Amidst a recent injury crisis that has seen both Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay laid low, Manchester United are understandably on the look-out for a new central midfielder in the January transfer window.
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And according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Red Devils have earmarked Tottenham ace Harry Winks as a possible option to bring in, with neighbouring rivals Manchester City also said to be monitoring the England international’s situation.
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After hearing about the links to the 23-year-old, United fans flooded to Twitter to voice their thoughts on their supposed transfer target, with a few of them making comparisons to Red Devils players past and present.
The English Andreas Perriera
— المانشستراوي (@ahmed__almoataz) 6 January 2020
Fred is better than him. We need an actual 6 that’s better than McTominay
— Paul Coleman (@AltirV) 6 January 2020
Rather have eric djemba djemba back
— jay N (@MrJay_81) 6 January 2020
A few fans criticised the club’s lack of ambition, with one supporter in particular claiming that their “pulling power is at an all time low”.
The club has no ambition!
— Matteo Parfetti (@mattclubberlang) 6 January 2020
God why Man Utd!!!!! Disgrace
— CourageousMan (@CourageEnogieru) 6 January 2020
Man our pulling power is at an all time low, average English midfielders must be where we want to be.
— Dyl (@UtdDyl) 6 January 2020
Jesus Christ man.
— ً (@UtdHenry) 6 January 2020
A couple of supporters of the Manchester side took aim at Winks’ style of play, with one fan suggesting that he simply passes it sideways.
Mufc keeps coming up with players that can only play one way
— Oladayo GGMU (@maine_oladee) 6 January 2020
Side wards passing midfielder like the rest of them
— Nicky Donaldson (@ndonaldson84) 6 January 2020
An England international, aged just 23, and with plenty of top-flight experience, Winks certainly fits the bill of what United appeared to be going for in the summer transfer window. If the Red Devils are intent on continuing this approach on buying young, home-grown players, they could do a lot worse than a swoop for a midfielder who has played 79 games in the Premier League and 27 matches in European competitions. It would be a signing that matches the profile of what they are supposedly looking for, and in a position they could do with some reinforcements.