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Two reasons why Smalling should return to Man United

According to Sky Sports News, Chris Smalling could be on his way back to Old Trafford this summer.

The 29 year old defender has been on loan for a year at Roma.

However, there have been recent rumours that he was going to to stay out with the club.

When Harry Maguire arrived at Old Trafford and Axel Tuanzebe returned from Aston Villa, it didn’t look like the defender was needed.

Now it looks like the experienced defender might be needed back at Old Trafford.

Here’s two reasons why…

Harry Maguire

The ex Leicester defender is a great player. However, Man United have failed to find him a partner at centre-back.

Therefore, Smalling could be the man to help him out.

Refresh

Man United also need a squad refresh. While they might recruit new players in January, it might be a good idea to bring back players they thought they didn’t need.

Smalling may also be able to offer some experience to younger players. He may also be on a personal mission to show Man United what they have been missing.

’If that’s a ’job done’ then I want to apply.’ Man United fans react to their win

Last night, Man United managed a 1-0 win against Partizan in the Europa League. The Football Manc Cave are looking at your reactions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had previously earned one draw and one win in the competition.

Man United were looking for another win last night. After the draw with Liverpool at the weekend, fans were hoping this would inspire them to perform to the same standard.

Even though Man United won the game, it was only due to a penalty. Martial scored the penalty in the 43rd minute. However, there wasn’t much more to talk about.

Youngster, Brandon Williams was a stand out performer as he received Man of the Match. Here’s your reactions…

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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.

Solskjaer’s teammate backs him to make Man Utd great again

National Sport have reported that Wes Brown has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He believes his ex-teammate is the right man to manage Man United.

Wes Brown has said that the current Man United boss just needs time.

Brown believes that the way Solskjaer understands Man United makes him a perfect fit. He thinks it’s brilliant that he knows the values and mentality it takes to be a player and manager at Old Trafford.

However, most fans would disagree. Some think he’s had enough time with the club and don’t understand what he’s working on in training.

Their best performance so far came this weekend when they drew with Liverpool 1-1. Fans aren’t happy with the current form.

Transfers

Brown is happy with the players that have been bought into Man United’s squad so far. He is confident in Harry Maguire and Aaron Want-Bissaka but Daniel James is the stand out man for him.

When asked about the transfer window, he believes that even better players can be brought in. However, he understands that 6 or 7 players won’t be brought in all in one window. Therefore, it could take time to see change.

Development

Wes also addressed that Ole is the right man to develop players and the club as a whole. The fact that he has played for the team himself helps with that.

However, time is ticking. Man United used to be a club that other teams feared. Now some are looking forward to playing them as they may earn some points. I’d something doesn’t change soon, Ole could be out of a job.

Ex-midfielder believes Man Utd will see a bottom half finish if they don’t find this key element within the squad

Paul Ince gave his opinion on his former club, Man United this week. He told TalkSport that he thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will finish in the bottom half of the Premier League.

Some Man United fans may disagree with some of what the ex-midfielder had to say. However, I think most will appreciate that he didn’t hold back and spoke on behalf of the fans.

Ince raised his concerns over what is actually going on behind the scenes at Old Trafford. He wants to know what is going on the training ground. The interview allowed him to be honest and get a lot off his chest.

Compare

Ince compared the current Man United players to other Premier League giants. While he appreciates that the younger players at Old Trafford are talented and will take time to gel, he also has concerns.

If Frank Lampard’s youngsters at Chelsea are performing well, he doesn’t understand what’s going on with Solskjaer’s men. Liverpool is another team with two young centre backs and they’re coping fine too. Ince wants answers just like fans do.

Analysis

Paul spoke about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s post-match interviews. The current manager always talks about how hard the team are working. However, Ince wants to know what they’re actually working on.

The lack of attack, shots and chances created are raising concerns. Fans are wondering what is going on inside training sessions and so is Paul.

Leader

The biggest thing he spoke about which I agree with massively was the fact that there’s no leader.

Past leaders at Old Trafford include Roy Keane, Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce. He claims that players like these who are natural-born leaders are a thing of the past.

He compared the current team to the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. The standard simply isn’t there. When players like David Beckham came to Old Trafford, he said that all the players would teach you what it was to actually be a Man United player.

Ince doesn’t think this new team have that capability. I think a lot of fans will appreciate that.

