No matter how many ways I assess Manchester United’s options both this season and beyond, one solution keeps popping up which I hope Sir Alex Ferguson will address in the summer.
OK, United will probably add another striker in the summer but the player I’m most eager to see arrive is Everton’s Jack Rodwell.
Rodwell has Anderson’s work rate, Fletcher’s ability to man mark and tackle and has Scholes’s knack of making late runs forward. Give him a platform and I’m sure he will step up and not only become United’s “Gattuso” or “Davids” but also an integral part of the England set up. That type of player that United have been crying out for since Roy Keane retired. United have always been known for gathering the best of British talent and Rodwell certainly falls into that category.
Adding Rodwell gives United an amazing squad. Andres Lindegaard has proven better than expected and David de Gea will be a great keeper if given time. Young Amos has had a few games as well. Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones, Patrice Evra, Evans and the da Silva brothers make up a decidedly strong defence, and I don’t think too much work needs to be done here.
One addition I would be interested in, if Harry Redknapp leaves Tottenham, would Kyle Walker consider a move to Old Trafford? He would vie for a start at right back and provide cover for Evra.
United’s wide options would include Antonio Valencia, Nani, Ashley Young and even Ryan Giggs (who recently signed a year’s extension to his contract) and Park with central midfield options of Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Tom Cleverley and Rodwell should any deal be forthcoming.
I’d keep Michael Owen on a rolling contract. He still has goals in him and he makes for a great fourth choice striker. Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all provide a good goal threat but one thing Fergie loves is a striker and Ricky van Wolfswinkle has been mentioned (hopefully just on the basis of his great name).
What are your thoughts on this? Would Jack Rodwell be a good signing for Man United? Comment below.
Written by Wesley Hillier @armchairstato.blogspot.com.
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