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Squad Overhaul this summer, If so where do we need new players?

Sid Sunday, April 3, 2011

The English press has been buzzing recently with news that Sir Alex well be overhauling the first team squad this summer, with reports saying his transfer budget is an astounding £100 million. Though I really doubt Sir Alex will splash that much money on the squad but there might be some truth in the rumors for sure.

Sir Alex has already said he’s looking at 2-3 players to bring in this summer, and this is a huge change from Sir Alex’s usual “We won’t be buying anyone in the summer” from past seasons. But it would be unfair to say that Sir Alex hasn't invested on new players in the past few seasons, we've had the likes of Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling, Mame Biram Diouf, Bebe and few more players join us in the summer. But with the exception of Antonio Valencia the rest have all been youngsters brought in with an eye on the future.

While most of the players we have been linked with have been youngsters, I’m sure that Sir Alex will be keen to bring in a few experienced heads also.  He knows best how much importance experience can is in a team, something Arsene Wenger is finally starting to realize. As the season draws to a close, several of our players are probably playing for their futures at the club, and their performance in the next few weeks might help decide who Sir Alex elects to keep at the club or show the door out. Here are a few areas where I think we will be looking to strengthen

Goalkeeper: With Van der Sar retiring at the end of the season, a new Goalkeeper is probably Sir Alex’s no. 1 priority this summer. While Andres Lindegaard has been brought in, I’m sure we’ll be looking to bring another high profile keeper this summer. Sir Alex will be keen to avoid the Goalkeeping roulette that we went through when Peter Schmeichel left the club. I don’t any United fan wants to see another Taibi or Carroll join the club and hopefully doesn’t take us 6-7 years to eventually find an able replacement for our Dutch superman.

Midfield: Scholesy isn’t getting any younger, while Carrick and Gibson have been underwhelming and far too inconsistent this season. Fletcher has looked far from the player who dominated in midfield a few seasons back and Ando has shown promise but suffered too many injury setbacks this season. So I don’t think I’d be wrong in saying stating that the midfield has been probably our biggest weakness this season and will probably see changes this summer. I don’t think Sir Alex will buy too many midfielders though especially with the likes of Ravel Morrison, Paul Pogba and Ryan Tunnicliffe coming emerging from the academy. Hopefully we do go for at least one experienced new face and someone like Danielle De Rossi would be brilliant!

Right back: Rafael has been a revelation this season, finally promoted as no. 1 RB at the start of the season following John O’Shea’s faltering displays in the first few months, he has repaid Sir Alex’s faith in him with stellar displays consistently this season. He has probably been the best right back in the Premier League this season and we couldn’t have asked for a better successor to Gary Neville. But the lack of cover at the position is a worry. Wes Brown and John O’Shea are too cumbersome and slow to handle fast, nimble wingers that almost every big team employs these days. While, Ritchie De Laet and Fabio are probably our best cover options in the position, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sir Alex brings in a young right back to compete with Rafael for the position.

Last but not the least,

Wingers: While we might not need starting wingers but the cover we have in case of injuries is appalling. Park has done really well but other than him and Giggsy we have no one else to look to if Valencia or Nani get injured. The injury to Valencia and then Park’s absence really showed the lack of options. As I mentioned my earlier blog post, Gabriel Obertan has been a huge let down this season, failing to make an impact, and not at all justifying his enormous talent. Bebe requires time and coaching before one can say he’s good enough to play at the first team level and Robbie Brady looks a good option coming through reserves; Fabio has also been very impressive as a winger, a topic touched upon in the blog earlier. Also we have Tom Cleverley returning next season so maybe signing just a talented young winger would be a good option.

Who we get this summer is anybody's guess, no one can predict what Sir Alex will do, but one thing is for sure, Fergie knows best!!


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