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‘This is the perfect time to prove everyone wrong’ Man Utd fans feel striker should stay

Alexis Sanchez could be heading away from the club as Man Utd fans are torn as to whether he should be allowed to leave.

Reports have surfaced that Man Utd are looking to offload Alexis Sanchez before the European transfer market shuts. According to Sky Sports, Inter Milan are looking to hijack another Man Utd player, this time on loan.

The desperation of Man Utd to get rid of the Chilean certainly raises eyebrows. The Reds currently lack depth in the forward and midfield positions, and most fans believe that it should be defenders heading to the bin, not strikers.

However, some fans feel that there is no way back for Alexis Sanchez.

Whilst a portion of fans are glad that Sanchez is leaving, many others disagree. The main concern for fans is the depth and quality of Man Utd’s forwards…

To the surprise of most, there are fans out there that believe Sanchez could redeem himself this season…

Sanchez leaving Man Utd comes down to two things. Should Sanchez leave, it would allow more playing time for youngsters in an array of positions; Greenwood (striker/winger), Chong (winger), Gomes (winger/attacking midfield) and James(winger).

However, Man Utd have Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who are yet to prove themselves as prolific Premier League goal scorers. Next up is 17-year-old academy graduate Mason Greenwood, who has zero first team (competitive) goals so far. Greenwood is capable but unproven.

This leaves Man Utd starved for goals and attacking threat this season.

Twitter has had it says, have yours! Should Man Utd let Sanchez leave this summer?

Man Utd outcast can fit Solskjaer’s ‘Oleball’ and turn round his career, agree?

Reports have come out that Solskjaer wants to be rid of Alexis Sanchez, but is that the best move for Man Utd?

Alexis Sanchez has had a difficult time at Man Utd since arriving in the January 2018 transfer window. According to The Sun, Solskjaer has banished Sanchez from the first team, and will be playing with the reserves should he refuse a loan move, likely to be to Roma.

Last season, during a tough spell for Solskjaer at Man Utd, the Norwegian manager claimed that he will be ‘ruthless’ with his squad. This could be the result of rumoured and confirmed departures such as Romelu Lukaku, Marcos Rojo and Alexis Sanchez. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones being completely dropped from the squad against Chelsea was also a big statement from the manager.

However, players such as Smalling, Jones, Matic and Lukaku were wanted out of the squad due to either a lack of quality or being a misfit to Solskjaer’s plan.

With Alexis Sanchez, he doesn’t fall under any of those concerns…

Why should Man Utd keep Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez looking on

The Chilean is, on paper, one of the best players in world football. He came into a struggling and declining squad who were out of favour with their manager. Playing a very defensive and pragmatic style, Sanchez’s strengths of passing in behind the defence and being involved in close-controlled intricate play were made void.

With Solskjaer’s new system of high-pressing and counter-attacking football, it would allow Sanchez to shine. Sanchez is a hunter for the ball, even last season, he pressed high and chased possession endlessly.

At times we saw glimpses of the type of pass the Chilean can pull off, but lack of quality and movement also made this trait void.

Having such a highly regarded player in the squad who fits the new system should be given the same opportunity to prove himself as other players did during pre-season.

It appears Solskjaer favours the youth. Removing Romelu Lukaku has made space for Mason Greenwood on the bench. Would involving Sanchez remove his spot?

In a season where Man Utd have a large number of games (having Europa League football) and a lack of squad depth, perhaps keeping Sanchez for another year wouldn’t be so bad after all.

What will become of Man Utd this season if no more transfers walk through the door?

Amid speculation of transfers, there is one probable outcome that tends to be glossed over. Could this Man Utd squad cope without anymore transfers this season?

It is no large secret that Man Utd’s board are frugal with their spending. Tending to only spend big money on ‘shirt-sellers’ who will recoup the money spend by shirt sales and brand offers. As opposed to bringing success on the pitch. Examples such as Di Maria, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

Should Arsenal land Pepe, and with Aston Villa spending tonnes, both will have out-spent Man Utd in this summer transfer window. Both clubs are significantly less wealthy and arguably in less need of a rebuild than Man Utd.

