Manchester United are likely to be in the market for at least one midfielder come the end of the season. With Paul Pogba set to see out his contract and leave for free, they may be on the verge of finding an in-house solution with academy product James Garner, who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previously dubbed ‘the next Michael Carrick’, impressing on loan at Nottingham Forest. More options would still be required though, and after a quiet January, United are likely to have an active summer when a new permanent manager takes charge, and Express Sport looks at four industrious midfielders who they could target:
With his West Ham performances going from strength to strength, it would not be at all surprising to see United revisit their interest in the summer.
The prospect of playing at Old Trafford for one of English football’s most esteemed clubs could be enough to sway the 23-year-old, but the Red Devils may not have it all their own way.
With no guarantee of Champions League football for next season, former Hammer Trevor Sinclair has tipped Rice to switch to local rivals Manchester City instead.
Chelsea could also be in the running to land the star who David Moyes values at over £100million, in a saga which is expected to hit top gear at the end of the campaign.
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Borussia Dortmund may now be well off the pace in the Bundesliga, but Bellingham only seems to have enhanced his own reputation.
Although still a teenager, BVB were seemingly wise enough to tie him down to a long-term deal when he headed to Germany in 2020, which means it will likely take a mammoth offer to lure the midfielder to the Premier League.
At just 18-years-old, Bellingham is already starring on the international stage for England, and he has nine goal contributions in 19 games for Dortmund this campaign.
Similarly to the prospective Rice saga, however, United would have to fend off plenty of rival interest to secure his signature, not least from bitter rivals Liverpool.
Having been with the club since a schoolboy, the prospect of Leeds United playing on without their midfield anchor has been virtually unthinkable to fans.
That became even more obvious last month, when it emerged that West Ham reportedly had a mammoth £55m bid for the 26-year-old rejected.
United have also been linked with Phillips, who is a mainstay of Gareth Southgate’s England set-up after making his Three Lions debut in 2020.
But they may find it tough to convince him to betray the Leeds fans by switching from one side of a heated rivalry to the other.
With Ralf Rangnick set to transition from his interim boss role to that of a consultant at the end of the campaign, he may look to the familiarity of the Bundesliga, and more specifically RB Leipzig, to conduct transfer business.
The German is believed to be a fan of Haidara, who progressed through the RB ranks from Salzburg to Leipzig over the past few seasons.
While his name may not come with the star-power of the aforementioned trio, Rangnick is known for finding value in the market, and the Mali international could provide just that.
And Haidara’s desire to play for the Red Devils was made crystal clear in a 2019 interview with FootMali, when he said: “My dream club is Manchester United. I will fight with all my strength to one day play for that club.”