Graeme Souness urges Manchester United to sign a craftsman

Football pundit Graeme Souness has urged Manchester United to recruit a craftsman in the form of Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, if they are to provide better service to Romelu Lukaku up front. The Red Devils started the campaign in bright form, netting four goals in three of their first Premier League matches.

However, as the season has gone, the goals have dried up for Lukaku and United, and this has hampered their chances of keeping up with arch-rivals Manchester City in the pursuit of the Premier League title, which they last won in 2013.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Souness advised Mourinho to recruit a new playmaker in the ranks, who can be a clever passer like Christian Eriksen, he wrote: “It is paramount for Mourinho that he gets his midfield right. United need a better mix there to keep the ball better, make them better to watch and more threatening, with better quality into their strikers.

“They need a craftsman such as Christian Eriksen at Tottenham. Romelu Lukaku has faced some criticism, but he’s not getting chances on his plate. He could do with an Eriksen-type doing that for him. United are crying out for a clever passer.”

Juan Mata has on numerous occasions being used to link-up play among the forwards, but the Spaniard has struggled to revive his form from his Chelsea days where he was more of a menace in the attacking department. Despite this, Mourinho may not tweak things in the summer after having placed emphasis on bolstering the midfield.

Mourinho has already announced that Michael Carrick will hang up his boosts at the end of the campaign, and it appears that Marouane Fellaini could also be heading through the exit door as he remains reluctant to sign a fresh deal beyond the summer. The future of Ander Herrera is also in potential doubt with AC Milan reported to be weighing up a summer approach for his services.