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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?

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.

Man Utd can score goals but are one injury away from the inadequacy of last season – Agree?

The dark cloud over Old Trafford appears to be fading. What does Man Utd’s 4-0 thrashing over Lampard mean for the Red Devils as they march on?

No honest Man Utd or Chelsea fan can admit they saw that coming. Despite Chelsea having moments of showing how they can find themselves in dangerous areas, the attacks were always snuffed.

Man Utd and Chelsea are in similar situations, both have a much weaker squad than they have done in the years gone by, both feel they are underachieving and both are managed by a club legend.

This occasion was truly boys versus men. Man Utd allowed Chelsea the arrogance to try and bring the game to the Reds on their home turf, backfiring 4 goals from 5 shots on target. Which leads on to the first key thing we learned from Solskjaer’s 4-0 win…

Clinical United

Romelu Lukaku’s departure from the club left many fans scratching their heads. Where on Earth was Manchester United going to get their goals from?

If Man Utd had just beaten Norwich, Sheffield Utd or Newcastle 4-0, with respect to those clubs, there would still be concern about how Man Utd will cope this season.

However, in a campaign where Man Utd are fighting for 4th place with Chelsea and Arsenal, the Reds have already sent one of them to the bins. With a fairly given penalty buried by Rashford, he continued to show how much bottle he has.

A real number nine goal for Man Utd’s number nine. It saw Man Utd play it out to the wing, whipped in across goal from Pereira and met in front of the net by Anthony Martial to make it 2-0.

Merely seconds later, a beautiful pass behind the Chelsea defence came from a quiet Paul Pogba, controlled and slotted home by Marcus Rashford. Challenging Martial for his striker spot.

Finally, a dream debut for substitute Daniel James. As Pogba drove forward, the Welsh speedster caught up to him on his right-hand side, was played in and buried it home.

Basically, Man Utd can score goals this season.

Ole agrees! Team selection

Man Utd fans worldwide disagree on many things, to the abuse of players, to the ownership to how nice the new strip is. But one thing they all agree on is that Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Nemanja Matic are crucial to why Man Utd will fail this season.

Be it silly mistakes, lack of quality or inability to keep up with the new style of play; Solskjaer gave none of them game time today.

It is positive for fans to see their club moving forward, after falling behind for so many years. It appears the concerns of the fans are also the concerns of Solskjaer and all are on the same page with how this Man Utd team should look, behave and perform. Unfortunately, the Reds are merely and injury or two away from having an inadequate squad.

‘Man United played so well. Big question is the sustainability of it’ Man Utd fans not getting to carried away with a 4-0 win over Chelsea

Solskjaer’s dream Premier League start comes in the form of his Man United side thrashing over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

Before the league started, Man Utd lost Ander Herrera and Romelu Lukaku. Surely you would expect fewer goals and fewer chances? Not yesterday. Solskjaer’s hard-working and high pressing Red Devils proved to be a nightmare for Lampard and Chelsea.

A fair penalty won and buried by Marcus Rashford saw the Red’s shaky start begin to stabilize. Despite Chelsea coming close to scoring on several occasions, the hard as stone Man Utd defence proved almost impenetrable. With one of the world’s best between the sticks just behind, Chelsea finished on zero.

Clinical, exciting and well-deserved goals also came from the new number 9 Anthony Martial, a second goal for Marcus Rashford, and a Premier League debut goal for the Welshman Daniel James.

Some fans on Twitter may believe the result was just a fluke. But can three well-worked goals, a successful game plan, and a rock-solid defence really have been by chance?

Although Man Utd looked fantastic in most areas in their 4-0 victory over Chelsea, fans are aware that Man Utd must keep it up. The squad is merely an injury away in a crucial position to have severe exploits in the team.

Some fans make the case that enough any other team thrashed Chelsea 4-0 there would be more credit being given.

Regardless, the feeling inside the Man Utd camp will be extremely positive after this great result. It proves that the business made has benefitted the squad and that Solskjaer’s philosophies and strategies are proving successful. But most importantly, that Man Utd are improving from last season.

These two Man Utd youngsters must start against AC Milan tomorrow, agree?

A big season is ahead of Man Utd and this summer has taught us that the players, in particular, have to be match-ready.

Solskjaer has one game left in pre-season against AC Milan, in Wales. Should he come away with a victory, Man Utd will be unbeaten in six games.

However, Man Utd’s previous game against Norway’s mid-table Kristiansund it proved that the Reds lacked quality in the final third. There were also instances of terrible organisation in defence, struggling with crosses and counter-attacks.

According to reports and rumours, Man Utd’s most likely transfers are Bruno Fernandes, Paulo Dybala and Harry Maguire. Sticking these players into the current squad patches up the weaknesses and faults in a promising team. Investment is what is needed to compliment the strives made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Man Utd fans grow increasingly frustrated with the investment made in this summer transfer window, amongst others. Recent antics by Man Utd’s board tell us that the rumoured-ins for the club are far from guaranteed.

