Manchester United are missing a wide player in their current side according to former-captain Gary Neville.
The Sky Sports pundit name-dropped Ivan Perisic who was reportedly close to joining Man United in the summer from Inter Milan.
The Serie A side were thought to need the money from the transfer to survive UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations, but managed to sell a number of players to allow them to keep their starman, with United suffering from that.
“United wanted Perisic in the summer,” Neville said on Sky.
“Man Utd look like they need a wide player with composure, skill and goals.”
Manager Jose Mourinho has previously cited United’s failure to bring in a wide player of world-class quality in the summer transfer window, despite bringing in three players in Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof.
The Reds have been fine without such a player in games against smaller opposition, but have certainly missed that individual quality going forward against top six opposition.
Though Mourinho went for it at Stamford Bridge, playing offensively from the off, he tends to set-up defensively in big games, away from home particularly. He relies upon individual quality, therefore, to grab a goal to complete a famous ‘Mourinho masterclass’.
Eden Hazard was that player at Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo and others at Real Madrid, players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Milito at Inter Milan. At United, it could be Romelu Lukaku, but he cannot always perform that role.
United will likely go looking for a player of the Perisic mould again next summer, or even in January. Andreas Pereira is on loan at La Liga side Valencia CF and could be brought back in January after performing well.