Sometimes I think meaning get lost in text....I'm certainly not even debating or implying that Evra or anyone at United is better than Baines. Of course Baines would be the starting LB - what I'm saying is I don't see them spending their money to upgrade LB when they have other more obvious needs and depth at that position.
Evra was fine this season and is a leader, Buttner will never amount to anything special but he's fine for those unimportant games when things get congested, Fabio was injured early on and for a decent amount of time at QPR which didn't help his case but he was impessive more often than not from what I gathered from QPR supporters online and watching a few of their games that made tv here. Have to think that Fabio isn't that far behind breaking out like Rafael did this year.
United has ton of depth along the back line. I think midfield is much more of a concern. Carrick is incredible but how much longer can they keep leaning on him so heavily? How much are they going to use Jones is a midfield role? Cleverley is a promising young player but still developing. Scholes is gone, Giggs isn't really an option in the center anymore, and Anderson is rumored to want out. Rooney never seemed comfortable playing midfield the few times they tried him this year.
With Moyes coming in, I think United could modify their approach somewhat and use Fellaini as a target man. Carrick is fantastic at distrubuting the ball from the back and is sound positionally. I think him and Fellaini could make quite the duo in the center of the pitch and complement each other well. I'd like to see that move because it improves them tactically and adds much needed depth.
Rooney departing certainly creates a hole up front but I don't think it's as big as the one in the middle. They are still fortunate to have van Persie, Chicharito, Kagawa, and Welbeck. Not trying to come across cocky but I feel confident in that group. If I had to pick 1 spot on this team to bring in a marquee player it would defintely be midfield and Fellaini would be my #1 choice.
Ah i see , sorry , i get it now, thats a fair enough point, although i think relying on Evra next year will be a push, Although he has been good this season,he really lost a step pace wise this year, and considering the way that United like to use width i would say they really could use Baines. Fabio in my oppinion just cant defend that well, he is well above average going forward, but he like Buttner, he is good for at least one mistake a game. Maybe if they do bring him back for the season they can put him on the wing. Valencia had a horrible season, Nani is more than likely off, if he can get a few starts there i think he could be effective. He will be competing with Zaha, but Wilf is going to need a whole season to adjust, becuase he has been horrilby incosisten for Palace this year.
As for midfeild for United, i think you will see a lot more of Nick Powell this year, he is a fantastic footballer. I just cant see Fellaini bringing anything to United. I dont think there will be such a transitional shift in Uniteds game, if they start playing long balls like Stoke you make the majority of the rest of the team ineffective. A much more sensible option would be trying to sign Nicolas Gaitan, much more of a United style player. To get the best out of him he wont play in the midle with Carrick, he will sit behind Van Persie, which means you are going to have to sit one of Rooney, Kagawa, Wlebeck or Hernandez.
I think Rooney stays, i dont thik there is much of a market for him really.
Ross Barkley is one for the future no doubt; great addition for The Wednesday earlier in the season and for several matches the only one with his head screwed on. Would learn a lot about his game if he went to Man U, learning from the likes of Carrick, Giggs (and Scholes if he hangs about).
With recent events happening just this week, Everton should be chomping at the bit to get Mancini as their next manager.
Nice idea about Mancini, although i think he would be a bit exposed without a colossal budget at his disposal.