With this in mind, The Football Manc Cave brings you two young players in particular who should be given game time against AC Milan. They may have to be ready to step-in should Man Utd fail to secure any more signatures…

Axel Tuanzebe

As mentioned, Man Utd’s defence is still abysmal. Without Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the mix, there is no one you can trust 100%. Tuanzebe, 21, had a fantastic season in Championship last season. He helped them to the point of promotion and had fans singing his name. He has the potential to be a Man Utd centre-back and has stated that he wants to be just that, we just have to see the proof in the pudding.

According to reports, Tuanzebe is currently linked with a loan move back to Aston Villa, as well as being linked with Newcastle United. Demonstrating that teams want him to prevent demotion for their club. However, it also indicates that Man Utd may be purchasing a defender.

Mason Greenwood

Solskjaer’s only proven natural striker is 17-year old Mason Greenwood. Despite Anthony Martial being very clinical, and Marcus Rashford being powerful, Greenwood has more of a natural number nine instinct. His movement and awareness have people likening him to Robin Van Persie, a man who won Man Utd the Premier League.

Man Utd are lacking quality in front of goal, and should it be Lukaku or Dybala who has a bad season for the Reds, Greenwood could be the one who saves the season for them.

3 players that have to feature for Man United tonight

Can these three talents continue Man Utd’s unbeaten run in pre-season?

Man Utd has shown a new tenacity and intense style of play, which has seen the side win each of their games in pre-season so far. The run of games hasn’t been too easy, facing teams such as Leeds United, Inter Milan and Spurs.

Solskjaer is seemingly placing a lot of trust in the youth. Possibly due to the board not backing him in the transfer window, or because his mature players let the side down. Regardless, the new Man Utd way is much more pleasing on the eye.

Today, Manchester United face Solskjaer’s boyhood club Kristiansund in Norway. Unlikely to test the Red Devils, we may see a squad that is a mix of youth and players who are yet to prove themselves on the tour.

Here are three exciting players who may run riot against Kristiansund…

Angel Gomes

Gomes scored a stunning goal against Spurs after his incredible link-up play and close control with Juan Mata to wiggle themselves into the box. Gomes could easily be Man Utd’s play-maker. Despite the obvious difference in quality and experience, Gomes’ style of play is similar to the one and only Lionel Messi.

Marcus Rashford

The £200k a week 21-year-old. Rashford needs to bag more than 15 goals next season to come close to justifying his lucrative contract. In a game against Kristiansund, the English international could hit the net a few times just to get the ball rolling. Mason Greenwood has matched Marcus Rashford’s pre-season total of 2 goals, similar for Anthony Martial. The competition for the number 9 spot in gaining speed, and could get the best out of Solskjaer’s forwards.

Daniel James

Solskjaer has favoured Dan James so far, as he has featured heavily in a Man Utd shirt in pre-season. His blistering pace is brutal for defenders to come up against, but there is room for improvement in the final third. In a game where Man Utd will be attacking heavily, Dan James can gain more experience in linking up with teammates in and around the box.

Two experienced strikers Man Utd should bring in to nurture youngsters

With the departure of Romelu Lukaku looking imminent, Manchester United need an experienced striker in the squad.

Without Lukaku in Solskjaer’s side, Ole Gunnar himself may be the only established striker in the ranks. Other options are Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and Anthony Martial. With an average age of 20.5 between them. Alexis Sanchez has been discounted from this list due to him being invisible for the past 18 months.

That’s right, the most successful football team in British history is without an established striker.

Despite all aforementioned players having immense quality and talent between them, it is important that Solskjaer has an experienced striker to bring onto the field. As is stands, Manchester United’s most natural finisher is a 17-year-old Mason Greenwood.

Here are two experienced strikers that could be added to Man Utd’s ranks, and tutor the young strikers into fully-fledged finishers…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Man Utd could repeat history by stealing Arsenal’s most prolific striker. It has happened once before with Robin Van Persie, again to less effect with Sanchez. But Aubameyang has taken well to the Premier League after the 30-year-old bagged 22 goals in the competition last season.

Aubameyang has been regularly linked to Man Utd, before and after he joined Arsenal. The Gunners having a small transfer budget this summer, they may be more willing to let their number one striker leave to a rival.

Robert Lewandowski

Another 30-year-old striker who bagged 22 goals in his league last season. Lewandowski could be seeking a big final pay going into the last 5 or 6 years of his career.

Not only would this Polish goal-scorer act as a steward for the progression of the young strikers at Old Trafford, but he also adds strength and an aerial threat unlike any other player at Man Utd.

