Place Man Utd must strengthen in January stated; Pogba issue stressed

Date published: Wednesday 16th December 2020 8:57

Paul Pogba, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

A former Man Utd winger has identified a surprise position he believes Man Utd should strengthen in January, while a key issue regarding any potential Pogba sale has been highlighted.

The Red Devils bounced back from their Champions League nightmare with a solid point against bitter rivals Man City on Saturday.

The result left them just five points off top spot going into the midweek games. However, the club are under no illusions that significant investment will be required to bridge the gap further.

The club have been linked with several attacking talents in recent times, though one potential target seems to have hit a dead end. 

Rumours of arrivals at the back have been few and far between, but former Man Utd winger Luke Chadwick believes centre-half is exactly where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be looking to recruit.

He told CaughtOffside: “I still think a centre half needs to be added.

“I’m not sure who’s out there or who’s available. The back four was really good on Saturday but a bit of competition in central defence would be really good for the team.

“In terms of getting anyone out… Van de Beek’s not had much game time, you’d like to see him get more time on the pitch.

“In terms of the Pogba incident it seems like his agent would be more than happy to get him out in January.

“But I can’t see anyone paying upward of £100m for him at the moment because the performances haven’t really been there to merit that.”

 

Chadwick lauds Manchester derby positive

Much was expectedof last weekend’s Manchester derby, but both sides flattered to deceive as a tepid 0-0 draw was played out.

Nevertheless, the point apiece was seen as a better result for Man Utd, and Chadwick claimed their defence in the contest was “as good as it’s been this season.”

“I think they’ll definitely take a point against City on the back of the Leipzig game,” he continued.

“It was a poor game, I’m sure we were all looking forward to it and were left extremely disappointed by the quality of the match.

 

“United defended well which is a plus point, the back four was as good as it’s been this season.

“There was good grit and determination to put bodies on the line and stop crosses and shots coming in.

“From a defensive point of view it was really pleasing from United, with Fred and McTominay doing well out of possession, the work rate from everyone was really good.”

Meanwhile, Southampton are reportedly keen on bringing in Manchester United’s Brandon Williams, who is struggling for game time this season

 

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