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Three things that must happen for Manchester United to count deadline day as a success

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Like their start to the Premier League season, Manchester United’s dealings in the transfer window have been perfect. The Europa League Champions have added depth to their defence, an impressive holding midfielder and one of the league’s best strikers to their ranks whilst also re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a one-year deal.

Jose Mourinho has little to complain about and on deadline day, he has little to worry about also. His squad look prepped to challenge for the title and after three wins from three, adding a new face may disrupt the team’s dynamic, yet it may be needed to cover some deficiencies.

While they are in a position of relative comfort, the Portuguese manager still has tasks to complete whilst the transfer window is still open. Here are three things that need to happen to ensure Mourinho gives his side the best possible chance of competing for the title.

Keep Anthony Martial

There has been a lot of speculation around the future of Anthony Martial this summer, but after starting the season in fine form, it’s unlikely that the Frenchman will be making an exit on deadline day.

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With that being said, however, Italian giants Roma, who were interested in signing Martial, according to the Mirror, haven’t signed a marquee winger this summer.

A last ditch attempt to bring Martial to the Serie A has not been reported, but anything is possible. Mourinho must ensure he crushes any speculation around the former Monaco man on deadline day.

Sign Riyad Mahrez

If there is one position that Manchester United look slightly short in, it’s on the right-wing. Juan Mata started in the spot against Leicester City, but he is nominally a number ten.

Both Mata and Mkhitaryan prefer a central position, but there was a candidate perfect for the role on the pitch on Saturday. Riyad Mahrez, who played well against Mourinho’s men on Saturday, has been linked to the Red Devils by French outlet SFR Sport.

His arrival would not just add depth to United’s right-wing, it would improve it. The Algerian is by far a better option than Jesse Lingard and his signing could just be the final piece to Mourinho’s jigsaw.

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Refuse to let Andreas Pereira go out on loan

It seems like the Brazilian is already on his way out the club, with Dutch outlet AD reporting that Pereira has joined FC Utrecht on loan.

It could easily be said that the academy graduate should be kept at United. He has the talent to play first-team football and as the season develops, he could be a key squad player, if he was used in rotation. He showed as much in an impressive pre-season campaign, and may feel frustrated at a lack of opportunities at Old Trafford.

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