Manchester United may have earned a creditable 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday as they sought to arrest their poor form but their is still another huge overhaul on the horizon.
Prior to the match, which saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tinker with his tactics and move to a back-three, there was talk of the Red Devils plotting a £300million transfer spree.
It’s not too much of a surprise give the hodge-podge side who took to the field with fringe stars like Fred, Andreas Pereira, and Marcos Rojo suddenly shunted into key roles.
No matter how well they did, it showed those planning another rebuilding session at Old Trafford are thinking along the right lines.
Reports suggest three top European talents are the priority for Solskjaer, with Leicester City ace James Maddison, Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, and Atletico Madrid superstar Saul Niguez.
And the latter may well be a replacement for Paul Pogba should he finally leave for Real Madrid.
But why are the trio being targeted and how would they look in a Manchester United team? talkSPORT.com takes a look.
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James Maddison (Leicester City)
With his form this season, it’s no wonder the Red Devils are considering another huge raid on the Foxes.
In his first Premier League season, Maddison created 100 chances for team-mates, an astonishing amount for someone with experience, let alone for a player in their maiden top-flight campaign.
He’s continued his stunning displays and has two goals and two assists to his name, while also making 13 key passes. His average of 3.3 shot and 1.6 key passes per game would be welcomed at Old Trafford where a No.10 may be needed, especially if Pogba eventually leaves.
Maddison’s versatility will also be a major reason behind Man United targeting him.
So far this season he’s operated as a left winger, a No.10 and a No.8, this tactical adaptability is vital in the modern game.
Such is his talent he could end up costing around £80million to sign, similar to the fee which landed the Red Devils his former team-mate Harry Maguire.
Moussa Dembele (Lyon)
With Romelu Lukaku sold, Manchester United don’t have an out-and-out No.9 in their squad, which has left the looking short up top.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have proved far more effective playing from the left, while youngster Mason Greenwood must be gently introduce to first-team action.
To solve the problem, signing a goal poacher like Dembele might be the perfect thing to do.
Once with Fulham and Celtic, he already has knowledge of the British game, and plenty of experience too.
In total, Dembele scored 51 goals in 94 appearances during his spell north of the border, while now in France he’s hit 26 in 56 appearances.
He’s not yet scored from outside the area, but he wouldn’t need to be doing this at United. He’s scored a two of his six Ligue 1 strikes this term inside the six yard box, exactly where Solskjaer would want him to be picking up the ball.
When he does have the ball outside the box in offensive areas he has excellent ball control and a few neat tricks under his belt to beat defenders or hold up play until help arrives.
Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)
One of the finest technical midfielders in Europe, it will be far easy for United to control the ball and their attacks with the Spanish ace in the middle of the pitch.
He can use his skill to dance his way out of trouble, or progress the ball either with his superb dribbling or his fine passing.
Saul would certainly provide a more consistent midfield performance than the likes of Paul Pogba, who has the tendency to drift in and out of contests.
As well as his quality with the ball at his feet, the 24-year-old also contributes defensively averaging two tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game, which would alleviate some of the pressure which could mount on Scott McTominay.
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