Manchester United opinion: Should the Red Devils sign Isco?
While Manchester United may have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change their club around, the former Red Devil can only do so much in six months. He needs more time and more importantly, he needs a few transfer windows at the very least.
With all that combined, only then can he make an impact at the club and transform them into title challengers. The first thing before Solskjaer does anything at the club will be to get rid of all the deadwood, including Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmain.
They are all players that have failed to do much or are well past their prime, which is why it’s time to move them on. It’s one of the many reasons why Manchester United have struggled over the years.
Former manager Jose Mourinho preferred older and more proven players, often letting the young talented stars warm the bench. While that has changed under Solskjaer’s tenure, it has left the club with an ageing squad and that needs to change more than anything.
However, just adding the best young talent in the world won’t help and the club needs to find the balance. It’s going to be a long road ahead and the first player that the club should really target is Isco Alarcon.
The Metro has reported that the Spaniard has shot to the top of the Red Devils’ shortlist after Real Madrid revealed that he will be a back-up only.
For a player of his quality and talent, that’s a huge waste of his time and energy, which is why the Old Trafford side are keen on a move. Isco has struggled this season, spending a lot of time warming the bench.
Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari’s lack of interest in putting him on the team-sheet changed the course of their season. It saw the playmaker incessantly linked with a move away and for Manchester United, he would be a boon.
A magician with or without the ball, Isco is arguably one of the best in his position. Playing in what has become a lost position with the change in formations and tactics, the Spaniard is arguably one of the last number 10s.
However, more than anything right now, Manchester United need a number 10. They’ve depended very heavily on either Paul Pogba or the full-backs to create goals and that will not sustain them in the long-term.
Moreover, Isco’s versatility allows him to play across the frontline or in a deeper position as a central midfielder.
He tends to either create or score goals at an alarming consistency, oozing class along the way. That’s what Manchester United need more than anything at the moment, and it’s an ability that they’ve certainly missed.
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Manchester United have a team at the moment and with time, they will get to where they want to in the Premier League. Adding someone like Isco will cut the time they will take to reach that position by more than half, and it will change the way they play football.