It’s very possible that United won’t sign another central midfielder with Fred finally looking like the player United thought they were getting last season, Scott McTominay developing into an excellent box-to-box midfielder and Bruno Fernandes looking like the creative fulcrum the Reds have been lacking attentions could be focused elsewhere with the likes of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and Moussa Dembele all heavily linked.
But if they were in the market for another then Wolves’ Ruben Neves could well be the perfect signing in so many ways.
Firstly, at just 22-years-old he fits the profile of the signing the club is currently looking at. Young, hungry with room to develop. Bar Ighalo, who is a short-term fix, all of Ole’s signings so far have fit this template, Neves would too.
He’s also spent the last three seasons at Wolves, including one in the Championship so there should be no period of adapting to new league needed, he could come straight in from the off.
With Fred looking to have nailed down a regular role and Bruno Fernandes’s arrival, the addition of Neves would complete a Portuguese speaking midfield trio for the Reds, something that could be of benefit for building a relationship, whilst meaning we have someone like McTominay to come in when we need to change things up.
Neves also offers something our other midfielders lack. Fred and McTominay offer energy and dynamism, Bruno creativity but Neves offers control. His ability to keep and use the ball is something United have been lacking this season, particularly when it comes to trying to break down deep-lying defences, plus his ability from distance (as shown against United earlier this season and against Espanyol on Thursday) offers us another avenue to force teams out.
A midfield trio if Fred, Neves and Fernandes could be the dream ticket to drive United forward.