With the deal to sign Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal edging closer, Nani could be on his way out in a player-plus-cash deal, but who is his best replacement? Ashley Young has become a little disappointing the last few seasons; the fans want him out and I don’t see Van Gaal standing in his way, or even being desperate to keep him.
Ángel di María
The Argentinian has been heavily linked to a switch to Old Trafford, after an outstanding season for Real Madrid. The 26-year-old is said to be wanting a move to the Premier League this season. Interest from Paris St Germain could push him to decide to join the Ligue One giants though. Di María is certainly a player we’d need to spice our team back up again. On Monday, the Mirror were reporting that Di Maria has turned down the chance to play for Paris St Germain as he wants to play in the Premier League, but we still face a tough task as he wants Champions League football.
After last seasons Champions League win, Di María was compared to Cristiano Ronaldo; he is definitely a player that would make a statement for us if we managed to land him. We may not have Champions League but we can still sign world-class players, such as Juan Mata. Last season, Di María managed to play 42 games, scoring nine goals and assisting in a further 22. Some strengths he possess are his key passes and his control of the ball when in his feet. A weakness of Di María’s play is his tackling. He played a third of his games from central midfield last season, which isn’t a position I’d be happy seeing him playing in for us.
The German international has been emerging as a massive talent for the past couple of seasons now. The Borussia Dortmund winger is being eyed by many teams, including Manchester United and Liverpool. We’d apparently been turned down by Reus a few weeks ago, because of apparent interest from Barcelona. Reus had his eyes on the move to the Catalan club until they signed Luiz Suarez instead, which left Reus ‘furious’ according to the Express.
They are reporting that Reus turned us down, but they are also reporting that Reus is hoping that we go back in for him. Personally, I hope so too! Reus possesses everything we need. He has the strength for a winger, the speed, the excitement and as he is only 25 we may not have seen him in his prime yet. In 34 club appearances last season, Reus managed to score 21 goals, five of them in the Champions League, and assisted 15 goals. I think Reus would be a great asset to our team, he is very good at free kicks and his crosses are very strong, we lack a player who can cross the ball. He isn’t that tall so he isn’t much of a threat in the air, which could be disappointing for us as the Premier League is full of tall and strong defenders.
The Netherlands international has been heavily linked with a move to us lately after he reportedly said he wants to join us, something which the Daily Star reported at the end of May.
Depay has shown his true quality throughout the World Cup. He managed to score two goals and assist one. Depay played under Van Gaal, so he has an understanding of the quality he possesses. Memphis is only 20-years-old, which is also a boost for United as he can only learn and become a better player than he already is. Depay netted 13 times last season for PSV in 32 appearances. He also created 86 chances from the left-wing which is quite some going for the young starlet.
Personally, I would prefer Reus out of these three, just because of his style of play. He has all of the attributes to become a possible captain, a leader. He has the pace to bring the old United back (running at defenders). He can play anywhere; up top, right-wing, left-wing or even behind the striker. To be honest, I’d be over the moon if Van Gaal signed any of these players.
Who would you like to see running our wings? How do you rate these players? Young and Nani or Di María, Reus or Depay?
This article was written by Liam Hulme, who is part of our Academy writing team. Please make your comment on this article if you agree or disagree with the comments raised in this article.