In the twenty years of the English Premier League, never has the level of competition amongst the higher echelons of the table been so combative.
Ultimately – and deservedly – Manchester City were crowned the Champions having fought off stubborn resistance from their bitterest rivals, Manchester United.
Where do the Red Devils go from here?
Many will be surprised to hear this but, in my opinion, Manchester United had a relatively good season.
They finished the campaign empty-handed yet – Champion’s League aside – they competed as well as their depleted squad could, particularly in the Premier League.
United overachieved largely and rode their luck for the rest of the time, narrowly missing out on their twentieth league title to a last minute goal in the final game of the season.
This being said, they need almost wholesale changes to reinvigorate their ailing squad.
Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra are all above 30 so the defence will need to be addressed; whilst Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Rafa da Silva look set to become future world beaters, they are still relatively inexperienced for the present which could prove problematic over a long strenuous term.
Across the midfield, the age must be highlighted once more with Giggs and Scholes – both the wrong side of 35 – technically still their best producers. Add to that the dilemma of long-term injuries to key players and United are left with Nani and Valencia lugging a lot of offensive and defensive responsibility.
Even up top, only Rooney offers consistent quality whilst Hernandez and Welbeck work hard but convert little.
Who Have They Been Linked With?
United have seemingly quickly identified their inadequacies in all thirds of the field. They are linked with Modric but with Real Madrid, City and Chelsea also keen, it will be difficult for the Red Devils to steal a march.
Ajax Starlet, Christian Eriksen, was said to be a top target for Ferguson. He himself has also told of his desire to make the switch to Old Trafford.
Before a ball was even kicked in anger in Warsaw, Lewandowski was being watched by United scouts who were already in Borussia to look at new signing, Shinji Kagawa.
Ferguson is also keen to look for a successor to Evra with Baines touted as heir apparent.
Who Do They Need?
Clearly, judging by the speculation, United (and a lot of their faithful fans) have noticed similar weaknesses that have been stated.
Modric or Eriksen and Lewandowski strike me as must-buys.
Although, in defence, United should focus more on the middle than the full-back positions by targeting a player with maturity and time on his side. Someone like Mats Hummels would add both to the area.
Who do you think United should sign?
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