Out of the Champions League and unlikely to return next season, you would be forgiven for thinking that David Moyes may be a little downbeat – but the Scot is focusing on the future and the bumper crop of players set to arrive at Manchester United.
Speaking in the wake of their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich, which ended their European Cup hopes, the Red Devils’ boss revealed that Champions League football would have no bearing on future arrivals.
So who is arriving at Old Trafford? We look at seven signings that, for our money, look good picks.
Jan Vertonghen – Manchester United have a history of poaching Tottenham’s best players and if the Belgian impresses at the World Cup, the club could step up their efforts to recruit the defender who is believed to be disillusioned with life at White Hart Lane.
Mats Hummels – With Bayern Munich tightening their grip on Germany’s domestic game and Barcelona’s transfer ban ruling out a move to the Catalans, Manchester United could be the perfect destination for Hummels who is keen on a Premier League move.
Fabio Coentrao – The Portuguese nearly completed a loan move to Old Trafford in January and looks likely to transfer their in the summer, with the club coming highly recommended by former Red Devil and current Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yann M’Vila – The bad boy of French football is just the man to add some much needed bite to the Manchester United midfield and having already agitated for a move to the Premier League in January, looks set to leave Rubin Kazan, with the Old Trafford club an ideal destination.
Antoine Griezmann – Current club Real Sociedad may be in the hunt for Champions League football, but as Xabi Alonso’s previous move to Liverpool shows, the pull of the Premier League is hard to resist. Playing for Manchester United would also boost his national team chances too.
Arda Turan – The unheralded star of Atletico Madrid, Turan could be tempted into a move to United should Diego Simeone depart in the summer, in a move that would surely start a fire sale at the club. As a former Galatasaray player, moving to one of their old European foes may tempt.
Edinson Cavani – The Uruguayan has grown frustrated at playing second-fiddle to Zlatan at PSG and having realised that money may not be everything, a move to a prestigious club like Manchester United may suit a striker who has seen his stock go down ever so slightly this term.
Manchester United may be out of Europe and rank outsiders to finish in the top four but they remain a great bet to finish the season in the top six, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 4/5 on the Reds doing just that.
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