The Manchester United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are hoping to see some fresh faces arrive at Old Trafford this month.
The current campaign hasn’t quite gone to plan for Jose Mourinho and his United side as of yet, but they still have two trophies to fight for before the season draws to a close. Manchester City’s dominance in the Premier League has essentially ended United’s title ambitions with just under half the season left to play, much to the dismay of the Red Devils lining up our bar in the tavern.
Based on the gulf in class that currently exists between United and City in Manchester, it’s fair to say that Mourinho could benefit from signing an abundance of players this month, but he would be wise to wait until the summer window before bringing in all of his desired targets.
However, United will be eager to secure the signing of at least one player this month.
According to Sky Sports, United are interested in bringing PSG winger Lucas Moura to Old Trafford in
January, although they are yet to make a formal offer.
Lucas Moura has demonstrated fantastic ability during his time in the French capital, but a move for the Brazilian would be incredibly risky for United due to the fact he has played just 71 minutes of Ligue 1 football all season.
United would be better off signing a player with proven match fitness and Premier League experience, such as the former Bayern Munich player and current Stoke City star Xherdan Shaqiri, rated at £16.9m on Transfermarkt.
Since Shaqiri’s move from Inter Milan to Stoke City in 2015, the powerful Swiss winger has shown in patches that he has a tremendous ability to terrorise defences in the English top-flight.
Granted, he has not produced his best football on a consistent enough basis, but that can largely be explained by the quality of player he has around him.
A move to United would enable Shaqiri to finally live up to his massive potential due to the calibre of player he would be surrounded by, and also his ability to deliver the ball from wide positions would increase the quality and quantity of Romelu Lukaku’s goal-scoring opportunities.