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If Man United want to get 40.5m rated assist king midfielder, Woodward will have to dig deep in his pockets

Brendan Rodgers is well aware that the top clubs of England have a big enough draw to lure his superstar midfielder away from Leicester City.

It doesn’t take the biggest brains in football to see that there is a crucial deficiency in the Man Utd squad. Their recent performances have been very up and down. Showing great team spirit, determination and moments of individual genius. But these three qualities are that of a newly promoted side who are on a bounce, not the qualities of a once-great side trying to reclaim their crown.

Luckily for Man Utd fans, the introduction of two top-quality midfielders and one top quality forward could be the missing piece to this young but hopeful squad.

Solskjaer’s transfer parameters have been to seek out young, hungry and predominantly British talent. This may be an attempt to re-establish the old-school Man Utd, where every player who steps out onto the pitch is living their dream. Not dreaming of a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus.

James Maddison has reportedly been on Solskjaer’s radar for some months now and could be launching a heavy bid for his services in January.

There is little doubt that had Maddison joined the Reds is Summer, their problems would have decreased massively, and dropped points may have easily been won.

This is because Man Utd completely lack creativity in the final third. Pogba is by far the most creative midfielder but gets played in a deep position where his attacks are few and far between.

Having an attacking midfielder of Maddison’s calibre would transform this terribly irritating Man Utd side into a side who create chances for fun. It is evident that the system and structure can provide attacking football, but the personnel to do it isn’t quite there.

It’s obvious Man Utd need 1 of these midfielders in January following Leicester City performance

Man Utd is currently suffering from a squad depth crisis in a season filled with football, as they have the demands of the Premier League. They lost six first-team players in the transfer window and brought in three, leaving a scarce midfield and attack in front of a fairly solid defence.

The 1-0 victory at Old Trafford was certainly a good team performance. But Man Utd holding out for a narrow win from a penalty at home against Leicester is cause for concern.

Man Utd was dominated on the ball despite being solid defensively. They had 41% possession and made only 345 passes compared to Leicester’s 471. This shows that a commanding and dominant midfielder is needed at Man Utd to help them control the game, as a slight slip up could nullify the one goal that the Reds can’t seem to add to.

Pogba was out of the line up due to a minor injury, and his presence could have allowed for Man Utd to see more of the ball. However, Fred came on as a substitute for Matic and partnered alongside Scott McTominay which instantly saw the Reds look more comfortable and confident in possession.

Having Fred and McTominay as deep midfielders is the way to go for Man Utd, should they want to dominate possession. But having a creative midfielder in front of them is crucial to Solskjaer’s side racking up goals on a consistent basis.

With Pogba seeking a move away, Juan Mata reaching the latter stages of his career and Angel Gomes arguably not ready for first-team football, who can Solskjaer add to his side to undertake this role?

Creative Midfielders

Ironically, Man Utd could have solved this issue in summer. Being heavily linked to the likes of James Maddison and Bruno Fernandes, they are precisely the calibre of player that Solskjaer needs in his side. Both are keen on scoring and assisting whilst adding a spark of flare and quality to their sides.

2 Real Madrid players Man Utd should go for instead of Kroos

Paul Pogba’s move to Real Madrid could result in a player moving the other way. But who can Man Utd go for to replace the midfielder?

Real Madrid made attempts to sign Paul Pogba in summer, but the Reds managed to keep hold of their prized midfielder for one more season.

With Man Utd’s current midfield lacking in both depth and quality, they already need to sign one or two midfielders without the loss of Paul Pogba. With the loss of Pogba, that adds yet another item to the shopping list for Man Utd, who have several positions already that need more depth.

According to reports, Real Madrid are considering using the 29-year-old German midfielder Toni Kroos in their attempt to sign Pogba for a lower price than what Man Utd originally set for their star man.

