It’s been a weird season for Manchester United. In all honesty, it’s been filled with awful football. We’re sitting in fifth place and with such a competitive league, a spot in the UEFA Champions League next year is far from guaranteed.
While merely remaining in the top half of the tables would be perfectly acceptable for most clubs, that’s not Man United and after last year, we need to finish in the top three to consider it progression.
Fans have been, shall we say, less than thrilled with the defensive minded approach of manager Louis van Gaal and this is also reflected in the team’s results. The team needs goals (and loads of them) as well as someone who can reliably score them, so the squad is looking at all of its options to plug the hole.
The team was initially given long odds of a Premier League title but fans aren’t going to settle for another fourth-place finish. Desperate for a quality striker, reports suggest United is aiming to steal Odion Ighalo away from Watford in the hopes he’ll be able to bring some real goal threat.
The Nigerian striker has proven something of a revelation with the Hornets and is presently the third-highest goal scorer in the league with 14. We’d be hard-pressed to imagine Watford letting go of Ighalo given his current form, but every playerh as his price
United is also rumoured to be in talks with Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, though there are reports of a snare concerning the payment of bonuses between Anderson and his club. Anderson is a key attacking midfielder for the Serie A side and could provide a younger and faster option to Wayne Rooney. If you add Anderson with the potential return of Adnan Januzaj from loan, it brings us new options and we all know we’re in need of them.
If these moves materialise, they could certainly help us overcome our current terrible rut of form but there are no guarantees they’d bring the changes needed to keep van Gaal in his job past this summer.