Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to Southampton’s Mario Lemina to bolster the Man United midfield
Manchester United are having a midfield crisis. Having Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera exiting the club last season and Paul Pogba seeking a move away to a Champions League level side.
According to reports, Mario Lemina has not joined Southampton on their pre-season tour in Austria, amid doubts about his future with The Saints.
The Gabonese midfielder Lemina, 25, joined Southampton from Juventus for around £15million in the summer of 2017. The Football Manc Cave understands that Southampton is ready to listen to offers that will merely recoup the money they spent on him, meaning a bid in the region of around £20million would be a realistic amount.
Last season, Lemina made 23 appearances for Southampton, making 2.7 tackles per 90 minutes, compared to Nemanja Matic’s 1.7 tackles per 90 in the Premier League. This statistic demonstrates his value in the defensive role in midfield and could provide the Manchester United back four with a more solid character ahead of them.
By also bringing in Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United would have a fairly solid midfield.
Fernandes can play the creative role, attacking the back four and providing intricate passes behind the defence for the likes of Martial and Rashford.
Lemina would sit in front of the defence. Standing at six foot tall, he can win the ball in the deeper sections of the midfield and move it forward to the creative midfielders.
Scott McTominay impressed many Manchester United fans last season, and will likely see the green on many occasions during the upcoming season. He can play as a ball-winning, box-to-box midfielder, capable of influencing both the attack and defence.
Should business go to plan, we could see a much more balanced Manchester United midfield next season, which could transform the entire shape, attitude and work rate of the team.