GK – David de Gea
Whilst it has been a poor campaign for most of the United players, arguably their goalkeeper has gotten even better and is beginning to look like a safe pair of hands between the sticks.
At 23 years-old de Gea has plenty of years left at the top and maybe the side should be thanking goalkeeping coach Chris Woods a little more.
RB – Phil Jones
David Moyes never seemed to find the ideal candidate at right-back during a season of tinkering, with Rafael, Chris Smalling and even Antonio Valencia being trialed in the position.
Yet according to many the versatile Jones’ best spot is on the right side of the back four and the 22 year-old could finally find his place in the side.
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It is becoming the worst kept secret in football. Such is the level of speculation surrounding Louis Van Gaal and the Manchester United job, it seems to be more of a question of when rather than if. Indeed, some newspapers
are claiming he may even be appointed this week.
Van Gaal inherits a Manchester United side in need of a major squad overhaul. A 7th place finish in the Premier League this season constituted United’s worse finish for 24 years. There will also be no European football at Old Trafford next season.
David Moyes, who had been chosen as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson last summer
, only lasted 10 months of his five-year contract, an indication of how concerned the club’s board was. United may be renowned for being a club of stability, but they are also revered for their trophy collection, so Moyes had to go.
With the players themselves undoubtedly taking some of the blame for United’s poor season, fans can expect to see a summer spending spree. Prior to Moyes’ departure, there was talk of a £200million transfer kitty
. Van Gaal will have access to this.
But for players to come in, players must go out. Van Gaal is famous for his ruthless nature, with player fall-outs often occurring during his reigns. He believes in his football philosophy and will stick to his beliefs no matter what.
The current United squad should be fearful, as the Dutch manager will have no issues with showing any of them the door.