As another year comes to an end, we take a look at the ONE decision Manchester United would change from 2013.
Manchester United fans would probably want to change a lot of this year post July 2013, including hiring a certain David Moyes for the managers job.
However, I believe the key point Manchester United would change if played out again, would be their summer transfer activity.
United were heavily linked with highly-rated Dutch defensive midfielder Kevin Strootman in the summer, but unfortunately due to a change of heart or an incomprehensible doubt on the players ability, he eventually joined Italian giants Roma for a figure around £17 million.
Manchester United tried their best to be prudent with their money in the summer, even bidding as low as £28 million for Everton pair Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. However, in the end there was nothing United could do and on deadline day saw a mamouth bid of £28 million accepted JUST for Fellaini.
In hindsight the transfer has ended up turning sour for Moyes, who paid a much bigger fee for a much lesser player.
Roma are unbeaten in Serie A this season, with many people tipping the former Manchester United target Strootman as the main part of that.
Roma currently boast the best defensive record in the division in Serie A, even better than the illustrious Juventus rearguard that includes the likes of Chiellini and Barzagli. Again, this is heavily down to the Dutch central midfielders influence.
Fellaini was considered one of the league's best at Everton, but since his move to United, he hasn't managed to find any kind of form.
In comparison to his form at Everton last season, he is; making less passes, creating less chances, making less tackles, making less clearances...etc so you get the picture of the players demise.
No transfer is a guarantee, and signing Strootman may not have been a guaranteed success. But, with the player in the form that he currently is in at Roma, you can't help but wonder what he could have been at United.
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