Preseason tours are about to begin and Sir Alex Ferguson seems to be playing it safe in terms of transfers with the signing of Kagawa and Powell.
Kagawa is a proven talent and has been the focal point for Borussia Dortmund over the last two trophies laden years for the German giants. His transfer to United at a moderate fee has success written all over it. Powell on the other hand is a one for the future and can be considered as a replacement for Ravel Morrison who was touted as the next big thing for United and England. While making it work with Morrison was a gamble, Powell has the temperament to make it at United and under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson himself, he is bound to be a top recruitment. Though the signings are both attacking midfielders and are known for their versatility, United might need one or more additions to compete with City, Chelsea and the yearly competition from Arsenal. Kevin Strootman, Javi Martinez, Joao Moutinho, Leighton Baines and James Rodriguez are few of the many names being linked with United this year along with perennial transfer targets like Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder. With the financial restrictions faced by United it’s hard to see an expensive signing being made unless players are sold.
Talking about selling players, Berbatov is being tracked by many around Europe after announcing his decision to part ways with the club and the exit of Owen has resulted in our forward line looking depleted with only Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Chicharito to play with. The injury to promising young Will Keane was a painful blow for the lad after Fergie announced his plans to have him around the first team next season. Thankfully Macheda, the kid who once showed lots more promise than Welbeck, seems to be determined to earn a place in the first team and has decided to stay at United next season and fight for his chances. Just behind him in the ranks are Joshua King, Bebe and the hot prospect John Cofie who all have their chances for a call up to the first team this year if a new striker does not arrive before transfer window closes. The transfer saga linking Robert Lewandowski to United has slowly died down but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Fergie goes into the season placing trust on his youngsters to deliver from the front. Moreover Kagawa and Powell are known to have the capability to play from the front; hence the need for a new signing is greatly reduced.
The problem with United was not about scoring goals but to hold onto the ball and create chances from Midfield. Midfield does look strong after the new signings but not good enough to compete with the likes of City or Chelsea. Possible signings look promising but the wait is on to see if they will be really signed up or vanish as transfer rumours of this summer.