Running the rule over Manchester United's final transfer needs

Transfer deadline day is here, and it would be a surprise if there is major business at Manchester United.

Unless there is a 2014 style Radamel Falcao surprise on the horizon, we are heading into the season with what we have.

And despite the improvements at centre-back and right-back, United’s squad remains incomplete.

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Defensive midfield

A prime Nemanja Matic would be great to have, but the 31-year-old is not the player he once was.


Scott McTominay appears to be flourishing in more of a box-to-box role, and Fred, who knows at this point?

It would have been smart to bring in a young defensive midfielder like Wilfred Ndidi to compete with Matic.

Right wing

The most glaring need in United’s squad, failing to address this is bizarre.

Hirving Lozano, Nicolas Pepe or Steven Bergwijn were all natural fits.

Jadon Sancho was the dream, and while no Champions League football saw this deal cancelled, not moving for an alternative is puzzling.

Mason Greenwood could end up being played there, and perhaps Tahith Chong can step up, but it would have been good to add a specialist winger.

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Attacking midfield

United’s late interest in Christian Eriksen was an admission of acknowledgement United are short in this position.

Jesse Lingard was poor last season, and he and Juan Mata are uninspired choices. Lets hope Angel Gomes can be trusted with chances.

We might never know why United felt Bruno Fernandes was not worth the gamble.

Box to box midfielder

Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini have both left the club this year without being replaced.

This provides a path for Andreas Pereira to shine, but it is poor that United have not chosen to address this area.

Youri Tielemans would have been quality, only for United to stand aside and let him join Leicester.

A player of this style would provide United with cover for Paul Pogba’s eventual departure, or even relieve pressure on the Frenchman this season.

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It looks like Romelu Lukaku will never play for United again, one way or another, and United have left it too late to replace him.

While it’s great Mason Greenwood can step up, an experienced forward would help provide an extra source of goals.

Wissam Ben Yedder and Mario Mandzukic have been mentioned, while youngster Moussa Dembele was a different style of alternative.

It appears United are happy to go into the season leaving this unaddressed.

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Luke Shaw is a clear first choice but if he gets injured or suspended there is no natural cover.

Diogo Dalot’s ability to thrive at the position is untested, and we would probably end up using Ashley Young.

Moving for Ryan Sessegnon or Kieran Tierney could have solved this issue and provided Shaw with added competition. They are both now heading to top six rivals.

We didn’t expect all of these areas to be address in addition to centre-back and right-back, but it’s disappointing that so few of the team’s needs have been met.

All of these were issues which it was clear needed addressing back in May.

We’d honestly be stunned if United solved just one of these on deadline day.

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