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Fergie has come out again and said he won't sign anyone. This is probably quite likely to be the case, though I wouldn't be surprised if we saw 1 transfer. I didn't like the football we played last season, especially from the central midfield, which I thought played in straight lines, with a lack of creativity, simply recycling the ball out wide. In some ways I found it archaic. I like Valencia a lot, but his lack of versatility does hamstring our attacking play a little. However, I think there are a number of improvements from within which could transpire, bolstering the side and making us more successful. A similar scenario to 2006-2007 when there was minimal transfer activity, only this time we have a better squad.
1) Vidic is more settled. Last season, the rumours of him moving certainly affected his performances. He has always been susceptible to pace, so his downturn in performances was more mental than a decline in athleticism. I hope to see him continue his season-ending form.
2) Unlikely to have the same defensive injury crisis, which cost us many points.
3) Rafael may mature and really add some consistent dynamism to the right back position.
4) We finally have a reserve for Ferdinand in Smalling who can act as a 'libero', creating attacks from the back.
5) Continuing improvement from Valencia. Versatility?
6) Nani reaches a level of importance similar to Rooney, and consistently delivers game-changing performances.
7) Carrick returns to form, and Gibson progresses. I don't rate either, but they are both pretty good flat-track bullies which is always useful in the league.
8) The return of Anderson. If this guy returns to season 1 form, the team will simply be transformed.
9) Cleverley, like Anderson, could add a real dynamic edge, not to mention quality, to central midfield. Those 2 are the talents who should be seen as the future of our midfield, not Gibson.
10) The oldies need to be gradually phased out. We relied on them far too much last season, with Giggs having a sterling 1st half of the season, and Scholes the 2nd. They may help in individual games, but they will eventually hinder the progress of younger players.
11) Growing confidence and authority of Fletcher. I think he is a good candidate for captain.
12) Berba finds form?!
13) Chicharito and Macheda contribute 20 goals between them.
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I agree Jim. I forgot, as Devon said, to mention Obertan. I think he could prove very useful. I also think Smalling will play a fair few games. His pace in the centre could prove important, not to mention his height.
1 more point. evans stepping up & becoming a top quality CB.
he has the potential & has looked really good at times.
but in parts of last season he looked really shaky & unconfident.
he might be important to u if rio keeps picking up injurys.
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Don`t forget that Cleverley can play all along the midfield, he`s just as good wide right or wide left as he is in the centre. He is also capable of supplying something that has been missing for awhile and that is goals from midfield. I don`t know what you mean when you talk about Valencia and versatility - he wasn`t brought to be versatile but to be an out and out winger. His crossing is superb and he was one of the main reasons why Rooney got so many headed goals and OG figured so much on the scoresheet. He also weighed in with 7 goals of his own, however, none of them was scored after Christmas and so I think that``s the area he could work on. Also I may be in a minority but I think Gibson has a role to play within the team. He ain`t gonna deliver many eye catching crossfield balls but what he does is he keeps the midfield ticking over and that gives the Scholeses of this world the space they need to deliver the quality passes. He also possess a superb shot. I think Obertan could also have a big role to play, he will be a great sub to bring on towards the end of a game and I can see his pace causing tiring defences real problems. As for utd`s defence for me Evans is ahead of Smalling in the pecking order and I think de Laet could play an important role from the subs bench - like O`Shea he can play all across the back four and he has tremendous pace. Indeed I think one of the big features about the current utd squad is the pace they have - not just upfront but in midfield and defence as well. The team`s best performances last season were when they played with pace and that usually involved playing both Nani and Valencia and hopefully we will see a lot more of them together in the team this season.