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THE LOWDOWN: Is Everton’s Idrissa Gueye What Man United Need?

After a disappointing end to the 2018/19 campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that some of his players are not part of his plans for next season.

With the recent departure of Ander Herrera, who was considered a fan favourite, a replacement in the middle of the park is a must for Ole’s team. Seemingly now a club in crisis, Man United will need a ruthless centre defensive midfielder amongst other positions to strengthen the team.

The Senegalese international and Everton standout Idrissa Gueye has been linked in a summer move with both United and Paris St Germain. The energetic 29-year-old is an aggressive tackler who has the ability to break up the player around him, almost Kante-Esq. The Everton player’s player of the year who is popular with fans of the Toffees has been reportedly priced at less than £40 million. A bargain in today’s market.

With most of United’s foreign signings flopping in recent years, perhaps it would be wise for Solskjaer to look within English football for talent to bolster his team. Rather than flunking another £50 – £80 million on another Fred, Sanchez or Angel Di Maria.

The list is endless and big-name marquee signings that fail is now becoming synonymous with the club. With many teams finding success in recent years through looking within the English football league’s for talent, (even Man City have recruited from other English teams, such as Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker) this could be the way forward for United.

Recruiting proven players who have experience of playing and succeeding in the intense environment of the Premier League, who know exactly what level they need to be on at a club like Manchester United. With inconsistent performances and becoming ever more injury prone, Nemanja Matic looks like he is moving to the tail end of his career, indicating he is not the player to take United forward.

Furthermore, ongoing rumours concerning Paul Pogba’s future, United’s midfield is starting to look bare. What United need is a spine to the team, (something they haven’t had since Ferguson retired). Perhaps Gueye could be the man who forms the midfield element of this spine. A partnership of Gueye and Scott McTominay could be exactly what Ole needs to replace Ander Herrera. Presenting a cheap option, this really could be a bargain for the club.

Solskjaer Sees Just How Big a Job He Has at Man United, After Dreadful End To The Season

Well, the Premier League season as finally come to a close, it was a nail-biting season for some fans, and it came down to the last game to decide who became Premier League champions.

However, if you’re a Manchester United fan, like myself there was nothing to celebrate, in fact, it was a dreadful season, to say the least. After witnessing an utter shambles in the last match of the season at Old Trafford against relegated Cardiff City, it’s clear to see that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive rebuilding job on his hands.

The team needs a massive clear out, there’s a lot of deadwood within that Manchester United team, from back to front, and there are players within the first team that aren’t quite good enough. The defence is shocking, three of the defenders who played in our last game were terrible, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Ashley Young have simply not been good enough and Ole needs to move them on, recruiting a right back and a centre back to partner Victor Lindelof.

Then there’s the midfield…Paul Pogba gets a lot of stick off the fans which I’ve heard first hand myself. Yes, he’s been inconsistent but it’s not entirely his fault. In my opinion and many Manchester United fans will probably disagree with me, Pogba is a talent but he needs good players around him.

Unfortunately, with Ander Herrera leaving on a free, he hasn’t got good players around him, and I don’t feel Pogba can carry a team on his own.

Just look at our neighbours Manchester City, their midfield consists of four very good players. I want Pogba to stay put and for Ole to build the team around him, recruit one or two creative midfielders to help Pogba and to take the pressure off him.

Scott McTominay isn’t good enough to play in the first team, and Nemanja Matic is defensive, Fred and Andreas Pereira need to step up to the plate.  With Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial upfront and the likes of Mason Greenwood coming through the ranks, if these three starts firing then the attack isn’t too bad, although I’d move Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez on and cash in on them.

The other factor is that the players aren’t fit enough to play the style of football Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to play. There looked burnt out, so first and foremost Ole needs to get the players fitness up to standards where they can maintain fast and attacking football.

Solskjaer will no doubt need to replace departing and departed players such as Herrera and possibly Juan Mata, with rumours circulating about Pogba’s future, Ole may need to replace him.

There’s no doubting that the job Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as got is a massive job, and from what I witnessed at Old Trafford on the final game of the season the rebuilding process is going to take three years. I’m just hoping that the hierarchy at Manchester United stick with Ole, and back him by not becoming a club where we sack are managers willy nilly.

Furthermore, I also worry with Ed Woodward in charge at the club, that Manchester United will never progress. The only way that will happen is if Ed Woodward is sacked, and again I can’t see that happening unless the Saudi Arabia royal family buy the club. Then maybe they will sack Ed Woodward… but one can only dream.

Two Inter Milan Players Man United Should Look at in Proposed Alexis Sanchez Deal

The nightmare stint as a Man United player may nearly be over for Alexis Sanchez, as it seems all way point to an Old Trafford exit this summer.

Inter Milan have been heavily linked with the piano playing Chilean, as he looks for a way out. With the former Arsenal’s man wages so high it might prove a sticking point in the negotiations, however, United have been reported to have offered to pay him off in a bid to get him off the wage bill.

Having played in Serie A already with Udinese before his move to Barcelona, for Inter they will be buying a player with league experience. Furthermore, maybe the slower paced Italian league may suit Sanchez, as he looks to get back to his best form in a country that he made a name for himself originally.

