Manchester United’s bids for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas have been well publicised and just like any other club in the summer months, they have been linked with plenty of players ahead of the new season.
However, the new boss David Moyes doesn’t seem like the sort of manager who will ever panic in a transfer window and fortunately for the Scot, he has inherited a title winning team from Sir Alex Ferguson.
There are clear areas of the team that could be improved with the addition of one or two certain players, but it’s not going to be the end of the world if Moyes can’t get those players tied down before August 17.
“This is the squad that finished 11 points clear at the top of the league last season so I am confident in the squad - even without additions this squad will be tough opponents for any team - they will be looking at Manchester United,” said Moyes.
The defence is packed with younger players who all have Premier League experience; Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Johnny Evans, Alexander Buttner.
They can all fill in when the more experience players (Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra) are unavailable, allowing Moyes the luxury of being able to rotate players in his back four and keep everyone fresh.
There are also options in midfield. Shinji Kagawa is certainly good enough to be able to play the creative, attacking role in midfield which means it’s not the end of the world if the club doesn’t sign Fabregas.
Tom Cleverley will also have a lot to say as the somewhat forgotten man in United’s midfield, looking to make up for a bit of inconsistency last season, proving why Moyes doesn’t have to go out and sign more midfield cover.
There are certain situations where Moyes’ hand could be forced in terms of transfers, issues which have the ability to change his apparent air of calmness when it comes to his squad.
Wayne Rooney is a good example because he’s a player that United can’t really afford to lose without replacing.
He’s that important in terms of being a key striker in the squad and his ability to play an attacking role at the top of the midfield that United can’t let him leave, without filling the hole which would be created by his departure.
However, even if Rooney goes late in the transfer window, which is extremely unlikely, United can cope because they have quality attack players available in the form of Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.
United have a large squad, which has played and gelled together, giving Moyes plenty of options ahead of the new seasons. Any new signings before the first Premier League game will only improve things.
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