Manchester United bounced back in the Premier League with an impressive 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur away from home. Still, they remain 8 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
The Red Devils have ample quality and depth in the attack and in the defense but that is not the case as far as the central midfield is concerned. Ole needs a top defensive midfielder, who can break play and also pull the strings in the No. 6 role.
In recent weeks, we have been heavily linked with England international Kalvin Phillips. Last month, The Daily Star reported that the Old Trafford club are prepared to move in to lure the £60million-rated midfielder next summer.
Few days back, the British media outlet once again covered a story stating that Man Utd want the signing on priority in the next summer’s transfer window. However, in my view, United have to get his signing done in the winter transfer window.
It must be remembered that since appointing Fred in 2018, United have not adequately strengthened things in the center of the park. The combination of McFred is not good enough, Pogba has been highly inconsistent and veteran Matic is past his best.
Despite spending a lot to improve the back-line, the defensive problems have not ended and one of the main reasons behind this conundrum is that Ole does not have a strong star who can provide cover in front of the defense.
Phillips was fantastic for Bielsa in the Championship winning 2019-20 campaign. On the other hand, after impressing in his debut Premier League season, the 25-year-old was a regular starter for England, under the management of Southgate, at Euro 2020.
We have been inconsistent this term and in order to end the trophy drought, Man Utd should not wait for the next summer, instead, they must agree the signing of £60million Kalvin Phillips in the winter transfer window.