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Manchester United currently have a group of talented, if incredibly frustrating wingers.
Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Nani are all capable of moments of magic when in good form however struggle significantly with consistency. The standards of performance can be wholly different from one week to the next and for Manchester United that simply won't do.
United supporters are just escaping the hangover like period of having Cristiano Ronaldo at the club. Players have played in Ronaldo's position since his departure in 2009 and have unfortunately faced comparisons. In truth United have lacked a direct attacking winger since Ronaldo.
Adnan Januzaj is a player in this mould, but has had to be managed carefully in his debut season at Old Trafford, something which David Moyes can be given great credit for.
Wilfried Zaha on the other hand was barely given a chance despite looking like the perfect attacking winger to solve United's consistency problems in the position. It was of course a lot to ask of a 20-year-old but the lack of both opportunities and thus development for Zaha has been a source of great disappointment.
Interestingly, however, one of the most important positions in Van Gaal teams of days gone by has been the wingers. The Dutch coach prefers wingers who attack directly and great importance is placed upon wide players in his system.
The styles of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are not likely to fit with Van Gaal's preference for quick footed, direct wingers and it wouldn't be a surprise to see both relegated to rotational squad status or even exiting the club.
United have been linked with Yevhen Konoplyanka in recent weeks with ESPN's Richard Jolly suggesting the club are ready to battle the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur for the Ukrainian's signature.
Konoplyanka is a winger who fits seamlessly into the mould of van Gaal's preferred winger. He is quick on the ball, difficult to dispossess and a player who only has a focus on attack.
This is a skill set United have lacked in the wide areas for a number of years and the addition of Konoplyanka, and possibly a further winger, would improve the balance of United's team sizeably.