Man Utd’s current squad is composed of two world-class players; David De Gea and Paul Pogba. The rest are either previously fantastic players who have lost their legs such as Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez. Or, promising but unproven youth players such as Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Dan James etc.

Solskjaer’s ultimate goal is trophies, admitted by himself and his squad. However, the Man Utd squad in comparison to the squads of Man City and Liverpool is lacking in quality, immensely.

Man Utd’s current squad is on par with the likes of Everton, Wolves and Leicester. The professionalism, demands and fantastic coaching may be all that separates the clubs by around 10 points in the league table.

What could Man Utd be this season?

If the most common reports hold truth and are followed through, Man Utd’s squad quality could go from a 6th or 7th place position to a 2nd or 3rd.

With Harry Maguire bolstering the defence, Man Utd would have no big weaknesses at the back. With Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Paulo Dybala in and around the midfield and attack, the squad would be transformed.

Man Utd’s current squad have fantastic quality, but there is not enough depth in it. By allowing the current ‘fantastic’ players to be rotated with potential signings who are ‘world-class’ players, the structure of the squad would be able to match Man City and possibly even surpass Liverpool.

What if there are no more signings?

Despite Daniel James showing great potential and unbelievable athleticism, he is nowhere near a finished product. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, however, is one of the best right-backs in European football, a very good signing.

But with no more signings, there are not enough holes being patched. And Man Utd will find themselves outside of the top 4 once again, battling for 5th and 6th place with Arsenal, Leicester, Everton and Wolves.

Could these two players give Man United the edge in the race for a top-four finish?

Should Solskjaer get the best out of these two players, we could see Man Utd in the race for top 3 all season.

Pre-season has been full of mixed emotions for Man Utd fans. Despite promising signings in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, the overhaul and rebuild are yet to be evidenced.

However, with four games on tour for the Red Devils, they have come away with four incredible wins.

Man Utd’s new style of play, “Ole ball”, requires a high press, a fit team and intelligent link-up play. Making the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic almost useless. With regards to this, it will be the youth that carries Man Utd to success this season.

The Football Manc Cave introduces two Red Devils who will transform this Man Utd side and make this season compared to last season look like night and day…

Mason Greenwood

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that Greenwood has a fair chance of starting the campaign against Chelsea. Across youth levels last season, Greenwood had 28 appearances, with 29 goals and 12 assists. He also bagged two fantastic goals in this summer’s pre-season.

The 17-year-old is Man Utd through and through. It would be a pleasure to watch him grow as the club regains their spot at the top of English Football.

Alexis Sanchez

Despite being unimpressive for Man Utd since his arrival, Solskjaer may be an angel in disguise for the Chilean forward. One of Sanchez’s only redeeming qualities last season was his tenacity in pressing high up the pitch. Unfortunately, his teammates didn’t follow.

With the new style of play, Sanchez fits in perfectly. He is versatile across the front four positions, enjoys a high press and can pick out brilliant passes when his teammates can be bothered to make movements.

Special mentions

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been unbelievably crucial to Man Utd’s pre-season successes. He has increased the defensive stability ten-fold. Similar can be said for Scott McTominay, who is increasingly becoming a fan favourite. The Scotsman demonstrates professionalism, passion for the badge and absolutely runs the midfield when he’s on his A-game.

Lukaku out: 2 experienced strikers Man Utd should be looking at

Romelu Lukaku looks set to join Inter Milan this summer, leaving Man Utd with the need to sign a new striker.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is creating a team of players with pace, high work-rate and ability to play the ball on the floor. Romelu Lukaku possesses none of these qualities. Which could be why he fell out of favour with Solskjaer and Marcus Rashford took the number nine spot.