However, there are 2 players Man Utd could use more than Toni Kroos and should be offered by Real Madrid in a swap plus cash deal for Paul Pogba…

Casemiro

27-year-old Brazilian international Casemiro has been a successful defensive midfielder with the Spanish giants since moving from Sao Paulo in 2013. Spending six years in Madrid will have given Casemiro the talent, fitness and pedigree to slot nicely in front of Solskjaer’s back four and play a pivotal role in transitioning from defence to attack.

Gareth Bale

Man Utd was rumoured to be considering a loan deal for Bale in summer. The Welshman has been out of favour in Madrid despite proving his class on multiple occasions. A recent example is being taken off in the 3-0 defeat to PSG although he was their best player on the night.

Bale’s astronomical wages could be a difficulty in the process, but Man Utd certainly need quality in their side and will have to spend big to get it.

2 Serie A midfielders Man Utd need to replace Matic in the winter window

Man Utd could lose yet another midfielder as Juventus have their eyes on Nemanja Matic for the January window, meaning that the Reds have to sign someone as a replacement…

Nemanja Matic has rarely featured this season under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He made his first appearance in the 1-1 draw against Southampton as a substitute, a questionable decision as the defensive midfielder is far from a match-winner.

Matic’s first start for the Reds this season came against Leicester City as Pogba was out injured. Although the Serbian did little to harm the team’s performance, the introduction of Fred in his place allowed Man Utd to take much more control of the game, particularly in the midfield.

Falling out of the first team, Matic has been unhappy with the amount of game time he is currently getting. Now, Italians are set to hijack yet another Man Utd man as Juventus are weighing up a deal for Matic in January.

As January transfers are often difficult to accomplish, Solskjaer should begin preparing for his replacement by considering these two Serie A midfielders for the transfer window…

Blaise Matuidi

Man Utd could cleverly swap the experienced defensive midfielder for someone of similar calibre. Matuidi is one of the fiercest midfielders in the game, and would successfully serve as a more commanding figure than Matic in front of Man Utd’s back four.

Furthermore, Matuidi won the World Cup with Paul Pogba and the French connection in the midfield could give Man Utd an impressive second-half to the season.

Suso

Man Utd’s main problem in their unbeaten pre-season, was the 25-year-old Italian who ran the midfield in their face-off with AC Milan, scoring a wonderful goal.

Able to play the wing also, this attacking-midfielder has the creativity and finesse to massively increase Man Utd’s goal tally.

Although there would still be a hole in the defensive midfield position, Scott McTominay is rapidly becoming a solid first-team player for Man Utd.

Man United’s best 11 from FIFA 20 ratings

Man United used to be the best team in the world, to use on FIFA. I’m talking the days they had Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez as their striking options.

If you compare their squad to Liverpool and Man City, it’s frightening how far they’ve fallen behind.

Anyway, FIFA is just a game – you might have a chance of beating the best, you’ll have to be a good player though.

Let’s look at United’s strongest 11 from the new FIFA ratings…

In goal, of course, is David De Gea. The Spaniard hasn’t enjoyed his best run of form since the 2018 World Cup, however, FIFA still rates him at 89, one of the highest-rated goalkeepers in the world.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw occupy both full-backs spots, as they are in real life in the opening part of the season. Harry Maguire is rated just 82, I was expecting him to be a little higher, although his individual defending stats are pretty strong. Victor Lindelof is United’s second-highest-rated central defender, at 81.

Next transfer window priorty

Surely a priority in the next transfer window is to find a long-term partner for Maguire. Lindelof will never be good enough to lead a Man United back four, in my opinion.

Onto the midfield. Paul Pogba is unsurprisingly the star man, with a rating of 88. Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata also make the midfield three, controversially I’d imagine. Nemanja Matic is rated considerably higher than Scott McTominay, certainly debatable if your going off their performances over the past couple of years.

United only actually have four forwards in-game, as Daniel James is listed as a midfielder. Marcus Rashford would lead the line, a good card which 92 pace, while Anthony Martial would play left-wing, also generous stats with 89 pace and 85 dribbling.

Although James has been occupying the other wing, for the purposes of the article, Mason Greenwood would fill the right-wing position.

