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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.

Is it time for OGS to change his Man Utd gameplan

Man Utd’s high-pressure, counter-attacking format has only resulted in two wins so far in the Premier League. Coupled with certain players lacking form and confidence, it may be time to shuffle his deck…

Premier League sides have quickly figured out a system to get at least one point against Man Utd; a compact defence. Wolves, Palace and Southampton all defended in a similar manner and Man Utd completely lacked the quality to pick them apart.

This means that Solskjaer and his coaching staff need to implement and perfect a ‘Plan B’, and they need to do it fast.

Furthermore, some players in the starting eleven are too out of form to risk playing in such big games. The following players should be replaced, as they either need a break or a reality check…

Victor Lindelof

Victor Lindelof recently described his national performance against Norway as ‘horrible’. As well as being the cause of some of the goals conceded this season. His form and confidence are at an all-time low. This could result in Axel Tuanzebe finally making an appearance, and could serve as a defensive lifeline should he perform to the best of his ability.

Jesse Lingard

Similarly, Jesse Lingard has been under heavy scrutiny. He has failed to score or assist in the Premier League during 2019 and is invisible and ineffective in a majority of his appearances. Listening to the fans by replacing him with Angel Gomes will excite them beyond caring much for the final result, as most admit they expect very little from the club this season.

Marcus Rashford

If you think that’s enough of berating Man Utd’s starting eleven, you’re wrong. Marcus Rashford has been off the pace since the end of Solskjaer’s unbeaten run after being appointed as caretaker manager. The Englishman played as a number 9 against Southampton and robbed Daniel James of two or three assists by not having the pedigree to sink the ball into the net.

Daniel James performs better than Rashford off the left-hand side, and Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial are much more natural number nines than he is.

So where does this leave the academy graduate going forward?

Should Man Utd opt for the same lineup and tactical approach, it is fair to say that the Reds will yet again drop points on their own turf.

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.

Two reasons why Man Utd should make Juventus winger signing essential in January

According to reports, Man Utd pursued Douglas Costa from Juventus, having their offer refused. However, there are two very important reasons to go all out with an offer that can’t be refused…

28-year-old Brazilian winger Douglas Costa has been linked with Man Utd over recent transfer windows. Understandably, because he is a fantastic talent that would fit right into Man Utd’s formula under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With just less than 3 years left on Costa’s contract at Juventus, the Brazilian could be looking at a big-money move to guarantee himself first-team football. Therefore, a move to Man Utd would benefit the player himself. But more importantly, would benefit Man Utd for these two reasons…

The perfect winger

Man Utd has Dan James and Marcus Rashford who both favour the left-hand side. James, in particular, has proved how dangerous he can be by cutting inside and getting shots off.

Douglas Costa would act as a similar style player on the opposite flank. The left-footer has played the majority of his career off the right-hand side and would opt to cut inside and shoot or assist a teammate inside the box. Which is much alike to Man Utd’s current style more than whipping a ball into the box like an old-fashioned winger would.

Squad depth

Costa would be a useful asset to the squad right now. As Marcus Rashford performs slightly below par and Daniel James a stand-out target for defenders to clatter, having the option to replace them or rotate them with a player like Costa would nullify Man Utd’s lack of firepower in wide areas. As the Reds often have to play Mata or Pereira in that position despite their favoured areas being central.

Man Utd’s stand out player in the opening month of the Premier League, agree?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad lacks depth and quality. This has been evident, if not proven, by their last three fixtures where the side was unable to get a win.

Whilst there are players of quality in the side, such as Paul Pogba, David De Gea, Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof, Fred and Anthony Martial, each of these players have under-performed be it the fault of their own, the tactics or the lack of quality in teammates.

However, three players have stood out for Man Utd so far this season, and each of them shares one thing in common…

Solskjaer’s Signings

Harry Maguire (£80m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£50m) and Daniel James (£15m) have undoubtedly been the beacons of hope in Man Utd’s squad this season.

The three of them are the only contenders for Man Utd’s Player of the Month, which says a lot about the rest of the squad.

Each of them were signed this summer by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Despite his tactics and decision making being questionable, his ability to bring in good talent and let go of ‘deadwood’ has been second to none in Man Utd’s history. Perhaps the position of Director of Football would be better suited to him!

Daniel James

Daniel James was Solskjaer’s first signing, coming from Swansea, the Welshman was heavily promoted by Ryan Giggs, who played a big part of his move to Old Trafford.

Upon his arrival, and during pre-season, Daniel James received non-toxic criticism regarding his role at the club. Fans were convinced that James would be a ‘super-sub’ or a prospect for the future.

Proving them wrong, Daniel James has started three of four games, bagging himself three very well taken goals. James is Man Utd’s top scorer in the season so far.

Furthermore, he has been the most dangerous player for Man Utd going forward. Against Southampton, he was robbed of two or three assists due to Marcus Rashford being unable to take his chances.

It appears that the little Welshman is showing up his under-performing teammates, as he earns considerably less on a weekly basis.

2 players that must impress in the international break for Man Utd

Solskjaer’s Man Utd side has struggled this season after they thrashed Chelsea 4-0, picking up 2 points in three winnable games…

After a painful to watch 1-1 draw against Southampton away, the international break could not have come at a worse time. Solskjaer will be eager to get the lads together in order to fix as much as he can in a squad that lacks both depth and quality.