‘Are Man Utd fans seriously gloating about beating a Leeds Utd 11’

Manchester is buzzing, and so is Twitter after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd side beat Leeds United 4-0 in a friendly match in Perth, Australia.

Goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial have left Manchester United fans ecstatic. The stunning performance compared to the slow and drab football of last season, was night and day.

Solskjaer’s high pressing team of exciting youngsters like Rashford, Martial, Greenwood, Gomes, Chong and James made for quite the spectacle against Leeds United.

Young players are where the fan excitement is coming from so far. They have demonstrated energy, quality and professionalism in both pre-season games.

However, there are always opposing fans who can bring Man Utd down to Earth. Man Utd’s men have faced Australian League side Perth Glory and Championship side Leeds so far in pre-season.

The general feel in the Man Utd camp is that their performance so far has showed signs of significant improvement since last season. However, there are still steps that must be taken to see Man Utd not have a season like their last.

Solskjaer faces a much tougher opponent in Inter Milan on Saturday 20th July in Singapore.

Man Utd could challenge for trophies next year with this starting 11 after making 3 more signings

Solskjaer is keen on signing Bruno Fernandes and two other players this summer to Manchester United.

It’s understood that Man Utd are now ready to secure a deal with Sporting Lisbon’s Portuguese superstar Bruno Fernandes, according to the Independent.

According to circulating reports Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Sean Longstaff are the most likely to sign for Man Utd this summer.

With these three signings, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would completely transform this team.

Last season, Man Utd finish sixth in the Premier League, the position Jose Mourinho left them in after being fired from his position in December 2018. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 12 of his first 15 games in charge, including the famous win over PSG in the Champions League.

However, possibly due to fitness or the difficulties of changing tactics and approach mid-season, Solskjaer’s Man Utd finished the league off with a terrible run of form and failed to secure a top-four finish despite putting themselves back into the race for it.

The new, old Manchester United

Pre-season games and training this summer have proven that Man Utd are focused on high-pressing from the front. We also saw glimpses of close controlled link-up play. Very pleasing to the eye. It showed the levels of intensity we saw in the glory of Man Utd.

In the upcoming season, Solskjaer could have one of the best squads in England. But he needs three more signings to do it. Should Man Utd succeed in their transfer endeavours, their starting eleven next season could look like this…

Manchester United would have their most solid defence since Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra. Harry Maguire would act as an aerial winning defender, whilst Lindelof acts as a ball-playing defender.

The midfield could be one of the best in the Premier League, with Bruno Fernandes playing as an attacking midfielder getting goals and assists. With Longstaff doing what he does best by making incredibly accurate long balls. Pogba can push slightly higher up the pitch now that Longstaff is holding the midfield and there is a more trustworthy defence behind him. McTominay could feature heavily as he can adopt any of those three roles.

Up top, we have the blistering pace of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James, who can all smoothly transition around the front three positions.

With a squad of this quality, we could be shocked by Manchester United this season.

What Man Utd’s predicted 11 against Leeds Utd could look like

After their 2-0 victory over Perth Glory, Manchester United need to up their game to beat Leeds United on Wednesday.

In the first pre-season game, Solskjaer’s men showed us what they have been working on in the training ground. We saw an incredibly high pressing attack against a Perth defence that often had at least nine or ten players behind the ball.

The link-up play and close control was reminiscent of the incredible winning streak Man United had when Solskjaer first took over. New signings Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka had fantastic debuts, lifting the spirits of the fanbase.

However, Solskjaer opted for two completely different eleven men to feature in each half of the game. This means we still have to see how the Reds fare in a competitive 90 minutes, something Leeds United will certainly offer.

How the lineup against Leeds should look

With the Premier League looming, Solskjaer will be keen on figuring out his strongest eleven. Resulting in a starting eleven that could resemble this…

Manchester United would do well to toy with the idea of having two forward men, both capable of drifting out wide. This would give Jesse Lingard space to move further up the field as he performs best in the number 10 role, adapting to a second striker position when forwards drag defenders out wide.

How the formation can be adapted

This formation is easily transformed into Man Utd’s main formation 4-3-3, and by introducing some exciting substitutions, it would look like this…

A forward three of blistering pace, in front of the creative genius Paul Pogba, who sits alongside high-pressing Lingard, guarded by golden-boy Scott McTominay.

Axel Tuanzebe could replace Victor Lindelof as the ball-playing defender as Man United lack options other than Chris Smalling to provide an aerial threat. At least, until Harry Maguire joins the ranks as reports surface of the transfer being close to completion.

These line ups portray both the quality and versatility of Solskjaer’s set up.

Leeds United placed third in the Championship last season. Narrowly missing out on promotion in the playoffs. Therefore, Leeds can provide a similar type of test that many Premier League level teams will in the upcoming season.

Should Manchester United fail to dominate the match, it could provide a scary insight into what the Red Devils will perform like in Premier League.

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