Manchester United’s train seems to have gone off the rails after a healthy start to the summer transfer window.
Red Devils star midfielder Paul Pogba has been the talk of the town, as he publicly voiced his opinion of leaving Old Trafford for a new challenge elsewhere.
Adding fuel to the fire, the Frenchman’s agent Mino Raiola has spoken out in a fiery yet hypocritical fashion highlighting the Manchester club’s stance on his client facing the backlash.
The problem for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t end here with Nemanja Matic also considering his future at the club, according to reports.
Amidst all this, the Norwegian manager already lost one of his potential targets in Youri Tielemans who has joined Leicester City.
However, a quality replacement in Christian Eriksen might just be around the corner, as per the Evening Standard, in case Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy decides to go into business with a Premier League rival, which is pretty unlikely.
Another factor to consider is whether or not Eriksen will be willing to join Manchester United who can’t offer Champions League football next season.
The best option for Manchester United?
Eriksen is a complete midfielder who is a constant threat for the opposition and possesses the ability to change the course of a match at any instant with his vision and anticipation of the game.
He has also been used in a deeper role by Mauricio Pochettino, so he can play in that role at Manchester United should they deploy a competent defensive midfielder alongside him.
The versatile playmaker owns a wide range of skill-set; from his passing range (key passes, through balls, successful passes) to his set-piece prowess.
The Dane managed an average of 2.1 key passes, 1.1 crosses and 2.3 long balls per game last season. His average of 2.3 long balls and a shot-ratio of 2.4 per game are a testament to Eriksen’s all-round ability.
The Spurs midfielder also matches Pogba’s total goal contributions of 27 with his 10 goals and 17 assists in his 51 appearances for the north London outfit last season.
Even though Levy is a tough nut to crack when it comes to negotiating, should Manchester United make a big bid, it will test the chairman’s resolve.
The 27-year-old is at the peak of his prowess, and should Manchester United receive good money for Pogba, they must do everything they can to sign Eriksen.