Manchester United's 4-2 loss to Leicester City is the latest in a long line of games that have highlighted how unbalanced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team is. Despite spending a fortune on good defenders and boasting some of the best strikers in the world, the club's midfield remains weak and underqualified.
If United are to quickly improve their form, they will need to recruit a defensive midfielder capable of handling changes and snuffing out opposition counter attacks. Here are three players they could (and should) consider in January to address that issue.
Wilfred Ndidi has quickly established himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League since joining Leicester from Genk in 2017. And, astonishingly, he's only 24 years old.
Whether intercepting through balls from opposition midfielders or defending Leicester's defense against counter attacks, Ndidi is the type of player Man Utd need in the center of the pitch to prevent lesser teams from scoring silly goals.
Ndidi is now valued at €46 million and would not be cheap in January, with a deal at Leicester that runs until 2024. He may, however, be a necessity for Manchester United.
Aurelien Tchouameni, a Monaco midfielder who has been linked as a replacement for Paul Pogba, would be an excellent defensive midfield addition for Man United to complement their own France international in the middle of the pitch.Tchouameni can play as a deep-lying playmaker when necessary, but his best performances for Monaco and now the France national team have come from his ability to break up moves and his superb game reading.
If Manchester United are looking for a ready-made midfielder who knows his way around the Premier League, they could do a lot worse than Tottenham Hotspur's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Since joining Tottenham from Southampton, the Denmark international has grown in stature, and despite Tottenham's inconsistent record, Hojbjerg has remained a rock in the center of the park for the London club. Of course, a player of Hojbjerg's caliber would command a premium price, and with a current market worth of €50 million,it's impossible to say what Spurs would ask for him. He would, however, be an immediate upgrade over their existing midfielders.
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