Chris Waddle: Manchester United need a player like Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

by Ben Topliss

Former England midfielder Chris Waddle has suggested that Manchester United are missing a player who can beat a man and run with the ball at pace such as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Man United played out a goalless draw with Chelsea on Monday, a result that extended their winless run to eight games in all competitions.

Louis van Gaal has spent around £250m since taking over at Old Trafford but his side’s attacking displays have been subpar this season. Waddle believes United are lacking a player who can produce something different on the pitch.

“The thing they [Manchester United] lack for me is a player who picks the ball up and goes past players, like Hazard,” Waddle said.

“They still created chances, but they are still lacking that player who offers something they haven’t got.”

The likes of Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay are exciting talents but they will need time before they truly flourish at United.

Van Gaal’s side were in desperate need of quality in the final third against Chelsea and a player of Hazard’s ilk could have provided it. You get the sense that the January transfer window will be a crucial one if United are to salvage something from their season, although it will be difficult to prise away the top players from their clubs mid-campaign.

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