An Analysis of the Man Utd Squad.

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When Man Utd won the Premier League last year, it felt like this may be the beginning of the end of an era of dominance which not many others teams could even dream of replicating.  That statement may seem like a bit extreme, because after all Utd had just won the Premier League for the 13th time in dominant fashion, but there were cracks beginning to show already.

The biggest loss this summer for Utd is blatantly obvious; you do not lose a manager of Sir Alex Ferguson’s quality and have it not affect the quality of the squad or the performance of the team.  I like David Moyes as Fergie’s replacement and I think he will do a good job, however it isn’t easy to replace the best manager in the world (I’m bias, I love Fergie).

Man Utd haven’t really lost that much else so far this summer, excluding the retirement of Paul Scholes, who couldn’t stay fit last season and was at best a squad player when he was.  All in all, excluding his experience in training, Scholes retiring isn’t that much of a loss to Utd.

Now all the talk in the paper which cannot be ignored is about Wayne Rooney and his future at Manchester United (even I wrote something https://bm23sportsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/the-wayne-rooney-dilemma/).  Regardless of where he goes, Rooney going would be a big loss to the squad.  Although last season Rooney played second fiddle to RVP he was still a major part of the team and played an important (but smaller than usual) role.  To sell Rooney (I’m assuming they are) and not bring in a replacement would be unforgivable.

Now onto the actual squad, I will break it into positions (GK, RB, CM, etc).

 

Goalkeeper

David De Gea showed last season what a great goalkeeper he is, and was voted the best keeper in the league last year (and well deserved too).  He is an excellent shot stopper, has great athleticism and has the best distribution I have seen from a keeper.  There are still concerns about his aerial ability but he is getting better and definitely isn’t getting bullied the way he used to.  He played fantastically in the Under 21 Euro Championship and was a vital part of the excellent Spain team which won it.  He has a very bright future.

Anders Lindegaard is a fantastic back-up goalkeeper, the problem with him however is that he thinks that he has the abilities of a starting goalkeeper (which he hasn’t).  I’m not sure if he is even going to be at Utd at the start of the season (he wants away) but he would not be a major loss.

Ben Amos and Sam Johnstone are two young keepers who could take that step up and fill the back-up role if Lindegaard were to leave.

Utd are set at goalkeeper, the only question is whether or not Lindegaard will be there at the start of the season.

 

Right Back

Rafael was probably the best right back in the Premier League last season (sorry Zabaleta), and has really grown as a performer.  There are no real issues with Rafael as a starter other than he isn’t the best defender, but you can get away with that as a full back.

Guillermo Varela is (so far) Man Utd’s only signing of the season.  I’m not sure whether or not he is a good player (although I have heard good things), and there is talk that he may be loaned back out to South America.

Fabio can play either left or right back, but realistically (if he is still at the club by the start of the season) he will be at best a squad player.  The talk was that if QPR hadn’t been relegated then Fabio would no longer be a Man Utd player, and it wouldn’t surprise me if another club came in for him.

With Rafael and one of the other players kept as a back-up, Utd are set for the season and shouldn’t have any serious problems unless Rafael receives a serious injury.

 

Left Back

Patrice Evra is now 32 (old for a full back), and if I had written this before last season I would have talked about how Utd need to sign Leighton Baines (the best left back in the league) because Evra has lost it, however Evra had quite possibly his best season at Man Utd last year.  Regardless of Evra’s good play last year, Utd have flirted with the potential of buying Baines (once again).  It isn’t a surprise; if you have a chance of getting the best left back in the league then you have to go for it, plus who knows if Evra last season was a one off?  To get Baines Utd will have to pay around £15 million (quite expensive for a 28 year old left back); this will likely mean the end of Evra at Utd (Monaco are apparently interested), which would be sad because he is an important member of the dressing room (vice-captain).

Alex Buttner is nothing but a back-up and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  He is immense going forward (for a left back) but cannot defend to save his life, still a decent back-up to have though).

There is a great level of uncertainty at left back for Utd.  If Baines does come in then Evra will go, if Baines doesn’t join then Evra will start, which will create greater uncertainty about his level of performance.

