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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Left wing issue?

With the extraordinary Ryan Giggs knocking on now and despite him still having the technique and crossing ability; he has somewhat lost the most important attribute for a winger-speed. With Nani proving he is more comfortable on the right through a truly world class season from him thus far really underlines the problems we may have on the left hand side of attack. Antonio Valencia will obviously be pushing Nani for the position on the right and Park Ji Sung obviously slotting in for the big games. However, this puts added emphasis on who to play on the left to add an extra dimension to the united 11. Many names have been tossed around from Gareth Bale to Fabio Coentrao both of whom look complete stars in the making, although they will both cost in the region of £25-£40 million pounds; which if we do have, in my opinion should be used to strengthen are central midfield. With the inevitable acquisition of Jack Rodwell meaning we have a defensive midfielder to cover the quickly degrading Michael Carrick and the unfortunate long-term absentee in Owen Hargreaves, we should endeavor to search for a more creative central midfielder such as Javier Pastore or Luka Modric, the latter I have full confidence he can be a huge player at United whilst the former I am indecisive due to my lack of watching him in Serie A.
On the other hand, if we are completely broke with nothing to spend I would enjoy to see Fabio Da Silva been given a chance on the Left Wing. Before coming to United he was seen as a more talented player than his twin-Rafael and his performance in the first half against Arsenal did, to an extent, justify that. His countless crosses into the box did give the Arsenal defense a big problem in addition to the fantastic part he had in first starting and then finishing the move which led to United's first goal against the gunners.
All in all, it should be a very big summer in terms of transfer activity at United because there is no telling how much Liverpool will improve under Kenny Dalglish and perhaps one last influx of money from Roman Abramovich for Chelsea. As for Arsenal, Wenger may wake up and realise that he needs leaders to win a title. In summary, it it exciting times ahead.

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