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Man Utd set to battle it out for ex-Liverpool star

Manchester United are clearly in search of players who can be involved across the forward four positions in Man Utd’s attack.

These positions are currently occupied by Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood…

With the quality of display Greenwood put out last season, it would be harsh to say he stands out in that list of players as being the least-effective. But in reality, this appears to be the case, can Solskjaer really rely on an 18-year-old day-in-day-out? Particularly one that is playing in his unfavourite position as he is primarily a number 9 striker.

Therefore, Man Utd have been linked to a number of names who would be suitable fits in that right-wing slot, such as Jason Sancho, David Brooks and recently ex-Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho spent a year on loan at Bayern Munich, where he ironically won his first Champions League trophy and is now on his way to return to Barcelona’s Camp Nou, as Bayern have opted out of triggering the €120million option to buy. 

Upon his return, he will meet the new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, has stated that he wants to fully understand the players’ intentions before making a final decision on his future.

Experience

The acquisition of Philippe Coutinho, 28, might bring in more experience of glory than if signing Jadon Sancho. But for the difference in cost compared to the difference in age and effectiveness to the squad, Man Utd would be smart to keep Sancho as their prime target.

However, Coutinho has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for many seasons now. Meaning there could be weight in the notion that Man Utd have been in contact and have the winger on their radar.

All of Solskjaer’s signings so far have proved their place in the squad and have been accepted with open arms by the fans. Hopefully, this run continues for the Reds as they have suffered from poor recruitment for many, many years now.

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