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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.


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?

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.

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.

Man Utd need to rid themselves of Wolves jinx by playing this forward line, agree?

Solskjaer’s Man United has been unable to beat Wolves in his two fixtures at Molineux. However, he didn’t have this forward option last season…

Wolves were a stick in the mud for the top 6 last season. A chart on Reddit shows the Wanderer’s results in a mini-league versus the top 6, where
Wolves place 3rd on thirteen points compared to Man Utd who placed 7th with seven points.

Solskjaer heads to Molineux for his second Premier League fixture of his first full season in charge. But this time feels different for fans and players alike.

After Man Utd’s 4-0 victory against Chelsea, the red side of Manchester is starting to buzz once again.

Man Utd will be facing a defensively sturdy and well-drilled Wolves. They tend to play a possession-based style, as “Ole ball” will see the Red’s forwards chased it down relentlessly.

There is a very specific forward line that can undo the Wolves defence, it goes a little something like this…

Jesse Lingard

Lingard’s natural athleticism gives him the ability to press defenders aggressively and force errors. Fairly similar to undisputed Man Utd legend Ji-Sung Park.

He will drift wide right as Rashford drifts wide left with Martial central, giving space in the attacking midfield for Pogba and/or McTominay.

Lingard will be imperative to way Man Utd press and tire out their defence in order to strike late-game.

These 60/70 minute substitutions will be the Reds clutch the game…

Dan James and Juan Mata

Introducing Dan James towards the end of the game against Chelsea finished the Londoners off. His goal came from a Paul Pogba run towards the box as James’ unmatched pace overlapped him, received the ball, and scored.

With Wolves being tired out by a very fit Man Utd, facing a fresh Dan James would be their worst nightmare.

With Mata introduced, there will be slightly less emphasis on pressing and more picking out passed into the final third. Passes that Dan James will be itching to get on the end of.

Throughout Summer, Juan Mata signed a new contract at Man United, leaving fans concerned about his age and ability. Jesse Lingard’s juvenile personality and lack of consistency gain him negative attention. Dan James has been thoroughly doubted due to coming from a Championship level squad. But all three players will play a huge role in a Man Utd victory over Wolves.

If Man Utd play this 11, they will ease past Chelsea

Now that the transfer window has closed, The Football Manc Cave has predicted Manchester United’s starting line up for the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team start the season on Sunday the 11th of August and they’ll face Chelsea at 4.30pm.

The transfer window is now closed and one of the biggest talking points of the summer has been Harry Maguire. He’s joined Man United for a record-breaking fee. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also joined the club and should have an impact on the squad going forward.

With that in mind, here’s the squad I’ve predicted…

Clearly, De Gea will open the line-up. Harry Maguire should then get his first start for the club to see how he’s blended in with the reds. Wan-Bissaka should also be started ahead of other options and be joined by Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling.

Despite Pogba’s future being questioned all summer, he’s ended up staying with the reds and should start this weekend with Scott McTominay accompanying him.

These two should then have the support of Rashford, Lingard and Daniel James. Martial should then be solo upfront. The formation could be changed, however, I do think this line up will be pretty similar to what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will pick.

Having new signing start is a risk, however, it’s the first game of the season and a chance to see how these players have gelled together and how they’ll cope.

Why Lazio midfielder won’t move Man Utd forward should Pogba leave

Man Utd has reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with their Paul Pogba replacement from Lazio. according to the Daily Mail.

Amid rumours of Paul Pogba’s move to Real Madrid, Man Utd are the process of finding a suitable replacement. In pre-season so far, Pogba has been shifted from a more attacking role to a deeper midfield position. Andreas Pereira, Mata and Lingard have been favoured for the attacking midfield role.

Pogba’s deep-lying position allows for an easy replacement should Milinkovic-Savic come into the squad, if the French World Cup winner leaves this summer. Being pushed back to this position may be a result of Solskjaer experimenting with other attacking midfield options due to Pogba’s potential move away.

