Man United start their pre-season today against Perth Glory. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to keep a close eye on these players as they could see a very different season to their last.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stressed the importance of having a full pre-season under his belt after being appointed as the permanent manager.
The ‘smiling assassin’ took over his old club in January 2019, dropped in at the deep end as the club were struggling in sixth position. The squad were also majorly unfit due to the pragmatic and dull approach of the previous manager Jose Mourinho.
After settling in, securing the job and studying his squad, Solskjaer can look towards the new season. A fresh start.
Solskjaer’s disappointing results with Man United had fans and pundits pointing the finger at players, due to the ex-player had little time to fix the squad.
After the millionaires have enjoyed their luxurious holidays, there should be no excuses for poor performances going into the new season. Provided that the coaching staff nail the tactics and fitness in pre-season.
Although Solskjaer is regarded as a legend, he cannot fix Manchester United alone. Therefore, he needs to demand support, effort and quality football from his squad.
There is no doubt that Manchester United harbour immense quality in their squad. The Football Manc Cave has three players in mind who could see fantastic seasons should they quickly turn their form around…
Manchester United saw Fred tear their neighbours apart whilst he was playing for Shakhtar Donetsk. He drew the eyes of Europe’s top squads towards him. Unable to settle in during his opening season with the Red Devils, Fred saw little game time and was unable to secure a regular first team selection.
The Brazilian midfielder possesses great tactical awareness and can provide a killer ball behind defensive lines. This attribute practically sold him to Manchester United. With a more positive attacking system, we could see Fred blossom. As the forwards in red might finally be ready to make some positive runs behind the back lines.
Martial is a fan favourite at Old Trafford. The striker, who is constantly selected for the left-wing position, scored 10 goals for Man Utd last season. If the Frenchman is to be played in his natural position up-top, he would easily see that figure double. The 23-year signed a contract extension in January 2019, keeping him in Manchester until 2024.
David De Gea
When the best goalkeeper in the world is on-form, it makes up for Manchester United’s abysmal defence. With the potential signing of Harry Maguire and the defensive superstar Aaron Wan-Bissaka already in the ranks, we could see the world’s best goalkeeper behind a solid defence.
David De Gea needs to forget the storm of last season and get back to his high self-set standards. This way Manchester United could half the number of goals they conceded last season.