Manchester United have been told to get a creative midfielder who could help the team create more goalscoring opportunities in the next season.
According to former United defender Gary Pallister, Manchester United need to sign a player whose creativity is in the same class with Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard in the summer if they wish to compete with Manchester City for the league title next season.
“I still think we need a Eden Hazard-esque type player. I think we need to be more free-flowing in our play, and try and match what City are doing,” he said.
Manchester United were made to labour hard for their victory against Crystal Palace in yesterday’s 2-3 victory over the Eagles. The Red Devils were trailing the game by two goals before they recorded a massive comeback to turn the game around in the second half of the encounter.
Despite the win, United remain 16 points adrift their neighbors Manchester City who could be crowned the Premier League Champions after four Premier League fixtures.
Pallister admits City are unstoppable this season as they have lost just a Premier League fixture. He said United must spend big in the summer should they wish to reach City’s current status in the 2018-19 season.
The defender believes Alexis Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal in the winter, might help Mourinho’s men to raise their creativity at the middle of the pitch next season. The Chilean has struggled to have an impact on the games he’s played so far for the Red Devils.
“I think we lack a bit of creativity, but hopefully with Sanchez bedding in, that should raise it,” he told reporters.
José Mourinho is expected to make a wholesome change to his midfield in the summer transfer window. The Portuguese manager will have to find replacements for Ander Herrera, Maroane Fellaini and Michael Carrick who are all tipped to leave Old Trafford by the end of the current campaign.