Manchester United’s right wing situation has been dropped into a real situation of uncertainty over the last week, Marcus Edwards could solve these problems.

The right wing position looked strong for Erik ten Hag coming into this season.

Antony had been on fire through pre-season, Jadon Sancho was showing signs of the player he once was and Facundo Pellistri looked brilliant as always. Now just four games into the season, United potentially have just the Uruguayan as an option.

Sancho is expected to be outcasted by Ten Hag after a public spat surfaced between the two including that social media post by the Englishman.

Then there is the Antony situation in which the allegations made could likely see him end up suspended by the club while investigations are ongoing.

Pellistri remains available and top class, however to place so much upon the performances of him wouldn’t be wise.

Therefore United could find themselves needing a new winger, we have the perfect solution.

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Marcus Edwards could be the one to solve Ten Hag’s right wing headache

Marcus Edwards is one of the most exciting players to watch in the world right now. The former Spurs academy prospect has been tearing it up in Portugal with 165 games resulting in 35 goals and 31 assists in this time including four G/A in last seasons Champions League campaign.

Edwards epitomises what traditionally Old Trafford wingers have been; direct, dribbling, quick and creative. This is backed up in his statistics via FBRef.

Amongst his positional peers across the last 365 days, Edwards’ talents are clear.

He averages 5 shot creating actions per 90 (92nd percentile), he’s in the 94th percentile for expected assists too which demonstrates his creativeness which would benefit from improved finishing.

He is also incredibly progressive as he averaged 5.9 forward passes per 90 (87th percentile), 4.5 forward carries (86th percentile).

Most impressively, Edwards completes 3 successful take-ons per 90, which is nearly double Antony’s figures.

Edwards also passes the eye test and most importantly he looks ready for an increased challenge and joining United would be just that.

How much would a deal cost and why United need to do it

Edwards is the type of player who if unsigned, will make a move to a rival and rip it up.

In order to secure his signature however, Sporting Lisbon could demand his release clause which stands at £53million.

Edwards has already got the seal of approval from a former United player, as Owen Hargreaves has previously praised the winger.

Hargreaves said that Edwards, “leaves people for dead” with his mesmerising dribbling which has seen him become one of the most exciting players to watch in Portugal.

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