With Manchester United completing the signing of Jadon Sancho, many still believe the side will need more in terms of quality to win the league. Raphaël Varane is due to complete his move from Real Madrid later on in the week. These signings have plugged major gaps in United’s squad, but where else can Ole Gunnar Solskjær improve his side?
United’s need for a defensive midfielder
With reports emerging that the United boss wants to implement a 433 formation, it is key that United sign a defensive midfielder. Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred had this role for large-parts of last season. There are whispers that Declan Rice, Ruben Neves and Eduardo Camavinga are adored at Old Trafford. Saúl Ñíguez is also another midfielder on the market, with rumours that United are considering the Spaniard. Saúl’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has been offering the 26-year-old across Europe.
With United’s current midfield options, it seems almost impossible for a 33-year-old Nemanja Matic to hold his own in a 3-man midfield. Although Fred has shown good qualities with his pressing and ball winning, many believe he hasn’t got the quality on the ball that a Manchester United midfielder must possess. Fred’s midfield partner, Scott McTominay, is a player that Solskjær has previously suggested that he may push further forward. These 3 factors make it key for United’s recruitment team to go out and buy a defensive midfielder.
20-year-old James Garner was quite impressive in a short-loan spell at Nottingham Forest last season; however, it looks as though the academy graduate may go out on loan for a second season. Forest and Sheffield United are among those interested. Although Garner may not have been in Solskjær’s short-term plans, a possible loan move further increases the need of a holding midfielder. Declan Rice is a player that United’s hierarchy approve of, but is he the missing piece to Man United’s jigsaw?
Competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Kieran Trippier is another name that has been mentioned. Many believe that he would be a reasonable signing, providing competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Atletico Madrid right-back also showcased his versatility during the Euros, providing a good balance on either flank. Trippier is a player that would bring different qualities to Wan-Bissaka, seeming more comfortable on the ball. Trippier also has a greater intent going forward. The 30-year-old Englishman provided 7 assists last season for club and country, with one coming in the Euro 2020 final.