Manchester United Balls: Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Bring Moyes Harmony
THE Daily Robbie Savage: Today Savage uses his insight to tell Daily Mirror readers what David Moyes need do to make Manchester United great:
Why David Moyes must rip up this team and sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Buy the Swede as a new Cantona plus Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, tie down Wayne Rooney and build the back four around Phil Jones.
So much for the teaser. Savage then adds:
If David Moyes wants to put the cat among the pigeons at Old Trafford, he needs to sign another Eric Cantona.
Hmmm, dunno. What about another George Best, Dennis Law or Roy Keane?
Instead of panic buys in January (often short-term solutions to long-term problems), he should go out and buy three or four world-class players next summer.
Good plan. Buy great players. Go on…
Just as Sir Alex Ferguson stunned his rivals by landing Cantona from Leeds for a pittance 20 years ago, Moyes needs a marquee signing as a statement of intent.
How about Zlatan Ibrahimovic? He is a Cantona-type player who would give the Reds a real lift – and with Sweden missing out on the World Cup, he will not be worn out after a long summer.
Zlatan is paid £778,000 a month to play for PSG. He singed a three-year contract for the minted club in the summer of 2012. At the season’s end he’ll be nearly 33. He, as Savage tells us., is a long-term solution.
This will not go down well on Merseyside, but if he is going to build a new axis in the middle of the park from the best English talent out there, I would push the boat out and go for Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana. Barkley looks like he is going to be the real deal.
I know some Evertonians were bitter about Moyes going back to sign Marouane Fellaini, but if he is serious about building a United dynasty in his own image, he must compete for the BIGGEST names, the brightest stars, the players everybody else would love to sign. Isn’t that what United have always done?
No. They never really went for Gareth Bale. Cristiano Ronaldo left. Mesut Ozil chose Arsenal, as did Aaron Ramsey.
Alex Ferguson had a fantastic bunch of players the scouts had spotted and trained in the youth teams.
Ferguson’s first ten signings were: Viv Anderson from Arsenal, Brian McClair from Celtic, Mark Hughes from Barcelona, Jim Leighton from Aberdeen, Lee Sharpe from Torquay, Mal Donaghy from Luton, Ralph Milne from Bristol City, Mike Phelan from Norwich, Neil Webb from Nottingham Forest and Gary Pallister from Middlesbrough
Were they all the players everyone else would loved to have signed?
When Ray Wilkins left United for AC Milan, then manger Ron Atkinson replaced him with 19-year-old striker Norman Whiteside.
So. No. United haven’t “always” bought big.