 

Centre Back

Nemanja Vidic had a difficult injury plagued season last year and I’d expect more of the same this season as well.  Vidic is still a quality centre back (one of the best in the world) but he can only play at most once a week; otherwise his knee injury will flare up again.  He is the captain and is an important figure in the dressing room and will still start in the big games, definitely worth having him around.

Rio Ferdinand is very similar to Vidic; he has injury problems and cannot play more than once a week.  Ferdinand showed last season that he is still able to play at the very top level of football and is still worth his place in the first team as well as the squad.  It is incredible to think that even with their injury problems Rio and Vidic when fit are still the first choice centre back pairing for Utd.

Jonny Evans is quite possibly my least favourite Man Utd player.  For years I have been asking why this man is still at this club, last season I found out.  I’m still not a huge fan, but I can respect the performances he consistently put in last year when only he and Rio were fit.  If it weren’t for Evans, Utd would not have won the title with such ease last season.

Chris Smalling only managed 22 appearances for Utd last season in an injury plagued year.  At 23 he is still a young player and has a lot of potential to fulfil.  I’d expect him to take a step up this season coming and become an integral part of the first team.

Phil Jones also only managed 24 appearances for Utd last season in an injury plagued year.  It is incredible to think that he is only 21, because he plays like a man much older.  Much like Chris Smalling, I’d expect Jones to take a step up this season and solidify the centre back position, to create a tandem with Smalling.

Man Utd are stacked at centre back, but last season each of the 5 centre backs had a long spell out injured.  If that were to happen again this season then it could be a concern, however it is fairly unlikely.  Although at the start of the season I’d expect Vidic and Rio to be the starting duo, I’d hope and expect Jones and Smalling to begin to take control of the centre back tandem.  It is incredible to think that (in my opinion) Jonny Evans is Utd’s 5th best centre back, especially when he would start for most other teams in the league.   It will also be interesting to see if Michael Keane is able to make a larger impact this season, after he spent the second half of last season on loan at Leicester.

 

Right Midfield

Antonio Valencia used to be the epitome of consistency out on the right wing, however last season this was not the case.  It was unusual watching Valencia last season; he couldn’t cross the ball, he couldn’t beat players to the line and he lost his powerful shot, three things in prior seasons he was known for.  Valencia’s form picked up towards the end of the season, but not to the extent where you thought that he was playing well.  The hope naturally is that Valencia returns to his form of old, and it is reasonable to assume that he probably will.  However Valencia is very much a confidence player and his play this coming season will very much depend on how much confidence he has.

Wilfried Zaha was the last signing of the Alex Ferguson era and he looks like he will be a good one.  If you watched Zaha last season for Crystal Palace, then you will realise why Man Utd were willing to pay £10 million (with potential for another £5 million).  Wilfried Zaha’s performance was out of this world in the play-offs, if it weren’t for him then we would probably be seeing Watford in the Premier League this year instead of Crystal Palace.  Zaha was so dominant on a big stage that any fears that people could’ve had about him not being able to take the step up to Utd were quashed.  Zaha has also had a very strong pre-season performance and looks like he will be able to have an instant impact on the Man Utd first team.

Adnan Januzaj and Jesse Lingard are two players that aren’t household names yet, but they look like they could be the future of Man Utd.  Much like Zaha, Lingard and Januzaj have had excellent pre-season tournaments.  Lingard is a local lad (Warrington) and Januzaj is another off the Belgian production line.  It will be interesting to see if either gets a serious chance to make an impact on the first team, after all David Moyes does have a great history of bringing through young talent (Rooney, Rodwell, Coleman, among others).

 

Left Midfield

Ashley Young had a poor season last year, it was hampered badly with a string of injuries (only played 21 games) and when he did manage to play, it was generally inconsistent.  When Young signed for Utd, it looked like he was ready to take the step up.  However he hasn’t really been able to make the transition from Aston Villa as well as was thought.  Maybe it isn’t fair to criticise Young (because he has struggled to maintain fitness), but this is a make or break season for him.  If he struggles this year, then it is likely that he won’t be at Utd by the start of next season.

The most surprising thing about Nani is that he is still actually at Man Utd.  There are a lot of rumours about where he could be going, but nothing has actually happened yet.  With only a year left on his contract and out of favour at Utd, Nani is working on lost time and it is only a matter of time until he leaves.  The real question about Nani is how much Utd will be able to sell him for, anywhere between £8 and 10 million would be fairly good.

