JB378Firstly, in the number 9 role Van Persie is our number 1 striker, however he is very injury prone and I doubt that he will ever have the same impact on a team again. So after this, I believe the team have 2 good strikers in Welbeck and Hernandez. Hernandez is a natural goal scorer when given the supply and welbeck has a high work rate and is a catalyst in making things happen, although he needs to refine his finishing to become world class.
Secondly we have the number 10 role. We have 3 very good players in Rooney, Mata and Kagawa that operate primarily in this playmaker position. With 3 players fighting for one position, I personally think Kagawa is the least effective. He is a very technically sound player, but suits the Borussia Dortmund style of pay that he was so good at. If possible I would keep him as a squad player, but assuming he wants first team football, I would sell Kagawa. After him comes Mata. Now, Mata is a worldclass player, but so is Rooney. And I think Rooney is vital to Manchester United's attacks as he can dictate the play in the final third with precise and imaginative passing in a way that is more direct and purposeful than Mata can. Having said this, Mata is an extremely good player, and I believe that if he learnt the defensive side of the game, would slot in perfectly into the Scholes magician role.
Alongside Mata or Carrick I would potentially buy a top, top midfielder in either Gundogan or Vidal. I have seen limited amount of these players but they seem a good fit in the team as they are well rounded performers and tie up the loose ends of our midfield.
Thirdly I come to the wingers. Manchester United's philosophy includes the use of fast tricky wingers, getting to the byline and supplying our forwards.I think under David Moyes this really lacked as the wingers had too many defensive duties. I think two fast pace winger with the mentality of attack would really make the team exciting to watch and ultimately, better. This would come in the form of Valencia, who is not what he use to be, but is still very effective. His understudy would be Zaha who is an exciting young talent, that if given the time on the training ground, could become a important player. On the left we would have Januzaj, a player that really excites me. He is not scared to take on players which reminds me of Giggs and Ronaldo. He has great technique and reasonably good decision making. I think next season he will become a world star and fully expect him to achieve 20+ goals if played.
Full backs play an integral part of "The United Way". Under Sir Alex Ferguson, full backs relished the chance to bomb forward and create the overload. I think the new manager should put emphasis on this in the form of overlaps/underlaps etc. For this I would purchase Luke Shaw and Seamus Coleman. Two young attacking full backs that have proven themselves in the Premier League this season. Especially Coleman, who under Roberto Martinez has really made significant steps to perfecting the role.
Central defense is my greatest worry. With Vidic leaving and Ferdinand losing concentration at times this season, I think a new look defense is needed. I do not personally think Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are good enough to be first choice defenders, especially when you come up against the likes of Luis Suarez. Phil Jones on the other hand is one of my favourite players. He is not the most gifted on the ball, but makes up for this with his work rate and passion for football. I think a season sticking to one position would really develop him. I would then buy 2 more centre backs, one young such as De Vrij or Musacchio and one experienced world class defender such as Thiago Silva (maybe an ambitious suggestion). I think with an experienced defender who is still in his prime, the younger defenders could increase tenfold.
In net we are safe in the hands of De Gea who I predict to become the worlds best.
Finally I would like to talk about the backroom staff. Manchester United is different, No other team has won a treble with so many homegrown players. This class of 92 need to be on the coaching staff, this would create a real aura around the club, as close to Alex Fergusons as you could get. They're passionate about the club and know how it should be run. If the next manager is to be Van Gaal or Laurent Blanc, I would suggest keeping Giggs as an assistant manager, he is most certainly, one for the future.
nvrNever a truer word said about van Persie.
Joe423Mata's a better number 10 than Rooney and there's no point in playing him deeper where he isn't comfortable. Valencia isn't good enough and Januzaj is better on the right so a left winger is a priority signing. Everyone keeps talking about "The United Way" but the style is very archaic and having Rooney and RVP up front is one of the problems that Man Utd have so it would be far better to have them rotate. Getting Van Gaal will be fantastic for Utd as they'll finally modernise and go back to the more European style of football that brought them success from 06-09.
JB378Rooney is far better than Mata in the number 10, maybe Valencia isn't good enough but Januzaj much better on the left, he is half the player on the right, he played the whole game against Southampton out there and did nothing.
Joe423What makes Rooney a better number 10 than Mata? He's a better deep lying forward, but that's a different role. Mata's technically far better, has a better touch and is a far better passer. He's also takes up much better positions for the midfield to get the ball into him and makes the side more fluid. Rooney's a good striker but he isn't a better number 10 than Mata. Januzaj might have been bad in the Southampton game but he played the same position against Hull and was the best player on the park and from there he can cut in onto his stronger foot and Rafael can overlap him.