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Man United should sell these 7 players, agree?

According to The Express, former Chelsea midfielder, Craig Burley thinks Man United need to get rid of a few players. Do you agree with his choices?

Man United haven’t got off to the best start this Premier League campaign. They are being linked with different players every week.

With the transfer window opening in January, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to bring in some new talent.

However, could it be a chance for him to also get rid of some players? Well, ESPN pundit, Craig Burley has had his say on who they should be…

Selected seven

He thinks that Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Fred, Marcos Rojo, Nemanja Matic, Phil Jones and Ashley Young should find new clubs.

The former Chelsea player has given his reasonings too along with his picks.

Why?

Burley has said that Pogba needs to go because he is no longer needed. Jesse Lingard has had problems off the pitch and that is apparentley enough to get rid of him.

Fred is being outshone by Scott McTominay. Rojo is apparently a ‘headache waiting to happen.’ Matic’s legs have ‘gone’ according to the pundit.

Phil Jones is ‘deadwood’ also. Finally, Ashley Young should also go because he simply isn’t needed with his current performances. Do you agree?

3 players that need to impress tonight for Man Utd in the Europa League

Man United play Partizan in the Europa League tonight. The Football Manc Cave have picked 3 players who really need to step up.

This is the third game that Man United will face in Group L. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men currently sit second after one win and a draw.

Man United’s form hasn’t been brilliant recently. However, after a 1-1 draw with Premier League giants, Liverpool, at the weekend, they will be a little more confident.

If they want to secure a win tonight, some players are going to have to step up. We’ve picked out a few who will have to concentrate hard on their own performances.

Harry Maguire

The defender will potentially be featuring in his first European game for the Red Devils.

While it will be exciting for him, he will really have to treat it like any other game. He a going to have to step up and leas the back four.

Marcus Rashford

Fans have been disappointed with Rashford’s form so far this season. However, Daniel James managed to assist in creating a goal for the striker against Liverpool.

Hopefully, that will inspire him to do it again tonight. Although, he has for a tough job with a lot of pressure on him.

Fred

Out of all the Man United squad, Fred has probably under-performed the most so far.

If he does start tonight, he will have to be on top form. Expectations have remained pretty low for the midfielder.

Is Man Utd’s Fred finally showing the qualities to justify his price tag

Fred, against Liverpool had his best game in a Man United shirt. He finally showed glimpses of why United brought him to Old Trafford in the first place.

In a recent interview via the Telegraph Fred described his adpatation to the Premier League

“My first season was difficult but that is normal when a footballer changes league,” he said. “The Ukrainian league isn’t as strong as the Premier League. It’s faster and more physical here.

“You need to start games strongly and finish them strongly. It’s the full force for 90 minutes, but it takes time to adapt to English football when you come from Ukraine, even though I was playing against some of the best teams in the Champions League, but I believe I am adapting.”

It has been noted that Micheal Carrick has been helping Fred with the struggles of English football.

“I have a good relationship with the manager and the coaches. I speak to the coach [Mike Phelan] every day. And to Michael [Carrick] and Kieran [McKenna]. Michael played in my position – he knows what he is saying. They are always encouraging me and I feel the support of fans, too. And I thank them for that.”

In the aforementioned match against Liverpool, Fred statiscally had his best game of the season. Albeit only his second start and fifth appearance this season.

Fred’s turning point

With a pass success of 91.3% and 2 shots registered on target, the Brazilian will be hoping this is the much needed turning point of his Old Trafford career.

“Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he said. “We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.


“We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.”

These 2 out of form Man Utd players should be nowhere near the starting 11 against Liverpool

If Solskjaer wants to change at Man United, he’s going to have to start dropping a few under-performers. Some injury concerns at Old Trafford have made it difficult for the boss. However, here are two players that shouldn’t be in the starting line up.

People are calling this Man United team the worst they’ve seen in years. While the recent form certainly backs up that statement, not all players are that bad.

There’s a select few who have stood out like Daniel James. A move to Old Trafford has done him wonders. Harry Maguire is another player who is good, he just hasn’t got the right partner in defence.

