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Man United were reminded of their second summer transfer priority vs LASK

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Another attacking midfielder is needed

You often notice your best players when they’re not on the pitch, and it was worrying to see how lacklustre Manchester United’s build-up play was without Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in midfield.

Without those two it was effectively the United side that played prior to January, and the performance was there to go with it on Wednesday night.

United fans are eager to see Sancho arrive but even if they get him it is clear another attacking midfielder is needed as well for rotation purposes.

Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard endured contrasting evenings, but against tougher opposition there would be question marks over all three.

Jack Grealish is the ideal choice for such a role but given his price-tag and United’s pursuit of Sancho, the club might have to cut costs and look to secure a bargain buy like Todd Cantwell or David Brooks: two players who wouldn’t expect to feature in every single match.

Future looks bleak for Dalot

You really have to wonder what the future holds for Diogo Dalot at United, with the Portuguese youngster out of the squad again against LASK.

For him to be behind the excellent Aaron Wan-Bissaka is no surprise, but for him to now be behind Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the pecking order really is damning.

Last summer a fellow Manchester journalist caused a stir when he accidentally wrote that Dalot might be about to leave the club after just a season. He meant to write Matteo Darmian, but if he was to make the same mistake this summer it wouldn’t prompt anywhere near as many raised eyebrows.

Wan-Bissaka’s role isn’t under threat

Timothy Fosu-Mensah struggled against LASK Linz

United fans have been spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting their own player of the season, but the case for Wan-Bissaka is only growing.

His absence on Wednesday night was felt, with Fosu-Mensah failing to deliver the same level of performance as United’s first-choice right-back, and it looks unlikely he will ever truly break into the first team under Solskjaer.

The Dutch defender is useful in terms of his versatility but Wan-Bissaka can rest assured his place in the starting XI is not under threat.

Lingard repays Solskjaer faith

Jesse Lingard’s starting role against LASK was all but confirmed when he arrived at the pre-match press conference with Solskjaer on Tuesday afternoon, and both deserve credit for keeping the belief even when performances weren’t there to show.

The former England international has endured a poor season by his own admission, but his recent revival in front of goal has brought confidence with it and an overall improvement to his standards all across the pitch.

Lingard may no longer command a starting role but his natural talent is obvious and there is still a place for him in the squad. In the worst case, he will certainly be making his presence known to any potential suitors in the summer transfer window.

A new role for Chong

There were a fair few eyebrows raised when Tahith Chong came on for Brandon Williams for his latest cameo appearance.

Despite breaking through as a right winger in the youth team Chong has failed to deliver when deployed as an attacker in the first-team, and a move into defence could be one which suits him ahead of a planned summer loan move.

Next season Chong will likely go abroad as he looks to break into professional football and he might very well return to Old Trafford as another option at left-back, rather than one pushing to start on the wing.

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