In a desperate need of some quality recruitments, Louis van Gaal needs to stamp his authority on his Manchester United side, Cesc Fabregas and Thomas Muller and the likes do top that particular list but lots of questions are being raised, not over the credentials of the players but over whether or not Manchester United will manage to bring them to Old Trafford. Taking into the account the absence of the UEFA Champions League, players a-like look harder to bag this summer.
Rightful owners of an ailing midfield , Manchester United are looking to secure signings of quality midfielders who can complement the build up play and moreover, take the burden off Michael Carrick’s shoulders. Last summer’s last minute recruit Marouane Fellaini is yet to establish a reputation among the Old Trafford faithful after enduring a poor first season and there is no wonder why United are being linked up with Bosnian starlet Miralem Pjanic and French midfield maestro Maxime Gonalons.
Both are the sort of players Manchester United are in a frantic requirement of and considering the potential of the two midfield marvels, it would be a good idea for Louis van Gaal, if interested, to consider this summer.
Through the years, we have seen Manchester United produce loads of physically strong and hard tackling midfielders, who matched their style of play almost inch perfectly. Maxime Gonalons resembles the likes of Roy Keane closely based on his style of playing the game.
Gonalons commits himself completely when going into crucial challenges and more so, he is someone who can dictate the play well enough for Lyon. His passing is accurate with impeccable vision and can carry the ball from one box to another quite tirelessly. He holds the ball up well and is adept at moving the ball out of the defensive third to start the attack.
Miralem Pjanic, who’s been an influential midfielder for AS Roma, has been raising some eye-brows off late. If you have ever come across seeing him play, you’d have surely noticed the precision in his passing which almost speaks for itself. He is the one who comes up with the decisive pass in the final third and rips open opposition defences creatively.
He has also possesses a pair of quick feet and it’s a pleasure to watch him bear the weight of the Roman midfield.Moreover,he is an exquisite set piece taker and also has an eye for goal.
Both players being mentioned have in entrenched in them, a leadership quality which attracts teams towards them further, with Nemanja Vidic off to Inter Milan, Pjanic and Gonalons can easily lead an aspiring side to where they actually belong, for Manchester United that is back on top.
Moreover, unlike other Louis van Gaal midfield targets such as Dutchman Jordi Clasie, both Gonalons and Pjanic are mature enough to be snapped up by a club as big as United. More so, they have got some experience in what it takes and how one can battle out of tough situations with dexterity.
Pjanic, who has often been described as ‘an old fashioned midfielder with huge technical qualities” can also function well in the attacking midfield role but the centre midfield role is where he actually shines . The 24 year old Bosnian is probably worth £20million but Roma have successfully made it to the Champions League. Splashing the cash on a player as technically gifted as him would be rather lucrative for the future of Louis van Gaal’s Red Army.
Meanwhile, Olympique Lyon failed in making it to the UEFA Champions League and that makes the Gonalons situation more intriguing. He’s actually worth around £17million and moving to a club big in stature but sky high in expectations might just suit the Frenchman. United, on being excluded from the Champions League much like Lyon, could be an option for this summer or the future.
It is unlikely that any action will happen until after the World Cup now, but let’s hope that the club, including CEO Ed Woodward can bring the targets in.