Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man: A Look into the Future for Manchester United

Ferguson and MoyesCometh the hour, cometh the man: the words many reds will be hoping to murmur at recently appointed David Moyes’ first game, as well as his first opportunity for silverware.

The footballing world was thrown into shock when Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would retire at the end of the season. In the late hours of Tuesday, various different papers threw rumors around that the 71-year-old was considering retirement. As Wednesday slowly began, the Premier League Champions released a statement confirming that Ferguson would end his 26-year reign as manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world at the end of the season.

Manchester United quickly appointed a new manager, as was expected, and David Moyes took the burden. Succeeding someone who is thought to be the best manager in world is certainly a hard job to take on. We don’t know if he is the right man for the job, but her, I will look into what I think will happen at the Theatre of Dreams.

Transfers

This summer will be vital for David Moyes and United; the signings he accomplishes and the players he sells will show what kind of side he’ll want. There has been plenty of speculation around the United camp concerning who will stay and who will go. With Wayne Rooney supposedly handing in a transfer request and Sky Sports reporting that Anderson, Cleverley, Fletcher, and Nani could all be sold in a summer clear out, the change at Manchester United could be even bigger than expected.

There will also be a big summer signing according to Ferguson; the Scotsman will take a place on the board when he leaves his position as manager. With Moyes spending only £75 million in his 11 year reign at Everton, on this budget, the 50-year-old could produce some magic when it comes to transfers.

In-Goal

David De Gea has now proved himself. Starting off the season as a debatable number 1, he has now established himself as one of the best in the league, and even being named in the PFA Team of the season. There’s no worry for Moyes there, with Anders Lindegaard as a strong back-up.

Defense

Manchester UnitedIn defense, the Champions have looked shaky at times. However, in recent matches, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, and Phil Jones have been excellent. With the ever-improving Rafael Da Silva having a solid season on the right and Evra have another impressive season, Moyes doesn’t have much work to do regarding defense  Although he may not need to do much, reports say that he is interested in his current left-back at Everton, Leighton Baines. It would be a good purchase for United should they get him for £15-20 million. He is debatably the best full back in the league and could fill Patrice Evra‘s boots when the Frenchman tires.

Midfield

In midfield, Ferguson’s side have disappointed. Although they have one of the best midfielders in the world, Michael Carrick, they have not had another strong central player who can partner the Englishman. Cleverley showed promise at the start of the season, but slowly he got too big for his boots and was shoved onto the bench by a disapproving Ferguson. PSV Eindhoven’s Kevin Strootman has been strongly linked with the reds, and he would be the perfect buy for them; he is strong, powerful, level-headed and has a great footballing brain. Should he come, United could dominate in Europe again.

Darren Fletcher has been plagued with injury after suffering from a bowel condition and may be forced to hang up his boots early, like Stiliyan Petrov. Yesterday evening, the Daily Mail reported that another legend, Paul Scholes, will retire at the end of the season. With his pin-point passes adding to both the defensive and attacking efforts of United’s game, he will be sorely missed. In addition, Anderson is almost certain to leave; the Brazilian has made 18 appearances for the reds in six seasons, and his weight is a massive concern. Anderson could head back to Portugal and to FC Porto and avoid the screams of David Moyes.

Strike-Force

Wayne Rooney has had a difficult season with Robin van Persie taking most of the spotlight. Moyes will be looking to get the best out of him should he stay. The formidable four of Manchester United’s attack have been a key factor in them winning their 2oth title. With van Persie just missing out on Player of the Year and Welbeck and Hernandez improving by the minute, Moyes has three excellent strikers who can give him the boost to win a trophy next season.

Wayne RooneyThe only problem the former Preston North-Endmanager will have is will he have to sell Wayne Rooney twice? The English international has disappointed many United fans in recent weeks, putting in some dreadful performances against City, Arsenal, Chelsea and others. At 27 years of age, he should be hitting his peak, but at the moment, he is overweight and is not having magic matches like the old Wazza, matches where he’d score wonderful overhead kicks, beautiful volleys, lovely interchanging passes, and a screaming shot past the keeper.

It seems he’s handed in a second transfer request in only 3 years, it also seems he has decided to consider staying since his former manager at Everton, David Moyes, has been appointed. We all know he can be one the best strikers in the world, matching the likes of Lewandowski, Falcao, and others, but can Moyes get that magic out of the red? He knows how to, and if he can, there will be silverware for sure.

Predicted Tactics

When it comes to tactics, we cannot look at what Moyes has done at Everton. He is a man who can adapt to what he has, much like Ferguson. At Everton, he had a solid defense and midfield, that he created himself. But in recent years, he has slowly adapted his team to be an attacking side. In my opinion, Moyes will move one step further away from a defensive side into a counterattacking side with the best strike force in Europe. And after all, if he gets stuck, Ferguson’s sitting upstairs. That is why he was appointed: he hasn’t got the big head of Mourinho, and he knows that sometimes asking for help is best.

Projected Line-Up

When Sir Alex Ferguson mentioned he may be naming big signings, I automatically thought of Kevin Strootman, and that’s still what I think. Should he be signed, along with Leighton Baines, this is how I feel Moyes’ side will line up:

David De Gea | Rafael Da Silva, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Leighton Baines | Wilfired Zaha, Kevin Stootman, Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck, Shingi Kagawa | Robin van Persie

Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney, and Javier Hernandez

Written by Harry Robinson