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3 Areas Manchester United should invest in the near future

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Manchester United v Manchester City - EFL Cup Fourth Round
Guardiola and Mourinho

Jose Mourinho's team is currently in Dubai enjoying a training break as he continues to be linked with several players in the transfer window. Mourinho has recently been handed a massive injury boost as Valencia and Carrick both took part in first-team training.

Man Utd sits 2nd in the Premier League table 15 points behind leaders Man City and one point ahead of Conte's Chelsea.

Mourinho needs to assess his team's quality well before spending any amount in the transfer market as we have already seen many unsuccessful signings in the recent past. With high cash inflow from derby rivals, Mourinho will be tempted to spend big in the market but a slight mistake in assessing the player with his tactics can cost them the season.

Let us have a look at the three areas and few options United can consider.

#1 Central Attacking Midfielder - Mesut Ozil

Manchester United clearly lacks creativity and finishing up front and this has been a major reason for Lukaku getting isolated much of the time. Having Mkhitaryan and Lingard in that space is not enough for United to compete with big teams in big competitions.

Mourinho has expressed his interest to bring in a player in place of Mkhitaryan who is currently going over a rough patch. He has certainly not impressed anyone in his recent games and has been under criticism for a few months. Hence, there is a need for a player who can anchor the game well and find passes or create spaces wherever and whenever required.

Arsenal v Southampton - Premier League
Arsenal v Southampton - Premier League

The Arsenal star is looking to seal a deal with United as his current deal in North London expires at the end of the season and it is highly unlikely that he will consider a renewal. Juventus, Barcelona, and PSG all are potential suitors for him outside the Premier League.

The Red Devils are currently on the lookout for a playmaker and he will be an ideal fit for Mourinho as Ozil has experienced his best years under Mourinho at Real Madrid. At the age of 29, he is very much mindful and has an excellent ball control but the only thing to be concerned of is his defensive duties. He is a bit slow on the pitch without the ball but can do wonders with the ball in his feet.

Ozil has played 134 matches in the Premier League and scored 27 goals with 0.20 goals per match ratio. He has provided 47 assists so far with 64.70 passes per match ratio.

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