Last season Lukaku scored 15 goals, compared to the 27 goals he got the season before. It shows that the Belgian worked under Jose Mourinho’s pragmatic and defensive approach and Lukaku can hold up the ball and win it from long passes.

Here are two experienced players that could add to Solskjaer’s high pressing and on-the-floor build-up play…

Javier Hernandez return to United?

Hernandez, or Chicharito, is fantastic in the number nine role. He rarely takes more the two touches on the ball before finding a teammate and instantly finding space. Chicharito was a Manchester United player under Sir Alex Ferguson. He understands the demand for quality necessary to play at Manchester United and even won two Premier League titles with the club.

Chicharito scored 8 goals and got 3 assists in 28 appearances for West Ham last season. However, being surrounded by Manchester United’s creative players such as Juan Mata, Angel Gomes and Paul Pogba. Chicharito could be the super-sub that adds over 10 goals to the tally for the club in a season. Unlike Lukaku, Chicharito is less offended by being on the bench.

Arsenal’s Aubameyang

With Arsenal’s pitiful £45million transfer budget, now is the chance to secure deals that otherwise would be dismissed. According to the Mirror, Arsenal is open to bids for their 30-year-old prolific striker.

If Manchester United want a first-team striker, Aubameyang can replicate last season and score over 20 goals in the Premier League.

It isn’t a foreign concept for Man Utd to steal star players from Arsenal. In the past few years, Robin Van Persie and Alexis Sanchez both ended their loyalty to Arsenal to join Manchester United.

How can Man United get the best out of Alexis Sanchez?

It’s not over for Sanchez, he can successfully impact this Man Utd squad if Solskjaer plays to his strengths.

Alexis Sanchez, 30, played 166 games and got 80 goals and 45 assists during his time at Arsenal. It’s fair to say that the Chilean has failed to live up to his expectations.

Sanchez was involved in a swap deal, where he came to Old Trafford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan went the other way to the Emirates Stadium.

Since joining Man Utd, Sanchez has a record of 5 goals and 9 assists in 45 appearances. A statistic that needs to vastly improve.

Solskjaer recently had an interview where he said: “If we get him firing, he can get us 20 goals easily if he gets on a good run.” Which gives us an idea of what the coaches expect from him.

Where will Sanchez fit into this squad?

Alexis Sanchez has lost a yard of pace since his days at Arsenal and Barcelona. Playing him on the wing last season was almost like playing with 10 men as the Chilean failed to impact games.

However, one notable attribute Sanchez has is the energy to close down and press high up the field. He showed real determination on many occasions throughout his time at Man Utd. His effort is never questioned, but his ability to push the team forward most definitely is.

Sanchez can play as a centre-forward, despite majoring on the wing throughout his career. This wouldn’t require him to partake in foot races against the modern speedy full-backs.

Instead, Sanchez would play as a number 10, closing down from the front and playing the pacey players through on goal and behind the defence, a skill Sanchez is more than capable of.

Sanchez had a great run in Copa America with Chile. He will then take a few weeks off and jump into a brand new system to play in, upon rejoining the squad. These circumstances could result in the old Sanchez coming back, and he could feel like a brand new signing by succeeding under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the upcoming campaign.

Lowdown: Who is Man Utd’s exciting target Dani Olmo

Former Barcelona academy man catches the eyes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his impressive run in the under 21 Euros.

Dani Olmo currently plays for Dinamo Zagreb, based in Croatia, where reports are surfacing about a £35million bid from Manchester United for the creative midfielder’s services.

Olmo played a pivotal role in Spain’s triumphant win of the under-21 Euros, as he scored 3 goals in the competition. Including one vital goal in the final against Germany.

Last season, the 21-year-old had 44 games worth of experience under his belt. Ten of those 44 games were Europa League appearances, a competition United will partake in next season. Where he scored 2 goals and created 4 assists. Olmo scored 12 goals and got 9 assists in those 44 games.

