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Forget Muriqi: Man Utd need one of these 2 experienced strikers instead

Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi has Premier League clubs turning heads. Solskjaer sent scouts to watch him play against England where the striker tucked home a penalty. But is this undiscovered talent what Man Utd need in their forward line?

Solskjaer admitted that his side is not complete in terms of tactics and personnel, meaning that a few signings could be made in the next two transfer windows.

Man Utd lack in both the midfield and attack, being limited in players and quality.

The main goalscorer at Old Trafford was Romelu Lukaku until his departure to Inter Milan in summer. Currently, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford lead the Reds’ attack, despite both being unproven strikers. New signing Dan James is giving the forward’s a run for their money, being joint top scorer for Man Utd with Rashford, who has scored three goals, two of which were penalties.

Is Muriqi the right signing for Man Utd?

The 6 foot 3 striker is certainly built for the demands of the Premier League. He made a name for himself last season as he scored 17 goals and got 8 assists for his former club Caykur Rizespor. Before swiftly moving to Fenerbahce for only £3.1million.

However, Man Utd desperately need a prolific striker who can reach the 20 goals per season mark on a consistent basis in the Premier League. Muriqi, on the other hand, has reached 17 goals on two occasions in Turkish football but has fallen well short in other seasons.

Man Utd’s safe bet would be to acquire the services of a proven Premier League striker. Such as Jamie Vardy or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. As opposed to adding another hit-or-miss player to the squad.

If Man Utd get their man, it could signal the end of a fan favourite

Man Utd was heavily linked to Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho in summer. But unfortunately for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he may have to wait a while to see the youngster in a red shirt. This season so far could have been very different with Sancho at Old Trafford…

Reports have claimed that Man Utd held talks with Borussia Dortmund for the services of Jadon Sancho back in March. To no avail. As the executives of the German club assured that the winger was not for sale in summer.

Sancho has made his way into the England squad, bagging himself two goals in a 5-3 win against Kosovo. More than that, his performances have shown no signs of shyness, lack of confidence or ill-form. The forward three of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho would make the people of England wish another World Cup was just around the corner.

Could Sancho edge out Rashford

This is interesting, as it looks as though Sancho could begin to shove Marcus Rashford out of the starting eleven. And should Sancho have become a Man Utd player in summer, the same could have happened at Old Trafford.

Daniel James has looked immense so far this season, he is a lethal weapon on the left-hand side. To even more of extent, Jadon Sancho has mastered the right-hand side, leaving Anthony Martial as the new number 9 in the centre of the attack.

These three players seem fairly consistent in their work-rate, quality and talent, despite their tender ages.

However, Marcus Rashford hasn’t quite lived up to expectations just yet and is very hit-or-miss with his performances. Quite to Man Utd’s bemusement, new signings such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James have exploited the lack of work-rate and quality in the rest of the team. Bringing in Jadon Sancho in summer would have multiplied this ten-fold.

These 5 bold changes will see Man Utd make their mark against Leicester City today

After moving on multiple players during the transfer window, Man Utd was left with a very thin squad. Now, in their biggest game so far against Leicester, there are multiple injuries which could completely write off the game at Old Trafford.

In Solskjaer’s recent press conference, he admitted that some players could miss out playing against Leicester City due to injuries.

This means that Man Utd’s dire midfield doesn’t even have Pogba anymore. The most competent defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is out, along with their new number nine Anthony Martial, left-back Luke Shaw, right-back Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard, too.

With such a lack of squad depth going into this game, Solskjaer and Michael Carrick could have to put their boots on a join in…

What will Man Utd’s starting 11 looks like against Leicester?

Goalkeeper

David De Gea

Thankfully, Man Utd still have David De Gea between the sticks. However, with his recent dip in form and rumours of his departure in summer, it is uncertain which De Gea will show up.

Defence

Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Marcos Rojo

Although it would be fantastic to see Axel Tuanzebe or even Brandon Williams step in, Solskjaer made it clear that it will be the experienced players who have to step up during this injury crisis.

