Simply put, Manchester United need new players. This squad is too thin to mount a realistic title challenge anytime soon, though when the regular starting line-up is fully fit and healthy, the Reds actually have a decent team.
All that’s needed is some small tinkering in the transfer market, and to his credit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made three astute signings over the summer – all of whom have improved us.
Anyway, in an article from The Sun, it is being claimed that United have been handed a transfer boost in regards to FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
Apparently, the Reds are ‘on alert’ as the 31-year-old will have to consider his future at the Nou Camp if he does not start playing more regularly.
“I don’t know what will come now.” Rakitic is quoted as saying by The Sun.
“It’s tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team. I will do everything possible to change my situation.
“I have two years left on my deal and there’s no better place to play than Barcelona, the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach.
“I spoke with people at the club everyone knew I had other options.
“I want to fight so that the team see me ready to deliver on the pitch.
“I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changed, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again.”
The Sun state that over the summer, Rakitic opted to stay at Barcelona despite interest from United (and Juventus), though less than two months into the season, the midfielder is now starting to have second thoughts.
At his age, at that stage in his career, Rakitic needs to be playing regular football. There’s no doubt that his ability to keep the play ticking over would greatly improve United’s starting line-up, though does he fit in with what Solskjaer is trying to achieve?
The Baby Faced Assassin has identified a clear plan of signing young, preferably British players – building a team for the long-term as opposed for the here and now. Rakitic would only be a stop-gap due to his age – though his quality simply cannot be denied.