I’d imagine that most Reds are quite happy with Manchester United’s transfer business this summer. I myself have been lionizing Ed Woodward and the calibre of player the club has attracted so far. We’ve addressed some serious deficiencies at right back, central midfield and in attack.
But, with pre-season now underway and a busy August looming, one area still unaddressed is centre half.
The trio that was supposed to step up last season – Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones – have failed to meet expectations. Evans to the point where he is likely to depart. Nothing short of a proven, world-class operator will do. Someone who has experience and bags of ability. If this club is to make a serious attempt at a trophy or two this season, it will not happen with the current defensive personnel.
The jury is still out on the port-side of central defence as well. At 25, Marcos Rojo could be the long-term solution. With his only deputy the versatile, but not entirely convincing Daley Blind. One would not be disappointed with another player coming in here – leaving Blind to deputize for Luke Shaw, as he looks unlikely to get into the newly revamped midfield.
There are likely to be incomings in other positions, notably goalkeeper and attack. But for me, the area that needs sorting most urgently is still the rear guard – regardless of who’s in goal.