If there’s one space the place Manchester United fell brief in the summer time transfer window it was signing a midfield.
A controlling defensive midfielder was excessive up on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Wishlist, however it was a window the place not each want could possibly be fulfilled.
Finally, signing Raphael Varina, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo appeared pretty spectacular.
It was one of many important stellar dwelling home windows United have had in latest years.
It’s added stardust to a squad that was already attempting spectacular and there’s no doubt it should be performing increased than it is, nonetheless the addition of a world-class middle once more, an thrilling winger and one among many largest goal scorers of all time has solely uncovered the midfield points even further.
Having missed out on a midfielder this summer time season, it was on a regular basis going to be the very best priority for 2022 and that may keep the case — whoever the manager is when the transfer window comes spherical.
Nonetheless in the first few months of this season, the query has moved on from which midfielder United ought to sign, to what variety of they really want. Solskjaer’s has six senior central midfielders in his squad and apart from Bruno Fernandes, who’s additional of an attacker anyway, there are almost definitely doubts about all of them.
To start out with the apparent, Paul Pogba is out of contract in June and may sign a pre-contract settlement with a club from overseas from January 1. The additional time ticks by, the more durable it is to envisage him staying at Old Trafford.
Donny van de Beak’s future seems to be like grim in the meantime, given he’s carried out 20 minutes of Premier League football this season and has failed to get off the bench in 9 of 11 league fixtures — although his fortunes would possibly resolve up if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s is modified.
It’s worth saying Solskjaer’s has doubts about Van de Beak for a trigger, nonetheless, and there’s no guarantee a change of manager would equal a change in circumstances.