Manchester United have solutions to their transfer dilemma

Man Utd have been linked with a number of right-wingers in recent weeks, but the club already had suitable long-term options

Manchester United have solutions to their transfer dilemma

Man Utd have been linked with a number of right-wingers in recent weeks, but the club already had suitable long-term options

29 May 2018 Tuesday 19:03
Manchester United have solutions to their transfer dilemma

Jose Mourinho has a big decision to make at Manchester United this summer.

After the Champions League final heroics of Gareth Bale, supporters' calls for an exciting right winger have re-emerged.

However the club have a problem - while they would like a new superstar winger, it isn't the burning transfer issue.

At least one new central midfielder is needed, while central defense, full-back and centre-forward are all other positions which require more urgent attention.

In an age of video games, many young supporters believe the transfer window should be dictated by signing five-star skillers with a high potential.

But this summer United need to resist the temptation of glitz and glamour and prioritize moves for practical squad members who can lift the overall level of performance.

With a glaring absence of quality in one position, there is always the temptation to promote a youth team player.

However, there simply isn't anyone good enough, yet. Tahith Chong is the obvious long-term candidate but he needs to be nurtured, not exposed under the harsh criticism that comes with wearing the famous red shirt.

But maybe United actually had the answer all along.

This season has seen Memphis Depay, Adnan Januzaj, and Wilfried Zaha all blossom into pivotal players for their respective clubs.

The temptation is again to suggest they simply were not good enough. However, perhaps they just needed more time.

Evidently, none of them were in a position to start every match, but it could be argued they should have been carefully monitored in order to gradually make the transition into the first-team.

The mixture of sporadic appearances and beneficial loan spells all helped Jesse Lingard hit his peak this season - so why weren't the three youngsters carefully monitored in such a manner?

An unfortunate combination of mismanagement and high transfer fees seem to have contributed in one way or another.

The harsh reality is Adnan Januzaj probably wasn't good enough, and like many before him, was cursed by his own incredible early impact.

His performances this season have been impressive enough to secure a place in the provisional Belgian team for the World Cup, but questions still remain over his suitability for top-level football.

He's been a star for Real Sociedad in an average season and has probably found his level playing top-flight football for a mediocre mid-table team.

Adnan Januzaj bagged a brace against Sunderland in the Premier League on his first-team debut for United.

Wilfried Zaha has just been named Crystal Palace's Player of the Year for a third season in a row after another impressive campaign for The Eagles.

His failure at United wasn't helped by Sir Alex Ferguson's shock retirement only months after he had signed the youngster, with the Ivorian failing to ever settle at the club.

Manchester City and Tottenham are linked with big moves for the 25-year-old this summer, but it remains to be seen if he can make the step-up to play regular football in elite European competition.

So perhaps Memphis is the one who really got away. The 24-year-old finished the Ligue 1 season with 19 goals and 13 assists - quite the contrast with his time in England - where ended his spell with just two Premier League goals.

Depay, signed by Louis van Gaal in 2015, made just one start under Mourinho before he joined Lyon last January in a move which has rejuvenated his stagnant career.

At a time where Marko Arnautovic is being loosely linked with a move to Old Trafford, surely Memphis should be considered if a flamboyant risk was to be taken.

It again comes back to a growing question of whether players are being given enough time at United.

While there is a clear trend in modern football with an emphasis on quick-fire results, perhaps United need to take a step back and allow fledging players the opportunity to develop rather than shipping them out if they fail to impress upon initial inspection.

M.E.N. Sports

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