David Moyes has taken the toughest job in world football – replacing the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. The former Everton boss inherits a Premier League winning squad full of talent and a transfer kitty that he has never been used to at Goodison Park. With the aim for next season sure to be retaining the Premier League title, and putting a challenge in for the Champions League, smart moves in the transfer market are needed this summer.
Online betting for UK punters suggest that Moyes will return to his former club to sign one or two players. Big names such as Gareth Bale and former Old Trafford favourite Cristiano Ronaldo would certainly be welcomed by all of us, but more cost-effective purchases can be expected, even if United’s impressive revenues keep paying off the debt.
Most United fans would agree that Leighton Baines would be a sensible signing, given that Patrice Evra lacks competition and is getting older. The England left-back has been one of the most consistent performers in his position in the Premier League over a number of seasons, and has a fantastic blend of defensive and attacking attributes to make him a hit at Old Trafford.
However, one of Moyes’ firm favourites is Marouane Fellaini, who also looks destined for a move to a bigger club in the near future. The Belgian offers the versatility of playing as an attacking weapon behind a striker or in the centre of the park as an enforcer. However, he sees himself in a central midfield role and that is where United need the most reinforcement, with Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverly the only two long-term first-choice central midfielders at the club.
As a central midfield enforcer, Fellaini’s attributes would be a perfect complement to Carrick’s vision and ability. His swashbuckling approach and defiance to take second best against talented opponents is just what we need to be more competitive in the centre of the park. The Belgian could insert the energy, work-rate and industry needed to add urgency to United’s play when they don’t have the ball.
Should Moyes decide to sign Fellaini, it would not be the big-name addition to strike fear into the hearts of opponents. But like the best signings, he would fit into the squad well and with Moyes’ help, he could be a world-class midfielder for the club for the next 7 years.