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Manchester United are in second position of the league but if they are to mount a serious title challenge they will they will have to add significant additions.

With the winter transfer window approaching we will take a look at the areas Manchester United need to strengthen.

 

Left wing

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired Man United have seen a dramatic change in play as we haven’t seen much of the club’s traditional attacking wing play.

The left-wing position is normally assigned to Rashford with Martial often replacing him as a substitute or the other way round. Rashford and Martial are both great talents but they really are not natural wingers who typically whip in a lot of crosses into the box.

United have top quality box strikers in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku who will score goals if given enough supply of the ball.

Ivan Perisić possesses good quality to be the candidate for the left-wing position. Another perfect fit is a 3-time Champions League winner Gareth Bale whose future is in jeopardy at Madrid. Although he is an injury prone player, he would still be a great addition to Man United.

 

A proper Number 10

This is one position United are lagging behind their rivals,it is imperative for José Mourinho to find a class number 10 player who’ll add support upfront. A defeat away to Chelsea showed us all how badly United need a player who can collect the ball from deep positions for Lukaku, who went missing in action on Sunday.

Current players deployed on the role have failed to stamp their authority Mkhitaryan struggles in big games, Mata is good but he is too inconsistent, Lingard haven’t been good enough. José, in an attempt to address this position, should turn back to his summer target of interest: Antoine Griezmann.

If United can’t lure Griezmann to Old Trafford, other alternatives are Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez (who is on loan from Real Madrid ) and Thomas Muller, even though the latter would come at an exorbitant amount in this football inflation hit period he would greatly improve the squad all the same.

 

Left back

Evra was never replaced since vacating his left full-back role, when he left for Juventus in 2014.

The Red Devils needs a quality left-back who will add numbers in attacks and contribute forward with assists and goals to add to his astute defensive acumen. Once regarded as Evra’s long term replacement, Luke Shaw has battled with injuries and fell out of favour with the gaffer.

Danny Rose is a good option for United having publicly shown interest in playing in the northwest. Another option is Austrian international David Alaba who is not short of qualities needed to earn a place in a well established team. One intriguing option however would be the already available player Rojo, who played in the left-back role for Argentina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they finished as runner-ups. If Mourinho sees it fitting he may use Rojo out wide where he is also capable

If these areas of immediate concern are not addressed, they will prove problematic to Manchester United’s quest for league success.

 

Written by Bonno Macheng

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