All of the speculation following this morning’s news about Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, points towards Everton boss David Moyes being given a crack at the biggest job in football.
It’s a chance he deserves for all of the good work he’s done at Everton, but it’s also a chance which could rip the soul out of the current Everton side in a very big way.
Ferguson is leaving matters, after suggesting that the squad only needs to be improved with two or three fresh faces and if it’s the latter, two of those players could be Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
One of the main criticisms of United this season has been their lack of presence in the midfield, with the need for a heavyweight player to offer protection to the more attacking players in the side.
United’s chances of signing Fellaini, who could easily do that job, will be substantially enhanced if Moyes becomes the next United boss.
Fellaini said earlier in the season that he would be happy to remain at Everton, if that meant the chance to play Champions League football next season.
That is now not going to happen but Fellaini could go for the next best thing, which is sticking with the manager who originally brought him to English football and joining a club where he can satisfy his hunger for European football.
Leighton Baines is not such a clear cut case but he is a player who has been tipped as the long term replacement for Patrice Evra at left back for the Old Trafford side.
Baines is one of the leading assist providers in the Premier League and again, there is little doubt that a Moyes led United would be more appealing for him as a possible destination.
The fact United have Alexander Buttner under contract suggests United don’t need another left back but they would be very naïve to turn down any chance to sign Baines, not just because of his defensive ability but also his ability standing over a dead ball.
Baines would add a lot of protection and experience in that back four, which may be one of the first things Moyes would look to adjust as United manager.
It’s all hypothetical until United’s new manager is revealed but if it is Moyes, then the Premier League champions have a chance to quickly secure the services of two players who could easily improve their current side.
Can you see Fellaini and Baines following Moyes to Old Trafford?
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