Keeping in mind the previous post about who should go, there’s the need to replace the outgoing players.
- PETER CECH
With Lloris’ impending availability, it might raise a few eyebrows as to why Cech should be my De Gea replacement. The basis of my argument has been centered on experience. Flash back a few years ago when Van der Sar was unveiled as a united player. At 35, he was being touted as the ideal replacement for Peter Schmeichel. This feat had not been impossible since the latter left. However Van Der Saar went from stride and stride and was definitely at the centre of our ’08 Champions League winning season in which he was named the goalkeeper of the year and went ahead to set a new record, 1311 minutes without conceding a goal. He is right up there as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Cech is 33 and unlike Van Der Saar, he has a greater Premier League experience. With the Czech international also seeking regular playing time as he nears the penultimate stages of his career, United should definitely look to capture his signature.
- NICOLAS OTAMENDI
Not alot of people have watched the Argentine in action but I have watched quite a number of Valencia’s games and its for this reason that he makes my list. Nico has had a fantastic season with the Spanish outfit and their return to Champions League can largely be attributed to the way they were defensively organised at the back as only barcelona and Atletico Madrid conceded less. Nico also managed to bag himself 6 league goals in 35 appearances which is not a bad return for a defender. This also clearly portrays his strength in the air to win balls and heading accuracy too. With reports suggesting that the player himself is also keen to a switch to Old Trafford, Van Gaal should let the purse strings loose and snap up the £35m rated Centre Back.
- IKAY GUNDOGAN.
Many are the times when he have been previously linked to the German but a move never materialised. Gundogan is definitely what we need to solve our midfield frailties. The German powerhouse has had his fair share of injuries but he has looked anew ever since his return. 23 League appearances with three goals and four assists is a decent return considering his position. With Carrick in and out due to injuries, Ikay would be a good buy as his presence will give the manager the opportunity for squad rotation so as to avoid fatigue as the two players are very similar in their style of play.
With Dortmund also announcing that he wont stay beyond the summer, we face competition from the likes of Barcelona to land his signature but his arrival will no doubt be a welcome addition to the team.
- NATHANIEL CLYNE
After last summer’s Southampton raid, it would be safe to assume Soton is a no-go zone. However for me Clyne has shown somee consistency over the past two seasons and he would be a sure fit at United. Clyne’s tackling ability is also top notch and his tenacity is something I greatly admire. His dribbling skills are also ok and he has been known to get past fullbacks. His burst of speed is also top notch and easily wins most foot races. He also has a good right foot that can whip in the balls in his stride. 35 appearances and 2 goals probably doesn’t tell the whole story but Clyne is certainly one to watch.
- KARIM BENZEMA
The last one and perhaps the most unlikely. However, he is my first choice striker. There is not really much that people don’t know if the Frenchman. I have always felt that Benzema is one underrated forward. In a team largely headlined by the likes of Ronaldo, Bale and James, Benzy has been able to hold his worth. 29 league games, 15 goals and 10 assists, 9 Champions League games with 6 goals and one assist. There is no way you can convince me that he is not world class. At 27, Benzema still has some decent years of football ahead. He has been hit by injuries this half of the campaign but I felt that Ancelotti rushed him back to the team and with the right care, he will certainly be fit.
I regard him as the best link up striker in Europe. His movements on and off the ball are what makes the likes of Ronaldo grab the headlines. The ability to take defenders on and beat them, a lethal shot power, great heading accuracy and the strength of a horse; ladies and gentlemen you have the perfect Premier League striker at your disposal.
Under new management, United should seek to test Madrid’s resolve. With reports that Benitez is tracking Aguero, we should certainly try our luck by launching a bid in the region of £40m. Alternatively, we can engage in a player swap involving David De Gea.
Its a pretty speculative list to some extent but with a summer-long transfer window ahead of us, nothing can be considered “impossible”