Manchester United need to sign €60m-rated star in January

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Manchester United need to sign Bruno Fernandes in the winter transfer window as well as a striker to avoid burning out their young striker line, according to Danny Murphy.

The former Liverpool midfielder also thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have been out of work by Sunday morning were it not for two excellent results versus Manchester City and Tottenham.

Manchester United got one over on their old manager Jose Mourinho during the week but went one better by beating the champions at the Etihad yesterday, goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial helping them to derby-day victory.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began the week under pressure, but after six Premier League points in four days, Danny Murphy reckons they can start planning for multiple signings in January.

‘He can concentrate now on bringing in a couple of new players to maintain the challenge [for Champions League places],’ Murphy told the Daily Mail.

‘[They need] a forward that gives them some strength in depth so the Rashford-Martial-James triangle doesn’t have to play every week, and a midfielder in the mould of Bruno Fernandes.’

Bruno Fernandes has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League after scoring 31 goals in 52 matches for Sporting Lisbon last campaign.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has continued his impressive scoring form from midfield this campaign with eight in 14 – but the club are expected to hold out for his minimum fee release clause, which is supposed to be around £85million.

And while Danny Murphy believes Manchester United do need to strengthen, he also reckons they have started to find their identity under Solskjaer.