Bebe (who I forgot about) is apparently still employed by Man Utd.  He will go down as one of the worst signings Fergie ever made, to the extent where I really don’t know where he plays, although I believe he is a winger (no idea what side), so there you go.

 

Centre Midfield

Michael Carrick had a great season last year and has solidified the central midfield position as his own.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that Carrick was the boo-boys favourite, and he has transformed himself into a fan favourite.  Carrick is an excellent passer of the ball (when given time, less so when being pressed) and will take one of the starting roles for Utd in centre midfield.  The question about Carrick isn’t so much about if he will play; it is more about who will play alongside him?  The problem at Utd currently, is that nobody knows.

When Anderson joined Man Utd, it looked like he may play at the heart of the midfield for the next 10+ years.  He had everything; he was fast, he could tackle, he was a great passer, he could marshal a midfield.  However despite all this Anderson has never been able to progress to that next level.  A large part of Anderson’s struggles have been his inability to stay fit, he has never had a strong run of games in a Utd shirt.  I think he deserves another chance under Moyes, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was not at Utd by the end of the transfer window.

Tom Cleverley (almost out  of nowhere) looked like he was Utd’s saviour in the centre of the pitch at the start of 2011-12, but like many of Utd’s best central midfield talent he has struggled to stay fit since.  Cleverley isn’t currently good enough to start first-team for Utd, but is a very useful squad player to have.  The only negatives that I can come up with for Cleverley is his lack of goals and his lack of fitness, if he could fix both of these areas he could have a bright future.

Darren Fletcher would be the perfect man to partner Michael Carrick in the centre of midfield.  He is great at breaking up play, is an under rated passer and has bags of energy.  Sadly for Fletcher (and Utd) he has a chronic bowel illness and it has kept him out of consistently playing since 2010-11.  There isn’t much you can say about Fletcher, if he were to be able to make it back then he would slot perfectly back into the first team, but sadly I also wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to retire, which is a shame because he has lost at least 2 years of his prime and could lose more.

Ryan Giggs is now very much a central midfielder, after all he is 39 and winger’s go off the boil at about 33.  Giggs is a squad player now and once again showed at the back end of last season, that he is still very capable of making an impact, often keeping younger players out of the starting 11.  Giggs made 32 appearances last season (an incredible amount for someone of his age) and finished the season very strongly; however his form in the first half of the season was so poor that it seemed that he may retire at the end of the season (looked like he had lost more than a couple of steps).  The evergreen Giggs is now a player-coach, and his influence and experience in the dressing room is invaluable.

Shinji Kagawa started his first season at Manchester United with massive expectation on his shoulders.  Not only was he the first Japanese player to play for Utd (massive Japanese fan base), he was also a star are Borussia Dortmund in both their Bundesliga winning seasons.  To say he didn’t live up to expectations would be fair enough.  However to be fair to Kagawa, he was often forced to play out on the wing (not his position), and had a couple of niggling injuries as well.  Kagawa still managed to score 6 goals in 20 Premier League games, which is not a bad return.  Kagawa has been the star of Utd’s pre-season tour of South East Asia & Australia, and has been playing in his more natural position of just off the striker.  If Utd were to get this Kagawa, or the Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund then it will be as good as a new signing, and he could take the Premier League by storm.  There were glimpses of Kagawa’s potential last season, it would be fair to assume that he will be a better player this coming season, and for me is the man to watch.

Nick Powell is the hot young thing which Man Utd bought last season from Crewe Alexandra.  It will be interesting to see if he will play more this season than he did last year, only managing 6 games (and 1 goal).  I was disappointed with Powell lack of playing time, and didn’t understand why he wasn’t sent out on loan to get more experience.  He is a talented young player and is still only 19; it will be intriguing to see if he becomes a bigger part of the Man Utd plans this season.

