Manchester United’s squad looks depleted and the need for reinforcements this month is indisputable.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently without arguably his two best midfielders in Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay through injury. Attacking options are also stretched with no striker signed to replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer.
Stretty News writers have had their say on the one addition they would bring in this month.
Ben Parsons – Jack Grealish
Grealish is a player of genuine star quality who has outgrown his boyhood club Aston Villa. He has been the driving force in Dean Smith’s side relegation fight this season and has scored a handful of stunning goals. The 24-year-old’s opener at Old Trafford was particularly memorable and exemplified his class.
Grealish has six goals and five assists already in the league this season, a fantastic return for a player playing in a limited team. When you compare that to Jesse Lingard, who is often Solskjaer’s preferred filler of the number 10 role, you see where the problems lie. Lingard hasn’t register a goal or an assist in the league in over a year. We understand a deal for Grealish would be difficult to complete this month but every player has a price and if the midfielder has genuine ambitions to play under Gareth Southgate in the Euro’s this summer, a move could be possible.
Philip Morrissey – Emre Can
Brian Murphy – Kalvin Phillips
Rebecca Laste – Fabián Ruiz
As a lifelong United fan, my earliest memories are of players such as Teddy Sheringham, Roy Keane and Eric Cantona for their passion, hunger and love of the game. This is what is completely lacking in this current United team, for me, with the exception of a handful of players. There is an evident lack of heart at ground level and although I do see it in small bursts from Rashford and Greenwood at times, we can’t depend on two or three players to spur the team on in their obvious time of lethargy and passiveness.
I would love to see Fabián Ruiz at Old Trafford this season. He is an incredibly dynamic midfielder, showing his skills both defensively and attackingly, and providing his current club, Napoli, with a consistency impressive for his 23 years. For me, we need to target hungry players. Players who want to play, want to tackle and want to win. Something that is lacking in this current squad and represents the ethos of the club we have always been.