Manchester United’s Stunning January Plans For £100m Man

By timgarrett IN Premier League,Serie A,Transfers - 19:45 Sep 3rd 2018

Manchester United put their recent troubles behind them with a 2-0 win over Burnley yesterday, but the feeling remains that improvements still need to be made if they’re to return to their former glory.

Manager José Mourinho has made it clear that he feels reinforcements are needed, while the plane United fans hired to fly the message “Ed Woodward: A Specialist In Failure” told its own story. Old Trafford remains a divided camp.

Yet, while some may see doom and gloom, there are still reasons for optimism. Last season’s 2nd place Premier League finish was a massive improvement on previous campaigns and, while arguably some way behind Manchester City, their squad is not too far off. One more big signing could change everything, and that’s what United are said to be targeting.

Paulo Dybala has seen his playing time at Juventus reduced since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, and he’s reportedly furious about it. After seeing a deadline day move to Real Madrid fail to materialise he’s looking for a way out, and the press believe Mourinho wants to offer him one in January.

Romelu
Lukaku
VPaulo
Dybala
Manchester UnitedJuventus
FWD   25Y 3M   6FT 3INFWD   24Y 9M   5FT 10IN
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
LUKAKU
DYBALA
Starts
33
26
Minutes played
2869
2355
Goals
16
22
Assists
7
4
Opening goals
6
6
Winning goals
5
7
Home goals
10
9
Away goals
6
13
Goals with feet
13
Goals with head
3
Minutes per goal
179
107
TOTAL
6
4

Romelu Lukaku was United’s top scorer last season and, with 3 in the Premier League already, looks likely to be again this season. A comparison of his and Dybala’s scoring stats (above), however, does not put the former Everton man’s output in the best light.

Dybala was able to score 6 more goals than Lukaku, and he did so in 7 fewer starts. His minutes per goal ratio was a full 72 better, and his strikes changed the outcome of games far more regularly.

Yet, the wonderful thing for United is that it wouldn’t have to be an either/or scenario. Dybala occupies a deeper position than Lukaku, playing as more of a number 10, and could therefore easily be accommodated in the side alongside the big Belgian.

With both players firing on all cylinders and the likes of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez given the space to do what they do best, United would be a truly formidable proposition. A move for Dybala may be an expensive one, but it’s hard it would represent anything but a perfect investment.

