Growing up as a football fan, Manchester United were always at the top of their game and the team that seemed to win everything, get every player they wanted and be the club that everyone wanted to play for.
Fast forward to 2019 and after a disappointing 6th place finish in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now finding it difficult to strengthen his squad.
The Red Devil’s missed out on a Champions League spot and this is one reason why some players don’t want to sign for the club. Harry Maguire is one player that United have been interested in. When Jose Mourinho was in charge, he showed some interest in the 26-year-old but was told by United that he wasn’t deemed “value for money.” Leicester have said that they would be looking for around £85 million for their defender.
However United doesn’t seem to be the best option for Maguire as he has previously said that he would like to play in the Champions League and with the Red Devils not qualifying, this may give him a reason to look at Man City instead. With Vincent Kompany moving on from the blues, City are in search for a replacement. Not only would Maguire fit that part, it would give him the chance to play in the competitions he wants and be part of a successful City side. Given the option now, who wouldn’t want to play for Man City?
United have also been rumoured to be interested in James Maddison. The 22-year-old is valued at around £60 million but, he has also had a look in from Liverpool and again, Manchester City. Again, if the midfielder was to move, he would also want more from a club in terms of the competitions they can offer. It looks as though Maddison wants to stay put at Leicester.
Then there’s more transfer talk for United but not with players coming in, with Solskjaer giving up hope. He supposedly had hopes of signing Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice but he is “reluctantly accepting” that the two are out of his grasp. West Ham star, Rice, has become a Premier League favourite but, he only signed a new deal in December suggesting that he isn’t ready to move on. The Red Devil’s were watching 19-year-old Sancho but the Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund, are reluctant to sell the youngster.
With all being said, is it clear that City are now the team that kids are looking up to, and the next generation aims to play for.