Olmo was once a part of the Barcelona academy, which is evident in the way he plays. He is a very creative attacking-midfielder, able to pull off intricate passes and would definitely provide the likes of Rashford and Martial, with precise passes in-behind the defensive lines of the Premier League.

However, Manchester United recently targeted a lot of youngsters; Daniel James, Wan-Bissaka, Sean Longstaff and now Olmo, amongst others.

Sean Longstaff could be compared to the likes of Scott McTominay and/or Jimmy Garner, two players currently within the United ranks. Similarly, Angel Gomes is a fantastic attacking midfielder who’s play-making abilities have world-class potential, just like Olmo.

Many Man Utd fans may be unsettled with Solskjaer’s approach as it demonstrates a lack of faith in their own academy as they are seeking out youth players from other squads. On the other hand, if Manchester United signed only one or two big-name players. Many fans would see it as a ploy to sell shirts, forget about the poor performances and not actually improve the future and stability of the squad, as they did with signings such as Alexis Sanchez and Di Maria.

Is 50m for a British squad player a sign of the times as Man Utd’s transfer strategy continues

Another British talent finds his way onto Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar.

So far this summer, Solskjaer has brought in the Welshman Daniel James and the Englishman Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Now reports of the Scotsman John McGinn are surfacing as Man Utd are rumoured to have offered £50million for the Aston Villa midfielder. Perhaps Jonny Evans could re-sign, to complete their British Isle swoop.

John McGinn signed for Aston Villa from Scottish side Hibs in the summer of 2018 for a fee of around £2.8million. He impressed Villa with his record of 17 goals and 29 assists in 136 games for his old side, which is a decent statistic for a central midfielder.

Fast-forward by only one year, and McGinn is now worth twenty times more. He played 44 games for Villa last season where he grabbed 7 goals and 10 assists, playing a key role in the centre of their midfield and helping his side achieve promotion to the Premier League.

McGinn could step in as a squad rotation player, allowing Solskjaer to have a quality midfield regardless of bookings, injuries or lack of form.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is dealing with his star man Paul Pogba seeking an exit from the club and is shortlisting replacements. The likes of Tielemans, Eriksen and Declan Rice have been on the radar as potential suitors, and we could see several midfielders put on Man Utd shirts in the next few weeks depending on World Cup winner Paul Pogba’s decision.

Many United fans question the desire of the club, as no big name signings are looking realistic to the Red Devils. However, the recruitment strategy seems vastly different to previous years, as promising talents are being given the time and effort before players who will simply sell shirts but not provide much for the club, like Alexis Sanchez. Alternatively, perhaps Ed Woodward isn’t prepared to be giving out big wages.

‘So if we play Japan every week we might get a decent season out of him’ ‘The problem is clearly Manchester’ Man Utd Fans React To Sanchez’ display

United forward, Alexis Sanchez grabbed one goal and an assist for Chile in the Copa America on Monday, but it’s divided Man United fans. 

The striker has recently revealed that he never felt as bad as he did after the Red Devil’s disappointing season. He only managed one goal in twenty appearances last season and now the reds could be willing to part with him if a club was to make an offer.

After his successful match the other night, it seems to have divided fans on Twitter. Some think he still isn’t good enough, some are blaming United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the player’s faults and lack of goals. However, then there’s some that are jumping to his defence…

Man Utd fans React to ‘He’s Too God Damn Good’ Bruno Fernandes’ performance for Portugal

According to the Daily Star, Man United will announce the signing of Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes after the conclusion of Nations League 2019, with the fee rumoured to be around £62 million.

Fernandes and another proposed target for United, Joao Felix, both featured in Portugal’s 3-1 victory over Switzerland. Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick deserves a mention.

Dan James will be Solksjaer’s first summer signing, assuming he passes the planned medical. He will join United in a deal that could be worth up to £18 million. It’s looking like their transfer strategy is to sign young, hungry talent that will give everything to wear the famous red shirt. The bang opposite to Alexis Sanchez, basically.

The massive re-building process is underway, let’s see what United fans made of Fernandes’ performance last night…

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