Manchester United have two options. Settle with the injury depleted squad we have and watch the life drain out of our season.

Or invest in new midfield players and see our prospects transformed, to clinch a Champions League place.

Right now it is unclear which direction the wind will blow, despite increasingly strong rumours over Bruno Fernandes.

Let’s take the glass half full approach

Right now we should be hopeful. This is because two top signings have been identified and could end January at Old Trafford.

The Times report United have agreed personal terms with Bruno Fernandes, although there is no resolution with Sporting yet on price.

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Then Sky Sports report United are one of two teams Boubakary Soumare is considering joining from Lille, along with Chelsea.

Getting in both players could transform United’s prospects, adding depth and talent to the part of the Red Devils’ team which needs it the most.

Fernandes will become United’s first choice attacking midfielder, and a need to upgrade there is clear.

Soumare will compete with Fred, Nemanja Matic, and Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba when they are fit.

Fred and Matic will no doubt need a rest at some stage, and fresh legs will add much needed energy to United’s engine room.

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Of course the fact we are competing with Chelsea for Soumare’s signature is notable when it comes to the race for a Champions League place. It could be decisive for whoever gets him.

 

There will be legitimate debates over whether Fred and Scott McTominay are part of United’s best midfield. And this seems crazy after the form they showed earlier in the season.

A midfield trio of Soumare, Pogba and Fernandes could be United’s best option.

Having a team this competitive might even tempt Pogba to want to stay in the summer, especially if United can get into the Champions League.

Soumare would be a forward thinking signing, bearing in mind Matic’s expiring contract.

United need to speculate to accumulate. We didn’t last January, and narrowly missed out on the top four. Lessons need to have been learned.

Solskjaer said this week he is targeting a title challenge next season. If he is serious about that, then the strengthening needs to start now.

A transfer window bringing in Fernandes and Soumare would be United’s best case scenario, and is very possible.

And if we sign nobody, then expectations for the rest of the campaign will immediately diminish.

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