There is no doubt in my mind, that Manchester United’s central midfield is their greatest weakness.  Carrick apart, nobody currently at Utd sets the heather on fire or makes the heart race.  If Fletcher were to come back, then he would slip into the role nicely, however it would be unwise of Utd to rely on Fletcher and should rather expect him not to come back, and if he were to, treat it like a bonus.  It will also be interesting to see if Anderson or Cleverley will step up, I have my doubts.  The man I expect to make the biggest improvement from last year is Shinji Kagawa.  I expect Kagawa to have a breakthrough year and set the league on fire, although I think this will only happen if he were to play off the front (a position currently held mainly by Wayne Rooney).  I would also say that the wings are an area of uncertainty.  If you were to ask me prior to pre-season I would have said that Utd would have to sign at least 1 winger to replace Nani (and maybe Young), after pre-season (and I don’t like to read too much into pre-season) I have high hopes for Zaha (which I expected), Lingard (which I didn’t expect) and Januzaj (who I had heard very good things about).

 

Striker

Robin Van Persie was the Premier League’s top scorer last year and in some pundits opinion (not in mine) he was the difference between Utd and City last season.  Van Persie is one of the greatest strikers in the world (maybe the best) and is Man Utd’s best and star player.  The only blot on RVP’s copy book is his questionable fitness history.  RVP has missed large parts of his career with injury upon injury; he has however over the past two years had better fitness.  I fully expect RVP to be the starting striker at the beginning of the season.

Wayne Rooney was once the blue eyed boy at Utd, however after putting in his second transfer request it seems unlikely that he will be at the club by the end of the transfer window.  As I linked earlier in the post, I have written previously about this and the points made are still valid.  Even if Rooney were to stay, he would be unlikely to give 100% and would also likely be a cancer in the dressing room.

Javier Hernandez is the unluckiest man in Manchester.  For the past three seasons it doesn’t seem to matter what he does, he doesn’t get given the chance to regularly appear in the first team.  It isn’t because he doesn’t take his chances (he does), it isn’t because he doesn’t score off the bench (he does) and it isn’t because he doesn’t give his all (he does).  I feel sorry for Hernandez, it doesn’t seem to matter how well he does, and he still can’t get into the first team.  Last season, it didn’t matter how poorly Rooney played last year, he was still played in front of Hernandez.  Hernandez would then score off the bench and occasionally get a chance in the first team.  Inevitably he wouldn’t score and after one game was back to the bench, and the inconsistent Rooney was back in.  In many ways it is a make or break season for Hernandez, and the best thing that could happen to him is if Rooney were to leave and Utd were not to replace him.  Hernandez will either have a breakout season or another season of obscurity from the bench; I hope it is the prior.

Danny Welbeck is the bright young Manchester born youth system talent.  There aren’t many players in football, who have the energy or give the effort that Welbeck does.  He gives everything for the cause and never stops running.  There is one problem with Welbeck’s play, and if you’re a striker it is pretty important as well; the boy doesn’t score enough goals.  Two seasons ago he scored 12 goals in 39 appearances (not too bad for your first year); last year he scored 2 goals (yes two) in 39 appearances, which is not acceptable for a striker.  Welbeck is great at playing in games where Utd are sitting deep and they need someone to stretch the pitch, Welbeck however is useless at games where the opposing team sit deep and Utd have to play tightly, sadly for Welbeck the majority of teams Utd play sit deep.  If Welbeck were to become more prolific in front of goal, then he could make a large impact on the team.

Angelo Henriquez is a bit of a wild card in the Man Utd squad, it is unclear whether he will actually have an impact on the team at all or if he will be loaned out (like last season).  If Rooney were to leave then perhaps Henriquez would be able to step up and take the 4th striking position in the squad (it is unlikely).  It is interesting to note that Henriquez only managed to play in 8 games for a Wigan team that got relegated; it is also interesting to note that Henriquez is one of only four players in the Utd squad to have won the FA Cup.

Federico Macheda is another player in the Utd squad who id dead weight.  One of the most surprising things about Macheda is that he had such an impact in the 2008-09 season, so much so that he looked like he was bound to become a star, he hasn’t.  It seems that Macheda is doomed to live under the shadow of his two goals against Aston Villa.

If Rooney were to stay at Utd, then Utd would have the best strike force in the league.  If Rooney were to go, then it would be interesting to see what Utd do.  There are two options; firstly to keep the strikers they have and move Hernandez into a more prominent role, or secondly to go out and sign a high profile player to fill the gap left by Rooney.

