Sunday, April 7, 2013

Strengthening from a Position of Strength:

Trimming and refurbishing the squad for Fergie's final push for a 4th European Cup.  

Strengthening the squad after winning the league has become something of a regular occurrence at Manchester United under Sir Alex, with last years clear out and additions enabling United to reclaim the Premier League title this season, this summer will no doubt be spent making hard decisions in regards to sales and contract renewals while acquisitions will be made with the long term success of the club in mind.

With what should be a relatively straight forward canter to the title reclamation in May, United have one last opportunity to use the negotiating skills of David Gill to secure some much needed reinforcements to the squad, which will hopefully propel the side past the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Paris Saint Germain to secure at least 1 more Champions League trophy before Sir Alex calls time on his managerial career.

Unlike their London rivals Chelsea, United have only ever won the European Cup under Sir Alex as Champions of England , with Sir Matt's side finishing 2nd in the league in 67/68, and Sir Alex will not want to sacrifice domestic dominance for European silverware. Without doubt, the squad needs strengthening if they are to challenge for a domestic and European multi-trophy season. Although the showing against Real Madrid was promising, the red-card harsh and Mourinho hailing United as the better side, they still went out in the Round of 16, and even if they had progressed, I don't think many United supporters would be claiming United as favorites against Barcelona, Bayern or Juventus.    

To that end, ineffectual and unproductive members of the squad need to be replaced with players who will consistently perform to the level required to win the Premier League and at a minimum make the semi finals of the Champions League. Inconsistent United players with Premier League winners medals, like Luis Nani & Antonio Valencia, unhealthy or unfit players like Anderson and Fletcher as well as fringe players like Macheda should really be sold or released to fund the acquisition of players that will improve the 1st team, the bench and the squad so that quality is not lost when players are rotated. I'd like to see some of the following come to the club.

Attacking Forward, speed, power, shooting, finishing, good header. Plays well in red. 
Gareth Bale; 
  or James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez- Winger- speed, crossing, shooting

Having signed Kagawa last summer, I'd like to see United spend to sign one of Hummels or Subotic  to replace Ferdinand

One of the following to give the midfield a bit of steel.

Kevin Strootman- Central Midfield-tackling, passing, long shooting, leadership experience
Victor Wanyama: Playing really well  for Celtic in Scotland and was tremendous against Barcelona!