After Manchester United’s less than glamourous exit from the UEFA Champions League, the team is refocusing its efforts on a Premier League title. Now that they’re free from the distraction of European soccer, winning another title should be the only thing on the team’s mind and at this point anything less would be a major disappointment. While it seems that the job of manager Louis van Gaal is safe for the time being, if he doesn’t get his team to start scoring some goals soon it won’t be long before the patience of Man Utd. supporters runs out.
Many have been critical of Van Gaal’s effective, albeit unexciting, defensive-minded play. However, following the team’s loss against Wolfsburg, the need for a reliable striker that can score at will has become more apparent than ever. As a result, the transfer rumour mill has kicked into high gear just in time for the holidays. The Red Devils have put some big-ticket players on their wish list for the winter transfer window.
Manchester United might be willing to loosen the purse strings during the transfer window and try to their attack in time for the second half of the season. The ignominious exit from the Champions League has the team scrambling to right the ship, and the team is reportedly in the market for a superstar striker of their own. The team has been connected to a number of stars including Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo. While some of these players might be wishful thinking, it wouldn’t be out of the question for one of them to move to Old Trafford by next summer. However, much as the team learned with its experiences in the big money signings of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, major signings rarely work out as expected. The team might be better off with some smart spending, though fans expect Manchester to bring in big names. The club will likely need at least one major star to pacify supporters.
The additional rumours of a potential exit for longtime lucky charm Wayne Rooney have only helped to further stoke the fires for the team to make some major investments if they want to return to the top of the heap. The Chinese Super League reportedly offered Rooney a lucrative £75 million deal to reunite with former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson at Shanghai SIPG.
Rooney joined Manchester United in 2004 and has been a fixture at Old Trafford ever since. He’s the leading goal scorer for the squad this season, though that’s not saying much given the team’s offensive output. The forward has scored twice in 12 league games and his four goals in the European competition did little to keep Manchester’s hopes alive in the tournament. At 30, Rooney has to be thinking of the next stage of his career which makes his exit all the more likely. The American MLS is also reportedly keeping an eye on Rooney after providing greener pastures for Premier League veterans such as Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. With a potential exit for Rooney, the need for fresh faces up front is more urgent than ever but United definitely has the money to buy whoever they need.
There’s no cause for alarm yet as Manchester United currently sit at fourth in the table, and they’re even on points with Manchester City. However, the team will need to start scoring some goals (and soon) if they’re hoping to earn some silverware by the end of the season.