Man Utd’s ‘ideal’ signing to solve long-term problem pinpointed by Danny Murphy
But in the middle of the park there have also been issues, as Paul Pogba fights to stay fit and Nemanja Matic attempts to re-find his old form.
One man who has been tentatively linked with a move to the Red Devils is PSG star Marco Verratti.
And former Liverpool star Danny Murphy believes the Italian would make a world of difference at Old Trafford.
“The United squad has been a mish-mash of players signed by different managers,” he told the Daily Mail .
“The one constant in recent times however is that they’ve not found a midfield player to replace Michael Carrick.
“United have always had a midfielder who can dictate play from the middle of the park; Paul Ince, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and then Carrick.
“Players who are calm under pressure but good enough on the ball to set up attacks with the riskier pass. Matic is solid, Scott McTominay is solid, but they aren’t Carrick.
“Pogba tries to do the job but he hasn’t got the defensive awareness Carrick had, he is best served further up the pitch.
“For me, it’s a glaring miss that has affected United’s whole build-up play. Manchester City have a player who can do it, Fernandinho.
“Someone like Marco Verratti at PSG would have been ideal. He came to Old Trafford with his side and ran the show.
“I think Maguire and Wan-Bissaka were good signings but a midfielder maestro has been a necessity since Carrick retired last year, and probably should have been sorted before that when they knew he was going to stop.”