Manchester United maybe have beaten Manchester City last weekend, but this week there is plenty of talk regarding several players. Marcus Rashford is reportedly being wanted by several clubs and the Devils are expected to turn them down, but far more interesting has been the case of Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman has been reportedly unsettled, as the media claim he has turned down a new contract offer from Manchester United. The story goes that the player wants reassurance that he will play more next season, as he has been unsatisfied with playing time he got this term. Manchester United should not let go one of the best European talents in his age group so easily, but what if that actually happened this summer? Which players would be good options for replacing him?
Yes, that guy again. And why not? The 21-year old Brazilian has been very good for quite a poor Bordeaux side. He has shown how much potential he is got and he could truly become a wonderful player.
Malcom is not diminutive like some other players from this list, he has the physical strength to do well in England. His set of technical skills is very good, as well. He would mostly be a right winger, something that would United better than if he was used to playing on the left. With nine goals and six assists in a poor team, Malcom could shine playing alongside much better teammates.
Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund
Okay, this is more of a stretch. Yes, Pulisic is a very talented player and yes, he is very young. The future is in front of him, but it would be hard seeing him flourish under Jose Mourinho. Pulisic represents the future and this could be a long-term move for the Devils, though it remains unknown how much playing time he would get and how much that could hamper him.
This season has been a rough one for the American winger at Dortmund, but he has already shown plenty of potential. His dribbling is very good and he knows how to create for others. He would also bring dynamism, something that United have lacked at certain points in the season.
Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli
He is 26, he is experienced, pacey and high-quality player. What’s not to like? Well, he is 163 centimeters tall, for starters, and that is not something you connect with Jose Mourinho teams.
Yet, Insigne has been incredibly important player for a vibrant Napoli side, scoring 37 and assisting 28 goals in Serie A since the start of 2015-16 season. It is hard seeing this move happening, as he would not be a typical Mourinho player, but also because he is well settled in Naples.
However, as you can see, not many obvious options would there be for Manchester United in the market. That is a real indicator of how tough is finding great quality from teams that are not your direct rivals or are playing the biggest European sides. The talent is more and more concentrated in fewer and fewer clubs, thus it is harder finding it elsewhere. That is another reason for Manchester United to keep Anthony Martial at the club.