Manchester United have successfully secured deals for Lee Grant, Fred and Diogo Dalot so far. With all due respect to the players mentioned above, they are not expected to get regular first-team action or play a pivotal role in United’s drive for the Premier League title.
Although Mourinho does have a solid group of players, United have had their fair share of troubles in the previous season. Romelu Lukaku is rated highly as a No. 9 but in spite of his goalscoring prowess, he can often let his team down with inconsistencies and lack of composure when it matters the most.
Phil Jones’ career has been plagued by injuries and lack of form while Victor Lindelof is yet to make a permanent mark in United’s set-up, despite looking quite convincing at the back for Sweden in the World Cup.
Mourinho definitely has a few areas to strengthen if United are to make a real dash to challenge their rivals for the title this season. With that in mind, here are 3 Serie A players who could make a lot of difference to their squad:
The Croatian attacker’s impressive displays were instrumental to his country’s successes in the World Cup. Perisic had a strong season last time around with Inter Milan, where he bagged 11 goals and 9 assists in the Serie A.
Perisic may not be the ideal eye-catching winger with nimble feet and mesmerizing dribbles but he can be effective with both feet, particularly while crossing and cutting inside. A solid workhorse, the 29-year-old seldom runs out of gas and can excel in a number of positions in the attacking third.
His physical presence at the flanks would not only facilitate link-up play with Lukaku and Sanchez but will also be an asset in counter-attacks.
Considering Lukaku’s woes with composure and finishing, Perisic can be an invaluable addition to United’s attacking third.
Leonardo Bonucci is arguably one of the best centre-backs in Europe at the moment and he has been linked with moving to United.
Bonucci will add reliability to the heart of United’s defence. A tall defender with a good sense of positioning, Bonucci is excellent at reading the game and has quick reflexes for his age. He can be deployed to mark the opposition’s No.9 in the box and he also excels in winning aerial duels.
To add to his defensive calibre, Bonucci’s long-range passing skills are admirable and he can also set up attacks from the back. A vocal and charismatic leader, the Italian is capable of carrying the weight of United’s defence on his shoulders and his mere presence is expected to be a confidence booster for the likes of Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling.
Standing at over 6 feet tall and packed with physicality, the towering Greek defender is a perfect alternative for Leonardo Bonucci.
The 27-year-old has shown a lot of promise with his consistent form at the Stadio Olimpico, which has linked him to many of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester United.
Manolas has spent four seasons with Roma and the highlight of his growth as a defender came last season, where he helped the club to a semi-final berth in the UEFA Champions League.
The defender is composed and disciplined enough to play a deep defensive line. In addition to that, he also has the agility and speed required to play a high line. He is good at reading the game, enabling him to anticipate and make some crucial tackles.
At 27, the man from Greece is only going to get better with time and United must invest in him if they are looking for long-term results.