Three reasons Neymar would be a good Man United signing
1) Speed and style
Despite a solid enough start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign, Manchester United are hardly pulling up any trees. With just two goals scored in their opening three fixtures, the Old Trafford side seem to be in desperate need of a goal-scorer. Wayne Rooney looks increasingly isolated and subdued in the lone striker role, while poacher Javier Hernandez is struggling for form and James Wilson does not yet have the experience required to trouble top-flight defences. Louis van Gaal has spent all summer denying that his side needs a new attacking threat, but must be quietly interested in a new face after seeing his team convert just two of their 28 chances created this season. Despite the host of world-class forwards linked with a Manchester switch over the past few months, the recent Neymar rumours are by far the most eye-catching; he is an integral part of Barcelona’s treble-winning front-line and widely viewed as one of the best players in the world, but furthermore he is the ideal player for United in their current predicament. The Brazilian would be able to operate in a number of systems, contributing heavily to the swift counter-attacking system that the Red Devils needs to re-establish them as a dangerous and lethal offensive unit. As shown by their notoriously poor three-on-two management when going forward against Newcastle at the weekend, United desperately need a new outlet with a ruthless eye for goal to enhance and complement the cemented attacking trio of Rooney, Mata and Depay. With his 39 goals last term and heaps of flair to torment defences, Neymar would surely be near enough van Gaal’s ideal choice to fill the glaringly obvious void.
2) Marquee signing
Despite spending a significant amount already this summer, United are yet to truly excite fans with a young, exciting prospect who is already proven at the top level of Europe. While this may be harsh on Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the former’s Eredevisie tally cannot compare to Neymar’s prolific La Liga campaign while the latter is perceived by many to be joining United years past his peak. Neymar, meanwhile, is at the pinnacle of his abilities and would represent a true coup for Van Gaal and the much-ridiculed Ed Woodward. Despite what would be a huge outlay, which many think would soar north of £100m, the 23-year-old Brazil captain is the sort of name to delight those in red and terrify their opponents. His arrival in M16 would signify the club’s genuine intent of arriving back among the big boys. With no disrespect to Sadio Mane, the former Santos man is more the type of player fans want to see linked to their side, and the type of player van Gaal needs to launch his side back into title contention.
3) Top-four psychology
As well as his undoubted abilities on the pitch, Neymar’s arrival at United would also serve another purpose for the club. The 20-time English champions infamously missed out on the signing of Pedro to Chelsea, and the ex-Barcelona man wasted no time in announcing himself to the Premier League with a stunning display as the Blues edged to a 3-2 victory away at West Brom on the weekend. These were Chelsea’s first three points of the season, and signify a potential turning point for Jose Mourinho’s men; meanwhile, United squandered chances as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Newcastle at Old Trafford. For a side aiming for the top, it was a fixture United really needed to win and the draw – despite giving them a third consecutive clean sheet – leaves the club joint bottom of the Premier League in terms of goals scored. As well as contributing on the pitch with goals and assists, a name such as Neymar among the Old Trafford ranks would offer a huge boost to everyone associated with the club as it goes in search of silverware once again. He would inspire those around him to up their game, and give players and fans alike a genuine belief that they can pose a threat to anyone occupying top spot.