After a disappointing season full of controversy, Manchester United are looking for a route back into the Champions League. Here are five players that the Red Devils should look to sign if they’re to improve on last year’s troubles:
Marco Asensio – Real Madrid
The Real Madrid star took to the scene in sensational fashion just two seasons ago. Since then, the midfielder hasn’t quite stomped down his place in the Real starting eleven. Within all the upheavel between Zinedine Zidane leaving, then rejoining, there were a number of rumours that Asensio could also be on his way out the door, although the Frenchman insists he is still important to the side. The number 10 brings attacking flair that the recent Manchester United teams have lacked. His link-up play could bring the best out of players such as Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba as the Spaniard’s full of skills and has the passing ability to unlock the best defenses in the world.
Paulo Dybala – Juventus
The Argentinian hasn’t had his best season after failing to kick on after a wonderful 2017-2018 campaign. The interchangeable forward could be a big hit for the Red Devils. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline will suit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system, the Norwegian wants his side to attack as a unit – all forwards going together. Dybala has struggled since the world-class Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus. Since then, its almost been Dybala playing in the Portuguese’s shadow. Massimo Allegri changed his whole tactical shape in order to suit the frontman, which left Dybala in the dark – if United take a gamble, and can get the youngster back to his best, it could prove to be a season defining signing.
Thomas Partey – Atletico Madrid
A key part of Manchester United’s recent failures has been their inability to find a set structure in their midfield. One to free up Paul Pogba, and the other to break up play. Nemanja Matic is now reaching an age where the effects of the fast-paced Premier League fixtures start to take their toll and the Red Devils are in need of a faster, younger, more powerful replacement. Partey is the perfect fit. His work ethic and love of physicality would make the central-defensive midfielder perfect for the Premier League and with a release clause at £80 million, it is time for United to spend big once more.
Milan Skriniar – Inter
The Inter Milan centre-half has been a name on a number of top clubs’ radar throughout the past season. The Slovakian has been an ever-present in Serie A this season and has proved his importance for his side against some of the top teams in Italy. One of Manchester United’s biggest weaknesses is their failure to find a suitable defensive partnership in the heart of the back. Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and even Eric Bailly have failed to be a successful partner to the impressive Victor Lindelof and Skriniar might just be the man who can make a difference for the long-term.
Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund
One of the world’s biggest wonder kids has emerged on the scene and had a huge impact for German giants Borussia Dortmund, in just his first season at professional level. Playing in the Bundesliga, Sancho racked up a number of goals but was the leading assist scorer at the young age of just 18. The winger has also played for the England national side and is becoming a regular in the frontline for Gareth Southgate’s men. United should do everything they can to bring the youngster to the club. If the club want more Manchester United tickets sold, then Sancho is the man to buy – his skills and dribbling in particular catching the eye. He’s already playing at the highest level and has proven he is mature enough to handle the pressure and ability that comes with it. Sancho would be able to bring back the old fashioned wing-play that the Red Devils have so badly missed over the past few years. Although former Red Devils legend, Wayne Rooney has suggested that Sancho might better off staying put. For his development, a potential partnership with new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka could help both Manchester United and England in the future.