges between the pair over some of the training methods and tactics.
It seems unthinkable that Giggs would leave. If he did due to his relationship with the manager, it's likely many supporters would turn against Moyes. United traditionally keep their own within the confines of the club—highlighted by the continued presence of Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson—suggesting Giggs' exit would be a real shock for all.
Each of the aforementioned stories highlight the level of change currently occurring at United. This has undoubtedly been a tough season for supporters who need to see signs of improvement before Moyes will be given absolute support.
The potential arrival of Lennon is unlikely to galvanise positive feelings toward the Scottish boss. Nor is the departure of a world-class No.10 and club legend. With the newly crowned German champions next up, there's plenty to worry about on and off the Theatre of Dreams' pitch right now.
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