The Manchester United fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern ever since their local-rivals were declared Premier League champions on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United put in a valiant performance to walk away from the Etihad Stadium with all three points to show for their efforts in a thrilling Manchester derby ten days ago, but they were unable to repeat their heroics at Old Trafford on Sunday as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat against a West Bromwich Albion side who are on the brink of relegation – a result which confirmed that City are champions of England on a thoroughly miserable day for the Red Devils.
The level of dominance demonstrated by City this season has been an ominous sign for the rest of the division, especially United who are far from accustomed to watching their local-rivals enjoying the level of success they have experienced in recent years. Jose Mourinho will be eager to begin closing the gulf in class between his club and City this summer by using the transfer window to make improvements to his first-team squad.
And according to reports in Don Balon, Mourinho has already identified Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Isco as a player he wants to sign in the summer, although his signing would arrive at the expense of David De Gea who would move in the opposite direction. Any deal which involves De Gea moving away from Old Trafford is one which United simply must avoid to keep pace with their local-rivals next season.
With that being said, the Red devils should end their interest in Isco and instead make a bid to lure Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez (valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt) to Old Trafford. The Algerian ace is one of the most devastating attacking midfielders in the Premier League on his day as his combination of agility, quick-feet and pace have consistently served to bamboozle quality defenders in the past three seasons.
Considering United are short of options on the right-side of midfield, Mahrez should have no concerns about struggling for first-team opportunities at Old Trafford, so the only potential stumbling block concerns Leicester’s obvious reluctance to let their star player leave the club.
However, every player has their price, so Mourinho should convince Ed Woodward to do whatever it takes to land a player who could fire United to the Premier League title next season.
Manchester United fans – thoughts? Let us know below!