We all know Manchester United’s decision to sign just three players in the summer was not enough. A lack of quality depth in attacking areas has been shown this season.
After the window closed we ran the rule over United’s squad and highlighted the six areas where new signings are needed to strengthen the team.
Fortunately it looks like one of those positions has been addressed already, thanks to Brandon Williams.
Breaking down United’s needs
United’s lack of depth was highlighted by the following positional needs…
- A new striker
- An attacking midfielder/number 10
- A right winger
- A top class box to box midfielder
- A defensive midfielder to replace Matic
- A new left-back to back-up/compete with Luke Shaw
Shaw’s injury issues struck early this season highlighting the need for new depth.
In a summer where top left-back prospects Ryan Sessegnon and Kieran Tierney were on the move, it looked like United may regret not moving for one.
Admittedly it wasn’t the club’s biggest priority in the summer. The right-back position filled by Aaron Wan-Bissaka was of far greater need. But it was still an area which required improvement.
Brandon Williams’ breakthrough has changed all that.
The 19-year-old has everything United require from the position. He loves to attack, works tirelessly defensively, and is aggressive.
His performances in his starts against Partizan, Chelsea and Brighton have been excellent and he is now emerging as a candidate to replace Luke Shaw rather than simply back him up.
The big picture
Williams looks like the real deal, and even if he stutters in his development over the next few weeks, he has shown enough raw potential early on to be encouraged that he is a top talent to work with.
United no longer need to spend money on a new left-back, unless Shaw is sold to bring in another option on cheaper wages.
We spent £50 million on Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Williams might have saved United a similar amount.
This frees up funds to be spent on areas of the team which are a bigger priority.
A new striker is needed despite a recent return to form in attack. We saw what happened when Anthony Martial was out injured before, and need more depth at the position.
Attacking midfield is another big one. None of United’s current options seem satisfactory at the position.
The wing and defensive midfield are also big priority positions, especially with Nemanja Matic looking more and more likely to leave.
James Garner has a chance to fill the box to box midfielder role, but a new face will probably need to be added consider Paul Pogba’s eventual desire to move on.
Williams’ breakthrough is a huge boost to United in more ways than one. If his form enables more attention and more funds to be committed to solving other areas, it’s great news.
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