For the RoM season review, several of the country’s top journalists gave their opinion on who they thought United should sign this summer.
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian
Well, the club can’t get rid of everyone. But there’s a long list of players who come up short. Fellaini will never be United-standard. Young is poor. I would be tempted to keep Nani and try to get him back to the player he was a few years ago. Hernandez is a good sub, if he can be persuaded to stay. Cleverley needs a new start.
I did a story about signing Cavani and was quite surprised by the reaction, ie mostly: ‘we don’t need him.’ I think you do. The top teams have that kind of player who can terrorise opponents and, as it stands, United don’t. Cavani was poor for PSG in the two Champions League games against Chelsea but I’ve got a mate at L’Equipe who says he has been really good this season. And we all saw him at Napoli.
Who else? A top centre-half to replace Vidic, another left-back, another central midfielder …but all the planning has been done with Moyes and who can really say whether Van Gaal is willing to go along with these names? At least this time, United and Ed Woodward have back-up lists in place in case they miss the top targets. One certainty: they need to splash some serious money.
Mark Ogden, The Telegraph
The office asked me to do a possible clear-out list and I ended up with sixteen players! Clearly, they can’t all leave, but a lot of highly-paid internationals will be looking over their shoulder this summer. I think even the likes of Michael Carrick could have an anxious wait to discover what happens next. I wouldn’t be surprised if they cut their losses on Fellaini too.
Who knows, maybe even Wayne Rooney might be moved on if Louis van Gaal doesn’t fancy him. Chelsea would still pay £30m for him and you have to question how much value United will get from him over the next four and a half years.
Darren Lewis, The Mirror
There isn’t too much wrong with the United attack. I’d start the surgery in the obvious areas – at the back and in midfield. Despite all the exotic names linked with the club I wouldn’t break the bank for too much youth just yet. I’d go for players with Premier League experience.
The Ajax centre-back Joel Veltman (22) is another talented player. He has just won the title with them and, if the new United boss is to be Louis van Gaal, he will know all about him having given Veltman his first international cap.
But then I also think Mats Hummels (25) is a super player. He’s hugely experienced having been at Bayern Munich, Dortmund and played 28 times for Germany.
Alex Song at Barcelona is still just 26 (27 in September) and would be decent in midfield. United need a destroyer. Song knows the Premier League from his Arsenal days and he won’t be as ludicrously priced as some of the other midfield names United have been linked with.
The Tottenham midfielder Paulinho (25) is not happy at the club despite only signing last summer. Again, he knows the League as we know.
The Fiorentina right-winger Juan Cuadrado is 25, very fast and also scores goals. And although Liverpool have opened the bidding for Southampton’s Adam Lallana (25), he too would be a good signing for United.
Henry Winter, The Telegraph
Get rid of? Have long have you got …Nani, Fletcher, Cleverley, Young.
Sign? How long have you got …Stones, Muller, Schweinsteiger (no chance).
To see what the journalists thought about Moyes, our best performing players, Fergie’s responsibility for the Moyes mistake, then check out the RoM season review.