With a strike force overhaul needed in the new year, Erik ten Hag has plenty of potential transfer options.
Manchester United might have felt well stacked in the attacking department following the 2-1 over Liverpool last month.
Anthony Martial had just returned from injury to provide the assist for Marcus Rashford’s winner, the Englishman’s first of four in three matches. All this while five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo watched on from the bench.
But injuries to both Martial and Rashford have sidelined them in recent weeks while Erik ten Hag was given a scare when Ronaldo went down bloody-nosed and disorientated following a clash during Portugal’s 4-0 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday.
He was fine to play on, but it sent a warning to the United boss that his striking options are not wholly reliable. It’s why he may dip back into the market in January, and there are a number of cut-price deals to be had with several players out of contract next summer.