With the January window now well closed, and Sir Alex only bringing in Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, attention will now turn to the summer window, and how the United boss might strengthen his team when the window opens.
By then the United team might well have been crowned champions again, considering their current 12 point lead at the top of the table over neighbours Manchester City, but that doesn’t mean United don’t need to strengthen. The sign of a good coach – and one of Sir Alex’s chief defining characteristics – is the ability to rebuild teams to greatness once more, and with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes heading to their end of their careers, and Rio Ferdinand possibly not too far behind them, Sir Alex will have to do so once more to turn this season’s successes into something long-term once more.
So with that in mind here are the six players Sir Alex should consider bringing in this summer to strengthen…
6. Luka Modric
- Club: Real Madrid
After his big money move to Madrid from Tottenham, the Croatian could have been forgiven for thinking he would be one of the team’s new starting Galacticos, but it hasn’t quite worked out like that so far.
Modric’s first six months in Madrid have been a disappointment for the playmaker to thrive in Jose Mourinho’s system, and he has been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford by the Sunday Mirror (via the Daily Mail). Quite how much of the £33million they paid for him they will make back remains to be seen, but given Modric’s form, and the comparative lack of game time he is getting, it surely won’t be that high.
Modric would be a better immediate option than United’s Shinji Kagawa, who might find himself forced out of the team if the Croatian signs, but really, United need to replace Paul Scholes better than they have done so far, and with Robert Lewandowski apparently moving to Bayern Munich in the summer, Sir Alex needs another option.
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This article was first posted on February 11, 2013