Manchester United Football Club may have won three away games on the spin, but the Red Devils still have ample issues within the team that need fixing.
A new striker probably sits atop that list, though closely following behind is the need to add a top-quality attacking midfielder to the mix. The lack of chance creation, particularly with Paul Pogba out injured, is somewhat alarming.
Ironically, the problem isn’t as evident when going up against the top teams as they allow you more space. However, against sides who sit back and look to starve United of space, we lack that cutting edge.
With that in mind and the January transfer market now just a couple of months away, we’ve decided to take a look at three potential options that United could look at to fill the creative void:
James Maddison – Leicester City
This one is perhaps the obvious choice. Everyone somewhat expects this move to be a case of when rather than if. James Maddison has been sublime for Leicester since his move in 2018’s summer and there’s no doubt he’d be a huge upgrade for the Red Devils.
Aged 22, Maddison will only improve and he does fit the bill in regards to what Solskjaer is trying to achieve in the transfer market. His old pal Harry Maguire will no doubt be whispering in his ear, too…
However, like Maguire, Maddison would be mightily expensive. You’d imagine that with the English premium and the fact that the boyhood United fan still has time left on his contract, he’d cost around £100million. It’d be worth it, in my opinion though…
Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
Jack Grealish would be a wildcard. The 24-year-old is starting to play better now he’s finding his feet in the Premier League – and the boyhood Aston Villa fan may not be able to achieve everything he wants with his beloved Villans.
He’s great off either foot, has a lethal shot on him and loves to carve out chances. There’s no doubt he’d be an astute addition for the squad and he’d probably cost a significantly less amount than Maddison. United could also be helped if Villa do get relegated.
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur
The Dane isn’t happy at Tottenham Hotspur, that much is obvious. There’s no doubt Christian Eriksen would prefer a move to Real Madrid, though if the Reds throw enough money his way then the 27-year-old could be persuaded.
With a winding down contract, Spurs’ last chance at getting cash back for Eriksen would be January – which could play into United’s hands. He’s probably the only one of the three that the Old Trafford club could sign in the mid-season window. The question is, would he be willing…?