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.
While most of the footballing world are expecting David Moyes to sign a midfield player in the January transfer market, it now seems as though the former Everton boss is interested in Bayern Munich centre-back Dante. But for all those who would welcome the signing, there are a few things which makes the deal come with a sense of caution. I am in belief of the latter, and I think United should focus their attentions elsewhere.
When Tom Cleverley was progressing through the youth system at Manchester United there was a lot of hope attached to him.
With a gaping hole in the Manchester United midfield right now, here are three reasons why I put forward the name of Ivan Rakitic, Seville's central midfielder.
According to the Telegraph, Manchester United are ready to plug the gap in their midfield by making a bid for Chelsea's two-time Player of the Year, Juan Mata. According to the reports, United will break their transfer record with a fee of around £37 million if the deal goes through, but where would the Spain international fit in at Old Trafford?
If there is a need for a flexible, attacking midfielder at Manchester United, this man certainly has the potential to fill it. Remy Cabella has had an outstanding season with Montpellier so far and as a result his name has been bandied about the European stage in regards of a move, and I believe that no club would suit his attributes as much as United.
With such a remarkable strike force and a high volume of players to choose from at the back, it seems such a shame that Manchester United's midfield looks so poor this season. With Anderson making next to no impact, Marouane Fellaini not living up to his hype and Tom Cleverley, well, being Tom Cleverley, things need sprucing up a bit. Which is where this man could come in.
The deeper a club's history, the more expectation there is on said club - that is usually how it pans out in football. Manchester Unitedare certainly a club with a history, arguably one of the most successful in world football, and that seems to be causing them a few problems this season.