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Lee Sharpe tells Manchester United the kind of player they are missing out on by referencing ex-Chelsea star

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Lee Sharpe tells Manchester United the kind of player they are missing out on by referencing ex-Chelsea star

Lee Sharpe tells Manchester United to sign their own Ross Barkley

Manchester United have been advised to explore the signing of a dynamic midfielder by former player Lee Sharpe. The ex-United forward wants to see the club bring in a player who can carry the ball forward into the final third and has referenced Ross Barkley’s role with Luton Town, in an interview with The Mirror.

The 53-year-old said the following:

“I’d love to see a dribbling, aggressive midfielder that can take the ball from defence to attack. Like Dembele used to be for Spurs. Like Ross Barkley has done this year for Luton, how he has picked the ball up off the back four, had the ability to drop the shoulder and go past someone and carry the ball from just outside our box to just outside the opponents box within a matter of seconds. I think that’s what we’re missing.”

It is hard to argue with Lee Sharpe on Manchester United needing a powerful presence in the engine room after their current options possesses better passing attributes as compared to dribbling.

While Ross Barkley himself would have been a solid and experienced addition to Manchester United on a discounted deal, he is on the way to joining Aston Villa.

Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen have fantastic vision and are able to pick out neat passes from midfield, while also making late runs into the box to score goals.

Casemiro, meanwhile, is a defensive midfielder who has a brilliant heading ability from set-pieces. The Brazilian also plays the ball well but his bulky physique prevents him from being a good dribbler.

Manchester United missed out on Jude Bellingham’s signing in 2020 despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s insistence and are unlikely to secure a box-to-box midfielder this summer as well.

Bellingham would have been the ideal signing for Manchester United.
Bellingham would have been the ideal signing for Manchester United.

The Red Devils are expected to prioritise defensive additions in the transfer window, while a forward could also be on the radar to offer competition to Rasmus Hojlund in the final third.

A good strength in the engine room coupled with FFP restrictions could see Manchester United postpone the signing of a box-to-box player unless Casemiro departs for newer pastures.

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It will be exciting to see which players they pursue, but considering the midfielders in the market, Manchester United might need to pay a big sum for a new acquisition.