If it wasn’t glaringly obvious before, Manchester United’s defeat to Burnley at Old Trafford highlighted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a creative midfield player.
The Reds were completely lacking in ideas and while chances were squandered in the first-half, what did Burnley ‘keeper Nick Pope actually have to do in the second-half?
United were remarkably flat in the second period despite the fact they had to chase a game they needed to pick up points in.
The board now has seven days to back Solskjaer and bring in reinforcements to bolster a depleted squad.
United legend Paul Scholes thinks United have to back the manager in the transfer market, starting with the signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
“Too often this season Manchester United have had two good results and then had two or three bad results,” Premier Leaguehe told productions.
“That performance tonight might do him [Solskjaer] a favour in the transfer market. It might spur the club on to spend that few extra million on the players they’re looking at like Bruno Fernandes.
“It might get done tomorrow because of this. He needs more bodies in the building. He’s got some big injuries so he needs help.
“The club need to help him now. I fear for the next few weeks because the injured players aren’t coming back for a while. He’s stuck with these players for now unless they sign anyone.”
It will be shameful if the club do not bring in any players this month after Solskjaer was left so short after the summer window. Ander Herrera and Romelu Lukaku were let go without replacements and targets should have already been identified and brought in at the start of January.
Instead, United seem to be haggling over transfer fees and there is a doubt whether there will be any incomings at all.