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Wednesday
Jul232014

Transfers: Three Wingers Manchester United Should Look To Sign This Summer

 

If there is one thing that was evident from last season’s limp displays in the Premier League, it was that Manchester United lacked top-quality wingers thanks to whom they etched their name into the annals of football folklore. The sight of a Manchester United winger tearing down the wings, beating an opposing defender as if he didn’t exist and either putting in a devilish cross or letting loose a cannon of a shot is slowly becoming a remnant of a time long gone.

Although the emergence of Adnan Januzaj provides a glimmer of hope for the future, the ineluctable fact is that the club are in dire need of world-class wingers. But the problem for United is that, given their lack of European football, not many will be too keen on coming to Old Trafford and even the presence of an experienced manager like Louis Van Gaal is unlikely to change the scenario. With Angel Di Maria’s move to PSG, the number of world-class wingers the club can sign is dwindling by the minute.

All is not lost though, as there are still a few options which the club can look into, in their pursuit of wingers who will light up the Old Trafford touch-line and bring back the glory days, when dazzling wingers were an all-too common site. Here are three wingers that the Red Devils can realistically look to sign in this summer, in their bid to improve their squad.

Xherdan Shaqiri

While Switzerland didn’t have the greatest of World Cups, one player who did exhibit his talents to the maximum was Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri. The zippy winger who currently plies his trade at Bayern Munich is one of the few who are feeling the ill-effects of playing in such a vastly talented squad. While he has all the attributes of genuine world class winger, he hasn’t been given the opportunity at the Allianz Arena just as yet.

Capable of playing centrally as well as on the wings, Shaqiri is versatile winger who might just be on the lookout for a regular platform to prove himself. The Red Devils can certainly give him that and given the galaxy of stars at Bayern’s disposals, getting the 22-year-old Swiss winger might not be as difficult as it might seem.

Memphis Depay

If it is young, quick and direct winger that the Red Devils are after, then they need to look no further than PSV’s Memphis Depay. The Dutch winger, who was given his national team debut by Van Gaal impressed one and all in the recently concluded World Cup. Depay came into the tournament as an outsider, with many claiming whether he would even play any part in the World Cup.

In no time, the 20-year-old Dutchman showed the world exactly what he can do. Whether it was unleashing a venomous long-range effort or slotting the ball in from close range, the winger showed that he had an innate ability to finish off chances. After a brilliant season at PSV, Depay’s form is now at an all-time high and now would be the perfect time to sign this versatile, tricky winger who can finish. Although he has a contract that runs till 2017, he is unlikely to cost a fortune and the fact that he has already worked with Van Gaal means that the club would have on their hands someone to finally replace Ryan Giggs on the left flank.

Marco Reus

Yes, I know what you are thinking. Marco Reus isn’t a winger. And yes he isn’t technically available or going to be pretty cheap. And you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking as to why he would move away from Dortmund, especially when the last player United signed from the club is currently on the sidelines at United. But, this is football, we have seen stranger things happen.

While this move might not be an especially lucrative one for Reus in purely footballing terms, the financial package United are likely to offer and the prospect of playing with some world-class players and proving himself outside Germany is one that is likely to please him. If United do get him, they will have a rare breed of player, who is capable of both playing as a central playmaker and as a more traditional winger. His vision, intelligence, ability to pick out his team-mates and finish make him a force to be reckoned with and one that would immeasurably improve the club’s wing-play.

Friday
Jun272014

Luke Shaw Becomes United’s Second Summer Signing: What Role Will He Play Next Season?

It seems 24 hours is a long time when it comes to football and the transfer window, as United have now confirmed two new players in that period.

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Friday
Jun272014

Dutch Fans Not Happy With Van Gaal Tactics: Could He Implement ‘Total Football’ At United?

Despite a perfect record in the group stages, thrashing reigning champions Spain 5-1 and making themselves one of the favourites, the Netherlands are coming under scrutiny from their own fans.

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Friday
Jun272014

Manchester United Make Ander Herrera Their First Official Signing: But Will He Fit in?

Yesterday was a hectic day, with a bid for the player rejected in the morning and then to have him in Manchester signed, sealed and delivered in the afternoon.

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Thursday
Jun262014

Both Arsenal And Manchester United Want Alexis Sanchez: What Would He Bring?

Pace and power. Two things that Sanchez has in abundance and two things that United and Arsenal are lacking and looking to add to their squad in this window.

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Thursday
Jun262014

Manchester United Bids For Herrera And Vermaelen Rejected: Will Either Be Joining?

Things aren’t looking good on the transfer front for United and Ed Woodward and there is a double blow in the morning papers which will only frustrate fans further.

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Thursday
Jun262014

Long-time Manchester United Target Joins Zenit: Was It A Mistake Not To Get Him?

Every club has that player who they are linked with every summer, a ‘saga’ ensues which lasts the majority of the window and nothing materializes. This particular saga is finally finished.

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Wednesday
Jun252014

Manchester United And Tottenham Battle For Signature of ‘New Ronaldo’: Would He Have The Necessary Impact?

Big clubs have always looked to attract top players for top dollar, but nowadays there is more of an emphasis on which club has the next big thing on their books.

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Wednesday
Jun252014

Louis van Gaal Wants Bayern Munich Winger Arjen Robben: Could It Happen?

A few pieces from the van Gaal Manchester United puzzle are starting to fall into place, Luke Shaw at left-back, Ander Herrera in midfield and now he’s aiming higher.

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Wednesday
Jun252014

Ander Herrera To Be First Of FOUR Signings For Manchester United: How Would They Fit In?

There are set to be big changes to the current playing squad at United, once Louis van Gaal finishes his business with the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil.

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Tuesday
Jun242014

Left-Back Alexander Buttner Leaves Manchester United For Dynamo Moscow

A third defender has left Old Trafford and Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward is yet to bring in replacements, although the Luke Shaw deal is believed to be in the pipeline.

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Tuesday
Jun242014

Manchester United Close In On Athletic Bilbao Playmaker: Why He Is An Excellent Signing

It seems as though Manchester United are on the verge of securing their first signing of the Louis van Gaal era, with the club willing to meet the player’s buy-out clause.

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