It’s safe to say that January can’t come quick enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, here are two players who he should drop due to poor performances…

Ashley Young

To be fair to Solskjaer, he’s not had much of an option due to players being out. Injuries to other defenders like Aaron Wan-Bissaka have meant he’s had to play Young.

However, fans are getting frustrated with his performances. He even got subbed against Newcastle late on.

He’s playing as the Man United Captain but he’s not a leader in my opinion. A re-shuffle of the Captain’s arm-band might take some pressure off him.

Fred

I think it’s time that Solskjaer was a little harsher on Fred.

Dropping someone from your squad can always make them more determined and motivated to get back in it. That’s what needs to happen with the midfielder.

Fans have called him out as being one of the worst players in the squad. Especially against Newcastle. They’ve also said he’s worse than they imagined him to be. Solskjaer needs to listen and sort it out now.

‘Astana are one of the worst sides I’ve ever seen come to Man Utd, and what’s more embarrassing is that we’re not much better than them’

Man Utd invited Astana to the Theatre of Dreams from Kazakhstan, as the newly formed club expected to depart after an embarrassing defeat. Instead, the Red Devils left with an embarrassing victory, only managing to put one goal past the visitors.

Usually, fans will be vocal and vibrant after a European victory. But these circumstances differ. Man Utd fans, who failed to fill the stadium due to a lack of interest in Europa League football, were left with heads hanging low as if they’d suffered defeat.

Fans on Twitter have had their say about the lack of goal-scoring ability in the entire squad.

Performances from individuals have also been assessed. Man Utd fans are displeased with the results and decisions in a game that Man City would have won by five.

Perhaps the players gazing up at the empty stands played a role in the team’s performance. But this is entirely due to the squad themselves, Man Utd fans don’t expect or deserve Europa League football.

But, amongst all the negativity of bad performances, poor recruitment, amateur tactics and amateur competitions, Mason Greenwood was the beacon of hope who grabbed the three points they didn’t necessarily deserve.

Fred, Dalot and Tuanzebe are all players fans want to see do well, and they certainly were the best of a fairly bad bunch on the night. But Man Utd have a lot of work to do to win the Europa League with the side Solskjaer put out against Astana.

Forget Rice: Two clever alternatives Man Utd should be looking at

Man Utd is looking to cure their midfield crisis. Their sights are set on Declan Rice, who could fetch an asking price of £90million

West Ham Utd’s 20-year-old Declan Rice has been in the spotlight over recent months. He is widely regarded as one of the most promising young English talents. The midfielder has already been called up to England’s first team on four occasions.

Rice was linked to Man Utd during the summer transfer window, along with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen and Sean Longstaff. Fans of the Red Devils were well aware of the struggle Man Utd would face this season, coming to light in the opening games as the side struggle immensely with creating opportunities from the midfield.

Man Utd’s board tend only to spend big money with the promise of returns from selling other players. It is likely that the £90million being spent on Declan Rice will be recouped by the £150million plus sale of Paul Pogba in the summer. Leaving only £60million to fill the hole he will leave, amongst the side also needing a further midfielder and a right-winger.

With this in mind, here are two midfield alternatives for Man Utd to pursue. Which will leave more funds to strengthen the rest of the squad…

John McGinn

John McGinn is a 24-year-old Scottish international who made a name for himself after a big season in the Championship with Aston Villa in their recent promotion. The Scotsman dominated the midfield, bagging 6 goals and 10 assists for his side.

In a Man Utd squad, he would work as a box-to-box midfielder who weighs in heavily with creating chances.

Fred

Man Utd’s long lost Brazilian hasn’t even found a way onto the bench this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Reds purchased him after consistent fantastic displays of technicality and creativity. Whilst also having an eye for interceptions and defensive awareness.

Should Fred come good for Man Utd, he would be just like a brand new £90million midfielder for the side. With a better defence behind him and the ability to push further forward, we could see the best of Fred should he be given a chance this season. This could also decrease the need to sign 3 new midfielders down to 2 after the departure of Paul Pogba.

