When the wheels fall off, they fall off. There is nothing you can do about it. This seems ever more the case with David Moyes and his Manchester United side. When he arrived in the summer of 2013, he inherited a team that were champions of England. However, it would be foolhardy to say United were exceptional in the 2012-13 campaign, they were just the best of a bad bunch. And while rivals Chelsea and Man City have addressed the faults from last season, by strengthening their squad, United have not, and that is why this campaign has been nothing short of a disaster.
So with vice-chairman Ed Woodward promising Moyes a huge war chest, who will the wily Scot turn to?
Ilkay Gundogan – Borrusia Dortmund
It has been made clear this season that United need a combative midfielder in the middle of the park. Michael Carrick isn’t that type of player, Marouane Fellaini is playing at a level above himself, as for Tom Cleverley… who knows. Gundogan is the exact type of player that United need, someone who is just as good with the ball as he is without it. Speaking to various football blogs, Gundogan’s father stated that his son was open to a move. A bid of £25m by United should be enough to land the highly-coveted midfielder.
Dante – Bayern Munich
With Nemanja Vidic moving to Inter Milan in the summer, as well as the questions being asked about Rio Ferdinand, it is clear that United need a defender. The club were reported to have signed Dante in January, but it turned out to be nothing more than hot-air. However, Dante did big the club up and seemed flattered by the interest. But the Brazilian is 31-years-old this year, and this lack of longevity may make Moyes turn to his Munich teammate Holger Badstuber, who would jump at the chance to resurrect his career in England.
Fabio Coentrao – Real Madrid
It is clear that club stalwart Patrice Evra will also be departing Old Trafford this summer and with Alex Buttner proving himself to be utterly useless, Moyes knows that a left-back is priority. Following United’s ill-fated attempt to sign him last summer, it is apparent that Moyes is a fan, and with Coentrao finding himself behind Marcelo in the Real Madrid pecking order, he will be looking for a move in order to reignite his career.
Pedro – Barcelona
Just a little nibble of rumour. United are rumoured to be watching the Barca winger and if they try hard enough, they could probably land him. Pedro’s position in the Barcelona side is not guaranteed, how can it when you compete with Neymar, Messi, Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez for a starting birth? Although nothing has been suggested, this could be Moyes’ major summer coup.