Manchester United need a midfielder.
That is no secret to anyone who watches the team regularly.
I’m sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aware of this as well as the need to get the most out of what he has available to him.
Former United player Ashley Young has identified a player he thinks is the ideal candidate to six Solskjaer’s problems in midfield.
The Aston Villa wing-back spent almost nine years at Old Trafford, all of which were alongside Michael Carrick as a player or coach, and he rightly feels the club never replaced the former England international on the pitch.
Young has picked out Paris Saint-Germain and Italy star Marco Verratti as the ideal choice.
The 36-year-old believes Verratti would be an “unbelievable signing” for his former club and additionally spoke about the pairing of Scott McTominay and Fred.
Young, who was a substitute during Villa’s 1-0 win over United last weekend, told BBC Radio 5Live, as cited by the Mirror: “The Michael Carrick type has been missing for years — Man United haven’t gone out and replaced Michael Carrick.
“Don’t get me wrong — Fred and [Scott] McTominay are good players but I don’t think there’s a Michael Carrick around.”
He added: “I was watching the PSG v [Manchester] City game and I think Marco Verratti is the closest one and nobody’s gone out to test the waters to try to sign him. I think he would be an unbelievable signing for Man United.”