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Three Right Wingers United Should Look To Target In The January Transfer Window

Three Right Wingers United Should Look To Target In The January Transfer Window

Manchester United have made signing a right-winger a priority in the January transfer window. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lacks options in the frontline and is in desperate need of another player who can score goals and offer some creativity.

So, who could the Red Devils look to sign when the window reopens? We take a look at three potential targets:

Hakim Ziyech

The Moroccan was in tremendous form for Ajax last season, but this campaign he has proven it wasn’t a one-off, having scored six goals and provided 14 assists in 20 appearances.

Since the start of the 2018/19 season, Ziyech has been averaging 0.47 assists per 90 minutes while also managing 9.01 dribbles per game. On top of that, he has scored 27 goals in total during the past 15 months.

The winger does shoot on sight, though, having had an astonishing 316 shots since the beginning of last campaign, with a goal conversion rate of 8.5%. At 26, he is still relatively young and could offer Solskjaer something different from the right-hand side.

Cengiz Under

The Turkish international has had his injury problems over the past year, but his underlying numbers have been very impressive. His expected assists (xA) per 90 since August 2018 is 0.31, which is an impressive figure, considering he is playing in Serie A for Roma.

It means Under is a major creative threat. While he may not shoot or score as much as someone like Ziyech, he is a superior crosser with 34% of his crosses finding a teammate compared to the Moroccan’s 29%.

The Roma winger is also only 22 years of age and has the potential to improve his game over the coming years, which will certainly pique United’s interest.

Maxwel Cornet

The Ivorian’s key advantage over either Ziyech or Under is his finishing ability. His goal conversion rate from the start of last season is 19% with 50% of his shots on target.

There is no doubt that Cornet is struggling somewhat this season at Lyon, with the French side having had a difficult start to the campaign, but the 23-year-old could well benefit from a move where his talents could be put to better use.

He is effectively a right-sided forward which may fit Solskjaer’s system better, with Ziyech more of a maverick and Under an inverted winger.

All three options have different strengths and weaknesses, but they are all players who could add an extra dimension to a struggling United attack which has managed a measly 13 goals in 11 league games.