These 5 bold changes will see Man Utd make their mark against Leicester City today

After moving on multiple players during the transfer window, Man Utd was left with a very thin squad. Now, in their biggest game so far against Leicester, there are multiple injuries which could completely write off the game at Old Trafford.

In Solskjaer’s recent press conference, he admitted that some players could miss out playing against Leicester City due to injuries.

This means that Man Utd’s dire midfield doesn’t even have Pogba anymore. The most competent defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is out, along with their new number nine Anthony Martial, left-back Luke Shaw, right-back Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard, too.

With such a lack of squad depth going into this game, Solskjaer and Michael Carrick could have to put their boots on a join in…

What will Man Utd’s starting 11 looks like against Leicester?

Goalkeeper

David De Gea

Thankfully, Man Utd still have David De Gea between the sticks. However, with his recent dip in form and rumours of his departure in summer, it is uncertain which De Gea will show up.

Defence

Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Marcos Rojo

Although it would be fantastic to see Axel Tuanzebe or even Brandon Williams step in, Solskjaer made it clear that it will be the experienced players who have to step up during this injury crisis.

Midfield

Matic, Pereira, McTominay

Yes, perhaps. This midfield three for a full season might see relegation. But with a lack of midfield investment in summer, coupled with Pogba’s injury, this is the best midfield Solskjaer can pitch. Unless he finally gives Fred a chance to shine.

Attack

Daniel James, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood

The most exciting part of the team is the pacey, young forward three. Dan James has been utterly brilliant off the left-hand side for both club and country. However, Rashford at number nine could cause some issues, as he seems to only be clinical in a few games per season. Mason Greenwood will be the beacon of hope for bagging a few goals in the game.

What does Man Utd do with star midfielder after a completed deal fell through?

It is no secret that Paul Pogba wanted to leave Man Utd this summer. But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has assured the public that Pogba will continue to remain professional. But is this being shown in his performances?

According to reports, want-away Paul Pogba accepted to a move to PSG just says before deadline day. on a deal worth £429,000 per week. However, the move did not materialise due to Barcelona failing to meet the financial demands for Neymar.

Therefore, Paul Pogba has missed out on a £22million per year salary, Champions League football, trophies and a return to his home country.

I’d be upset about that, wouldn’t you?

What will happen with Paul Pogba this season?

During pre-season press conferences, Solskjaer affirmed the public that Pogba would be a Man Utd player next season. And he is, but he’s a very unhappy one.

It appears to be the same-old with Paul Pogba this season. There are moments of pure brilliance, such has his two assists against Chelsea in the 4-0 victory. However, the majority of his game appears to be lethargic and sloppy. Pogba is still giving the ball away in ridiculous situations.

Pogba is likely to be well aware that he is in his last six to ten months with the Manchester club, as most European giants would welcome the Frenchman regardless of his form at Old Trafford.

Should Pogba be off the pace this season, it would be brutally harmful to their already lacklustre midfield, the weakest part of the squad already. On the flip side, his disappointment may well wear off in the coming weeks.

Should the rest of his team step-up, he will have to follow suit. Should the promises of January transfers come to light and Man Utd storm through the second half of the season. Perhaps that is the only way Pogba would consider remaining at Old Trafford.

Man Utd stand strong as they set Pogba January sale price

Paul Pogba’s dream of moving from Man Utd to Real Madrid could finally materialise as soon as January. This will make the upcoming season one of ups and downs for a few reasons…

If you asked me for a price to set on Paul Pogba, you’d have to tip an eight on its side. There is no price that Pogba can depart for which will benefit the future of Manchester United unless every penny of the quoted £179million for his services is reinvested into a brand new midfield.

But bear in mind, when Cristiano Ronaldo departed Man Utd, he was replaced with Gabriel Obertan and Michael Owen… A club with ambition right?!

What will happen to Man Utd if Pogba leaves in January?

Many Man Utd fans fear that the board will fail to invest in the club correctly upon the sale of Paul Pogba. Selling him in January will only allow for three or four weeks to find a suitable replacement, whilst also attempting to sign a further midfielder which the side desperately need already.

