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Mercenaries have evolved, what can Man Utd do in the summer market

28 Feb 2022 | 14:04 | Football

 A talented midfielder on the payroll of Manchester United has recently changed his playing style.

Solskjaer praises Pogba and Matic

According to the media, Manchester United is expected to enter the winter transfer window with the primary goal of improving the attack with a quality central striker. Understandably for this decision, in the context that Edinson Cavani will almost certainly leave after the expiration of his contract, and Mason Greenwood may also have ended his career. Therefore, the Red Devils only have Cristiano Ronaldo left for the position of striker next season.

Of course, if you want to aim for noble titles, it is not enough to drastically improve just one position. Looking at the current Man Utd squad, it is not difficult to see a series of outstanding weaknesses. Typically in the midfield, when the Old Trafford team did not have any quality plans to replace Nemanja Matic in the long term.
Paul Ince urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic over Fred and Scott McTominay - Bóng Đá

 Matic is not young enough to shoulder the midfield of Man Utd. 

Witnessing the impressive performance of Man Utd’s midfield against Watford, when they completely controlled the game and minimized the opponent’s counter-attacks, perhaps it is not necessary to say too much about the influence. that a classy defensive midfielder can bring. Therefore, Man Utd has long considered improving this position, with the top target being Declan Rice.

Besides, many people think that, if it is not possible to acquire Rice because of the huge fee demanded by West Ham – about more than 100 million pounds as reported by the British media, then Man Utd should take advantage of a product from Carrington Academy is James Garner. Currently, Garner is enjoying an impressive season with Nottingham Forest – where he plays an almost irreplaceable role in midfield. So it is clear that Man Utd has a reason to give the 20-year-old talent a chance.
Manchester United loanee James Garner shines for Forest yet again - Bóng Đá

 Garner is highly appreciated by Man Utd fans.

However, the truth is that Garner has no longer played in the role of a defensive midfielder as in previous seasons, but recently, he is rising higher, actively contributing to the attacking front and becoming a A true central midfielder. Thanks to this change, the English midfielder is also going through a boom period with 2 goals and 2 assists in the last 6 appearances in all competitions. Need to know, in the previous 25 matches, what Garner got was only 1 goal.
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 Garner’s heat chart in the recent match against Bristol, it is not difficult to see, he is no longer active as an ‘anchor’ in the midfield. 

In general, James Garner is no longer a viable option for Man Utd to replace Matic in the long-term future. Therefore, besides ‘number 9’, it is clear that the Red Devils also need to prioritize recruiting a quality defensive midfielder in the upcoming transfer window. 

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