If the season was a replete with boring Manchester United performances then at least the summer transfer window should provide some excitement. Because if Manchester United seem critically clunky on the pitch at this point in time they are at least good at spending money.
Whether bolting on more players to a dysfunctional squad is actually going to make a huge difference within the framework of José Mourinho’s ostensibly outdated tactics remains to be seen.
But Jose will obviously be spend big again this summer. So who are Manchester United after?
Well The Guardian reported this week that Manchester United want to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham. It’s a no-brainer of a signing. The Belgian is a brilliant centre back with the sort of composure and distribution that United have missed so badly since the departure of the peerless Rio Ferdinand.
The same source also reports that Manchester United are interested in signing Brazilian Fred to add guile and finesse to the midfield. Manchester United have lacked invention in the centre of the park even after the signing of Paul Pogba. Another creative midfielder could really help the team to become more fluid and get the ball from back to front more quickly in a 4-3-3 with a defensive midfielder at the base and Pogba alongside another conjurer.
Two fullbacks are also apparently on the menu according to The Guardian. There’s been a lot of talk about Manchester United signing Alex Sandro from Juventus. The flying left back is his prime and could provide much more attacking threat than Ashley Young has in the last season. He’s also a natural left-footer.
At right back Manchester United have regularly been linked with Brazilian Fabinho although neither of the aforementioned fullbacks made the Brazil World Cup squad this summer.
A right-winger is also on the menu and Chelsea’s Willian has often been mooted as a possible addition to this Manchester United squad. But we’d love to see Gareth Bale join the club and although his stock has seemingly risen at Real Madrid recently he will surely not end his career at the club.