With the summer transfer window coming to a close what’s left to do is look at the new pieces at Louis van Gaal’s disposal and debate who will have the biggest impact this season. It depends on where you want to look on the pitch for United.
Defence? It is pretty obvious that whoever LvG puts into the defensive line they are not comfortable in the 3 man strategy. Errant passes and poor decisions have led way to opportunities for opponents attacking players to get in shots on goal.
Midfield? So far this season there has been little attacking creativity coming out of this position. Don’t get me wrong, Darren Fletcher is a fine player and we are all excited to see him back on the pitch, but he isn’t a threat when it comes to goal scoring. Juan Mata has shown promise this season playing in his preferred position and looking to push things on attack. There is still a need for consistency and cohesiveness during matches to help move things going forward.
What about the strikers? Well, up to this point Robin van Persie still does not look 100% fit leading to the brunt of United’s attack to rest on the shoulders of Wayne Rooney. Rooney is a superstar, but even he can’t do everything himself and to expect that would be unrealistic. There is a cause for some concern because United have only been able to score 2 goals, one against Swansea and one against Sunderland and they were shut out by newly appointed Burnley.
So, which of the new players brought in will step up and help turn this season around? My pick is the Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria. Di Maria is a world class talent, evidenced by his 3 assists and 1 goal against Germany only a few days ago. In his first game with United he nearly had an assist to van Persie whose shot was blocked away by Burnley’s goalkeeper. Di Maria provides speed and creativity in a midfield that is lacking both at the moment. He can beat players with his on and off ball speed and cross the ball in to United’s strikers, giving them many opportunities to put one in the net. Di Maria does need to get used to the pace of Premier League football, being substituted midway through the second half of his first game. However, once he gets comfortable with the pace of the league and builds up relationships with his teammates I believe we will see fireworks from this player as he helps the Red Devils climb the league ladder.