ESPN have today provided an insight into the apparent plans of Premier League giants Manchester United on the transfer market.
Bournemouth 1-0 Man United
United travelled to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon, for a league meeting with Bournemouth.
The Red Devils headed into proceedings on an improved run of form since the international break last month.
After first picking up a credible 1-1 draw with Liverpool two weeks ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had since notched 3 consecutive victories away from home.
The latest of these came last Wednesday, when a Marcus Rashford double saw United emerge from Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 League Cup win.
As such, the Manchester giants no doubt entered the exchanges at the Vitality keen to stretch their streak to 4 straight victories on the road.
When the 90 minutes were said and done, however, this proved far from the case.
A solitary strike, courtesy of former United man Josh King on the stroke of half-time, eventually proved the difference between the sides, as Bournemouth emerged with all 3 points.
Midfield creator targeted
A key factor behind Manchester United’s latest defeat, meanwhile, was a persistent lack of creativity, particularly from midfield.
The trio of Scott McTominay, Fred and Andreas Pereira all struggled to contribute meaningfully in advanced positions, with Paul Pogba’s absence having once again been sorely felt.
As per the aforementioned report from ESPN, though, this is certainly not a shortcoming to have gone unnoticed by those in charge at Old Trafford.
Mark Ogden claims that the Red Devils have set their sights firmly on attack-minded reinforcements in the middle of the park, specifically on the right of the club’s midfield 3.
Having been impressed by Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s swiftness in locking down the right side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backline, the Manchester giants are now ready to target an attacking midfielder to slot in in front of the stopper, and behind Daniel James.
Despite being viewed as a priority, though, it is unlikely that such a signing would made in January.