Despite their blockbuster offseason, Manchester United is hemorrhaging points to cross-town rival, City. Pogba’s most redeeming quality is his ability to sell jerseys and the club’s owners are talking about spending big in January to re-sign another former player.
This time, it’s Danny Drinkwater, the midfield general of Leicester City, who was so pivotal in the Foxes title-winning campaign, though he has looked frail without the support of his former partner in crime, N’Golo Kante.
As good as Drinkwater was, last year, it seems like a step down from the likes of Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes and Roy Keane.
Here are five players that Mourinho and Woodward should be targeting over the 26-year-old former academy product!
Weigl is one of the best young midfielders in the Bundesliga, right now - and all of Europe, for that matter. He seems extremely calm on the ball for only 21 years old, and has made that anchor position in the Dortmund midfield his so far in the 2016/17 season. Though it may be tough for United to pry him away from Tuchel's team, with a current market value estimated at 18 million euros, there is little doubt that he would be a solid addition to the Red Devils.
The 21-year-old has had a blistering start to the 2016/17 season, and even had the honor of featuring as a defensive option for Germany during Euro 2016. He seems to have the maturity of a much older player, and having made the move to midfield this season under Ancelotti, he has even added a few goals to his game.
This move seems to be the least likely to happen, as Bayern certainly consider Kimmich to be one of the future stars of the team. Having said this, with the signing of Renato Sanches, in the summer, a player that United seemed intent on getting, a hefty transfer fee could be enough to bring him to the north of England.
His defensive-minded approach to the game would certainly allow Pogba and company to drive forward without fear of space being left open in behind. Kimmich is valued around 20 million euros, but seeing his performances so far this season, it likely would cost double that to take him away from Munich.
Kovacic is receiving more and more playing time under Zidane as of late, but will likely play second fiddle to Casemiro in the holding midfield role when the Brazilian returns from injury. The Croatian international is yet to have a breakout year in Madrid, but certainly looks the part alongside Modric and Kroos. He is currently valued around 20 million euros, and at 22 years of age, still has a lot of room to improve. Though he wouldn't be the top choice for Mourinho in all likelihood, he would definitely provide a bit more stability than the likes of Fellaini and Schneiderlin.
Reece Oxford is a young unproven talent, but having been a part of the West Ham squad for the past few seasons, he will have had time to really study and become accustomed to the Premier League. The 17-year-old would certainly be a signing for the future, rather than a title-winning buy, but having been linked with Manchester United before, he looks like a likely option.
Although he is valued around 4 million euros, it would certainly take a much higher bid to secure his services from the Hammers at this point in time, especially when West Ham's defence seems to need as much protection as they can get. However, with his youth along with Pogba, Rashford and Martial, Mourinho would have the makings of a great future at United.
United were heavily linked with Matuidi, during the summer, as a potential option if the Paul Pogba deal fell through. The PSG and French midfielder was then apparently on the way to Juventus, but the two clubs failed to make an agreement before the transfer window closed. Having partnered Pogba in the midfield for France during Euro 2016, and with Pogba's strength and speed and the industry of Matuidi, this would be an obvious partnership that could thrive at Old Trafford. The deal would probably cost United up words of 30-40 million euros.