Manchester United’s squad is close to being complete. But will Ed Woodward back his manager in the upcoming transfer window?
What this season proves is that United need a new quality striker and another winger. A centre-back (if Eric Bailly cannot stay fit) wouldn’t go amiss, while some fans believe another midfielder would complete the pack.
The players United need to fill those positions will not come cheap. Ideally, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would take Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho to fill the attacking roles.
At the back, Jules Kounde is ideal for the Red Devils, but he will not come cheap.
In truth, United will have to spend over £200million to bring all three to Old Trafford. That would be tricky in a normal year, and nigh on impossible in the midst of a global pandemic.
Yet there are ways around it, including selling some of United’s under-performing stars to raise additional funds.
If Paul Pogba stays, that could solve the midfield issue. But if he goes, his transfer fee would swell the coffers, while some United fans have lost patience with Anthony Martial.
Whatever happens, Woodward will have a huge say and he cannot waste this chance to complete United’s ever-improving squad.
Rebuild almost complete
In year one, it was all about improving the back line, in year two, bringing in a creative catalyst and adding strength in depth. In the third year of Solskjaer’s reign, a new striker should be the number one target.
If United can somehow bring Sancho’s transfer fee down, or sign a cheaper but highly effective alternative, the right wing will benefit considerably.
Those two alone will be take the bulk of United’s spending power. But their arrival could also turn United back into the champions they threatened to become for a few tantalising months earlier this season.
Woodward has taken plenty of criticism during his time at United. But he must know how close this side is to completion.
He cannot risk losing it all now and must do all he can to seal the deals that will make United champions again.