It looks as though we’re going to tie up a £37million deal for Chelsea’s two time Player of the Year Juan Mata at some point today, but we have a look at why he should only be the first of many incoming transfers if Manchester United want to finish in the top four this season.
There is no doubting that Juan Mata is one of the best players in the Premier League as the stats speak for themselves – In 64 games last season, Mata finished up with an incredible 20 goals and 35 assists. Watching United struggle to create chances last night was painful to watch, hopefully Mata will put an end to a lack of this with his outstanding vision and technique.
The impact he’ll have on the squads morale will also be huge. The players will know that United aren’t going to allow themselves to sit back and watch other clubs overtake us. Juan Mata wanting to come in plays a huge part as well, he knows that United are still one of the biggest clubs in the world and will turn things around eventually.
The team that took on Sunderland last night was nowhere near good enough. With the exception of David de Gea and possibly Adnan Januzaj, not one of those who started would get into the first XIs of our title rivals.
The 25-year old Spaniard should only be the start though, as that squad desperately needs more changes – and fast. We still lack a real world-class central midfielder, someone like an Arturo Vidal or Ilkay Gundogan, why not go in for both?
We also need a new left-back, and although Patrice Evra has been a great servant to the club he seems to have lost a few yards of pace over the last couple of years. Luke Shaw would be my #1 choice as he’s young and English, plus he fits the United philosophy. Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid would also be a useful signing.
Signing one player in each of those positions would be a great start to revamping this ageing United team. It’d also make our starting XI look an awful lot stronger as you’ll see from the comparisons below.
Current best XI
De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Fletcher; Valencia, Kagawa, Januzaj; Welbeck
Potential XI with a few signings and everyone fit
De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Jones, Shaw; Gundogan, Vidal; Januzaj, Rooney, Mata; Van Persie
If the Glazers spend around £100-120m, which I understand is a lot of money, we could suddenly find ourselves challenging for the title again which would definitely be worth it for all involved. Time to start coughing up all that money they’ve been leaching off us for the past nine years and drag us back into contention sooner rather than later.
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