Man Utd has had a terrible start to the season, with all of their issues revolving around a lack of quality in the middle of the park. A problem that should have been fixed in summer may now be fixed in January as Man Utd are lining up a second attempt to sign Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur.
After Solskjaer’s emphatic 4-0 victory at Old Trafford, results have gone downhill. The Reds have failed to win a single game in the three games since.
Man Utd’s win over Chelsea came from the naivety of the London side, as they piled on pressure which gave Solskjaer’s side several opportunities to utilise their one and only asset; counter-attacks.
Afterwards, they faced Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton. All teams that defend in a compact manner, giving very little space behind them. This has been a bane to the Reds, as they only picked up 2 points in 3 games when facing this style of the place.
This is where the Danish 27-year-old midfielder comes into the equation. By signing him in January (despite it being obvious that the club needed a midfielder in the summer transfer window) Christian Eriksen will bring these two qualities to Man Utd which could entirely change their fortunes…
Premier League proven
Since joining Spurs from Ajax in 2013, Eriksen has featured in 210 Premier League games, contributing 50 goals and 64 assists. This gives Eriksen a consistent average creating a goal in at least every other game.
Man Utd needs this kind of consistency in their side. Their current strongest midfield consists of the hit-or-miss Paul Pogba, the unproven Scott McTominay and Fred, who has failed to make an impact since joining although moments of brilliance are noticed.
Final third creativity
As mentioned, Man Utd are hopeless in creating chances for their number nine Anthony Martial. Eriksen is technically gifted enough to provide countless opportunities for the very clinical Frenchman, who will surely score goals when given the right service.
There have been numerous occasions this season where the likes of Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Anthony Martial have made dangerous runs, but the current midfield don’t have what it takes to supply.
Eriksen, or any creative midfielder, would make a huge impact on this side. Man Utd has aspirations to reach top four. So attaining a Premier League star seems to be the sensible option.
The most worrying aspect for Man Utd is that they may slip so far down by January that no one wants to join them.