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Sir Alex should go Dutch in January

Posted by hakanrylander on January 1, 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson claims that there is no need for a panic-signing in January. He is just stating the obvious. Is there ever a need for a panic-signing? There is, however, a need for a sound long-term signing that will also alleviate our short-term problems. A top international player, not too expensive and available in January. This might sound a tall order, but I think such a solution exists.

The key is to look away from central midfield. I would love a world-class midfielder like Modric, Schweinsteiger or Sneijder, but such a player is unlikely to be available in January. Instead we should keep Phil Jones in midfield. With Carrick in great form and Anderson and Cleverly returning to fitness we should be sorted until the summer.

With Vidic out for the season and Rio playing every other match at the most, we need to give Chris Smalling a run in central defence. But using Smalling and Jones in central areas will leave us short of cover at right back, particularly as the twins are very injury prone. Thus we need to bring in a top right back. My suggestion is Gregory van der Wiel of Ajax who is also the established firtst choice for Holland, the third best national side in Europe. Ajax recently turned down an offer from Valencia believed to be £8m, but an offfer of, say, £15m would almost certainly be accepted. Van der Wiel’s attacking style would fit perfectly at Old Trafford.

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2 Responses to “Sir Alex should go Dutch in January”

  1. RedJack said

    What are your thoughts on Ravel Morrison and his demands?

    • hakanrylander said

      It seems to be part of the now all too familiar pattern of an agent spreading rumours of interest from top clubs (preferably Barcelona or Real Madrid) to try to get a better contract at the present club. Despite his undoubted talent, I do not think that Ravels’s bargaining position is very strong. I cannot see Newcastle offering him a bumper deal, and I find it very unlikely that it would be in his best long term interest to leave United and Ferguson.

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