Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Ed Woodward to buy seven players over the next 10 months. United will not obtain most of these players in January, but Ole seems set on getting these players.
Mario Mandzukic who is low down the pecking order regarding the list of strikers at Juventus is available. But United wants him to lower his wage demands if the transfer were to get the greenlight. Then there is Callum Wilson from Bournemouth that is a striker whose stock has increased over the past few seasons.
He has steadily improved and I like his pace and is a good finisher. Although I would rather United sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele or Mandzukic because they are better quality strikers and has more attributes in their game that makes them more dangerous than Wilson.
There are also four midfielders that Ole would like to sign. This includes Declan Rice of West Ham, Aston Villa’s John McGinn, Leicester City’s James Maddison, and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic are also being considered. Manchester United is expected to fund part of these signings by selling some players.
I don’t know if Rakitic will be an ideal player for United and in the Premier League. He doesn’t have pace, but he can hold possession of the ball well and can help to maintain an attack or counter-attack with his excellent passing, and creativity. But I think all the positive attributes far outweigh the negatives in his game. So I would like to to see him at Old Trafford.
However, there are reports in Spain that says the midfielder isn’t interested in a move to England because of family reasons. So that’s a move that wouldn’t happen if this alleged report is true. It would be ideal if United can get two strikers into the club namely Mandzukic and Dembele. Or if we don’t get two strikers, hopefully we can get one striker and a midfielder that’s creative and can score a few goals. James Maddison would be the right fit for us because he’s not only young, but has those aforementioned attributes.
Manchester United is at a crossroads right now, and Ed Woodward and the board needs to make the right decisions to help move this club forward. I hope that the right players are brought into the club so that we’ll improve to the point where we can really compete with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.