Since United’s first preseason game is today and there are four new signings, I have some opinions to share on the current squad.
GK: Must keep David DeGea
As complicated and mysterious the transfer market is, United needs to find a way to keep this man for at least another season. That gives United more time to search for a promising GK for next season. If he decides to leave, Lloris of Tottenham is my first choice.
CB: Does United need another CB?
I’ve supported an English team long enough to appreciate English players in the team. It would be nice to see a Jones – Smalling partnership develop, and they certainly have to raise their bars to be anywhere close to the Vidic – Ferdinand or Terry – Cahill partnership.
RB: Darmian on the right, no doubt. Until he settles in, Valencia will get the best out of that spot.
LB: Best of Blind, Shaw, and Rojo will play in that spot. Shaw is definitely the guy in the long run.
Now this one is a headache. It’s difficult to set a balanced midfield and forward combination. After all, LVG was right about United having an unbalanced team.
Rooney is set in stone to start up front. The thing about Rooney is that he drops deep from his center-forward role rather than going in behind. That’s why he had Van Nistelrooy, Berbatov, Tevez, Chicharito, and Van Persie alongside him in his career who can penetrate runs behind the defense. With packed CM’s United have currently, there’s no way LVG will field in Rooney and Chicharito at the same time.
CM: Now, who would have imagined United would be packed with CM’s?
The best MF trio for me is Carrick, Schneiderlin, and Herrera.
Schweinsteiger was bought for a short-term replacement for Carrick. Both over 30, they bring experience and composure to the team. United’s best long-term replacement for Carrick is Daley Blind. Hopefully, he can become a player with qualities of both Carrick and Schweinsteiger.
If Rooney and the MF trio are playing, Young and Depay are my best options because they can help Rooney with running behind the defense. Di Maria, at his best form, can do it, too. But, Di Maria and Mata likes the ball on their feet and love playing centrally where Rooney and MF trio are already occupying. Di Maria and Mata have played best football in the center, but United needs width.
Can LVG keep the majority of the players happy?
We all know for sure, the old Ferguson way has disappeared and the new LVG way has settled in. United somehow managed to win games last season when the opposition team was the better team. With more depth and quality in the current squad, United should challenge for some trophies this season.