Date: 5th December 2010 at 10:00am
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Yes, Christmas is finally here.

Well, not really, but we have already entered the festive period and whilst many are counting down to the 25th of December and the New Year, most football fans are counting down to the opening of the winter transfer window! I don’t normally get excited about January transfer windows since they are usually low-key for us, our last major January signings being Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic for a total fee of £12.5m but for those who have experienced the Football Manager™ revolution, it can be fun to speculate on squad changes! Here are some thoughts in bullet points:

1. Replacing the old guard: You might have noticed that we have a fair few oldies in our squad who will be most probably retire in a year or two. I think we are well covered for Gary Neville (who hasn’t really been indispensable recently) with Rafael finally showing some kind of consistency. I still hope De Laet has a future at United, given his versatility and promise. Yesterday I read Giggs hinting about this season being his last and we could see problems in ‘replacing’ Giggs and Scholes. We do have Anderson at the moment, but unless Gibson gets more chances, I don’t think we would have enough options in midfield once the Ginger Prince leaves. I am more worried about our left wing. Park is an able winger, but he is more dangerous when he ventures infield and as for Obertan, he also looks better just behind the striker. We are crying out for a natural left-winger. If only Adam Johnson was really unhappy at Eastlands…

2. VDS defying Father Time: Van Der Sar has been a mainstay of the United side for some time now and as he recently turned 40 and with Fergie effectively saying that this season could be his last, we need some changes in the goalkeeping department. With Lindegaard joining us in January, speculation about incoming goalkeepers refuses to go away. We could potentially have an unhappy Kuszczak on our hands too who despite his less than stellar performance against West Ham during the week, I still value and I would be gutted if he didn’t get a crack at the No.1 spot.

If he does leave, I would rather have someone with more experience than Lindegaard. If we are planning to throw cash at this, instead of a young De Gea who admittedly is a tremendous talent, I would rather go for Lloris or even Buffon! Akinfeev looks good too and very experienced for his young age but I don’t know if how long he might take to settle down in North West England.

3. Creative attacking midfielder™: United have been in need of a creative attacking midfielder for years. I don’t remember us ever having a creative attacking midfielder in the last 10 years, not in the mould of the ones we have been linked to. Scholes has been very creative for us, but he likes to lie deep and occasionally venture in the area for a goal or two. Fans and the press have been talking about Sneijder, Ozil and Van Der Vaart who I think would definitely improve our side, but we are not a team who just buy players who would theoretically make us have a stronger starting XI, so we need to think about what exactly we need and what we could realistically acquire.

I, for one, don’t think we are screaming for a creative attacking midfielder we just need more options in the centre of midfield and I think Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is stalling over a new contract, would be an utterly brilliant acquisition… Even Ballack thinks so!

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19 responses to “Revolving door: So who’ll be in and out at Old Trafford?”

  1. fakrul says:

    we should buy back showcross and bring in dzeko, neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

    sell , carrick, brown, oshea, kuszczak, park, and evans j. … allow free transfer of owen, release ,Hargreaves, loan out bebe, gibson and amos… and let giggs, vandersar, scholes retire while they r still on top and make gary reserve team coach to replace ole.

  2. Pez says:

    i think we should do this:

    Schweinsteiger (the natural heir to Scholes)
    Kroos or Pjanic (both lads get forward and have undeniable potential, could be world class) if neither then Defour
    Marin (really talented lad) or possibly N’Zogbia (risky one but does a job at Wigan)
    Neuer (proven top class young goalkeeper) or Stekelenburg (Ajax need money and have said he can go)

    Kuszczak (for obvious reasons)
    Carrick (he’s been going down hill since 2009)

    but having said all that do we have that kind of money?
    i think we could get £12 million for Carrick and about £4 million for the P.I.G. but we’d still have to spend about £68 million minus the twelve we’d get in so £56 million but im sure that side would win the league

  3. Calvo(halftime) says:

    Carrick,Oshea,Park,Hargo,Gibson,Diouff,Evra(if reports abt him wanting madrid are true!)
    Van der sar,giggs,scholes,neville.
    Eikrem, Morrison,Pogba,Cleverley,

  4. Erick says:

    Kuszczak, Diouf, Anderson, Gibson

    Hazard/Holtby, Hamsik/M. Sissoko, Stekelenburg

    Will Keane, Cleverley, Pogba, Morrison, Vermijl

  5. PIP says:

    Neuer would be a good choice for keeper. A left winger would be good but a creative midfielder a must. Preferably two such players.

  6. Mr E says:

    Sell owen, neville, Brown, hargarves, anderson, park, Rooney
    Release giiggs Van Da Sar at end of season keep scholes for 1 more year
    Promote Wellbeck, Cleverley Pogba, Morrison, Elkison
    Buy Stekelenburg, Benzema, Tim Cahill, Schweinstiger,
    LOan out BeBe Oberton Gibson
    Release M Phelan P McGuiness Bring in Ajax or Barsa coach and Giggs as youth coach

  7. Mr E says:

    Strongest UNITED team at minute is
    Van D Sar, De laet, Rio ,Vidic, Evra, Fletcher Nani Scholes Carrick Hernadez Wellbeck.
    Subs Amos Smalling Bertaov, Pogba, Elkison OShea


    Owen , Kuz , Hargo out…

    Giggs , Scholes , Neville , Vds re-tire…

    Kiko , Amos , Bebe , Gill , Devlin , Fabio , C.Evan’s Loan….

    Promote: Pogba , Brady , Morrison , Cofie , Verijlm , Petrucci , Stewart , Cleverley….

    Use more off: Morrison (a few soconds is noting) , Eikrem (play him dont use him a un used sub , King , Welbeck…… ………

    Buy….. Akinfeev , Steklenburg , Vrsaliko , golasa…

    One or maybe two off these…..

    Hamsik , Rodwell , Henderson , Harazd….

  9. johnny jones says:

    sigurdsson in 12 million for a midfielder that has one of the best ratio of goal per minute last 2 years for any midfielder and he will only get better

  10. Hooman says:

    Kuskus, Brown, Gibson, Hargreaves, Carrick, Owen, Berbatov and Park.

    VDS, G.Nev, Scholesy, Giggs.

    Neuer, G.Cahill, Rodwell, Hamsik and Hazard.

    Promote or giving playing time:
    Macheda, Welbeck, Celevrly, Ekrim, Pogba and Morrison.