With Solskjaer needing to rebuild his squad, using Sanchez as a makeweight in a deal that sees an Inter Milan player coming the other way probably won’t happen. With the player wanting to leave, and the club itself wanting the player out, it could well be an easy transaction. However, the Serie A side does have a couple of players that Solskjaer and Co should give a coat of looking at…

Roberto Gagliardini

The 25-year-old midfielder hasn’t played to much this season, however, in his 13 starts for Inter Milan he has scored five goals. Gagliardini had been dubbed the white Paul Pogba following his move from Atalanta in 2017 and has a very bright future ahead of him.

He is versatile in the midfield and possesses an outstanding ability to cover more ground than anyone in a bid to capture the ball and release the counter-attack.

Rated at 26.2m, the Italian could be a very good addition to Solskjaer’s new look side.

Mauro Icardi

The Argentine forward moved to the San Siro in 2013 from Sampdoria for 11.7m, since then his stock has risen to a whopping 81m.

However, things have soured for the former Captain since February over contract talks and is now looking for a way out of the club. Icardi is in a similar position to that of Sanchez – with both the player and the club wanting an exit.

The sticking point is, his rumoured preferred choice is Juventus, the current Serie A league winners, and hugely dominant force in Italy. But with United needing a striker and wanting the offload a player in Inter’s direction, this sounds like an easy deal to make…if there is such a thing in football.

Solskjaer Needs a Good Clear Out This Summer, and These 8 Are In The Firing Line

Another loss last night as further shown up the task Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be dealing with in the summer transfer window. United have gone through four permanent managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Poor recruitment and a reluctance to ship out much needed deadwood over the years, has seen United battling for a top four finish each season. Under Fergie, United won 13 titles in his 21 years in the Premier League, however the Red Devils are now entering their sixth season without a title, nevermind coming close.

We’re at a stage now where it’s the players that need changing and wholesale changes will happen this summer.

We take a look at EIGHT potential players that should be out of the Old Trafford exit door, as Solskjaer starts the biggest job of his career…

Lee Grant

Having signed for United under the previous manager in the last summer transfer window, it left everybody scratching their heads. A great move for Grant in the twilight years of his career, but a player who offers nothing to the team and rarely makes the bench.

Phil Jones

Having been at United since 2011, he came with great expectation – a future England Captain, Fergie mentioned. Regardless of his potential back then, through injury and poor form he has never risen to the heights many thought of him. Furthermore, after eight years with the club Jones still doesn’t feel like an assured United defender.

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling arrived from Fulham the season before Jones in 2010, since then he hasn’t convinced many that he can be a United stalwart in the centre of defence. Smalling has the odd good game here and there but on the whole he makes United fans nervous and never seems fully in control.

Marcos Rojo

While i’m a fan of Rojo, he imply hasn’t been given the playing time under Solskjaer. He isn’t a first team defender and more of a squad player. He’s your typical Argentinian defender, tough and fearless – It’s something United need but he is also very reckless and always a shoe-in for a yellow card.

Matteo Darmian

How the Italian is still at United is beyond me, he has nearly been shipped out in the past few transfer windows but still remains on the books. He got his first start last night in three months, and that was only due to injuries. His contract is up in the summer and would be an easy one to let walk away.

Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean has failed miserably since the move up north from Arsenal. He’s never really got going, and with his huge wages has come in for some flack. With his contract still having three years left to run, it would cost United a fair whack to offload him, they’ll have to take a loss and hope someone will be willing to take a chance on the former Barcelona forward.

Romelu Lukaku

The forward seems to be getting worse since, the Belgian is struggling to hold a place down and when he does get on the pitch it seems he’s forgot how to control a ball never mind find the back of the net. With the emergence of the more consistent Rashford, Lukaku will not be wanting to wait around on the bench to make numbers up, a move to Serie A looks likely.

Paul Pogba

On his day he is one of the best players to watch, however, when United need him he tends to go missing and United fans never know what Pogba is going to turn up. If Pogba wants to be one of the best players in the world and be up there with Messi, Ronaldo and even Hazard, he needs to be more consistent and stop letting his ego take over. Stop worrying over social media followers, and start concentrating on the pitch.

Man Utd Will Get Back on Track if José Opts For Martial Over Sanchez, Here’s Why…

Manchester United have endured their worst start to a season since 1993. But could Jose turn things around if he opts for Martial over Sanchez?.

Firstly, I think Sanchez was a political buy, to stop Manchester City requiring the Chileans services, I don’t think he was on the list of players Mourinho wanted to buy.

There is no denying that Sanchez is a good player, he was scoring nearly every game at Arsenal, but he’s failed to perform at the same levels at Manchester United.

Due to the arrival of Sanchez, Martial has dropped down the pecking order. Martial has proved he is a talent at Manchester United, he’s shown he can perform in big games, and score goals. Whereas Sanchez as yet to prove he is a key player for Manchester United.

Martial’s stats last season speak volumes and show how much of a key player he is for Manchester United. He scored 9 goals in 18 premier league starts and 12 substitute appearances, Martial averages 0.51 goals per 90 mins, whereas Sanchez has only managed 2 goals per 0.17 per 90 mins.

Martial is a key player, with his speed and skilful dribbling, he is a danger to any defender he comes up against. Sanchez as a tendency to give the ball away too many times, although he as good vision for a forward through ball it doesn’t always pay off.

Both Martial and Sanchez are good players in there own right, but I think Martial brings more to the team than Sanchez does, Martial is already an established player within the team, and Jose should give the nod to Martial over Sanchez, and if he does then I think Manchester United could kick-start their season.