With Paul Pogba, Man Utd have the 8th best midfield in the Premier League. Without him, you’d need to look at the Championship to find any comparisons. That is why Paul Pogba cannot be sold unless plans for his replacement are already in place.

But again, bear in mind that the transfers of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka took more than four weeks to complete, resulting in Man Utd giving in to the initial asking price anyway.

Love or hate Paul Pogba, he is the only outfield player in the squad who could walk into any other European giant’s dressing room.

It is unlikely that Man Utd will replace Pogba with a player of his calibre. If they do, it will be a player who is merely seeking an astronomical wage.

Is Man Utd going round in circles despite the promise of a rebuild? Should it continue, there is no cap to how far down this once great club could plummet to.

What if 32 goals-midfielder had joined Man Utd in the summer?

Man Utd was linked to several midfielders over summer. Fans were furious on deadline day when no additions to the midfield were made, and foretold the struggles that Man Utd would face…

In Man Utd’s opening fixtures they have suffered one defeat and two draws, winning only one game using counter-attacks. This is worrying as most teams will now know to defend in a compact manner against the Reds. As recent games have shown that they do not have the midfield to pick out a man against a solid defence.

This is where the well-rounded midfielder Bruno Fernandes comes in. Last season, Bruno Fernandes scored 32 and got 18 assists in 53 appearances for Sporting Lisbon, drawing interest from clubs such as Man Utd, Real Madrid, Tottenham and Liverpool.

His form has continued into the current season. Fernandes has scored 2 and assisted 4 in four games in Liga Nos so far. Undoubtedly, he is one of the greatest midfielders in European football. He would have jumped at the chance to join Man Utd and prove himself on a much bigger stage.

Where would Man Utd be with Bruno Fernandes?

Should Bruno Fernandes have joined Man Utd in summer, I wholeheartedly believe that the Reds would have won each of their games so far this season.

On top of that, Paul Pogba having a talented midfielder to play alongside may have gone some way in encouraging him to stick around at Old Trafford. Increasing the chances that he will partake in the rebuild of Man Utd. The opportunities presented to the forward three of James, Martial and Rashford would also increase massively. Let alone the quality of football being displayed.

Overall, bringing in Bruno Fernandes, or any superstar creative midfielder, would have transformed this under-performing Man Utd. As a key ingredient would have been added. But most importantly, of course, it would have made the recent transfer window a lot more interesting.

3 reasons why 15m signing is fast becoming a shrewd bit of business by Man Utd

After arriving from Swansea for only £15million, fans spoke of Daniel James as a substitute player who would merely be ‘one to watch’. Four games into the Premier League and James is the only one people are watching in the Man Utd squad…

Daniel James has 3 goals in 4 Premier League games for the Red Devils, with two of them being stunning strikes that the likes of Marcus Rashford or Raheem Sterling would receive ample amounts of praise for scoring. He also scored a similar goal off the left-hand side for Wales in their 1-0 win over Belarus.

Onwards and upwards

Not only is the young Welshman tucking goals away, but his unmatched pace provides options for Man Utd, which they haven’t had in recent years. As his confidence and skill continue to grow, his final third production of shots and crosses will only increase, adding to the danger of Man Utd’s threat.

A lot to learn in little time

The 21-year-old Welshman will have a tough season ahead of him, though. With Man Utd having a bottom-half of the table midfield, particularly in the absence of Paul Pogba, chances to pick out the winger will be few and far between. This means that we will see the best of him, Rashford and Martial when Man Utd have a strong midfield.

Showing up the others

However, in the meantime, James will be compared to Rashford and Martial who are both earning over £200k per week but offering significantly less to the squad than James is doing. This will increase the criticism for the rest of the lads who are under-performing, giving Solskjaer more of an idea of who is cut out for the job at hand.

For a £15million signing to defy the odds and become the Reds’ most prolific and outstanding player, in a time where they lack quality and threat. This alone makes the little Welsh speed-machine the steal of the season. Or even, the steal of Man Utd’s recent transfer history.

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