On the up-side, should some of their players have fantastic games for their countries, they could return with a fresh start and full of confidence.

For example, Marcus Rashford for England, Scott McTominay for Scotland and Daniel James for Wales are all players with enough quality to be key to Man Utd. Each of them has performed well in some areas, and poorly in others. If they can perform well for their countries, they should return with the self-belief to see them through the tough weeks ahead.

However, there are two players in particular who must perform well for their national sides in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Proving to their club manager that their current dip in form is merely a blip and that they still have the quality to impact the squad.

Jesse Lingard

Lingard has been under heavy scrutiny recently, due to his poor performances, lack of impact and seemingly undeserved trust from the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With players like Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood all capable of taking Lingard’s various starting positions, he truly needs to up his game, as protection from Solskjaer can only go on for so long.

The Englishman has failed to record a Premier League goal or assist in the 2019 calendar year so far but has been selected for national duty based on previous good performances for England.

Nemanja Matic

Matic has been entirely dropped for Man Utd’s starting eleven. Making only one brief appearance in an attempt to win the game in the closing minutes against Southampton. Yes, Solskjaer opted for a slow, lethargic defensive midfielder to clinch a win against Southampton…

However, Matic will face Portugal with Serbia. Portugal will be a heavily attacking, high quality and intense side to play against. Should Matic shine in this game with his once-notable ability to break down opposition attacks, he could find his way into Man Utd’s starting eleven, particularly against high quality, attacking sides.

Is Man Utd wasting their time chasing Dortmund star?

After failing to sign any attacking players in the summer transfer window, Man Utd fans still have hope that 19-year-old Jadon Sancho will make a move to Old Trafford.

Man Utd has had a difficult start to the season so far. With one win, two draws and a loss, they are far from on their way to a comfortable top-four position.

The football being played by the Reds doesn’t indicate that they will reach top four at all. There have been clear and obvious issues in creating chances and having enough quality to take chances.

Sancho would fit Man Utd’s perfect player profile, young, hungry and British. When asked about a return to his homeland, Sancho said: “I can’t tell the future but I wouldn’t mind. La Liga I wouldn’t mind also, but we don’t know yet.” The young winger comes across as a fun-loving and chirpy, but it is evident that his head in is the right place. He said, “Obviously being in Germany has taken off the pressure of the media and I think that’s really helping me a lot and keeping me focused.”

Does Solskjaer need Jadon Sancho?

Jadon Sancho could certainly add the Solskjaer’s attacking threat, having 2 goals and 3 assists in three Bundesliga games already this season. However, one current Man Utd player who cost a fraction of what Sancho would is carrying the Man Utd attack…

Daniel James, 21, arrived from Swansea for £15million this summer. Already, he has become a fan favourite as he embodies the ‘old Man Utd’. The Welsh winger has scored 3 goals in 4 appearances, two being of the highest quality of finishes. His celebrations bleed pure emotion and his determination get whip down the wing cannot be compared to anyone but his national coach Ryan Giggs.

With a forward three of Rashford, Martial and James, who does Sancho replace if he makes his way to Old Trafford?

Man Utd’s main issues are chance creation, perhaps building on the midfield before making a £100million number seven shirt seller would assure the fans that the club isn’t going round in circles and making no progress.

Forget Alexis: Here are 2 Man Utd players that can fill his boots

It looks as though Alexis Sanchez will be departing from Man Utd with the European transfer window still open. Fans are worried about the depth of attackers in the squad but fear not. There are two players who can step up to the place this season…

Sanchez has struggled to perform at Manchester United, under both Mourinho and Solskjaer. He has scored just 5 goals in 45 appearances for the Reds and has failed to live up to his £300k+ per week wages.

The Chilean is close to signing with Inter Milan, and are reportedly discussing details of the deal, as they look to take a second Man Utd’s cast off into their ranks.

In Solskjaer’s favoured squad, forward players include Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. There is also Daniel James, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata who can play attacking midfield/wing positions.

Alexis Sanchez could fit into all the roles of the aforementioned players, striker, winger or attacking midfield. However, with the ex-Arsenal man looking to move to Italy, who can possibly replace him in Man Utd’s squad?

Angel Gomes

Gomes is one of the best young talents around. His ability to play off the wing was proven in the pre-season game against Spurs, as the youngsters scored a goal that humiliated the Champions League finalists.

His low centre of gravity and speed allows him to dribble through players as if they weren’t there, very similar to Lionel Messi. Gomes’ ability to pick out dangerous passes in the final third makes him akin to an Alexis Sanchez who is doing his job correctly.

Gomes is most definitely ready to be introduced into first-team football. Without Sanchez in the squad, the young Englishman has a much higher chance of being in the middle of the actions throughout the season.

Tahith Chong

Sanchez was often played as an out and out winger. His tendency to drift in towards the middle of the park often voided Paul Pogba of advancing up towards the opposition’s box.

Chong serves as a proper winger. He will be on the touchline ready to receive the ball and drive forward. Chong’s speed and footballing talent would allow him to serve as an old-school winger for situations where Man Utd are looking to attack down the flanks.

Dan James is similar, but arguably more versatile than Chong as he can happily play in any of the forward four positions. Chong is a tool to be used for specific occasions when applied correctly, he can and will cause mayhem for opponents.

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