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5 realistic signings Manchester United should target

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01 Jun 2014, 16:18 IST

The last season is over for good for Manchester United and the club needs to get over it and move on. A major reason for the club’s disastrous campaign was the failure in estimating transfer targets and landing them on time in the summer window. Therefore, the first and foremost thing for the new management under Louis Van Gaal is to be realistic in the transfer window. We all know how transfer chases for Fabregas and Modric ended under Moyes era and how we missed out on potential signings such as Strootman, Cabaye and Coentrao. Van Gaal, a proven statesmen, would evaluate the situation at hand and try to sign players which we can actually land in the summer.Let us all be practical about the situation of the club in the next season! United is not going to play in Europe and that means a reduction of 8-10 matches for the season. The lack of European football will affect our chances to attract the world’s best in the transfer market and players such as Kroos, Reus, Fabregas or Cavani would prefer other destinations if they decide to make a move in this window. Instead, Woodward and his team should look forward to build the team for the Premier League and challenge to retain the lost title from the blue half of Manchester. The management also needs to get rid of the dead wood and make provisions for the incoming loaned out players from the United Academy. Meanwhile, reinforcements in the midfield are a top priority as United already has a world class attacking line up to boast in the front and majority of the focus should be to land players in that area.Let us look at the top realistic targets that Manchester United should focus on and try to get them as soon as possible.DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this article are the author's own and not reflective of the website as a whole. 

#1 Luke Shaw

It does not seem to be necessary to reiterate the need for a top class Left Back at United to replace the aging Patrice Evra, who has just signed a one year extension to stay on with the club. Luke Shaws selection to the Premier League team of the year is a testament to his potential to be world class, bearing in mind that the young Saints defender is just 18 years of age and has already established himself as one of the best left backs in the league. The charm of playing regular football under Van Gaal might be enough to entice him from the grasp of other suitors and even at a price of around 27 million he would make a perfect signing for the next 10-12 years at that position. Under the mentorship of Evra, he would learn from one of the best veterans left backs and the transition will benefit United for a long term.

According to reports, a bid is already in place and he should be Uniteds top priority as the young full back wont be distracted by the lack of European football in the upcoming season. His price might go up after the World Cup, so United needs to act quickly and wrap up the deal to have their first player on board to kick of the most important transfer window of their recent history.

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