Ryan Giggs has encouraged Jose Mourinho to place emphasis on signing a midfielder like Toni Kroos alongside another imposing central defender this summer.
Manchester United have already secured the signature of Brazilian midfielder Fred and teenage Portuguese right back Diogo Dalot – a strong start to the window.
But the hard work is only just beginning: a new left-back is still desperately needed and Mourinho, according to reports, is interested in signing a tall striker to replace the influence of Marouane Fellaini to go with a central defender.
And Giggs, speaking earlier this week, emphasised the need for a central defender but made it clear that more work needs to be done on midfield.
“In midfield I’d like to see – we’ve been saying it for a long time, we thought Pogba would be that attacking midfielder I would like to see,” he said.
“They don’t grow on trees unfortunately, a Modric, a Kroos type who can keep the ball. And also I think a centre half we need.
“All the successful United teams over the years – (Gary) Pallister, (Steve) Bruce, Jaap Stam, (Rio) Ferdinand, (Nemanja) Vidic – they’ve always had top class centre halves.
“Again, they don’t grow on trees. Who do we get, I don’t know, but I think a midfielder and centre half are vital.”
Mourinho interestingly noted how he didn’t want Matic’s Serbia to progress beyond the group stage of the World Cup because the midfielder needs a rest after playing every week for United last term. Could this imply, in turn, that the Portuguese will once again rely on him to play at the same rate next season, meaning no backup arrives?
This would be disastrous. Matic notably dipped due to fatigue midway through the 2017/18 campaign and would have such a clearer impact next time around if his minutes on the pitch were reduced by another player.
Sadly, however, it looks as if Mourinho has his eyes firmly on a player offering physical prowess rather than composure at the base of midfield.