Mourinho and co failed to deliver early on
Manchester United are struggling again to find their feet in the top four of the Premier League table. This season had a lot to promise for The Red Devils, but Mourinho and co failed to deliver early on.
Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left the team in 2013, Man Utd has failed to impress. Having won only 4 trophies (FA Cup, EFL Cup, Community Shield, and Europa League) since then, the players have not performed as per their potential, and the stature of the club.
Three different managers have tried various permutations and combinations of players but still failed to bring the limelight back to Old Trafford. Fans are now getting frustrated as this season seems to be no different.
After winning their match against Bournemouth, Mourinho’s men were considered lucky rather than deserving as the scoreline could have been different. It’s possibly high time to bring in some new players and also change some tactics, bringing back free-flowing football to Old Trafford.
#3 Ousmane Dembélé
His trademark celebration
The 21-year old French international has been in fine form this season with 6 goals and 2 assists in his last 14 matches. More than the numbers, it’s his playing style which could prove to be beneficial for Manchester United. He could replace Alexis Sanchez as a winger because the Chilean is yet to make a mark.
His pace makes him lethal in attack, and this Man Utd side is lacking a winger like Dembele, who cannot only beat defenders one-on-one but also scores screamers.
The World Cup winner could also give Mourinho many options, as he can play on both flanks. He could also make a formidable pairing with his French teammates Pogba and Martial.
Barcelona has reportedly told French forward Ousmane Dembele he is free to find a new club in the January transfer window, and with Liverpool and Chelsea leading the chase, as well as Arsenal showing a keen interest, it will take some work to land him at the Theatre of Dreams.
#2 Toby Alderweireld
He could be the answer to Man Utd’s defensive misery
When it comes to the last line of defense, Toby Alderweireld is a beast who is quick, strong and reads the game like nobody else. He has proven his mettle in the Premier League since joining Tottenham Hotspur from Atletico Madrid in 2015.
Currently, he is one of the best center-backs in the league who also plays as a right back if needed.
His experience in the Premier League will surely help United’s defense. The Belgian could form a dominating partnership with Victor Lindelof or Eric Bailey, and provide Mourinho with more options. The 29-year-old was targeted by The Red Devils in the summer transfer window, but the deal collapsed.
Toby had an amazing World Cup campaign, with the Belgian national team finishing third. Approaching the end of his tenure at Tottenham, the Belgian defender is unlikely to renew his contract, as he is looking for a new challenge.
Spurs would be looking to cash in on the player during the January window, rather than letting him join another team for free in the summer.
#1 Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann is a world-class finisher
Antoine Griezmann is considered one of the best players of his generation, and he has proven that time and again. He is a threat to any defensive line-up, with his silky footwork and blistering pace. His play-making ability could also be pivotal for Manchester United who is lacking creativity in the attacking third.
Lukaku has been in poor form lately, and Man Utd desperately need a striker. Griezmann fits in perfectly into Mourinho’s plan as a link up the player who can come deep down to support his mates and can also be lethal in counter-attacks.
He is one of the favorites to take home this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or after a fine run in the recent World Cup.
The French World Cup winner, previously a target for Manchester United and Real Madrid, signed a new five-year deal with Atletico in June. However, Man Utd could be willing to pay his release clause.
Under Simeone’s regime, the 27-year-old evolved as a player who never backs down from any challenge. If he gets his class and charisma to Old Trafford, then we may again witness the rise of The Red Devils.