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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.

Should Solskjaer add David Neres To His Shopping List This Summer?

Manchester United are plotting a £45 million move for Ajax striker David Neres claims The Sun. The Red Devils were the latest to join the transfer race with some of Europe’s elite clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton.

David Neres is a star in the making, a youth product of Brazilian outfit, Sao Paulo, Neres signed for the Amsterdam club in 2017. After making an immediate impact with the reserve side Jong Ajax, the 22-year-old soon was promoted to the main team.

The following season, the Brazilian forward was more effective scoring 14 goals and providing 13 assists in just 32 league appearances. Furthermore, he has been in red hot form this season so far, bagging 12 goals and eight assists across all competitions.

His notable performance came at the Champions League when he scored a goal against the defending champions Real Madrid. Later the Dutch giants were able to eliminate Los Blancos out of the competition in a 4-1 win.

Furthermore, Neres scored a stunning equalizer against Juventus last week in the quarter-finals thus keeping alive his side’s semi-final hopes, who completed the job last night.

Man United were off to an underwhelming start in Premier League this season under Jose Mourinho but dragged themselves back to top-4 four race lately under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The key aspect that went missing with the Red Devils is the lack of attacking prowess up in front, despite Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s decent run, United struggled to find a consistent striker.

With Romelu Lukaku’s fluctuating form and Alexis Sanchez becoming injury-prone, the Old Trafford side ran out of options on several occasions. Neres possesses tremendous dribbling skills, agility and attributes which pertain to a typical Brazilian striker.

Moreover, he is much more effective with the counter attacks and precisive passing inside the boxes that makes him a perfect fit for all the top clubs.

Ed Woodward should seriously consider Neres as their next striker to succeed Belgian ace, Lukaku.

…And Solskjaer Has Won It!

Every Man United fan knows them words, them words created little goosebumps on your arms, the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. The glorious night back in 1999, the venue was the Nou Camp, two goals in the injury time three minutes to secure the treble for that unbelievable side. It capped off an incredible couple of week for all players, staff and fans.

Solskjaer has been down 1-0 before in the Catalan’s stadium, we all know the outcome. However, 20 years on and things are very different. United simply don’t have the team of ’99, they are also facing a very good Barcelona side who have a certain Lionel Messi in their side. A Barcelona side who are cantering to the La Liga title and a side who could rest 10 players at weekend.

Ole can certainly draw experience from them type of matches, knowing they have to stay in it until the very end – Look at PSG in the last round, albeit a dubious penalty helped them but they still had to be in the position to force the ref to make the call.

United since then have stuttered their resurgence under the Norwegian, and not looked the same side having only won two in six games.

The players will have a point to prove and, a classic European night in one of the biggest stadiums in the footballing world has to force you to up your game.

Ole needs Rashford, Lukaku, Martial, Pogba and even the invisible Sanchez all to show up tonight. They all need to make a statement, one that could define their season. If United do somehow turn Barca over in their own back yard, let’s hope it doesn’t have the same effect as the PSG game in the last round. Otherwise they’ll be in a posiiton of Champions League or bust.

Furthermore, with a very important transfer window on the horizon, Champions League football is a must has they look to overall the squad.

Every Red Devil will be hoping for a 1999 Nou Camp result. What’s your score predictions Man United fans for tonight?

Three Players That Ole Will Hope To Light Up Old Trafford Tonight

Man United face the mighty Barcelona in the Red Devils first quarter-final since 2014, when they were dumped out by Bayern Munich under David Moyes and only the second since 2011.

United haven’t fared well in the Champions League, after a purple patch of reaching the final three times in four years. Coincidentally losing two of those finals against tonight’s opponents Barcelona. At that time the Catalan outfit were THE team in Europe under Pep Guardiola, as they changed the footballing landscape with their brand of tiki-taka style.

Barca added to their Champions League tally last in 2015, beating Juventus 3-1 in the final.

The Red Devils have only beaten Barcelona once in the Champions League era, in that memorable Paul Scholes 1-0 win back in 2008. Barca have won three times, with the teams drawing on four occasions including back-to-back 3-3 draws.

