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If you are Sir Alex Ferguson, where do you fit all the trophies you have earned. How also can you keep yourself going and continue to have that passion to win more trophies. I must tip my cap to the 2013 Red Devil’s it was a long season, as they always are. The team definitely progressed on several levels as the season dragged on. I remember in the 1st half of the season we were the comeback kids, then there was a period where is was the RVP show, and then at the end of the season it was about strong defense and clinical finishing.
With the good comes the bad. It was mighty disappointing that we did not win any other hardware, I honestly thought we had a chance at the FA Cup. Knowing what we know about the UCL results, it probably is best MUFC didn’t go any further and didn’t embarrass themselves against any of the Germans.
I know the current season isn’t over but I’m already calling us favorites to win the league next season. What I’m more interested in, and something Fergie has already stated he wants is more European glory. It has been a long long time since ’08 when we beat Chelsea in PK. I want to see that giant trophy in the hands of Vidic once more.
So what will it take for MUFC to hurdle over domestic pressure and claim continental glory? Perhaps a few signings will get us there, and I’m here to name a few personnel changes that can get us there.
First we have to consider who is getting the axe during the summer. I adore all the players we have and I recognize them all as super talented, or else they wouldn’t be on the squad:
At the start of the season I was under the impression that what we needed was an enforcer in the midfield, and perhaps another quality fullback. Luckily this season all those worries were solved internally. Patrice Evra showed that he still has plenty left in the tank, and his overlapping runs caused teams terror all season. Not to mention Evra produced some goals! 4 if I’m not mistaken, and probably a handful of assist. Rafael has grown lightyears in his game this season, if you watched the Olympics you could even see how he was starting to find his rhythm then. Rafael is a likely candidate for the MUFC POY award, I mean I voted for him.
Lastly, Phil Jones. Phil Jones. Phil Jones. Not much can be said about him, Quagmire (teammates call Jones Quagmire, and there sorta is a resemblance there) has grown into that midfield disruptor that has taken Fergie’s teams to glory before. Perhaps not as ruthless as Roy Keane, but in the modern game players like that will spend more time suspended then playing. Jones has a motor that could even label him a box to box player. Against Real Madrid in the 1st leg, he kept Ronaldo on a leash and didn’t allow him to run the show. Against Chelsea this Sunday, he kept players like Oscar and Mata in check as well.
So how does this squad improve? Teams can always get better but it seems like MUFC is ready for Europe with the current squad. I’m truly excited to see how Wilfred Zaha plays in 1st division football, but the lad is quick and great with the ball at his feet so I don’t expect growing pains.
One area we for sure do not need an more upgrades is to the striker position, and that’s mainly for the selfish reason that I want to see CH14 get more playing time (Viva Mexico). And with RVP, Rooney, Kagawa, and Welbeck the forwards don’t need any change.
Carrick will most likely be the MUFC POY this season, and for good reason. His play has been tremendous, when you can create plays from 30-40 yards away from net, you truly are something great. I think who plays alongside him in the midfield is where we need a world class companion.
I do believe Phil Jones filling that spot is not a bad hand. Except neither really has a driving force frontward offensively. Cleverly is that type of player, but I’m not sure he is quite ready to lead the Red Devils and conquer Europe. It’s a shame Ferguson doesn’t have a youth potion, Scholes would be a tremendous midfield partner for Carrick.
There are some rumors out there that perhaps it will be Rooney who moves into the midfield, to allow Kagawa and RVP to do work up top. I don’t see that as the worst option possible, but moving backwards in positions is tougher than it is to move up to forward. Rooney I remeber gave away 3 balls cheaply against Chelsea. In Europe those types of mistakes are punished without remorse.
It’s clear that midfield spot needs to be filled up, but who can the Glazers lure over?