Many pundits and experts have been busy discussing whether Manchester United still has what it takes to win “our” Barclays Premier League title back from the blue side of Manchester. United have made some very impressive transfer deals this summer and come May 19th 2013, the general feeling among many reds, if not all, is that we will be crowned as the new Premier League Champions. Make no mistake, we never quite hit our top gear last season yet still finished joint top so it’s not too surprising with the new arrivals plus players returning, confidence is high.
With both Kagawa and Van Persie brought in, we’ve managed to tie up deals for two of the best talents in German and English football for a fee less than 35 million as reported. Questions have been asked whether they are exactly the players we need. While Kagawa offers us a different dimension, the capture of RvP takes the much needed pressure off our main talisman, Wayne Rooney. Since Ronnie’s departure to Madrid, we have been over reliant on Rooney to score major portion of our goals.
There have been conflicting reports about RvP’s fee. Telegraph and Daily Mail have reported 15 million to be paid upfront with add ons. 15 million for Premier League’s top goal scorer is a brilliant coup. With RvP in the squad, not only do we have another proven goal scorer (RvP has contributed to around 30 goals in his 3 of last 4 seasons), it also provides competition to Rooney, a thing which should keep him up on his toes. Barring injuries and personal issues, Rooney has always been the first name on the team sheet, he can be dropped or substituted in favour of RvP playing with Kagawa off him or even RvP can join with Welbeck upfront.
Kagawa is the perfect number 10 arriving at the club this Summer. Sir Alex has already stated that Kagawa will be played much higher up, behind the striker in his natural position. He does offer us a different dimension allowing us to move to a more fluid 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 formation.
Vidic was out for almost the whole of the last season due to an injury and this cannot be ignored. Evans filled the void very well for our captain, needless to say he was majestic last season, in particular our most improved player. There were moments last season however, where our defense was caught napping, for example the crucial fixture against Everton. With Vidic back in the heart of our defense, Rio and Vidic can get back to forming the best CB pairing in the Premier League again. This should be the season where Rafael makes the RB position his own. He ended the last season with some good performances, despite the Everton debacle, linking up very well with Valencia on the right side. He displayed some impressive performances for Brazil in the Olympics. The thought of the twins running down the opposite wings is mouth watering. We will have to wait for another season for that though. Two players under the bracket of world class have arrived who will improve the first team vastly, Vidic-our captain and leader has shrugged off his injury and will be starting the new season.
The squad is still young and probably not ready to win Champions League this season but with a bit of long overdue luck with injuries the Premier League trophy will be duly sealed and delivered to where it belongs.