Manchester United’s lack of squad depth has no doubt hindered their start to the season with the reds picking up only 9 points from their first 8 games. This is not about to get any easier with their next fixture against fierce rivals and league leaders Liverpool. Manchester United need January to come around, and fast. The signings of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James have strengthened those positions, but the squad needed more.
The January transfer window has always been harder to get players in and is even harder now, particularly in the premier league due to the fact it is harder to bully the so called “smaller” clubs. Let us look at three realistic targets that Manchester United can look to sign in January.
With Anthony Martial out injured, Marcus Rashford struggling for form and Mason Greenwood only recently turning 18 years old, adding a forward is vital. United have only scored more than one goal once this season and that was on the opening day 4-0 victory against Chelsea. Moussa Dembele has scored 6 goals in 7 league games in a Lyon side who has struggled to hit form in Ligue 1 this season. If Lyon struggle to hit form soon, it could see Dembele actively push for a move away and with Manchester United a likely destination it could be a wise bit of business for the reds adding some much-needed fire-power in the forward line.
Christian Eriksen’s desire to leave Tottenham was well known in the summer and with the attacking midfielder’s wish not granted, it looks likely a January move could happen as Spurs won’t want to lose arguably their best player on a free next summer. Reports suggest that Eriksen’s preferred move is Real Madrid but with the uncertain future of Zinedine Zidane, United may look to pounce on this by trying to recruit Eriksen on a cut-price deal. Manchester United adding a player with Premier League experience is important when we have a young and inexperienced team and at 27 years old it could be argued he is in the prime of his career. With Paul Pogba out, United struggle to score goals and create clear cut chances, signing Eriksen could help resolve this issue.
One of the few positive post Ferguson signings Manchester United have made was Ander Herrera and this past summer he left on a free transfer to PSG without any replacement coming in. This needs to be rectified as soon as possible with Thomas Partey being the answer United are looking for. A proven player in both La Liga and the champions league Partey has proven that he can play at the top level, something Fred has failed to do. Partey has an alleged release clause of £44 million so financially shouldn’t be a problem and would be a huge improvement on United’s current options in midfield.