Manchester United have had a torrid start to the season with many fans questioning Moyes’ leadership skills but the sale of Anderson to Fiorentina is the start of Moyes turning United around. At the moment, the squad consists solely of Sir Alex Ferguson’s players (apart from Fellaini). Moyes hasn’t yet put his stamp on the job.
The main topic of news at the moment is who Moyes is going to buy but in reality, it is just important who the Scot decides to let go.
At the back, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic look to be coming to the end of their careers along with Patrice Evra who looks likely to move back to Monaco. For me, these defensive losses wouldn’t be as drastic as most United fans think. Evra hasn’t been himself all season and as for Rio and Vida, their unbreakable defensive partnership looks to be all but over. To United, their presence in the dressing room would be the biggest loss.
Going forward, a new left back is essential. Fabio Coentrao looks the most likely to come in with Southampton’s Luke Shaw another option after growing into the left back role for the Saints.
Meanwhile in midfield, Nani is reportedly close to a move to Valencia. Apart from that, it’s looking likely that Moyes will stick with his current crop of midfielders but will certainly look to add to them either this month or in the summer.
After being seen at the Calgari Juventus game on Sunday, it is believed that Moyes is interested in buying back French midfielder and former red Paul Pogba. Since being sold in 2012, the former Le Havre starlet has excelled at Juventus with many labelling him as the future of the French national team – big expectations on young shoulders but just by watching him, it’s easy to understand why.
Wayne Rooney‘s future has oncec again come into the spotlight recently with the press reporting that he is refusing to sign a new contract until United’s final league position is sealed and that would cause a big problem for Moyes. Not just because of Rooney’s class but because he’d be available on the cheap and could quite comfortably sign for any of United’s rivals as he’d be a free agent. If United achieve a top four place, it is likely that Rooney would sign a new contract but if they don’t, who knows what could happen.
Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez’s future is also in doubt. The ‘little pea’ has failed to impress this season and along with the superb form of Danny Welbeck, Hernandez has become Moyes’ fourth choice striker.
With Nick Powell impressing at Wigan, Moyes may look to make some funds available with the sale of Hernandez and give some of the youth talent a go. Replacement wise, long term target Robert Lewandowski has just recently signed a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich meaning he is ultimately out of the running to replace Hernandez.
Moyes may look to go with a cheaper option much closer to home. Saido Berahino has been scoring goals for fun when given the chance at West Brom. He is an England Under-21 international and is slowly building himself a reputation for being one of the best poachers in the league.
If Moyes decided to spend big on a striker, it would be hard to doubt the credibility of Real Madrid’s French international Karim Benzema. Benzema has most recently been touted as a replacement for Lewandowski at Dortmund.
The club is in transition and so are the players. The transfer windows are a perfect time for Moyes to rubber stamp him authority on the club, something which he needs to do. Once he does that, I’ve no doubt in my mind that he will lead the club onto bigger and better things.