 

Conclusion

Man Utd have great (and the best in the league) quality and depth in nets, defence and (currently, although I imagine not for long) up front.  The major area of concern is in midfield, both in the centre and on the wings.  The centre of midfield is the main area of concern for Utd, beyond Carrick there really isn’t much else there, and what is there lacks consistency.  The wide positions are also a concern because of the amount of youth and the lack of experience which the players who are currently in the squad have.  There is also doubt over left back, it will be interesting to see if Utd stick with Evra or decide to sign Baines.  There is also the obvious concern over the future of Wayne Rooney, in a saga that seem like it will last the whole of the summer.

As far as rumoured transfers go, there has been serious talk over Fabregas, Baines, Fellaini and Bale.  I think Baines will likely sign (which means the end of Evra).  If you had asked me a few days ago, I would have said that Fabregas would be joining as well, but since Barca’s new manager started it now seems less likely.  I do think it will still happen (for £35 million) and would be the perfect signing to fill a major whole in the heart of midfield.  Fellaini to me seems like the fall back player in case Utd aren’t able to sign Fabregas.  Much like Fabregas, Fellaini would fill a much needed whole in the centre of the pitch.  I’d love to see Bale at Utd, it would be a dream.  However I don’t think it is very likely, and if he were to join a team this transfer window I imagine it will be Real Madrid.  There has also been some conversation about Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Man Utd, it is however unlikely (even if Real do sign Bale), and it is more likely that Ronaldo is just posturing to receive a wage increase.

It is important for Utd to sign new players to add to the squad (especially if Rooney leaves), a centre midfielder (could probably do with a holding midfielder and a technical midfielder) is a must and another striker (if Rooney leaves) would be nice.  Beyond that the Utd squad is very strong, and barring massive injury problems should be able to handle the long season without any major problems.

I expect Man Utd’s current squad to line-up like this:

De Gea

Rafael   Ferdinand   Vidic    Evra

Valencia   Carrick   Jones    Zaha

Kagawa

RVP

 

I hope that Moyes is looking to promote some of the youth players from the under 21 squad and give them their first chance at playing in the first team.  A club, who brings their first team players through the ranks consistently, is a club that generally will have success (Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Man Utd).

Overall I think Utd will have a good season, but this year is not going to be as easy as last year.  With a new manager and their main competitors (Chelsea and Man City) becoming better teams already, Utd will need to get off to a quick start to keep the media off their backs.  To win the league and compete in Europe though, Utd must sign at least one central midfielder and if Rooney leaves, another striker is a must as well.

 

Leave a comment on what you think of the current Utd squad, what you think of the Utd’s potential transfer targets or how well you think Utd will do this upcoming season.  All comments are welcome and fully appreciated.

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Author: bm23reviews

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8 thoughts on “An Analysis of the Man Utd Squad.”

  1. I agree with most of what you said. However, to say that Man Utd has the best attack, perhaps there’s a tiny bit of bias there? Man City have Negredo, Jovetic, Dzeko and Aguero…that takes some beating! Possibly the best set of 4 forwards in the Premiership since United in ’99, although admittedly Negredo and Jovetic are untested in this league. I mostly agree with what you consider United’s best team, I can’t help feeling though that Kagawa may be played out of position again to accomodate Rooney, while Cleverley I think will play more than Jones in midfield. That said they’re likely to buy someone, it looks like Cesc is first choice, Fellaini is second, but I’m surprised none of the top 5 or 6 teams have looked at Cabaye, he would not look out of place in a Champions League team for sure.

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    1. I think Utd with Rooney has a better strike force, mainly because all four players have at least 3 years experience. Negrego and Jovetic haven’t played in the league yet so could potentially struggle, Dzeko has show that he is at best a squad player and I think Aguero is pure class. If Rooney were to leave and not be replaced then I would agree that City have the best strike force.

      I hope Kagawa isn’t played out of position as I feel it would be a waste of his talent, I have high hopes though because he has played behind the striker throughout pre-season. The cm position next to Carrick was almost a throw a dart decision. I could’ve made an arguement for any of the other cm at the club. I’d imagine that Utd will sign another cm and he will play there like you said.

      I think Utd need 2 cm’s for the depth required, preferably a creative and a holding/break up play midfielder. Cesc would be great, Fellaini for me still has question marks and there were rumours about Cabaye early in the transfer window but they seemed to have died down, which is a shame because like you I agree he is a Champions League level of player. If I could pick to midfielders to come to Utd though, I’d take Fabregas and Gundogan (from Dortmund), I think they both fit the Utd mould and would take Utd to that next level.

