Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham meant that Manchester United are enduring their worst start to a league campaign since 1990/91, and despite tonight’s victory, it’s evident changes need to be made.
Jose Mourinho has been hit with more FA charges for his ill-discipline more times than we care to recall, and his United team are currently languishing eight points behind the top four, with a much inferior goal difference to Arsenal.
That’s not to forget that the club are eleven points behind the pace-setters Chelsea, with the ambition at the start of the season surely being achieving a title triumph.
Despite spending £160 million, including smashing the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus, Mourinho’s United have largely failed to impress critics.
It may be a harsh assessment, but Mourinho is in desperate need of assistance. A fresh injection of new signings has not always been the best route for the club to take – just look at their transfer history under the David Moyes and Louis van Gaal eras – but it may be necessary to awake this rusting and tired team, devoid of enthusiasm and cohesion.
Here is our four options of who United could sign in order to boost what is currently a non-existent attempt to claim the Premier League trophy.
The Genk winger is one of Europe’s hottest prospects, and we can imagine how excited supporters would be at the prospect of Antonio Valencia supporting the Jamaican winger on the right-hand side of the pitch.
Genk clearly want to retain their talented teenager, with the Belgian club slapping a £20 million price tag on the 19-year-old, but Bailey’s statistics this season are more than impressive.
Purchased for a mere £1.4 million by Genk, he has been involved in sixteen goals in twenty-five appearances this season, and has shown no signs of stopping.
Bailey also averages seven dribbles a game and has a tackle average of 2.3 per game – not bad for a player who is just 5ft 9.
Michael Carrick has done a satisfactory job at cleaning up the mess that was Manchester United’s midfield, but the ageing Englishman will not be around forever. One player that has been catching the eye in the Premier League is former academy product Danny Drinkwater – now a champion with Leicester City.
Metro reported that Mourinho is keen to bring Drinkwater back to Old Trafford, and given his statistics in a struggling Foxes side he would be an excellent addition.
Drinkwater shows the combative side of his game with 33 tackles won, as well as completing 19 interceptions, 5 blocks and 22 clearances.
Leicester’s reported £30 million valuation is steep, but there is no denying the 26-year-old is a fine player and one that United could need.
Another teenage sensation, Dolberg has emerged seemingly from nowhere this season and is yet another outstanding young talent to come from Ajax’s famed academy.
Despite only being 19, the forward has scored more than any other player in the Eredivisie this season, and has prowess in front of goal has not gone unnoticed by Europe’s elite.
One of ten youngsters in world football to be endorsed by Lionel Messi, Dolberg stepped up to the plate as a number 9 for Ajax after Arkadiusz Milik left for Napoli in the summer.
That being said, he is not rigid in his positioning. Dolberg likes to drop deep and be involved in the link-up play, occasionally tending to drift wider in order to obtain the ball.
He possesses a footballing intelligence that is rare for a player in his position of his age, and United would do well to move quickly. They need to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the long-term, and who better than Dolberg?
Young, hungry, and incredibly composed in front of goal, the Dane is a dead cert to move on to bigger things.
Fans have become increasingly aware of the importance of a top quality centre-back in a team, and Mourinho would be forced to acknowledge that defensively, his team have been far from sharp during the 2016/17 campaign to date.
One man who could potentially shore up a leaky defence? Meet Victor Lindelof.
David Amoyal of ESPN believes that the 22-year-old Benfica defender would be a far better fit for the Red Devils than Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, who cannot play right-back like Lindelof can.
The Daily Mail have reported that United’s scouts have been watching Lindelof since the beginning of the season, and could be boosted by the player’s agent, who dropped quite the hint that his client was keen on a move.
Hasan Cetinkaya, Lindelof’s representative, said:
‘I don’t want to comment on various clubs but there is concrete interest from some of the biggest in Europe.
”Vigge’ really enjoys it at Benfica, at the same time, as I have said before, there is no smoke without fire when it comes to that many clubs are interested in him, but Victor is focused on Benfica.’
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.