The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping Jose Mourinho can make some valuable additions to his first-team squad during the January window.
The Premier League title may already be out of reach for the Red Devils this year, but that is not to say that they cannot still win silverware this season. United still have both the FA Cup and the Champions League to play for, and considering Mourinho’s record in cup competitions, they should have every chance of reaching the final of at least one of those competitions.
Their prospects of collecting silverware this season would undoubtedly receive a massive boost with some smart acquisitions in key positions this month.
At this point in time, Mourinho does not have any natural wide player’s within his squad, and his lack of options in this regard have played a role in dictating his tactical approach to United’s fixtures this season.
The likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard have all been used in narrow wide-roles this season, but none of the aforementioned players are overly comfortable in adopting the role of a traditional winger by hugging the touchline.
However, this could be all set to change at Old Trafford in the coming weeks, if reports which claim Mourinho is lining up a move for PSG’s Lucas Moura prove to be true.
The same report claims that United are hoping to bring Lucas to Manchester on a temporary loan deal, rather than a permanent one.
And considering Lucas has played just 71 minutes of football all season, the preference for a loan move is certainly the stance United should be taking at this stage.
Whether United will be able to convince PSG to agree to a loan deal this month remains to be seen, but under no circumstances should United consider a risky permanent move for a player who is both unproven in the Premier League and desperately lacking in match fitness.