If United are to get themselves a leg up to take to the Camp Nou, we’ve identified three players that need to be on their game tonight…

Paul Pogba

The Frenchman’s performances have tailed off lately and after an impressive start under Ole. However, Pogba is more than capable of changing the momentum of the game.

He can go missing in the big games, but tonight Solskjaer will be hoping for Pogba to bring his A-game and control, what will be a fascination midfield battle.

Chris Smalling

Smalling seems to be one of Ole’s first choices in the defence. Smalling can make United fans nervous at times, and often looks like bambi on ice. However, when he wants to, he can defend with the best of them but it’s that inconsistency within games that United fans can’t put there full faith and confidence in the English defender.

Anthony Martial

The Frenchman can light up the stands at times. His goalscoring form has certainly taken an upward trajectory this season, there was point in the season he was simply undroppable.

Unfortunately, injury derailed this and he’s struggled to re-find his groove. Martial can get Old Trafford up on their feet, and set the tone for the evening.

Man United Will Look To Avenge FA Cup Defeat Tonight With This Front Three

The Red Devils travel to Molineux tonight in a bid to leapfrog both Arsenal and Spurs into third place.

A win against Wolves will not be easy however, as United remember from their 2-1 FA Cup defeat recently. It was a lacklustre performance from the men in red, and newly appointed permanent boss Solskjaer will be hoping for a much better showing this time around.

Martial picked up a knock in their 2-1 win over Watford, but reports say he has shaken that off. Wolves have the best record this season against the top six sides, with a total of 10 points taken off them, however, they have won only one in the league in the last six outings.

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A win for Solskjaer’s men tonight would see them climb to third, one point ahead of Arsenal, three in front of a stumbling Spurs side and four between themselves and Chelsea in sixth. This turnaround has been amazing under Ole, and will leave a lot of United fans wondering what if he was in charge earlier.

Tonight is a must win, especially with them leaving the teams around them with a game in-hand.

We take a look at a possible front three for Solskjaer…

LW: Anthony Martial

Even if Martial can give an hour after his knock, the man whose goal secured the three points on Saturday will be looking to conjure some sort of goal scoring run together to impress this ‘new’ boss.

CF: Romelu Lukaku

Before the international break the number nine hit six goals in three matches, and will want to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal.

Playing with more confidence than we have seen in recent times, Lukaku will be hoping that this could be a turning point for him as he looks to get back to his old prolific scoring ways.

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RW: Marcus Rashford

Rashford this season has matured, and more so under Ole. We have seen in recent games Lukaku coming out to the right and this maybe a good way for the two strikers to start interchanging throughout the match.

Rashford in my opinion is undroppable at the moment, and he will want to keep grabbing the goals as he looks to cement his place in the the United first team for many years to come.

Mourinho’s Front Three Should Look Like This Tonight – Agreed?

Manchester United welcome Valencia to Old Trafford this evening, in there second Champions League game.

With recently having back to back defeats, it’s a must-win game for Mourinho and his men. At United Mourinho has done nothing unexpected and set the team out in a 4-2-3-1 and occasionally 4-3-3. The Portuguese boss needs his team to be firing on all cylinders, especially the front three.

With the dark clouds circling, and seem to be getting darker by the day. A win against Valencia would give the team as a whole, a little breathing space – possibly even change the current momentum in the Premier League.

There have been many calls for ‘attack, attack, attack’ in recent times and with a front three like below. It would make a statement from the start, especially with Pogba sitting behind.

Do you agree…

RW Marcus Rashford

If you look at it from a defenders perspective, Rashford gives them those legs and sheer pace in behind. He runs behind defences and makes them look over there shoulder, it’s a scary thought for the defenders.

Furthermore, after making an impact against West Ham on Saturday, he will look to build on his own momentum.

CF Romelu Lukaku

Similar to Rashford, he has the pace and guile to scare defences. He’s a natural goalscorer and it’s a time at Old Trafford for him to step up to the plate and show how he can carry the team forward.

LW Anthony Martial

The Frenchman with his skilful runs can dazzle defenders at times, and in the past few weeks, he’s shown glimpses of the first season Martial under LVG.

He has all the talent, and alongside Lukaku it’s time to shine for the United cause.

As a fan I want to see Martial, Lukaku and Rashford together on the pitch as a front three.

There’s pace, drive and desire to get goals as well between them.

 

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.