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CHA21 19:45 SKY
Wigan
 v 
Bristol C
19:45 SKY
Home Win
  46%
46%
2.14
23/20
114
46%
3.60
13/5
260
25%
3.60
13/5
260
29%
Saturday 22nd SeptemberSat 22nd SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EPL22 15:00
Cardiff
 v 
Man City
15:00
Away Win
  83%
83%
23.00
22/1
2200
5%
9.00
8/1
800
11%
1.17
1/6
-588
83%
EPL22 15:00
Liverpool
 v 
Southampton
15:00
Home Win
  83%
83%
1.20
1/5
-500
83%
7.50
13/2
650
12%
18.00
17/1
1700
5%
EPL22 15:00
Man Utd
 v 
Wolves
15:00
Home Win
  63%
63%
1.57
4/7
-175
63%
4.20
16/5
320
22%
6.50
11/2
550
15%
CHA22 15:00
Nottm Forest
 v 
Rotherham
15:00
Home Win
  61%
61%
1.65
13/20
-154
61%
4.00
3/1
300
23%
6.00
5/1
500
16%
LG122 15:00
Barnsley
 v 
Burton
15:00
Home Win
  60%
60%
1.60
3/5
-167
60%
4.20
16/5
320
22%
6.00
5/1
500
19%
LG122 15:00
Portsmouth
 v 
Wycombe
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
1.67
4/6
-149
59%
3.90
29/10
290
22%
5.30
17/4
430
19%
LG122 15:00
Sunderland
 v 
Rochdale
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
2.00
1/1
-100
59%
3.80
14/5
280
22%
3.60
13/5
260
19%
EPL22 15:00
Leicester
 v 
Huddersfield
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
1.62
8/13
-161
59%
3.90
29/10
290
24%
6.50
11/2
550
17%
EPL22 17:30 BT
Brighton
 v 
Spurs
17:30 BT
Away Win
  58%
58%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
3.90
29/10
290
22%
1.80
4/5
-125
58%
CHA22 15:00
A Villa
 v 
Sheffield We
15:00
Home Win
  57%
57%
1.57
4/7
-175
57%
4.30
33/10
330
24%
6.25
21/4
525
19%
LG222 15:00
Exeter
 v 
Cheltenham
15:00
Home Win
  55%
55%
1.87
20/23
-115
55%
3.80
14/5
280
23%
4.33
10/3
333
22%
LG122 15:00
Charlton
 v 
Plymouth
15:00
Home Win
  54%
54%
1.91
10/11
-110
54%
3.60
13/5
260
24%
4.20
16/5
320
22%
CHA22 15:00
West Brom
 v 
Millwall
15:00
Home Win
  54%
54%
1.75
3/4
-133
54%
3.90
29/10
290
24%
5.00
4/1
400
22%
CHA22 15:00
Leeds
 v 
Birmingham
15:00
Home Win
  54%
54%
1.80
4/5
-125
54%
3.75
11/4
275
23%
4.80
19/5
380
23%
CHA22 15:00
M'Boro
 v 
Swansea
15:00
Home Win
  53%
53%
1.73
8/11
-137
53%
3.80
14/5
280
25%
5.50
9/2
450
22%
CHA22 15:00
Stoke
 v 
Blackburn
15:00
Home Win
  52%
52%
2.10
11/10
110
52%
3.40
12/5
240
24%
3.90
29/10
290
24%
LG122 15:00
Doncaster
 v 
Bradford
15:00
Home Win
  51%
51%
1.72
8/11
-139
51%
3.90
29/10
290
25%
5.10
4/1
410
24%
LG222 15:00
Stevenage
 v 
Grimsby
15:00
Home Win
  51%
51%
1.91
10/11
-110
51%
3.75
11/4
275
25%
4.40
17/5
340
24%
CHA22 15:00
Ipswich
 v 
Bolton
15:00
Home Win
  51%
51%
2.00
1/1
-100
51%
3.40
12/5
240
24%
4.30
33/10
330
25%
LG222 15:00
Bury
 v 
Carlisle
15:00
Home Win
  49%
49%
1.80
4/5
-125
49%
4.00
3/1
300
25%
4.60
18/5
360
26%
CHA22 15:00
Sheff Utd
 v 
Preston
15:00
Home Win
  49%
49%
1.87
20/23
-115
49%
3.70
27/10
270
25%
4.40
17/5
340
26%
LG222 15:00
Forest Green
 v 
Crawley
15:00
Home Win
  48%
48%
1.95
19/20
-106
48%
3.60
13/5
260
24%
4.00
3/1
300
27%
CHA22 15:00
Reading
 v 
Hull
15:00
Home Win
  46%
46%
2.50
6/4
150
46%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
3.05
41/20
205
29%
LG222 15:00
Tranmere
 v 
Newport C
15:00
Home Win
  46%
46%
2.05
21/20
105
46%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
3.80
14/5
280
29%
EPL22 15:00
C Palace
 v 
Newcastle
15:00
Home Win
  45%
45%
2.20
6/5
120
45%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
3.75
11/4
275
28%
LG222 15:00
Lincoln
 v 
MK Dons
15:00
Home Win
  45%
45%
2.05
21/20
105
45%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
3.70
27/10
270
29%
LG122 15:00
Southend
 v 
Fleetwood
15:00
Home Win
  44%
44%
2.00
1/1
-100
44%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
4.00
3/1
300
30%
LG222 15:00
Northampton
 v 
Notts C
15:00
Home Win
  43%
43%
1.95
19/20
-106
43%
3.80
14/5
280
25%
4.00
3/1
300
31%
LG122 15:00
Bristol R
 v 
Coventry
15:00
Home Win
  43%
43%
2.35
27/20
135
43%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
3.25
9/4
225
31%
LG222 15:00
Crewe
 v 
Port Vale
15:00
Home Win
  42%
42%
2.80
9/5
180
42%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.70
17/10
170
32%
LG122 15:00
Gillingham
 v 
Peterborough
15:00
Away Win
  42%
42%
3.20
11/5
220
32%
3.80
14/5
280
26%
2.20
6/5
120
42%
LG222 15:00
Cambridge U