Midfield

Matic, Pereira, McTominay

Yes, perhaps. This midfield three for a full season might see relegation. But with a lack of midfield investment in summer, coupled with Pogba’s injury, this is the best midfield Solskjaer can pitch. Unless he finally gives Fred a chance to shine.

Attack

Daniel James, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood

The most exciting part of the team is the pacey, young forward three. Dan James has been utterly brilliant off the left-hand side for both club and country. However, Rashford at number nine could cause some issues, as he seems to only be clinical in a few games per season. Mason Greenwood will be the beacon of hope for bagging a few goals in the game.

3 reasons why 15m signing is fast becoming a shrewd bit of business by Man Utd

After arriving from Swansea for only £15million, fans spoke of Daniel James as a substitute player who would merely be ‘one to watch’. Four games into the Premier League and James is the only one people are watching in the Man Utd squad…

Daniel James has 3 goals in 4 Premier League games for the Red Devils, with two of them being stunning strikes that the likes of Marcus Rashford or Raheem Sterling would receive ample amounts of praise for scoring. He also scored a similar goal off the left-hand side for Wales in their 1-0 win over Belarus.

Onwards and upwards

Not only is the young Welshman tucking goals away, but his unmatched pace provides options for Man Utd, which they haven’t had in recent years. As his confidence and skill continue to grow, his final third production of shots and crosses will only increase, adding to the danger of Man Utd’s threat.

A lot to learn in little time

The 21-year-old Welshman will have a tough season ahead of him, though. With Man Utd having a bottom-half of the table midfield, particularly in the absence of Paul Pogba, chances to pick out the winger will be few and far between. This means that we will see the best of him, Rashford and Martial when Man Utd have a strong midfield.

Showing up the others

However, in the meantime, James will be compared to Rashford and Martial who are both earning over £200k per week but offering significantly less to the squad than James is doing. This will increase the criticism for the rest of the lads who are under-performing, giving Solskjaer more of an idea of who is cut out for the job at hand.

For a £15million signing to defy the odds and become the Reds’ most prolific and outstanding player, in a time where they lack quality and threat. This alone makes the little Welsh speed-machine the steal of the season. Or even, the steal of Man Utd’s recent transfer history.

Pogba focused at Man Utd…for the time being

Paul Pogba’s brother has been vocal about the World Cup winner’s future at Man Utd but claims that he will be focused on providing quality for his current club.

It is the public domain that Paul Pogba is not happy at Man Utd. Realistically, who can blame him? Pogba deems himself a world-class player and should be competing for league titles and European success.

Instead, he is remaining at Old Trafford for the time being, surrounded by a team of mid-table quality. His brother Mathias Pogba is in agreement, as he told El Chiringuito

“It’s not easy right now, because he has a lot of responsibility in the team.

A lot of big players have left. The only great player is De Gea, the goalkeeper, which means he’s going to have to put a lot of effort into every game.”

Man Utd solely relies on Paul Pogba for creativity in the final third. The issues are as follows; Pogba is being played in a defensive position, nullifying his attacking abilities. Secondly, Pogba has been in awful form so far this season. Although he got two assists against Chelsea, his overall play in that game, and since, has been abysmal.

Although it would be unfair to say the Frenchman is unfocused, it is obvious that he has much more to offer his side.

How bad is Man Utd’s current situation?

Pogba and Anthony Martial are the only outfield players who could walk into other top European clubs. Other squad members would have difficulties landing a gig in the Premier League.

Pogba is under immense pressure this season, but he should approach it by showing what he’s made of to entice other clubs to make a big bid for his services next summer.

Man Utd needs an entire midfield overhaul regardless of Pogba’s future. Unfortunately, based on recent transfer windows, it is plausible that the Frenchman will leave without a proper replacement. This would see Man Utd fall from a top 7 side to a bottom 10 side.

