By Dave Marshal
The situation at Manchester United these days doesn’t connote confidence. The Red Devils have been in precarious form all season and currently trail Manchester City, who are in fourth position on the Premier League log, by nine points. The noisy neighbors occupy the last Champions League spot, and Mourinho must be wondering what it will take to turn his team into title contenders once more.
The 20-time English champions played out a 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday night, after going ahead before ultimately conceding a last gasp goal. Draws are not bring turned to wins, as the fine margins to turn 1 point into three are not visible. The signings of Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic and Bailly haven’t had the desired effect the club has expected, and there is growing frustration at the Theatre Of Dreams. We think Mourinho should delve into the January transfer window to fish out signings that will lift the club from intending doom, if results don’t improve.
These are two players Mourinho should look at:
Virgil Van Dijk, at the moment is one player Mourinho would love to have in his team. The 25 year old Southampton centre-back has built on was an impressive debut campaign after signing from Celtic last term. The Holland international has been a rock for Claude Puel’s side, who have moved on from the Ronald Koeman era spectacularly. He is being touted as the ideal partner for summer signing, Eric Bailly who has been very impressive since his switch from Villarreal. The Ivory Coast international has outshone the likes of Smalling and Marcos Rojo, who was fortunate not to be sent off in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park following a studs up challenge on Idrissa Gueye. He is currently valued at £25m.
Danny Drinkwater is yet another player who is a priority for the 20-time champions in the upcoming transfer window. The Leicester City midfielder, 26, used to play for the youth teams of United, before eventually leaving in 2012, as he felt his chances of becoming a regular at the club was becoming lesser with the passing of each game. Drinkwater will offer the Red Devils a platform for the attack minded players a better platform to express themselves on the pitch of play. He offers a balance in the midfield, as his mix of attacking and defending is reminiscent of Michael Carrick, but at 35, the former Tottenham man won’t be expected to start and impose his quality on every game.
The January transfer window is a sure opportunity for Jose to turn around the fortunes of the club, and with these two players, the dream could be a reality sooner rather than later.