Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks but the club look to have stood by him for now, and he now may be preparing for a busy January transfer window
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Manchester United have continued to put their faith in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and logically, the Norwegian will now be starting to think about who he wants to bring in during the January transfer window.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho were all purchased by the Red Devils over the summer, but many felt that such business did not solve the biggest issue in the side – their lack of quality in midfield.
The midfield partnership of Fred and Scott McTominay has been Solskjaer’s go-to this season, with Paul Pogba playing as a makeshift left-winger in the absence of Marcus Rashford.
However, the pairing has struggled massively and do not look like they can be the foundations of a side wanting to win titles.
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PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) In United’s current state, it will be hard for the club to persuade a top-quality midfielder, such as the heavily-linked Declan Rice, to come to Old Trafford and board the sinking ship.
However, the club have been linked with two midfielders who are both out of contract at the end of the season and may be available in January for a cut-price fee. But, Solskjaer will need to decide on his favoured formation before approaching either of the pair.
Franck Kessie has been impressive in the heart of the AC Milan midfield in recent years but has decided that he will leave the club at the end of the season, with many reporting that the 24-year-old is keen on a move to Old Trafford.
The Ivorian is strong, has a good passing range and is a strong voice on the pitch, and with United lacking leaders, the latter attribute will be a crucial pulling point.
For the majority of his time at United, Solskjaer has opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Fred and McTominay as his two defensive midfielders and Bruno Fernandes as a no.10, the exact system that Kessie plays in at Milan.
The role takes an emphasis off of his attacking attributes, though he is the penalty taker at the San Siro, and means that his focus is purely on protecting the backline and gives a lot of freedom to the more creative players in the side.
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Kessie’s contract at AC Milan expires at the end of the season However, Solskjaer has changed his formation in recent weeks to a 3-5-2, putting another player in defence in a bid to shore things up.
If the former Cardiff City boss believes that this system is his best chance of taking United back up the table then he could turn his attention away from Kessie and to another Serie A star, Marcelo Brozovic.
According to The Sun, United are very keen to sign the Croatian, who is used to playing in a five-man midfield at Inter Milan.
The 28-year-old has played as a more defensive-minded midfielder at Inter over the past few seasons and is familiar with the system that overloads the centre of the park to dominate games.
Brozovic is of interest to many clubs, with Newcastle United also names as another side keeping tabs on him, but the idea of being a key figure in a major rebuild at a club as successful as the Red Devils could prove very persuasive.
It remains to be seen which way Solskjaer decides he wants his side to play, which will be reflected in his side’s business in the next few months. Both players may be capable of playing in either system but considering the pressure that Solskjaer is under, he may be keen to sign those who are readymade for a role rather than having to wait for a player to adapt.
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