Matic beef: Is midfielder right to place Man Utd blame on Solskjaer?

Nemanja Matic is unhappy with not being in the first team at Man Utd, as Solskjaer is the first manager to drop the Serbian from the starting eleven…

He has gone on to make a bold statement regarding the future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd.

One thing Man Utd fans are happy about is the discarding of players deemed as ‘deadwood’, including Sanchez, Lukaku, Fellaini, Darmian and Smalling. As well as players like Young, Jones, Rojo and Matic himself being dropped from the starting eleven.

Perhaps Matic is unaware of the frustration he causes the fans with his performances. In pre-season, it was evident that the Serbian could not cope with Solskjaer’s system.

He regularly loses possession, slows down attacks and opts for the easy pass as opposed to a positive and progressive pass. Matic’s one appearance this season came in the latter stages of the 1-1 draw away to Southampton. A poor managerial decision as both substitutes, Matic and Lingard, made no impact whatsoever.

Matic has said, “The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title, and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility“. And here is why he is wrong to make this statement…

What did Matic do wrong?

By assuming that Solskjaer should be aiming to win the title, is demonstrates either delusion or misinformation. Man Utd should be well-aware that this side will struggle to make top 4, let alone a league title.

It appears that the Serbian is undermining the managerial decisions which will cause friction in the dressing room. Should Ole succumb to Matic’s needs, the hierarchy of the club would become skewed.

Are there any positive outcomes to this?

Man Utd fans on social media have been begging for the return of Fred. As he can’t be any worse than the current set up, right?

With Matic undermining the manager, Fred may have a chance to overtake him in the game-time priorities, giving the Reds a quick, creative Brazilian who is a brilliant midfielder when in form.

3 players that need to step up and impress during pre-season for Man Utd

Man United start their pre-season today against Perth Glory. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to keep a close eye on these players as they could see a very different season to their last.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stressed the importance of having a full pre-season under his belt after being appointed as the permanent manager.

The ‘smiling assassin’ took over his old club in January 2019, dropped in at the deep end as the club were struggling in sixth position. The squad were also majorly unfit due to the pragmatic and dull approach of the previous manager Jose Mourinho.

After settling in, securing the job and studying his squad, Solskjaer can look towards the new season. A fresh start.

Solskjaer’s disappointing results with Man United had fans and pundits pointing the finger at players, due to the ex-player had little time to fix the squad.

After the millionaires have enjoyed their luxurious holidays, there should be no excuses for poor performances going into the new season. Provided that the coaching staff nail the tactics and fitness in pre-season.

Although Solskjaer is regarded as a legend, he cannot fix Manchester United alone. Therefore, he needs to demand support, effort and quality football from his squad.

There is no doubt that Manchester United harbour immense quality in their squad. The Football Manc Cave has three players in mind who could see fantastic seasons should they quickly turn their form around…

Fred

Manchester United saw Fred tear their neighbours apart whilst he was playing for Shakhtar Donetsk. He drew the eyes of Europe’s top squads towards him. Unable to settle in during his opening season with the Red Devils, Fred saw little game time and was unable to secure a regular first team selection.

The Brazilian midfielder possesses great tactical awareness and can provide a killer ball behind defensive lines. This attribute practically sold him to Manchester United. With a more positive attacking system, we could see Fred blossom. As the forwards in red might finally be ready to make some positive runs behind the back lines.

Anthony Martial

Martial is a fan favourite at Old Trafford. The striker, who is constantly selected for the left-wing position, scored 10 goals for Man Utd last season. If the Frenchman is to be played in his natural position up-top, he would easily see that figure double. The 23-year signed a contract extension in January 2019, keeping him in Manchester until 2024.

David De Gea

When the best goalkeeper in the world is on-form, it makes up for Manchester United’s abysmal defence. With the potential signing of Harry Maguire and the defensive superstar Aaron Wan-Bissaka already in the ranks, we could see the world’s best goalkeeper behind a solid defence.

David De Gea needs to forget the storm of last season and get back to his high self-set standards. This way Manchester United could half the number of goals they conceded last season.

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.