Felipe Anderson
Manchester United shifted their focus to Felipe Anderson after Southampton insisted that Sadio Mane is not for sale.Reuters

Last week saw Manchester United fans around the world venting out their frustrations on Twitter, as they believed that two of their summer targets - Nicolas Otamendi and Perdo Rodriguez - did not joined Manchester City and Chelsea respectively. You can hardly blame them. The summer transfer window will close in another week's time.

This did not deter United boss Louis Van Gaal and vice chairman Ed Woodward from the idea of signing a specialist no.10. The Red Devils have shifted their focus to talented Brazilian winger of Lazio, Felipe Anderson. To be honest, Anderson was not their Plan B after they missed out on Pedro because they were enquiring about Southampton's Sadio Mane. But the South club insisted that Mane is not for sale.

Last year, United had bid for the creative and pacy attacker but their bid of £18million was rejected by Lazio. Anderson had signed for Lazio back in 2013 from Santos and he is contracted until 2020. 

According to ESPN, Red Devils have made their enquiries about this exciting player in recent times and an official bid might well be on the cards. Anderson was impressive in the last Serie A season as he scored 10 goals and also added seven assists to his name. At the moment, Anderson is rated as one of the most exciting talents in Europe. But the question remains, will he solve United's goal scoring issues?

United are in dire need of a specialist striker who will have the ability of scoring 20+ goals. Captain Wayne Rooney has gone goalless in the last nine games and that is definitely a point of serious concern for United manager Van Gaal. Javier Hernandez and James Wilson are the two other options they are left with and that is not going to help their cause in winning any title this season.

But if Anderson can fit in the role of no. 10 and deliver for the Red Devils, then United might as well take a chance.

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