Former Manchester United full back Gary Neville was impressed by his former side’s emphatic 4-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford. There’s just one thing. He feels the squad is not complete yet if they are to reach the next level. According to Neville, the missing link is another high-quality winger. Right now Marcus Rashford, who usually plays as a striker, seems to be Mourinho’s player of choice along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the wide position. Neville suggests United use any remaining funds this window to get someone else who naturally plays as a winger.
The options that come to mind include Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund, Ivan Perisic of Internazionale, Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool, and Kylian Mbappe of AS Monaco. They are all quality players but getting them to join the club would be easier said than done. The most realistic option is Ivan Perisic because he has the lowest price tag as the oldest player. Manchester United have been linked with the Croatian international player throughout this summer transfer window. Various recent sources have reported various developments ranging from Perisic committing his loyalty to the Italian club to United coming close to signing him.
The other three are pricey options being pursued by the more prestigious destinations in Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. This late in the window it would not be likely for Manchester United to win the races for those players having focused on other targets up to this point. Additionally, Liverpool would be very hesitant if not completely outright reject any advances from a rival club for one of their best players. That reasoning is also why Neville was shocked Chelsea agreed to sell Matic to United.
Should Mbappe go to Real Madrid (which is unlikely since Mbappe committed a long-term contract to Monaco and Monaco have already sold Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, and Bernardo Silva), it could force Gareth Bale out of the club and then the Welshman could be a more viable option for Manchester United to pursue. Bale is signed with Los Blancos until 2022 and would be another big wage bill along with a high transfer fee if United were to sign him. I would love to see him return to the Premier League, but do we need to make a move? These are all great players, but the ones we have now deserve their chance.
The state of the squad currently is United have many quality attacking midfielders and wingers, with Anthony Martial and Ander Herrera looking like he may have to settle for a bench role. Buying another winger would likely send Marcus Rashford to the bench. That’s a lot of minutes that Rashford will not have to develop and improve, minutes that the young Englishman has earned through his abilities and performances in the previous two seasons. I am not sure any of the United targets would either be willing to come or would be guaranteed a starting role given the competition for spots. Manchester United have already made three big signings this summer with Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, and Romelu Lukaku.
Unless someone hands in a transfer request and they need replacing, I think this group deserves the first half of the season to prove themselves. They are more than capable of staying in the title race and advancing out of a Champions League group in their current state. Even if they get knocked out of the League Cup, they would still have the FA Cup in January. I am happy with this current squad, as are many United fans. We will welcome any remaining additions but there are no real gaping holes left to fill for the first team. I respect Gary Neville’s opinion because he knows the game very well, but let’s see where this squad takes Manchester United this season.