Summer Needs 2021 – Man Utd

Talent wise United are not far from a serious title challenge next season, the incomings if made in the right areas will determine this.
With the Sancho deal to be finalised now he’s finished with EURO2020, his arrival is more of a vanity project than a pressing requirement. Forward players are something Man U possess in abundance, of course he offers something different to the current talent pool, possibly Greenwood will play more centrally. Cavani will probably not stay past next season but he has shown management and for fans going forward they need a focal point up top who can deliver goals  whilst creating for the team. If Greenwood cannot fill that role then this time next year a mega star No9 will be the summer need.

The jigsaw pieces for this forthcoming seasons title tilt lay in defence and midfield, in particular a centre back and defensive midfielder. Lindelof and Bailly are able squad/rotation players but a pacy, ball playing defender to slot alongside Maguire to create a partnership in the moulds of Bruce/Pallister and Vidic/Ferdinand from years gone by. If John Stones wasn’t at City he would be ideal man to be brought in! Two names linked have been Varane and Pau Torres, the young Spaniard would be the better option, younger and cheaper. Varane was a mega talent a few years ago but his form has been patchy for quite a while, class is permanent but is he actually class?  The full back slots are ably covered by promising academy products Axel and Williams plus Telles.
McTominay is the clubs top DM after his performances last term, Fred and Matic will have to settle for a squad role while Van De Beek who showed with Ajax his best role is as a No6 surely will be given a fair chance going forward. Paul Pogba was amazing this summer for France but his future and best position are unclear. His contract runs out next Summer, do they cash in on a man who when played as a DM wants to be a 10 and when played further forward wants to be deep. His antics regarding best position remind me of Wayne Rooney while at United. If they let him go it’s beneficial financially and make team selection clearer for Ole. Someone like Soucek would be a interesting option, he’s shown his a threat in both boxes aerially but also competes at a high level, would West Ham be interested in a swap deal involving Lingaard?

The final decision is with their goalkeeper, they need to make one of De Gea or Henderson No1 and let the other guy leave while a decent fee can be received. Both deserve first team football and dissension will be caused if both remain.

My worry for United this summer is players like Tripper or Camavinga will be brought in for high fees when the positions they play in are covered already while areas of need are ignored and filled by men who have shown they are not up to the required level.