The two players, Pogba and Milinkovic-Savic, are similar and also interchangeable. Here are two qualities that both players can offer Man Utd next season…

Midfield dominance

Both strong and tall, they are able to dominate the midfield. Milinkovic-Savic spends a lot of time in the midfield action, and could potentially offer even more than Pogba does on the ball. Both in the air and on the ball, they offer solidarity to the midfield and an allow the Reds to win the ball and keep the ball, leading on to their next major quality…


Man Utd has missed a distributing midfielder since the likes of Scholes and Carrick left the squad. Both Pogba and Milinkovic-Savic are more than capable of extravagant and accurate passes. Similar to the ‘cheap option’ Man Utd are looking at in Sean Longstaff.

Milinkovic-Savic, like Pogba, is the heartbeat of his midfield. Both are fantastic at picking out progressive passes, compared to Man Utd’s Nemanja Matic who appears incapable of passing forward.

With the players having a similar style and impact, a direct replacement wouldn’t push Man Utd forward. Therefore, it is necessary that Man Utd do business elsewhere regardless of Paul Pogba’s destination.

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.

Solskjaer to ask Pogba to do a Ronaldo for Man Utd?

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will plead with Paul Pogba to remain at the club for another season according to the Daily Mail this week.

As the quality of Manchester United slowly fades away, the pride and integrity follow suit. In a move reminiscent of Sir Alex Ferguson with Cristiano Ronaldo, Solskjaer is following suit. However, this time around it’s a completely different situation.

Paul Pogba has publicly humiliated his employers after telling a Japanese news source that he is looking to seek a “new challenge” whilst on his Asian tour. His agent Mino Raiola also made several comments about a matter that should have been dealt with in-house.

The World Cup winner is undoubtedly one of the greatest talents of modern football. But following his second spell at the club since 2016, there have merely been glimpses of excellence. Whilst the likes of Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne provides glimpses of excellence every other minute on the pitch.

However, as Ed Woodward reaps the rewards of Pogba being an Adidas ambassador and a major shirt seller. He is set and ready to throw the pride of the club down the gutter to keep an unhappy and under-performing Paul Pogba, in order to maintain relationships with their sponsors.

Round in circles?

A similar case happened many moons ago, back when Manchester United was at the top of world football with Cristiano Ronaldo. He was linked with a move to Real Madrid, but held off for a season whilst Manchester United put plans in place for his replacement; Gabriel Obertan, remember him? Probably not. Obertan currently plays for Erzurumspor in Turkey, the man he was meant to replace is now considered the world’s best footballer at 34 years of age for one of Europe’s most elite clubs; Juventus.

This lacklustre and last-minute approach to planning the future of the club is why Manchester United are now a club fighting for a top 5 position.

Manchester City has recently signed Rodri for £62million, a class midfielder from Atletico Madrid. The planning behind this signing is to replace Fernandinho with him after the next season or two where Fernandinho will still be one of the best midfielders in the league.

Manchester United are still yet to replace Ander Herrara and Fellaini.

Nay, Manchester United are still yet to replace Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic!

What’s the best outcome of this dilemma?

The general consensus is that fans would let Paul Pogba leave. Then use the funds to strengthen the entirety of the squad. Unfortunately for them, fans and chief officers have different goals, success on the pitch and brand names on the shirt, respectively.

In a recent press conference in Australia, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Pogba is a ‘professional’ with ‘a heart of gold’, which is a believable statement.

However, Solskjaer also claimed that there is a social media ‘agenda’ against Paul Pogba, which divides opinion as Pogba has been questionable in his methods of seeking a ‘new challenge’. On the other hand, some outlets have falsely reported a fight between the Frenchman and teammate Jesse Lingard, despite the full video showing the two were plainly joking.

Pogba is well within his rights to seek playing time with a more advanced football team. It is best for both parties to split ways, as the number 6 won’t receive a warm welcome from the local fans back in Manchester.

Loan, Buy & Sell: Man Utd’s definitive transfer guide

What can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer do with the remainder of this summer transfer window with Manchester United?

In a recent interview with MUTV, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated: “We have been good in the market so far and we’re still working on a case or two.

