Seven games into the season, Manchester United have four wins and are currently sitting in sixth place in the league. There are still a couple of weaknesses within the team, some obvious ones too, but Jose Mourinho will be content with a decent start to the campaign.
If we had the option of signing a goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and attacker from within the Premier League, here’s who we’d go for.
Fraser Forster – Goalkeeper
With United’s first choice in goal already none other than David De Gea, it’s important for the side to have a back-up option in case of an injury or suspension. At the moment Sergio Romero is the club’s number two. Despite a few decent performances from the Argentine, he has looked quite nervous whenever he plays and lacks the communication a goalkeeper needs with his defenders.
Currently spending his third season in the Premier League at Southampton, Fraser Forster has been fantastic for the club, playing a key role towards their superb defensive record over the past two campaigns. Forster is the perfect back-up goalkeeper that United need, allowing him to play in the cup matches and also a few league fixtures if needed.
Kyle Walker – Defender
The right-back area has been an interesting one this season. Mourinho prefers Antonio Valencia’s physical attributes and work rate over natural full-back Matteo Darmian. The Ecuadorian has been impressive so far, although he isn’t the long-term solution for the Red Devils in the right-back role as he lacks intelligence and positional awareness.
Since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham Hotspur’s manager, Kyle Walker has improved in both defence and attack, making him one of the best full-backs in England at the moment. The 26-year-old has laid on two assists in the league as well as winning 18 out of his 21 attempted tackles this season. Walker would surely be a massive upgrade on Valencia and would help the side mount a serious title challenge.
Idrissa Gueye – Midfielder
The double pivot of Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba looks to be working fine in recent games, however, a big test will arrive soon as Mourinho’s side face Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City this month. If Mourinho decides to keep the same midfield it could lead to some trouble as it would mean a specialist defensive midfielder will not be selected and the opposition could find it easy hit the Red Devils on the break.
Idrissa Gueye ticks all the boxes as a defensive midfielder and is the type of player Mourinho would like in front of his defence. So far this season, Gueye has won more tackles than any other individual in the Premier League. With Michael Carrick not being a regular starter under Mourinho, there is no one else in the squad that is a natural defensive midfielder, which is why the side could do with a player like Gueye.
Harry Kane - Striker
Manchester United have been creating a lot of chances lately, evident in the fixtures against Stoke City and Leicester City, but the finishing has not been up to standards. The Red Devils had nine shots on target against Mark Hughes’ side last week as they dropped two points due to an equaliser from Joe Allen. Keeping in mind that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a short-term solution, United still need a striker who is clinical and can offer them goals for years to come.
Although Harry Kane is out for another month or so with an ankle injury, he’s the type of all-round striker that United could do with at the moment. Since becoming a regular starter for Tottenham during the 2014/15 season, Kane has bagged 48 league goals in 77 appearances and he’s only 23-years-old. Without a doubt Kane would get into any team in the Premier League and he would be the ideal striker for The Red Devils in the long run.