The only starting Man Utd 11 Solskjaer can pick to keep the fans onside against Southampton today

Man Utd will face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium after two disappointing results, which saw the club drop five points. With such a lack of squad depth and two crucial injuries, there is one starting eleven that will appease the fans regardless of the result…

Solskjaer has opted for very similar elevens in each game so far. It worked wonders in their 4-0 victory over Chelsea, who naively attacked the Reds, giving them the opportunity to make full use of their only plan – counter-attacking.

This didn’t work against Wolves and Crystal Palace because the two sides sat back and defended tightly. Leaving little room for Man Utd to counter attack, the were forced into dominating possession and having to wiggle their way through without any technical and creative players in the entire eleven. Besides Pogba who acted as a defensive midfielder and rarely found himself in attacking positions.

However, this line-up could be effective against Southampton. At home, they will be bringing the game to Man Utd, allowing space in behind. But the eleven, regardless of injuries, need specific additions to the line-up in this fixture to allow creative and intricate football to take place, just in case the Saints set up for a draw.

How should Man Utd line up against Southampton?

So, what does this revolutionary eleven look like? Something like this…

It would be the perfect response from Solskjaer regarding the last two performances. The injury to Martial allow Rashford to play as a striker, James to play on his favoured left-wing and Greenwood to make a start.

Fans would be outraged to see Ashley Young make a start, as he, unfortunately, symbolises the mediocrity of the Man Utd of late. Bringing in 18-year-old Brandon Williams would demonstrate Ole’s ruthlessness and eagerness to rebuild the squad and give youth their opportunity.

Jesse Lingard would be a good addition to this squad, as a high-pressing system is likely to be seen. However, his form over recent years leaves little room to defend the Englishmen, as he tends to have no impact on the game. Fans have been crying out to see Angel Gomes play as a number 10. Seeing him in the squad, amongst other youngsters, will excite the fans and get them on board. The final result will mean less than the vision of the future Man Utd.

Although Scott McTominay has been a beacon of hope for Man Utd’s midfield, his last two performances have been poor. Fred needs to be involved soon to have any real impact season. He should play in a defensive, ball-winning role. Going on to relay possession to attacking outlets such as Pogba, James and Gomes.

Bored striker was right to leave Man Utd

Romelu Lukaku’s International team boss has claimed that the striker was ‘bored’ at Man Utd, and is happy to see him facing a new challenge…

Whilst many Man Utd fans were glad to see the back of him, it seems Lukaku himself was glad to be leaving Manchester.

Ex-Everton and current Belgium boss Roberto Martinez admitted that “Romelu needed a new challenge. Sometimes you get bored of a club,”

Adding: “Working with Conte will please (Lukaku) and the project of Inter, who will chase the title, is interesting. I saw Lukaku laugh again and it made me happy.”

Was letting Lukaku leave the right option for Man Utd?

It appears that Lukaku is not happy unless he is part of a team who have high aspirations. However, upon joining Man Utd it was clear that the club was in no position to be fighting for big trophies. Furthermore, Lukaku would get nowhere near the two teams fighting for the Premier League; Man City and Liverpool.

This means that the Belgian knew he would not find success in English football, hence the move abroad.

Solskjaer’s new system involves high pressing and high intensity play, a stark contract to Inter Milan’s slow and pragmatic football. This is why the forward fits his new club much more than his previous club in Manchester.

Lukaku scored a typical Lukaku goal, a tap-in during a 4-0 win over Lecce for Inter Milan. But close inspection of the game demonstrates the issues in Lukaku’s game, his first touch, passing and out-of-the-box involvement is utterly abysmal. Not even Sunday league quality.

With recent business on Man Utd’s end, there is a reason to believe that Solskjaer is ridding the squad of players who don’t wish to be part of the story. Will this come back to bite him? With Martial’s injury likely to see him stay home as Man Utd face Southampton, it appears so.

18y/o winger will make sure Man Utd smash past Crystal Palace today

According to history, Man Utd should breeze through this fixture at Old Trafford. But by how many?

Crystal Palace has never beaten Man Utd Premier League. And with the current form of the two clubs, it doesn’t look like that is going to change.

