Manchester United have been without a world-class playmaker for a very long time and that has played a huge role in their inability to lay claim for Premier League and Champions League glory.
The Reds have a wide range of top strikers— including Rashford, Martial, Lukaku, Sanchez and Lingard — but they are not getting many goals as expected by fans due to lack of regular services from a quality playmaker.
Unlike United, all other top-four clubs in the League have their respective playmaker(s). Defending Champions Manchester City can count on Kelvin De Bruyne and David Silva for many goalscoring opportunities. Chelsea relied solely on Eden Hazard’s creativity to create many chances for their strikers.
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Tottenham have Christian Eriksen to look up to, while Arsenal have Mesut Ozil, whose trademark passes are second to none in the Premier League.
Though Paul Pogba was made to play at the No 10 position, the Frenchman failed to provide many goalscoring chances for his teammates during the previous season.
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However, the best answer to Mourinho’s quest for a world-class playmaker is no other person but James Rodriguez, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid.
The Colombian star has proven his qualities with the Bavarians and he seems to be the only available option for Mourinho to look at in the next transfer market.
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Rated £72m by transfermarkt, Rodriguez is the missing link between the striker and the defensive midfielder at Old Trafford but it remains unknown if the Red Devils would be willing to release such steep amount for the player’s signature in January.