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      1. Fair does, I personally rate Dzeko really highly, his goals to minutes ratio seems to be superb, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s on a par with the likes of Solskjaer and Hernandez, although I’ll hold my hands up if this is wrong. He seems to do well in the big games too. Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly agree that he is used in somewhat of a squad player at City, but then again so is Hernandez at Man U.

        I have to say, I agree that Rafael was excellent last year, I’d say the 3rd best fullback in the league, after Baines and Zabaleta. Even Gary Neville admitted that Zabaleta was in his team of the year (I think).

        It will be really interesting to see how Rooney does this season. In his last 7 seasons, he has scored 14, 12, 12, 26, 11, 27 and 12, owing mainly to his numerous role changes from support striker to lead striker back to support striker / midfielder. The 14,12,12 was when Ronaldo was there (Ronaldo was the highest scorer in the league during this time); the 11 was when Berbatov was the Premier League’s top scorer, and the last 12 was when RVP was the Premier League’s top scorer. In the seasons where he is the ‘main man’, expect significant returns of mid-late 20s, but when he is the provider expect half of this, but also expect his teammate to benefit and score hatfuls. For this reason, he won’t be in my fantasy league team this year, but RVP shall be! It would be interesting to see Rooney buck the trend and get 20, but I don’t think that will happen.

        Come to think of it, how many times have there been two forwards on a team score 20 in a Premier League campaign? I remember Newcastle doing it in 93-94 (Beardsley-Cole) but can’t remember any others, although Chelsea had a midfielder and forward do it in 2009-10. I realise 20 in a season is not an easy thing to do, Anelka and Owen have never done it, and Andy Cole only did it once.

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      2. I think Dzeko is currently playing a very similar role to Hernandez, but who would you rather have in your team? For me it would be Hernandez every time.

        I wouldn’t have a problem with anyone saying that Baines (who I agree is the best full back in the league) or Zabaleta (who I though was a very close 2nd rb, but I feel Zabaleta has hit his ceiling, whereas Rafael still can improve) are better full backs.

        I have also looked at the Rooney stats before and been surprised that he had only scored over 20 in two seasons (it felt like more). I understand people will say that he sacrifices himself so others can score, but he was outscored by numerous midfielders last year, which isn’t acceptable for a second striker.

        I loved your statistic about Michael Owen, even after reading it I had to go and check if it were true, because it just sounds like it shouldn’t be.

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  2. Nice article. I was really surprised how weak United are out wide. It hadn’t dawned on me until I saw all the names written out like that.

    I do agree that we desperately need a CM to play alongside Carrick (who was outstanding last season). I also really hope Powell, Cleverly, Jones, Smalling and Zaha will get a decent chance to make an impact this season as they seem like potentially really class players.

    Finally, if Rooney goes (and I hope he does) I’d expect a big money signing to replace him.

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  3. A very interesting article, I’m by no means a Man U fan and don’t really follow Premiership football so it’s good to read a detailed report about their squad. I am however a massive England fan, and follow them all over the place. I’m constantly bemused that Welbeck gets a game with the national side, yet his international goalscoring record is considerably better than his club one, in fact I think he was out scored by virtually every outfield player last season. If I was a Man U fan I’d ask myself this “will Welbeck be able to come on and score if we’re 1-0 down with ten minutes to play?” The answer is no, so if Rooney leaves and Hernandez is promoted to the first team, you’ll need an impact striker (like Hernandez last season) otherwise I can see you dropping points in games you would have nicked last season. Oh and I love Moyse, I’ve rated him for years and reckon him moving to Man U could have been the best business of the summer.

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    1. Welbeck is an odd one, because his England record is very solid but his Utd record is incredibly inconsistent. I agree that you wouldn’t trust him coming on needing a goal, because he probably isn’t going to score one, and if Rooney were to leave (in my opinion) Utd must buy another striker.

      I like the Moyes signing as well, but I think he may need a year or two to settle into the job and I hope that he is given that time. He could also really do with the marquee signing, whether that’s a Ronaldo or a Fabregas doesn’t matter, he needs something.

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