Going forward

Instead of just criticising, he actually gave Solskjaer something to work on. That is finding a leader. However, it won’t solve all the problems, but it is a start.

Ince thinks players like Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe need to be grown as leaders. Players like David De Gea have been with the club for around 10 years now but they don’t seem to be frustrated and they should be.

I am not a fan of Manchester United but I agree with every word Ince has said. There’s no main man on the pitch. These players should be angry and wanting more but fans don’t see it. Changes need to happen quickly.

Leeds United star can be as good as Man Utd’s Harry Maguire according to ex-player

Football Insider has reported that ex Leeds Utd player, Noel Whelan is a fan of Ben White. He would go as far as to say that he could be the next Harry Maguire.

Ben White is currently on loan at Leeds from Brighton. The 21-year-old is impressing everyone. However, Noel Whelan has been even bolder in saying how far he could go.

The ex Leeds forward ‘admires’ the defender’s style of play. He also believes that he is being superbly educated by Marcelo Bielsa and is capable of big things.

For Whelan, White ‘ticks every box.’ He’s athletic, confident, makes good decisions and his positioning is good. Even though he says he could be the next Maguire, he says that the 21-year-old isn’t as good in the air as the Man United Star or Pontus Jansson.

However, he does go on to say that he’s just as good on the ball, if not better. Here are two qualities that are making him a highly wanted man…

Tackling & Interception

As a centre back, clearly, tackling and interception are key. It’s something that White is brilliant at.

Just like Whelan has said, he’s confident on the ball. This makes him just as confident to battle anyone who gets in his way to make sure he wins the ball.

He’s a tough man to get past.

Pass rate

Football pundits look more and more at statistics these days. The pass rate is something that everyone checks too. White’s is already reaching 87.1%.

This is according to WhoScored.com It is also worth mentioning that White was named PFA Championship player of the month for August. At 21, he can only get better.

Forget Dias: Man Utd need to go for this Serie A star instead

Man United need a squad refresh to try and earn some points. Ruben Dias has been a recent man of interest, however, The Express has explained that a new man is on the watch list.

Ruben Dias is currently a wanted man by a lot of teams. Especially Man City. Harry Maguire was the last player that both Manchester teams went head to head for and he chose the Reds.

It now looks like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to look elsewhere so he has got options in January. The new man on the cards for Man United is apparently Kalidou Koulibaly.

The 28-year-old Frenchman is someone who I have previously suggested Man City should look at. He currently plays for Serie A’s Napoli. Here’s what he would have to offer the defence at Old Trafford…

Centre Half

He is a very effective centre half who isn’t shy of trying to score from time to time. Man United signed Harry Maguire for a record-breaking fee and it’s clear they need to find him a partner in crime.

Koulibaly would be perfect. It would also be a good career change for him. A nice move to the Premier League could help his experience while helping Man United be stronger at the back. So it would be a win-win.

Solid Player

In the past, pundits have praised him for his all-round ability. While being strong on the ball, he also works the opposition. His pass rate is always high and he is aggressive and quick.

Harry Maguire needs a partner at the back who can bring out the best in him. I believe Koulibaly could be that man. As well as bringing out the best in Maguire, he would inspire Man United in all competitions. He’s a very driven player with a lot of ambition.

Other Plans?

However, in an article with The Mirror, he has stated that at this stage in his career, he only has one goal. That is to help Napoli be successful in the league and Champions League.

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bring him to Old Trafford, he’s going to have a lot of persuading to do.

Man Utd securing defenders long term services could result in a new title-winning back-four

Victor Lindelof endured a bad first season or so at Old Trafford after arriving in summer of 2017. However, he found form, seemingly out of nowhere, and became Man Utd’s most trustworthy defender.

Now, Man Utd want to offer him a £150,000 a week deal to keep the brand new back four together for the next five years…

Last season, Lindelof found form and became a fantastic addition to the Man Utd squad. In a season where Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Ashley Young featured heavily to the frustration of fans, it was Lindelof who got all the praise.

Unfortunately for the Swede, he has had a rocky start to the season with his brand new teammates Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka beside him. His weakness of winning aerial duels has proven to be the bane of an otherwise solid-looking Man Utd defence.

Does Lindelof deserve a new contract?

