Manchester United manager David Moyes may have playfully told reporters that he was “on holiday” during his trip to Italy at the weekend, but his presence at the match between Juventus and Cagliari prompted numerous reports.
With so many potential targets on show, who was the United boss watching? And are they realistic targets, or possibilities too good to be true? Those were surely the questions on the lips of many supporters this morning, and now European football journalist Rob Daly has had his say in an interview with TalkSport.
When asked who Moyes was scouting in Italy, Daly said, “Juve’s Arturo Vidal, the goal-scoring central midfield player. He’s certainly the type of player Man United need, and Cagliari’s Davide Astori, the centre-back.
“Certainly centre-back and central midfield are areas everyone can agree United need to improve.”
With the futures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic remaining uncertain, and both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling prone to injury, Moyes may well see a dominant (and hopefully ever-present) central defender as a priority as he attempts to build his own team.
As for central midfield, that is an area United have been weak in for years. And Vidal would be an outstanding addition – immediately propelling them back up the table and giving them a platform on which to considerably improve next season.
On Paul Pogba, Daly said it was “exceptionally unlikely” that the Frenchman would return to Old Trafford, and few would disagree. Given the way he left the club, few would stake money (or their reputation) on him returning.
And finally, of Fabio Coentrao’s much mooted loan move, Daly had this to say:
“He (Carlo Ancelotti) doesn’t want to lose anyone. You would need big money to buy them outright, they’re not going to loan them out.”
As with so much in football, that is simply one man’s opinion, even if it may be more qualified than most; but it is clear that United need to strengthen, and considering the amount of scouting trips Moyes and his staff have been on, they are seemingly thinking long and hard about a number of possible targets.
In essence that is the easy part. The far more difficult proposition is signing them.
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