Nick Harris takes a look at where David Moyes needs to focus his energies...
The striker has made it fairly plain he wants to leave Manchester United, but Moyes might still fancy his chances at convincing his former charge to stay at Old Trafford. Either way, Moyes needs to move quickly, either by selling Rooney and looking at bringing in a replacement, or by getting a firm commitment from Rooney about staying at the club for next season. Given their fractious history, this might be an uncomfortable start to life in Manchester.
Manchester United have not had a settled midfield for too long now, and whilst they managed to blast their way to the title this year regardless, Moyes should look at signing a top quality player to play alongside Michael Carrick next season. This has to be their first action in the transfer market, with the likes of Arturo Vidal, Joao Moutinho, Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas already linked with a move to Old Trafford.
With Wilfried Zaha on his way to Manchester this summer, Moyes must look at the three senior wingers already on the books at Old Trafford, and decide which of them should be jettisoned. Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young have all had poor seasons, and Moyes faces a difficult choice over which will be worth giving another chance next year.
Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have both played an important part in the team this year, with the former particularly impressive in the second half of the season. However both are injury prone and the wrong side of 30, and there is still doubt over Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones as permanent fixtures in the heart of United’s defence. Moyes must assess his centre backs, and work out a pecking order that ensures United have a settled unit next season.
The Japanese playmaker had a mixed first season in English football, with injuries and often being played out of position limiting his chances to impress. Kagawa has the ability to be a key player in Manchester United’s first team, and Moyes should make devising a system to get the best out of the Japanese player one of his first considerations this summer.
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