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Murphy names two midfielders Manchester United should target

Danny Murphy reckons that Manchester United need to bolster their midfield in the summer, and has named two current Premier League players as potential targets.

Manchester United suffered the first defeat of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign on Tuesday evening, slipping to a 2-0 defeat to PSG in the Champions League.

The French champions two-man midfield of Marco Veratti and Marquinhos bossed United’s three-man midfield, with Paul Pogba having his most ineffective game under the Norwegian’s tenure.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Muphy reckons that the Old Trafford outfit need a player who can ‘dictate the tempo’ of the game, just like Michael Carrick had done during his playing days.

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“I watched the PSG game with interest and there was one glaring weakness with United,” Murphy said.

“They don’t have anyone in midfield who can dictate the tempo as Michael Carrick used to. PSG did have that player: Marco Verratti. I’ve been a big fan of his for years and he showed what United are desperately crying out for.

“Nemanja Matic does the destructive side of the midfield job very well but he’s no Carrick — or even Fernandinho, who is so important for Manchester City.”

Murphy said that Spurs’ Harry Winks and West Ham’s Declan Rice would be adequate candidates for the Red Devils.

“The right players aren’t easy to find. The next generation are showing promise and I’ll keep a close eye on Harry Winks and Declan Rice.

“They both look like they have the technical ability and Winks is getting useful experience in big games. Is Rice a future Manchester United player? He’s physically strong and only just turned 20, so let’s see.”