Roy Hodgson’s squad are massively underperforming so far this season. In the opening game, they held Everton to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park, despite The Toffees going down to 10 men after 75 minutes. The week after, they were defeated by newcomers Sheffield Utd 1-0. In both games, on the pitch and in the stats, they were far from the team that finished 12th place last season.

With Aaron Wan-Bissaka now facing the other direction, their only stand out player is want-away Wilfried Zaha. Leaving it Man United’s to throw away. Given the past six years, you wouldn’t put that past them. But given their last two fairly impressive performances, it seems unlikely to be the case.

Solskjaer’s starting elevens for Man Utd in the opening weeks have been very similar. Andreas Pereira for Daniel James being the only alteration against Wolves from the victory at Chelsea. But what eleven will Solskjaer opt for against Crystal Palace?

How should Solskjaer line up against a defensive and counter-attacking opponent?

Manchester United’s back 5 picks itself, now having one of strongest defences in the league thanks to the additions over summer.

The midfield is the main cause of concern. But they do have creative players Pogba and Pereira in attacking-midfield roles against a team who will be very defensive. They need to play through Crystal Palace and have their strikers finish it.

Pereria and Gomes can interchange from the attacking right midfield and right-wing positions. Gomes’ eye for a final third pass is part of why he is seen as one of the best up and coming talents in English football. It is likely that Juan Mata will feature instead, but seeing this youngster would cause great excitement on and off the pitch.

‘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?

The form of Man Utd’s two attackers will prove the difference against Wolves, agree?

Solskjaer’s Man Utd will be looking to avoid a repeat of last season where the Reds failed to beat Wolves and lost twice at Molineux.

After winning every single game of pre-season, the Red Devils marched on into the Premier League season with a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford over top four competitors Chelsea.

Solskaer’s team selection spoke volumes by dropping Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic from the starting eleven. Having five academy graduates in the starting eleven and two on the bench tells you what direction Ole is steering the club in. The risk was worth the reward as the Reds thumped a very naive Chelsea.

Will Solskjaer go back to relying on experienced players or allow this winning formula to develop?

Man Utd

Most fans will want to see a very similar eleven walkout on Monday at Molineux. Scott McTominay is quickly becoming a fan favourite, covering more ground on the pitch than any other player against Chelsea and playing a large role in the slick passing from the back, he could be the answer to Man Utd’s midfield mayhem.

Pereira’s position of the interchanging attacking midfielder/right-winger appears to be up for grabs. The Brazilian failed to impact the game on the ball but impressed with high-pressing and an assist for Anthony Martial.

The defence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw is looking like one of the best defences in English football. Chelsea managed to find themselves in some good positions. However, this may well be a result of the defence being brand new.

Anthony Martial is becoming much more instinctive as a number 9. He is more aggressive, vocal and attentive than ever before as he leads from the front. Having Marcus Rashford in and around him, challenging for that number 9 spot, Man Utd fans could see a lot of goals this season.

Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers recently won a two-legged Europa League qualifier 8-0 on aggregate against Pyunik. But when the final 4-0 win takes place four days before a big game against Man Utd, it might not bode too well.

Top players such as Diego Jota and Leander Dendoncker amongst others featured in the victory and could get exposed by a very fit Man Utd come the Monday fixture.

On the flip side, Wolves are a team full of confidence. Alongside Everton and Leicester, Wolves are a team looking to put pressure on the top six. Beating Man Utd at home would be a good way for Wolves to show the league that they mean business.

Prediction

Solskjaer is likely to go in a similar direction as he did against Chelsea. It appears he has given his side an identity and a philosophy to follow. His apparent trust in youth has allowed for the starting eleven to be stronger and more exciting, with two forwards who are eager to score.

Wolves could pick up a point against a less than clinical Man Utd. But the retrains of the Europa League will likely impact the squad and Solskjaer as ensured that his squad are one of the fittest in the league.

A 1-1 or a 2-1 victory for Man Utd would be safe judgement. Wolves will hold out for a draw, or a win if they find themselves 1-0 up. But the form of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will definitely prove to be a challenge for Wolves.

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