What Manchester United Should Do To Prepare for the 2015/2016 Season

Louis Van Gaal inherited an aging squad from Sir Alex Ferguson and had to spend 200 million pounds to bolster his team during his first season. The arrivals of Radamel Falco, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Ander Hererra, Marcos Rojo, and Luke Shaw all looked great on paper. Unfortunately, the Red Devils spent a huge portion of the first half of last season struggling to create an effective starting eleven; a feat that was hindered due to a variety of injuries amongst several key players.

Despite signing those big players, Manchester United did not have a run of luck until they had a 3 game winning streak against Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester City. Still, it’s sad to say, but the Red Devils performances did not set the league on fire. In fact, the beleaguered team had a 3 game losing streak right after they won those three games. The truth of the matter is, if Liverpool didn’t suffer stunning losses the last season, Manchester United would’ve had to fight it out with Arsenal for the important fourth place title.

Now that this season is over, Van Gaal can place his focus on preparing a squad that will be a challenge for next year’s title. Here are two of the positions that United must strengthen over the summer to defeat Chelsea for the title next year:

Left Wing: The Best Option is Memphis Depay

Last season the left wing position was held by Ashley Young. Although he has performed quite well, he will probably take a back seat to Depay next season. At the age of 21, Depay is a formidable talent that has the ability to set the league on fire and he will thrive in a club like Manchester United.

United has struggled against organized opposition from West Brom and Everton, but this may no longer be the case with Depay. He offers United a fierce shot that adds a new dimension to the team’s overall gameplay ability; just like the slots at Royal Vegas.

Overall, it is safe to say that fans of Manchester United can expect a busy transfer window at Old Trafford because Van Gaal must do everything in his power to get his club ready for their return to the Champion’s League. There is no guarantee that the above names will figure into next season’s kit for Manchester but, they are some of the key positions that Van Gaal will likely try to strengthen.


Centre Back: The Best Option is Mats Hummels

The centre-back position has been a pain for United for the past couple of seasons. The old duo of Vidic and Ferdinand has passed their prime and they have been unable to find one player that can fill the gaps in the backline.

Mats Hummels has the leadership skills that are necessary to organize the backline and would make for a formidable signing for United. His commanding presence coupled with his amazing ball control skills make him an excellent central defender. As of right now, his asking price could reach 30 million pounds but, this is still a bargain when you consider how deep United’s pockets are. In addition, Hummels is only 26 years old and still has his best years ahead of him.

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One reply on “What Manchester United Should Do To Prepare for the 2015/2016 Season”

If Liverpool hadn’t imploded then United wouldn’t have been fighting Arsenal for fourth spot, we would simply have finished fifth. After all, United were supposed to be competing with Arsenal for third spot and an automatic place in the Champions League group stage. However that battle never materialised.

If United blows it in the playoff in August then we might as well have finished fifth.

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