Could one of the most turbulent weeks in recent history at Manchester United actually turn the club around in a very positive way. After convincing Wayne Rooney to say, the Glazer family have pledged to give Sir Alex Ferguson a reported £100 million to spend on new players. Top class players being back on the radar of Sir Alex Ferguson is exactly what Manchester United fans want to be seeing. In the next couple of transfer windows, Manchester United are going to be under the microscope, to see what players they can attract with the cash released by the Glazers.
Here, we table where Manchester United would be wise to spend the cash, and who are the best alternatives. These are the players that Sir Alex Ferguson should be looking to sign.
Without a doubt Sir Alex Ferguson has to seriously consider the successor to Edwin van der Sar. The obvious choice is Igor Akinfeev. The 24 year old goalkeeper is a phenomenal shot stopper and has been on Ferguson’s radar for some time. Akinfeev has impressed Ferguson first hand, after an exceptional display during CSKA Moscow’s 3-3 draw at Old Trafford in November 2009. Ferguson has publicly stated his admiration for the keeper and with Edwin van der Sar due to retire at the end of the season, it seems now is the time for Ferguson to make his long awaited move for the goalkeeper.
With the imminent retirement of Paul Scholes and injury to Owen Hargreaves, Manchester United need a dynamic midfielder – Sneijder fits the bill perfectly. Sneijder has yet to sign a new deal with Inter Milan and has two and a half years remaining on his contract. Sneijder will be seen as a long term replacement for Paul Scholes and will offer United a great deal in the middle of the park. The Inter Milan midfielder would suit the English game with his dynamic approach, as well as a great eye for a pass. His performance in last seasons Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge was as close to perfection as a midfielder will get. The Dutchman would bring a new dimension to United’s midfield and would add goals from that position.
Even with Wayne Rooney signing a new deal, United need to invest in another top quality striker. At present they have Berbatov and Rooney, and behind them rising stars. United need strong alternatives and another top class striker would alleviate the goal scoring pressures from Wayne Rooney. Luiz Suarez is hot on Manchester United’s radar. What Luiz Suarez will offer Manchester United is goals. Suarez has an incredible goal scoring record for Ajax netting 81 goals in 104 appearances. Suarez proved his abilities at this summer World Cup Finals – scoring three goals in six World Cup matches, and was a star for Uruguay as they reached the semi finals. As well as goals, the Uruguayan has a very decent assist record and would fit into the Manchester United ethos. Suarez has continued his form this season, scoring 11 times in 14 appearances. Suarez should be on the top of Ferguson’s shopping list.
Manchester United need to enter the transfer market as soon as possible. With the golden generation at Old Trafford coming to an end, its time for Sir Alex Ferguson to create a new team once again. The squad as it stands has a lot of potential but it needs a couple of key signings to push the club forward. If Manchester United can alleviate the pressures of loosing such key individuals by buying well, the future looks very bright for Manchester United.
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