Most casual football fans, when asked about Manchester United, will only know about our recent triumphs. To them, we probably didn’t exist before Sir Alex Ferguson became manager, which to be fair was over two decades ago. However, the club has such a long history that there’s so much more to remember even before we had even heard of Sir Alex.
Manchester United's midfield has looked pretty bare this season after Paul Scholes retired, Darren Fletcher continued his fight back to the first team and the likes of Tom Cleverely and Marouane Fellaini failing to hit their potential. However, that is likely to change in the summer as David Moyes continues to put his stamp on the side, and one name who is being linked is Bayern Munich man Toni Kroos.
Crystal Palace’s fixture against Everton was one of the games postponed in the last round of Premier League fixtures, due to atrocious weather conditions. An extra week’s rest may benefit Tony Pulis’ men, as they play host to the Champions.
Prior to this season there were few people who had heard of Adnan Januzaj. Now though, he considered by many as the club's most promising player and the shining light of their questionable season. There's good reason to think that as well, and thinking about his age, his current ability and his potential, I honestly think that he can become one of, if not the, best in the world. Hear me out.
David Moyes must feel like he is walking on egg shells with the Manchester United fans right now, and if the reports of Adnan Januzaj leaving in a £40 million deal to French giants Paris Saint-Germain, cited by the Daily Mail, transpire, then I firmly believe that will be the last straw for some.
Being a Manchester United fan this season has been difficult as I have had to withstand our reputation taking a battering. David Moyes has come in and our confidence and ability to win convincingly has seemed to have left at the same time, though what I think of the manager is best saved for another article. I do believe that he is partly to blame, and the main reason is because of his team selection.
With Manchester United beating Cardiff 2-0 at Old Trafford last night, here are five things we learned from the tie.
When Juan Mata made the move from Chelsea to Manchester United last week not only did it raise a few eyebrows with those at Chelsea, but it also shocked some neutral supporters too. On the surface he had left a side within touching distance of the top of the Premier League and a club where he had won consecutive Player of the Season trophies, for one that looked to be on the slope after Sir Alex Ferguson's departure. It happened anyway, and tonight he made his debut against Cardiff at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have a couple of more days to strengthen their midfield, and in my eyes to steer their title challenge back on track. They snapped up Juan Mata in a deal that smashed their transfer record, but I still think they need another head in the middle of the pitch. There are a few possible candidates, but there one man that stands out for me, and he is out of contract in the summer.
Seamus Coleman or Rafael Da Silva? Rafael, or Coleman? If you were David Moyes right now, would you settle for the current Brazilian right-back at Old Trafford, or would you make a move for Coleman, who the Scot previously worked with at Goodison Park? There might not be anything in it, but Sky Bet consider Manchester United favourites to sign the Irish defender, with Arsenal second in the list.
The January transfer window will slam shut in just over a week, which is plenty of time for teams to capture some signings. Here are four players who I would like to see Manchester United move for, and why it would benefit them.