3 right wingers Manchester United should look to sign
Manchester United have had a solid first half to the 2017/18 season. The defence looks solid, the midfield is hardworking; supporting both offensive as well as defensive moves and the forwards are banging in goals.
However, there is still a lot of room for improvement. One particular place for improvement is in the right wing position. Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have all played there and successfully, to some extent. Mata, Mkhitaryan and Lingard all like to drift centrally or into pockets or spaces while Rashford and Martial are better suited on the left wing or deployed as strikers.
So, here are three right-wingers that United could buy in January or in the summer :
This move was the talk of the 2017 summer window, apart from Neymar’s world record transfer to PSG. Antoine Griezmann had a deal agreed in principle to join Manchester United to follow his idol David Beckham and wear the number 7 shirt for the Red Devils. But, due to a transfer ban on Atletico Madrid, they could sell him but couldn’t buy a replacement for him. Griezmann showed his loyalty and stayed with Atleti. Come January, their transfer ban will be lifted. The Los Colchoneros have already signed Diego Costa. Griezmann could very well be leaving Madrid, however, early signs are pointing to a move to Barcelona
When you think of Griezmann moving to United, you immediately think about his relationship with Agent P, Paul Pogba. They both are the best of friends and connect quite well on the pitch too.
Griezmann can also play anywhere across United’s front line. But, he is most effective playing on the right wing; the position in which he started his career at. The Frenchman can also play as a false nine, a second striker or on the left wing. He is fast, clinical, visionary, creative and Mourinho’s favourite: a hard worker. Even though he hasn't had the best season thus far, there are no doubts about the former third best player in the world. Something has to go horrendously wrong for this to not work out at Old Trafford.
This was another move that could’ve happened in the summer of 2017. Mahrez was allegedly flying to different cities to secure a move, with Roma being the most prominent. However, Manchester was one of the teams also in contention. Reports at the time said that Mourinho surprisingly wanted to sign the Algerian on Deadline Day, but stayed at the King Power Stadium.
Mahrez introduced himself to the world in the historic 2015/16 Premier League season wherein Leicester City defied all odds to win the Premier League. Mahrez was the PFA Player Of The Year that season; with 17 goals and 11 assists. Mahrez had a pretty average 16/17 season and now looks rejuvenated in Claude Puel’s Leicester City.
He would fit in perfectly at United. The 28-year-old is a Premier League proven winger. His dribbling, crossing and offensive abilities are matched by very few in the division. Mahrez is also a disciplined forward with defensive contribution and a deadly counter-attacking skillset. The Leicester no.26 is also an ideal Jose Mourinho player.
Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira or popularly known as Malcom, is a Brazillian winger tearing the Ligue 1 apart. He joined Bordeaux in the January of 2016 and hasn’t looked backed since. He has seven goals and four assists this season, already surpassing his tally of the whole of the last season.
The 20-year-old is a prolific, fast winger. He can use his either foot to shoot, pass or cross. The former Corinthians player loves to beat players and get into offensive positions. Malcolm has a lethal left foot and frequently scores scorchers with it. He either drifts in to use his left foot or hugs the byline to deliver crosses in with the right.
Jose Mourinho might probably know everything about him as he has sent scouts to watch him a number of times. Reports suggest that Manchester United might be in for €30m sweep in January for the Brazillian hotshot. He could be a force to be reckoned with for years to come at Old Trafford.