Having already secured the services of Wilfred Zaha, Guillermo Varela, and if reports are to be believed Kevin Strootman, United have already strengthened their squad with yet another batch of exciting, potential stars. However, with players like Nani and Anderson appearing to be on the way out, and speculation over the future of Wayne Rooney, more signings could well be on the cards. Here are five players that could have an immediate impact as the Red Devils prepare to defend their title.
Leighton Baines has been the stand out Premier League performer at left back this season. His attacking mindset, fantastic set piece ability and maturity in defence has cemented his place in the England squad and prompted many to call for his selection over world class veteran Ashley Cole. He would unquestionably provide fierce competition to an ageing Patrice Evra, and clearly new manager David Moyes rated him very highly during his time at Everton. Despite this, at 28 yrs old he is not exactly an investment for the future and United may prefer to opt for a younger player with big potential such as Southampton’s Luke Shaw.
Lewandowski’s prolific form this season has seen him become one of the most sought after strikers in Europe, particularly after his role in Dortmund’s 4 -1 thrashing of Real Madrid. Despite Dortmund having reached the Champions League final this season they are struggling to keep hold of their best players and Lewandowski is reported to be the next player on the verge of leaving, with United tipped as a possible destination. With Rooney odds on to leave in the summer Lewandowski, who has been personally praised by Sir Alex Ferguson, would be a fantastic replacement and could well follow Shinji Kagawa in a move from the Westfalenstadion to Old Trafford. Competitions for his signature will be fierce however as European Champions Bayern Munich are also interested.
A surprising link to United has emerged for ex Arsenal Player Cesc Fabregas. Having allowed him a move to North London at 16 yrs old, the Barcelona academy player returned to his home club in 2011 where he was immediately a fan favourite. However, this season has been a different story as the Barcelona fans have become frustrated with the midfielder, accusing him of putting in a lack of effort. Whether this is the case, or whether he is being used as a scapegoat for an overall less impressive Barca team this season is debatable. Still he is clearly a player with phenomenal talent and would, along with Stootman, bring a touch of world class to a United midfield that has been quite average over the past few years.
Premier League Player of the Year, Tottenham Hotspur’s talisman has scored 26 goals this season and has been linked with the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. With Spurs failing to secure Champions League football for next season a move looks likely and most reports suggest that that move will be abroad. Madrid has shown significant interest and are reportedly preparing a huge bid to bring him to the Spanish capital. Despite this, there is a chance that Manchester United could become the surprise destination for the Welsh Wizard. The Premier League champions have a history of signing whoever is the best player in the league at the time, and Bale would clearly be a fantastic signing for any club. The enormous £70m price tag may be off putting though to a club that does not like to be ripped off financially.
It is often said that you should never go backwards. Nostalgia tends to makes things seem sweeter than they were, and an old favourite returning to a former club is rarely that successful. The exception to this must surely be Ronaldo. Arguably the best player in the world, he is simply an unstoppable force and would undoubtedly fit easily back into the Premier League and continue to be a prolific scorer. His strength and pace as well as his indescribable technical ability make him certain to be a success wherever he plays. No one would argue, even at 28 yrs, old that Ronaldo would not be a sensible signing, and the fact that he is currently refusing to sign a new contract with Real Madrid suggests that a move could be on the cards, with Manchester surely the destination.