Manchester United Football Club are in a real mess – both on and off the pitch.
Credit where it’s due, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing his utmost best, though injuries and a lack of backing from the powers-that-be is starting to take its toll.
Long-term problems for Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have decimated the midfield, while more recently, Marcus Rashford suffered a back issue which is set to keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future…
The thought amongst fans was immediately one of concern for the player, while also hoping that the club would sort out at least a short-term replacement to get us through until the end of the season.
Well, it does seem as though the Red Devils are exploring their options – albeit the latest rumour is seriously underwhelming. The story comes from Sky Sports News, who are claiming that the Old Trafford club have identified two former Premier League forwards as potential loan options.
First up we have Odion Ighalo, formerly of Watford though he’s currently plying his trade in the Chinese Super League with Shanghai Shenhua. Secondly is Islam Slimani, who is on loan with AS Monaco from Leicester City.
Aged 31 and 30 respectively, these guys have played in the Premier League, though they’re hardly known for their proficiency in front of goal. Let’s face it, there’s a reason why they were sold (or loaned) by both their former clubs.
I get it, United’s hands are tied somewhat due to the fact that availability is often tough in the mid-season window. However, you’d like to think that a club of this stature would be setting the bar a little higher…
The plan isn’t to keep these guys in the long-term, obviously, but I can’t help but feel disappointed.