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Five players Manchester United could and should buy this January
This highly rated English midfielder is only 19 years old and has already made his England debut. The versatility and attacking intent that he brings would allow plays such as Rooney to play higher up the pitch whilst also providing a constant goal threat from midfield. Alex Ferguson enquired on Barkley in 2011 but was quickly shot down on any transfer hopes but perhaps a reunion with former Everton boss David Moyes will be able to sway Barkley to join the red devils.
You may be surprised to see the inclusion of lovable old man Pirlo, but with less than a year left on his contract and news of a rift between him and Antonio Conte, a move for the 34 year old may be on the cards. Man Utd aren’t strangers to signing the ‘oldies’. Michael Owen in 2009 and Henrik Larsson having a galvanising effect on the team just two years prior. The Italian can still cut it at the top level and would dictate play more effectively than Carrick who could take up a more defensive role, allowing Pirlo to roam the pitch. Man Utd could alternatively rotate Pirlo with Fellaini and Carrick, providing greater squad depth. Aside from the obvious ability he brings to the team, having players such as Pirlo and Giggs around the camp can really benefit young players. Pirlo could come cheap too; the current situation may see a bid of £5 million accepted. An unlikely move but one I’m sure many would love to see.
Having two bids rejected in the summer, Man Utd should and will not give up hope on the Everton full back. Arguably the best left back in the world last season, Baines created more chances than any other player in Europe. He is a strong crosser of the ball and from set pieces can easily hurt teams. Factor in a deteriorating Patrice Evra and it’s no doubt a smart move for United. Although it’s unlikely Everton will sell two key players within a matter of months, they may be forced into a deal if the right amount of money is offered.
Manchester United’s ageing centre backs Vidic and Ferdinand could soon be on their way out, or at least as a partnership. Conceding goals has been an issue for United for the previous two years and this season it looks to continue having already conceded 9 goals in 7 games. Their answer could lay in 23 year old Villarreal centre back, Mateo Musacchio. A product of River Plate’s youth system, Musacchio has already made over 100 appearances for Villarreal. A natural ball winner and his ability to read the game make him fantastic at intercepting, averaging 5 interceptions per game. Valued at only £10 million, he could prove to be a bargain for David Moyes.
At only 20 years old, Draxler is already widely recognised as one of the most promising talents in world football. That being said, would he be able to play within a Manchester United team? Draxler's energy and willingness to bring others into play could allow Carrick greater space on the halfway line, a role in which Carrick thrives. He also poses an individual threat to teams, a skilled dribbler with an accurate eye for goal. A mix of Rooney, Kagawa and Draxler as an attacking line, with Van Persie ahead could be very exciting to see. With a rumoured buy-out clause of £40 million, United will have to break their club record fee to bring him in.
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