Man Utd are a team of brilliant individual talent. The likes of Martial, Pogba, Lukaku, and Matic are all phenomenal players, but somehow, their cumulative abilities haven’t translated into perfect success for the Red Devils.
When they function, particularly against big teams, it is painfully obvious that they lack in squad functionality and seldom work as a unit when pressed hard by tactical means.
Something seems to be missing in the mix-up, and Jose Mourinho seems to have identified a player to fix precisely that.
As per Mirror, this ‘missing link’ is none other than Barcelona’s midfield maestro Ivan Rakitic. As of such, the Croatian could top the Mancunian transfer list in the coming summer.
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However, any deal involving the arrival of the 29-year-old at Old Trafford would involve him being at the end of a domino effect, wherein Antoine Griezmann would join the Catalan giants.
In that case, Philippe Coutinho will be apt to play in a much deeper role in Ernesto Valverde’s team, which could make sense tactically for Barcelona in their present formation.
If that occurs, Rakitic will find himself surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou, and the switch to the English giants would seem like a great option.
Considering United’s midfield dilemma, wherein Fellaini and Carrick will be likely to stop playing for the club at the end of this season, the arrival of Rakitic would be a great stabilizing factor when paired with Pogba and Matic.
However, all of this is still wishful thinking due to the sheer factors that depend on the event occurring as well as the unlikeliness that Rakitic has any desire to leave his current side just yet.
Regardless, it is something for Mourinho and company to keep a close eye on, and supporters will surely be ecstatic if an arrival of this magnitude occurs in the summer.