Manchester United are currently two midfielders light. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to replace Marouane Fellaini or Ander Herrera, although it’s not for the want of trying.
This summer has seen names aplenty linked with a potential move to Old Trafford. Many of those have been central players, although today, a new name has been thrown into the mix.
It comes from the Daily Mail, who say that United have enquired about signing the 25-year-old Southampton midfielder, Mario Lemina.
Apparently, the man from Gabon is heading for a Saints exit after being left out of Southampton’s pre-season tour squad. Their manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, is looking to recoup the £18million that they paid to sign Lemina from Juventus just two years ago.
Although Lemina is a talented young man, he’s failed to nail down a regular starting berth with the South Coast club, while injuries haven’t helped his case.
First and foremost, the last thing United needs right now is another player with a dodgy injury record, while it’s also worrying that he has been unable to regularly break into the Southampton starting line-up – as he’d likely find it harder to do so at United with tougher competition.
In terms of style, Lemina is a real box-to-box midfielder who can cover every blade of grass. That’s definitely something United need, and if this guy is being targeted as a Fellaini replacement then I’d probably say it’s worth the punt – but he simply mustn’t be the only midfield signing made this summer as that would be an absolute disaster.