A reaction to the mainstream media headlines about the Premier League, and major European Leagues.
James Rodriguez looks set to leave Real Madrid. He has been consistently linked with a move to Man United. The Old Trafford club are now downplaying expectations of a move.
United need to get back up. He’s potentially the biggest transfer in the summer and for good reason. His goal and assist ratios for a substitute have been impressive. At 25, James is a signing that has considerable commercial and playing potential, but he isn’t the final jigsaw piece for United.
A authoritative presence in defensive midfield, along with a commanding centre-half are the most obvious elements lacking from a Mourinho type team. Then there is the issue of who scores the 20-30 goals that keeps any team in a title hunt. With Zlatan and Rooney out of the picture, United can reasonably expect 20-odd goals from Rashford and Martial combined.
United do create chances, but they are not critical enough. The team have consistently fluffed their lines in front of goal. You can understand the links to Griezmann first and foremost. United need another forward, even two forwards. Then there is also surfeit of players at #10. A combination of Mkhitaryan, Mata and Rodriguez would be exciting, but doesn’t seem much like the Portuguese man upstairs. Adding James to the mix isn’t a clear solution to the famed defensive-attacking balance of Mourinho-type teams. His teams do not strive to be aesthetically brilliant to watch, more just, shall we say, effective. Ideally, James is the icing on the cake at the end of this window.