 v 
Mansfield
15:00
Away Win
  42%
42%
3.00
2/1
200
32%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
2.40
7/5
140
42%
LG122 15:00
Oxford Utd
 v 
Walsall
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.20
6/5
120
40%
3.65
13/5
265
26%
3.30
23/10
230
34%
EPL22 12:30 SKY
Fulham
 v 
Watford
12:30 SKY
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.55
31/20
155
40%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
3.00
2/1
200
34%
LG222 15:00
Yeovil
 v 
Swindon
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.05
21/20
105
40%
3.80
14/5
280
26%
3.75
11/4
275
34%
LG122 15:00
Accrington
 v 
AFC Wim
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.45
29/20
145
40%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
2.95
39/20
195
33%
LG122 15:00
Scunthorpe
 v 
Shrewsbury
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
3.10
21/10
210
40%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
2.40
7/5
140
33%
LG222 15:00
Morecambe
 v 
Macclesfield
15:00
Home Win
  39%
39%
2.35
27/20
135
39%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
3.15
43/20
215
34%
EPL22 15:00
Burnley
 v 
Bournemouth
15:00
Home Win
  39%
39%
3.00
2/1
200
39%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
2.63
13/8
163
35%
LG222 15:00
Oldham
 v 
Colchester
15:00
Home Win
  38%
38%
2.63
13/8
163
38%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.80
9/5
180
35%
CHA22 15:00
Derby
 v 
Brentford
15:00
Away Win
  38%
38%
3.20
11/5
220
36%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
2.38
11/8
138
38%
LG122 15:00
Blackpool
 v 
Luton
15:00
Home Win
  38%
38%
2.87
15/8
187
38%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
2.55
31/20
155
36%
CHA22 17:30 SKY
QPR
 v 
Norwich
17:30 SKY
Home Win
  37%
37%
2.55
31/20
155
37%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
2.90
19/10
190
37%
Sunday 23rd SeptemberSun 23rd SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EPL23 16:00 SKY
Arsenal
 v 
Everton
16:00 SKY
Home Win
  64%
64%
1.47
40/85
-213
64%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
7.00
6/1
600
17%
EPL23 13:30 SKY
West Ham
 v 
Chelsea
13:30 SKY
Away Win
  62%
62%
6.25
21/4
525
17%
4.50
7/2
350
21%
1.62
8/13
-161
62%
Tuesday 25th SeptemberTue 25th SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EFL25 19:45
Oxford Utd
 v 
Man City
19:45
Away Win
  80%
80%
21.00
20/1
2000
7%
9.00
8/1
800
12%
1.17
1/6
-588
80%
EFL25 20:00 SKY
Man Utd
 v 
Derby
20:00 SKY
Home Win
  74%
74%
1.23
2/9
-435
74%
6.50
11/2
550
16%
15.00
14/1
1400
10%
EFL25 19:45
Bournemouth
 v 
Blackburn
19:45
Home Win
  58%
58%
1.62
8/13
-162
58%
4.10
31/10
310
22%
6.50
11/2
550
20%
EFL25 19:45
Burton
 v 
Burnley
19:45
Away Win
  51%
51%
4.00
3/1
300
25%
3.70
27/10
270
24%
2.00
Evens
100
51%
EFL25 19:45
Wycombe
 v 
Norwich
19:45
Away Win
  46%
46%
3.60
13/5
260
29%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
2.10
11/10
110
46%
EFL25 19:45
Millwall
 v 
Fulham
19:45
Away Win
  40%
40%
3.00
2/1
200
34%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
2.45
29/20
145
40%
EFL25 19:45
Wolves
 v 
Leicester
19:45
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.40
7/5
140
40%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
3.20
11/5
220
34%
EFL25 20:00
West Brom
 v 
C Palace
20:00
Away Win
  40%
40%
3.00
2/1
200
34%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.45
29/20
145
40%
EFL25 19:45
Blackpool
 v 
QPR
19:45
Away Win
  39%
39%
3.00
2/1
200
35%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.45
29/20
145
39%
EFL25 19:45
Preston
 v 
M'Boro
19:45
Home Win
  37%
37%
2.75
7/4
175
37%
3.25
9/4
225
27%
2.75
7/4
175
37%
Wednesday 26th SeptemberWed 26th SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EFL26 19:45
West Ham
 v 
Macclesfield
19:45
Home Win
  76%
76%
1.17
1/6
-590
76%
8.00
7/1
700
15%
19.00
18/1
1800
9%
EFL26 19:45
Arsenal
 v 
Brentford
19:45
Home Win
  71%
71%
1.29
2/7
-345
71%
6.00
5/1
500
17%
10.50
19/2
950
12%
EFL26 20:00
Spurs
 v 
Watford
20:00
Home Win
  70%
70%
1.33
33/100
-305
70%
5.50
9/2
450
18%
13.00
12/1
1200
12%
EFL26 19:45 SKY
Liverpool
 v 
Chelsea
19:45 SKY
Home Win
  50%
50%
2.00
Evens
100
50%
3.70
27/10
270
24%
3.80
14/5
280
26%