Michael Carrick was one of the best deep lying playmakers/defensive midfielders in the Premier League for Manchester United and it will be fair to say that the Red Devils have not been able to adequately replace him as yet.
The Old Trafford outfit are in the market for a DM and reports indicate that Hayden Hackney, who is managed by Carrick at Middlesbrough, is a name on the radar.
According to the Evening Standard, the likes of Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham are battling for the signature of the 21-year-old English midfielder.
The news source have mentioned that Boro will only sell their prized asset this month if they receive a ‘sensational offer’.
Ideally, they would like a bidding war to get the maximum fee from the sale Hackney.
The youngster was in the lime light during the midweek Carabao Cup contest against Chelsea. In the first leg at home, he scored the winning goal versus the Premier League side and has caught a lot of attention since.
Hackney is a versatile talent, who can be deployed in multiple midfield positions and in the League Cup semi final, he was utilized in the attacking midfield role by Carrick.
Ten Hag needs serious reinforcements in the center of the park because the current crop have not been productive this season and even the new signings have been inconsistent.
In your view, should Man Utd make a sensational offer to sign Hackney this month?