As the race for the title hots up, United will be pleased at their position as they head into the new year. At times this season they have played very attractive attacking football, although defensively its another story.
When the next dow opens, Ferguson will be looking at where he needs to strengthen his squad if they hope to snatch the title away from their City rivals. Here are my 3 realistic transfers that Manchester United cant afford to miss out on:
Since the legend that is Edwin Van Der Saar retired, United have struggled to find a suitable replacement for the Dutch giant. With very little to choose from between protégés De Gea and Lindegaard, United have regularly interchanged the number one shirt resulting in an unsettled and leaky back four. Both keepers have had their chance to impress and failed miserably and it’s about time someone stepped up the plate.
Young English prospect Jack Buttland would be a perfect fit for United, full of potential and full of confidence, the Birmingham number one possesses the skill and strong personality to take on the famous shirt. With consistent long term injuries to Vidic and Ferdinand, United have recruited defensive reinforcements, but none have managed to really establish themselves as a first choice regular. Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels has been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford, although it has proved nothing more than speculation.
The 23 year old is a first team player for club and country and has been very impressive since his emergence for Dortmund. He is a truly classy defender and has a head way beyond his years, a classic Fergy signing.
As Evra nears the end of his long and successful career at United, the pursuit to replace him becomes crucial with no real cover in that department. Everton left back Leighton Baines is linked with a move to United every season, but the time may have come for Ferguson to land his man.
The 27 year old has been instrumental in Everton’s impressive start to the season and with Baines reaching the peak of his career, he may have to leave now if he has any ambitions of winning a trophy. David Moyes famously doesn’t want anyone playing for his team that doesn’t want to be there, so a move for Baines is only a transfer request away.