Thoughts of a Manchester United season ticket holder
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
United's Guardian Angel Just The Tonic?
So its all agreed that we would all like to see new recruits this transfer window. The rumour mill has been very quiet up to now but the gossip is starting to heighten on Benfica's Argentinian wing wonder Angel Di Maria.
Di Maria has had two very impressive years playing in Portugal and making his full international debut, with high praise from his manager Diego Maradona. He is very much on the cusp of what he could achieve which means that his price-tag is relatively cheap at the moment. As i stated in my last article 'Ronaldo Roulette' with World Cup year upon us, players transfer fees will rocket after the tournament. It is a very real possibility that Di Maria could emerge as one of the marquee wingers in the game if Argentina progress through the competition.
So why would Di Maria be good for Manchester United? Well, with Valencia progressing well on the wing and finding more form every week, it is evident that United have no balance. If we persist with playing Rooney in the central strikers role, as its obvious the manager will, then we need a balanced wing attack. For me, Park doesn't bring you that. Neither does Darren Fletcher when he is pushed out there. Ryan Giggs can still cut it, but it would be clever to bring someone in now to learn from the master while he still has the legs. The other consideration is Gabby Obertan. He has started his United career well. He has a trick in his boots, plenty of pace and his future is bright. But the issue of position lies at the failure of Nani
His inability to take his opportunity in a Ben Foster fashion has given Sir Alex very little choice. Having two competent pace men in Valencia and Obertan is not really enough, and it could be Nani's failure that eventually leads to us landing Di Maria. £12 million plus the backflipping wonder is being touted to Benfica, but i doubt they will go for that. Inter and Chelsea are both sniffing around as well, but if United can get the cash figure right and chuck in a player who is still very highly regarded in his own country, it may just be enough.
Di Maria would bring that balance that we need, and give us vital creative options that we currently do not possess. Yes, Sir Alex may be looking towards Owen Hargreaves to give us some quality in wide positions in the near future..he has a brilliant cross on him..but we all want to see that boy in the middle, biting chunks out off his opposing number. The shape of the team would be very nice with Evra behind Di Maria. And it could be the mid priced option that Fergie is publicly craving.
With Adem Ljajic so acrimoniously chucked in the bin, we need a plan for this wide position..a place in the team which has always been coverted in our famous 4-4-2 formation. "Attack attack attack" as we sing at Old Trafford. This would go a long way to help that call.
Manchester United fan since the age of 9 when he saw Norman Whiteside curl the ball into a Wembley goal in the dying minutes.
He is an Old Trafford season ticket holder in the North Stand Tier 3...and cried tears of joy, on his knees with the many in Moscow.
Rob is now a contributing author/editor at Man Utd blogzine 'The Faithful'