Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United looks more and more uncertain as this transfer window progresses. The French midfielder revealed that he is looking for a new challenge and there is a strong possibility that Real Madrid will be able to acquire his services this summer.
As of such, let us now discuss the best possible replacements for the Frenchman that United can sign this window.
1. Bruno Fernandes
The Red Devils have already been linked extensively with the Portuguese midfielder and it is expected that they will secure his services soon. Manchester City were heavily interested in the 24-year-old as have other top clubs over the past weeks.
His time at Sporting has shown the creativity and prolificacy with which he can operate, particularly in creating goals and this is what United will require the most if Pogba departs.
2. Tanguy Ndombele
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown a penchant for targeting young players this window and the 22-year-old Frenchman certainly seems to fit the criteria. At Lyon, he has been used to playing centrally and aiding the creation of goals. While not strictly the way in which Pogba used to play, a player of his caliber could flourish in a United lineup where the renewed focus is placed on the wingers, a style that Solskjaer is poised to pursue in the upcoming season, which will mean that powerful central attacker will be required.
However, many clubs are pursuing the youngster and Tottenham are the latest side to have taken a strong interest in him.
3. Youri Tielemans
Another 22-year-old and one that Solskjaer has taken a personal liking to, according to reports. The Belgian’s representatives are believed to be in contact with United for a while now and a saga could be in the making.
His impressive season on loan at Leicester City showed that he was impressive in his passing and through balls and that is the sort of presence that Old Trafford will badly require in the absence of Pogba’s creativity.
4. Ivan Rakitic
While it may upset some supporters of the club to see the Red Devils linked with another player over the age of thirty, a veteran may be precisely what the club requires at this moment.
Rakitic brings with him heaps of experience playing at the top level and could certainly impart some of that knowledge to youngsters like Andreas Periera and Scott McTominay. While the upfront fee for him will be enormous according to reports, it is a makeshift approach that the Mancunian hierarchy could resort to, if their bigger targets prove fruitless.
5. Adrien Rabiot
The French midfielder has been linked to several clubs in the recent past, with Barcelona initially believed to have secured him. However, recent reports have strongly associated him with Manchester United and the player himself seemed to indicate that something could materialize soon.
A Frenchman for a Frenchman, Rabiot’s style is certainly akin to Pogba’s. While a little less impressive with regard to scoring and creating goals, it is his sublime passing that could benefit the Red Devils the most. United have often seemed to lack real intent in the midfield that past two seasons, with Pogba too appearing toothless and a youngster of his caliber can certainly solve that issue.