Untested Potential vs Expensive Superstars: Who should Manchester United target next season?


Manchester United’s transfer plans will once again make headlines after a less than satisfactory 2015/16 season. The Red Devils are yet to sort out their managerial issues with Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho fighting to be in charge at Old Trafford next season.

Despite the internal tussles, United are constantly linked with players all around Europe, be it the promising future superstars or the already established names. Having said, United missed out on signing Renato Sanches after the Portuguese sensation penned a 5-year deal with Bayern Munich, much to the despair of Man United supporters.

Seeing the frustration among the United faithfuls, I wonder if they even needed a signing like Sanches. The 18-year old is extremely talented I get that part, but Man United’s academy is also filled with talented youngsters who are ready to make their mark.

Not only academy, Van Gaal’s current team revolves around Anthony Martial (20) and Marcus Rashford (18). Add to that Jesse Lingard (23), Memphis Depay (22) and Luke Shaw (20) are expected to be a big part for the first team next season.

With these many youngsters present and plenty waiting to come through the ranks, Manchester United need to shift their transfer strategies and look to sign established players who can lead them back to winning ways.

In recent weeks, we have heard Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pierre Emerick-Aubemeyang, Toni Kross, Raphael Varane and other proven stars being linked with a move to Old Trafford.

They will surely demand big bucks to play for Manchester United next season considering the slim prospects of Champions League. However, Ed Woodward’s team needs to pull off these signings to put United back on the road to European dominance.

They can no longer rely on youth and only youth to bail them out of tough situations. They are there to add a degree of mobility and excitement but to expect them to be the match-winners week-in-week-out is rather unfair on those kids.

For all his goals, Anthony Martial will indeed be relieved to see another goal scorer alongside him. If there is a striker to share his goal-scoring duties, Martial will be even more effective for Manchester United. The upcoming transfer window holds a huge key in determining how will The Red Devils play next season, regardless of whoever is the man in charge.

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