Manchester United Football Club have been hit and miss this term. Against quality opponent, the Red Devils have done well. However, when sides sit back, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men struggle to break teams down.
Some of that can be attributed directly to Paul Pogba’s long-term injury. I guess we’ll see how the 20-time Premier League champions fare when the mercurial Frenchman returns.
However, United need help when it comes to chance creation. That’s why constant links to Christian Eriksen over the last six months or so make sense aplenty.
Last night, The Telegraph ran an exclusive on the Dane. They say that United are prepared to wait until the summer to sign the classy 27-year-old on a free transfer – despite the fact that Eriksen could leave White Hart Lane in January.
Eriksen would actually be free to talk to overseas clubs about signing a pre-contract on January 1st, which does put United at a disadvantage.
However, the Reds are ‘monitoring’ the attacking-midfielder, with the club believing they can land Eriksen in a deal that’d be amongst the most high-profile free transfers in Premier League history.
There’s no doubt that Eriksen would bring some on-ball quality that the Old Trafford outfit have been lacking in. My concern is that Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman and if he can avoid it, he’d prefer not to let his player move to another English side.
Then you have the elephant in the room – the lack of Champions League football. Whether we like it or not, this is a contributing factor. Eriksen wants to play in the best competitions and win major trophies. That’s something United simply cannot guarantee right now.
The article from the Telegraph also states that United are closely monitoring Jack Grealish. He’s another quality player, though I do prefer James Maddison myself. One thing that’s clear is that the Reds are seemingly intent on adding a new attacking-midfielder in the not too distant future.