Manchester United's two most likely deadline day deals


Yes, bet on it being midfielders coming in.

Manchester United lost 1-0 at Anfield on Sunday lunchtime, and struggled to have any forceful threats upon Simon Mignolet's goal. Just three attempts in total comparable to Liverpool's eight.

United had more possession than the home side, 53.1 per cent, and completed more passes, 202 to 182.

But they were unable to translate that slight edge into anything meaningful, with Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley outdone by the defensive industry of Lucas Leiva in the Reds midfield, who made five tackles and six interceptions as he sought to break down the visitor's attacks.

United have been trying all summer to add central midfielders, and with transfer deadline day upon us, that is where manager David Moyes will continue his efforts.

There are two very likely options, which United will be attempting to seal ahead of the clock, so what are the chances?

Ander Herrera

Reports on Sunday morning claimed Herrera had agreed personal terms to sign with United. The one stumbling block being the Red Devils have not yet fronted up the cash required for his signature. Their £25 million offer was rejected outright by Athletic Bilbao, who simply stated they are not open to negotiation. However the deal is in United's hands. He has a release clause of €36 million written into his contract, so United simply have to meet the price and barring any unexpected hitch, Herrera can be theirs. The midfielder missed Bilbao's La Liga game at the weekend, dropped to the bench seemingly having had his head turned by United's interest.

Marouane Fellaini

United have been pursuing Fellaini for several weeks, bizarrely almost as soon as his release clause of £23.5 million expired. Did they believe they could get him cheaper? If so, Everton's resolute stance means that has backfired. Fellaini is understood to want a move, and would have immeasurably improved United's physical presence in the intimidating atmosphere at Anfield, and been an ideal target for set pieces. Expect this one to go to the wire, but don't be surprised if United pull it off.

Who do you expect the club to sign? One of these two? Both? Somebody else or nobody?

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