Manchester United are currently making no additions in the transfer market this summer so far, but when the transfer window opens and the World Cup is over for many of the clubs targets. We should see Ed Woodward delve into the market in a bid to bring players that will help turn the club around ahead of next season, in which as a supporter, I want to see the club not only challenge for a top four finish, but also challenge to grapple the Barclays Premier League title away from noisy neighbours Manchester City.
One thing that does seem certain at the club this summer, is that there will be some exits, which in my opinion are long overdue. We have already heard that Federico Macheda has left the club, along with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, who both saw their contracts expire with the latter signing for Inter Milan back in January. The Sun are reporting that midfielder Tom Cleverley has been offered an escape from his lacklustre time at the Old Trafford club by none other than Turkish giants Galatasaray.
Cleverley really has not helped himself this season, he was tipped as being the player that the club needed and at times over the past few season, he has shown plenty of potential, but after injuries he’s returned as a player that just was not good enough to play for a club such as United. The England midfielder, who also lost his place in the squad for the World Cup this summer, has also been subject to speculation linking him with a move to Everton, which would be a good move for him.
The Sun suggest that a move to Turkey, which in all fairness would be a good move for him, would effectively cast him outside of the public eye and would also enable the midfielder to play in the UEFA Champions League next season. Whether this possible move spells the end of the road for Wesley Sneijder in the Turkish capital, I don’t know, but his name has not really been linked to United this summer, which is a good thing, but give it time. Cleverley should have really come on quite a bit in the three seasons he has spent at the club, but now with the club suffering a lacklustre season, changes need to be made and for me, he would be one of the first to be sent packing.
I have nothing against Cleverley, nothing at all, but he’s just not the midfielder he needs to be. There will no doubt be others that could follow Cleverley out of the doors at Old Trafford this summer; Anderson had an unsuccessful loan spell with Fiorentina, Ashley Young just does not seem to cut it at the club and Nani also seems to be surplus to requirements, but with a new manager coming in, you just do not know what is going to happen. Will we see these players being given yet another chance at the club and we get to watch them again not fill their potential, or will enough be enough?
There will be some changes this summer, some for the better, but I feel some may not be welcome among some of the clubs fan base. Who would you get rid of from the current squad? Who would you keep? Who would you bring in to raise the standards? Cast your opinion in the comments section below.
By Paul Bienkowski
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