The Football Manc Cave are aware that Man United are currently chasing the signatures of Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Sean Longstaff, amongst others who appear low-priority.

However, Manchester United are in need of a huge overhaul in the squad, by preparing youth on loan, selling players who don’t fit the mould and bringing in players who do.

So, aside from the aforementioned three players who appear likely to sign for Solskjaer’s Red Devils. What other business can be done to provide Manchester United with a top 4 finish next season?


Axel Tuanzebe spent last season on loan to Aston Villa, where he helped clinch them a promotion amongst a stadium of fans singing his name. It is fair to say that this youngster should be given first-team football with the reds next season. However, there are a few players who could follow suit and return ready for first-team action.

Should Mason Greenwood not be part of next season’s plans, for whatever mind-boggling reason. He should be loaned to a Championship side to gain first-team experience in a highly competitive competition. Regarding the immense quality of Greenwood, compared to the lack of quality of Manchester United, he should not be loaned to a Premier League side as he could potentially carry them to a position higher than his parent club. The same could be said for the likes of James Garner and Angel Gomes who may not see much action in the upcoming campaign.


This would be music to Manchester United fan’s ears, a long list of players to get rid of as soon as possible. There is no animosity towards the individuals, other than the fact that they are simply not good enough to play for the most successful team in English football.

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young have provided recent performances that show the world that they are not fit to be a part of a title-challenging team.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, and Jesse Lingard have been in the spotlight for their off-field antics whilst providing barely a spark on the pitch last season.

These players should be left out of the Manchester United squad in order to preserve the quality and integrity of the club. With Jesse Lingard being a youth-product and an ambassador of the club, he may well deserve another chance to prove himself in the red shirt.


It isn’t a secret that Manchester United are fighting for Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, who would undoubtedly strengthen the creativity and solidarity of the team. However, an established right-winger and a more technically gifted striker could complete the rebuild of Solskjaer’s squad.

On the right-wing, Jadon Sancho would fit perfectly with his ability to cope with modern football as well as the culture of Manchester United. Where the right-winger has always been the type of character to get fans off their seats.

In terms of a striker, Manchester United need an intelligent, tactically aware, prolific finisher to stand up top and cause nightmares for the defence. Solskjaer should be looking at the likes of Arsenal’s Aubameyang or even ex-Chelsea man Diego Costa.

Should these goals be unattainable, Solskjaer could always stick on his boots and show the Man United forwards how it should be done.

TO-DO LIST: Man Utd must tick of these 3 things before the season starts – Agree?

Manchester United may be close to Liverpool and City on the map but are worlds away in terms of football. What can Solskjaer do pre-season to close the gap on his rivals?

Ole Gunnar Solskaer is in the midst of rebuilding his Manchester United squad, despite the lack of support and enthusiasm from his board.

As opposed to City and Liverpool who merely need minor tweaks to their squad, Manchester United need an ultimate glow up; a complete overhaul.

In terms of preparing for the new season, the majority of Solskjaer’s tasks will involve transfers, amongst other things.

Here are 3 things Solskjaer can do to prepare his team for success next season…

Get the players

Manchester United successfully replaced Valencia and Young by bringing in England’s most promising full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, the shambolic defence needs a world-class centre-back in order to compete for top four, the likes of Magure and Koulibaly should have whatever they need thrown at them to get them into Manchester United’s suave new strip.

Manchester United also need to apprehensively replace want-away players such as Pogba and Lukaku, therefore two further world-class players are needed to plug the holes that will inevitably appear.


Solskjaer mentioned being ‘ruthless’ in conferences towards the end of the 18/19 campaign, yet disappointing players such as Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard etc were constantly being played despite a dramatic lack of form.

The term ‘deadwood’ has been thrown around the club by fans over the past season, and it’s time Solskjaer set aside his friendship with players and looked at what is best for his team.

One more preparation season

Man Utd fans are very restless and impatient with the performance of their team since the departure of Sir Alex, they have gone six years without a Premier League title. Next season should be a season where Solskjaer can establish his squad and secure a top 4 finish before applying further amendments to the squad in order to fight for the title the season after.

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