But is this enough not to renew his contract? This defender was recently approached by Barcelona, who tend to steer away from signing players they do not 100% believe will bring quality.

Other than that, his overall gameplay is actually very good. His distribution and passing abilities helped Man Utd tremendously last season. Now, Man Utd have two centre-backs who can do this with ease. Playing from the back in the modern game is pivotal, and Man Utd have done this superbly on several occasions.

Last season, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones struggled with this, often panicking and losing possession in dangerous areas.

Solskjaer wants this back-four to grow together over the coming years. Should Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw reach their maximum potential, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire continue being fit and of the highest quality, Man Utd’s back four could be the new Gary Neville – Rio Ferdinand- Nemanja Vidic – Patrice Evra.

Next stop, fixing the midfield!

After a total rebuild of the back four and introducing Axel Tuanzebe to the bench is a magnificent start to Solskjaer’s reign. But their major downfall is the midfield. When Pogba’s future is decided, and new midfielders are introduced, Solskjaer will finally have a model of what he will be working with for the foreseeable future.

Man United’s best 11 from FIFA 20 ratings

Man United used to be the best team in the world, to use on FIFA. I’m talking the days they had Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez as their striking options.

If you compare their squad to Liverpool and Man City, it’s frightening how far they’ve fallen behind.

Anyway, FIFA is just a game – you might have a chance of beating the best, you’ll have to be a good player though.

Let’s look at United’s strongest 11 from the new FIFA ratings…

In goal, of course, is David De Gea. The Spaniard hasn’t enjoyed his best run of form since the 2018 World Cup, however, FIFA still rates him at 89, one of the highest-rated goalkeepers in the world.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw occupy both full-backs spots, as they are in real life in the opening part of the season. Harry Maguire is rated just 82, I was expecting him to be a little higher, although his individual defending stats are pretty strong. Victor Lindelof is United’s second-highest-rated central defender, at 81.

Next transfer window priorty

Surely a priority in the next transfer window is to find a long-term partner for Maguire. Lindelof will never be good enough to lead a Man United back four, in my opinion.

Onto the midfield. Paul Pogba is unsurprisingly the star man, with a rating of 88. Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata also make the midfield three, controversially I’d imagine. Nemanja Matic is rated considerably higher than Scott McTominay, certainly debatable if your going off their performances over the past couple of years.

United only actually have four forwards in-game, as Daniel James is listed as a midfielder. Marcus Rashford would lead the line, a good card which 92 pace, while Anthony Martial would play left-wing, also generous stats with 89 pace and 85 dribbling.

Although James has been occupying the other wing, for the purposes of the article, Mason Greenwood would fill the right-wing position.

Man Utd need Solskjaer to achieve these 2 things this season

For long-term supporters of the Red Devils, not aiming for a Premier League title is a totally foreign concept. However, in current circumstances, projections for this season are significantly lower…

After an unbeaten pre-season and a 4-0 victory on the opening day of the Premier League season against Chelsea, many thought that Man Utd was back on the up.

However, it only took two or three games to see that all of the foreseeable worries fans had in summer were starting to materialise. In particular, Man Utd’s shambolic midfield, inexperienced attackers and questionable line ups and substitutions from their inexperienced manager.

Unless Man Utd swap squads with Man City, they will get nowhere near a title this season. And unless Man Utd swap squads with Leicester City, they probably won’t reach the top six either.

With this in mind, what targets must Solskjaer achieve this season to prove to the irate fans that the club is back on the up…

Utilising the youth

Solskjaer has promised to involve the fantastic Man Utd youth in his bid to find success with the Reds. So far, aside from the sporadic, last-ditched attempt to win games by bringing on Mason Greenwood, we haven’t really seen this.

By replacing under-performing players such as Jesse Lingard with Angel Gomes, Nemanja Matic with James Garner, Ashley Young with Brandon Williams, Solskjaer will have an excuse for not finishing in the top four, as well as pleasing fans with a ruthless rebuild.

A big signing

Solskjaer needs to prove himself worthy of backing from the board. Harry Maguire doesn’t really count, as his fee was recouped by the sale of Romelu Lukaku.

It is important for the fans and the team that Solskjaer receive the appropriate support from the ones who sign the cheques.

This will improve the starting eleven, the fan’s trust and Solskjaer’s determination to impress a board that believe in his philosophies.

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