With a perfect winning run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United head into 2019 as a force to be reckoned with.
Back on their attacking mojo, the Reds have found the net 12 times under the club legend, and will be eager to add to that tally in the second half of the season.
However, before they can do that, the higher-ups at Old Trafford will be tasked with dealing with the winter transfer window. Despite their strong wins, United have failed to keep a clean sheet under Solskjaer, a curse that has been carried over from the Mourinho era.
As of such, the club was expected to bring in a solid centre-back in the winter and amend the mistake they made in the summer window. However, they may play that game quite shrewdly.
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According to the Times, Ed Woodward has decided to play it safe in January. The Red Devils will reportedly spend money only if a young and promising target becomes available, with the report placing particular significance on Matthijs de Ligt.
The Ajax youngster has emerged as one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe, and United have been linked with him for quite a while. If this report is true, then the club may not revisit their summer pursuit of Toby Alderweireld.
Further, the smartness of the move is telling, as this way, any marquee signing won’t find themselves in the danger of being part of the squad reshuffle of the new permanent gaffer come summer.
By investing only in a young talent brimming with potential, the club will be going back to its roots and safeguarding funds for the next window.
Besides, judging by the way in which they have been playing as of recent, there seems to be no need for a big transfer window to placate the spirits of their supporters.