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Manchester United hunting for right-sided midfielder in January transfer window

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær has identified the right side of his midfield as United’s weakest point.

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Manchester United’s transfer priority is a right-sided midfielder, according to ESPN FC. A report from the well-connected Mancunian Mark Ogden claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjær has identified the right flank as the Reds’ weakest point, though any signing should be “a player who can strengthen his midfield, as well as the right side of the pitch.”

The article mentions Jadon Sancho as a long-term United target, though it’s not clear that he would fit the billing. There are a few players on the planet who’ve proven effective both out wide and through the middle—think Ángel Di María or Kevin de Bruyne, for example—but they’re certainly not easy to come by. Sancho certainly has the attacking prowess, but it’s not yet clear he’s sufficiently robust a midfielder as to please Solskjær.

Who Solskjær might have in mind, we’ve not got a clue. Recent reports have suggested that Burnley’s Dwight McNeil—a former United academy player—has caught the manager’s eye, and while he certainly offers the clout Solskjær seems to be looking for, he’s spent most of his time out on the left side this season. Another alternative may be Everton’s versatile attacker Richarlison, who has netted twice off the right in the Premier League this season.

Any other guesses? Answers on a postcard please.