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Introducing: The late signing Woodward must make, Philippe Coutinho

Introducing: The late signing Woodward must make, Philippe Coutinho

Manchester United have been completely redefined since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at the club, with a top four spot now well within their reach.

Solskjaer has managed to get the very best out his players up until this point, which is something that Jose Mourinho found impossible to do during his reign at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils could still do with bringing in a creative midfielder to try and help boost productivity in the final third, despite enjoying an incredible run of form recently.

So, with a limited amount of time left in the January transfer window, perhaps Manchester United’s top four hopes will rest on whether Ed Woodward manages to seal an attacking signing.

According to a report from Caught Offside (via Manchester Evening News) earlier on this month, Manchester United opened talks to sign Philippe Coutinho. And, at that stage it was believed that United were the favourites to sign him.

Interestingly, it’s now understood (as per Sport) that Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has given up on the Brazilian, so Ed Woodward may be able to swoop in to secure his services this month before the deadline.

Of course, bringing Coutinho to Old Trafford would intensify the rivalry that Manchester United already share with Liverpool, as the attacking midfielder established himself as a fan favourite and club hero during his time at Anfield, so seeing their bitter rivals secure his services would be sure to shock them and make their blood boil.

But, the Red Devils won’t mind as the 26-year-old is arguably one of the best attacking midfielders in the whole of world football, with his dribbling, creativity and ability to find the back of the net making him unstoppable at times.

He would be right at home in the Premier League as he managed to make 201 appearances for the Reds, scoring 54 goals and providing an incredible number of assists.

Indeed, a side that involves Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Philippe Coutinho, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba would be incredibly difficult for almost all sides to beat, so they really could reach the next level if Woodward manages to pull off what would be an extremely ambitious move.

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