Manchester United’s struggles this season were again evident on Saturday as they dropped more points at home and remain outside the Champions League places.
This summer Jose Mourinho has promised to add more quality to his side as he attempts to overcome their failings this term.
Germany World Cup winner Toni Kroos could become a new addition, with the Real Madrid maestro said to be contemplating leaving the Bernabeu if they fail to win a trophy this season, according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol (via The Sun).
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes was a known admirer of the ex-Bayern Munich player, with The Sun’s report suggesting a deal was in place for the German to move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2014, but Moyes lost his job as the 2013/14 season drew to a close and new boss Louis van Gaal had different targets in mind.
Manchester United currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League so there is a chance they may miss out on the competition Kross won last term yet again next season, unless they can win the Europa League or close in on their rivals in the league.
The lack of Champions League football has, however, not been a major problem in the transfer market for the club with Angel Di Maria, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic just some of the star names to have joined without the lure of European football’s biggest competition.
However, Kroos may feel staying at Madrid could represent his best chance of winning the trophy again.
With Carrick yet to be offered a new deal and with the chance the 35-year-old could retire after his testimonial in June, the search is well underway for his long-term replacement. Kroos currently ticks all the boxes for Mourinho.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena