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Man United should get rid of these 2 flops in January

Man United are still a lot of signings away from challenging for the Premier League title again, they’ll do well to reach the top four this season. However, it’s important they sell the right players, as well as sign them.

United still have a lot of deadwood, that simply isn’t good enough. Without squad depth, you won’t challenge for Premier League titles. I understand their main priority is to significantly improve their starting 11. However, at some point, they’ll have to sign quality squad players too, if they want to challenge in Europe and for the league title.

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So, there’s a number of players I could’ve gone with, here’s the two I think should leave United in the next transfer window…

Fred

Their must be a player in their somewhere, Man City tried to sign him and he cost a fee of £50 million. I’ve seen glimpses to suggest why they signed him, but not a consistent basis.

Now Scott McTominay has nailed down the holding role, Fred is the third choice behind Nemanja Matic. Cut your losses, sell him for a few million and strengthen elsewhere. It’s pointless having a £50 million player sitting on the bench for year upon year, his value will keep decreasing.

Phil Jones

He’s had chances and time at United to prove himself, and he’s not at that top standard. Albeit I think people exaggerate how poor he is, Jones would fit in a mid-table side very well, he’s never going to be Man United task.

Times change, but I associate United have defenders like Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, even Harry Maguire is leagues above Jones. Chris Smalling has left on loan and I’d be surprised if he ever played for United again. Jones should be sold and he can resurrect his career elsewhere.

Rochdale will look to bounce back with these 2 changes against Lincoln City

Rochdale will be looking to bounce back, after being handed a 6-0 thrashing by a ruthless Peterborough side. The Posh scored three goals in either half, with striker Ivan Toney bagging a hat-trick.

The Dale had made a good start to the season, prior to this crushing defeat. Brian Barry-Murphy will be happy that his side has a game mid-week, to right the wrongs from Saturday’s demolition.

Rochdale have Lincoln and Fleetwood in the league, before travelling to Old Trafford to face Man United in the EFL Cup. It’s important they enter that game on the back of good performances, with confidence high.

Let’s have a look at a couple of changes the manager might make to face Lincoln tonight…

Luke Matheson

16-year-old Luke Matheson impressed in his first league start against Sunderland, as he coped well defending against Aiden McGeady, who is arguably the best player in League One. Jimmy Keohane struggled to contain Marcus Maddison on Saturday, although his versatility is key, perhaps sides are targeting that wing due to his defensive frailties. Matheson deserves an opportunity at right-back.

Matt Done

I expect Matt Done to return to the starting line-up tonight, in place of Rekeil Pyke, who has contributed just one goal so far this season. Although Done isn’t a regular goalscorer, he’s creative and creates opportunities for others around him.

Rochdale have one of the best strikers in the division, Ian Henderson. The majority of their goals are scored by him, it’s about creating his chances. Done links up well with Henderson, by attacking down the wings and delivering quality into the box.

Back at home, Rochdale will be looking for goals and a win. Provide for Henderson and he will score goals.

Former Man Utd man is the key to bringing back the glory years to Old Trafford

Man Utd fans have been calling out for a Director of Football since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, due to decisions on transfers and wages being consistently damaging to the club…

Manchester United have signed several word-class players and employed several world-class managers, to no avail. The club has spiralled down season by season with no signs of improvement.

The common denominator in Man Utd’s decrease in status is Ed Woodward and the Man Utd board.

This is why many fans of the once-great club see no signs of revival until appropriate personnel is appointed to oversee transfers. And after years of promising to fill the position, sights have been set on ex-Man Utd goalkeeper and current chief executive for Ajax Edwin Van Der Sar.

And here are 2 reasons why Man Utd need to appoint him immediately.

Understanding the club

Ed Woodward’s only connection to Man Utd is the moments he signs his name underneath a cheque. Other than that, he has no understanding of the history, demands, emotional fans or projections for the future.

Employing someone who does will almost nullify Man Utd’s chances of making more terrible transfer decisions.

Understanding the game

Again, Ed Woodward’s understanding of football is evidently limited. Another reason for the mess Man Utd is currently in.

Van Der Sar has excelled in his role at Ajax, playing a huge part in their recent success. With the available funds and facilities at Man Utd, there is no cap to what the Dutchman could achieve in terms of building the perfect Man Utd squad.

Removing Ed Woodward from the football side of the business will finally allow the club to compete with the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus once again. Woodward is exceptional at bringing funds into the club but is utterly useless at spending it.

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.

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.

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.

Man Utd fans unhappy despite a win ‘Don’t lie if we put in this performance under Jose you’d want his head’

Man United overcome a tough Leicester City side to claim their second win of the season.

Man United earnt 3 points today against Leicester and it was much needed. Marcus Rashford put the Reds 1-0 up and they managed to keep it that way until the end.

While some fans are still not happy, understandably, most are just happy to see a clean sheet and some points. Others thought it was a boring game that needed more action and quite frankly, it’s what fans expect from the Red Devil’s.

Here are some of the best reactions…

Another crucial signing Man Utd have missed out on

Inaki Williams opens up about Man Utd contacting him regarding a move to Old Trafford, just before the striker signed a nine-year deal with Athletic Bilbao…

Man Utd missed out on yet another transfer, Inaki Williams. A forward who favours the right-wing, but can comfortably perform across the front three positions. This is very similar to Man Utd’s current set-up of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James.

The versatility of the 25-year-old striker fits well with Solskjaer’s desired mould. But the player’s loyalties to the club he calls home is what hindered the opportunity to sign him.

Is it a measurement of Man Utd’s downfall that they failed to attract a forward player who has never contributed to more than 17 goals in a single league campaign?

With rumours of Man Utd’s keen interest in 19-year-old Bundesliga superstar Jadon Sancho, perhaps it was for the best that Williams remained at Athletic Bilbao. As this may have disrupted Man Utd’s chances of sealing their best signing since Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, the speedy forward Inaki Williams could have served well as a rotational forward player. A role that Lukaku would not accept, hence his departure.

Should this of been the case, and Man Utd signed Williams before going on to sign Sancho, their forward firepower including Martial, Greenwood, James and Rashford would be absolutely terrifying. Certainly one of quickest forward line ups in European football.

Until Man Utd sign at least one midfielder and a right-winger, their squad is arguably on par with that of Leicester City’s. Making this season a very difficult one. But Solskjaer has assured the public that Man Utd are taking their time in signing the right players with the right mindset.

What does Man Utd do with star midfielder after a completed deal fell through?

It is no secret that Paul Pogba wanted to leave Man Utd this summer. But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has assured the public that Pogba will continue to remain professional. But is this being shown in his performances?

According to reports, want-away Paul Pogba accepted to a move to PSG just says before deadline day. on a deal worth £429,000 per week. However, the move did not materialise due to Barcelona failing to meet the financial demands for Neymar.

Therefore, Paul Pogba has missed out on a £22million per year salary, Champions League football, trophies and a return to his home country.

I’d be upset about that, wouldn’t you?

What will happen with Paul Pogba this season?

During pre-season press conferences, Solskjaer affirmed the public that Pogba would be a Man Utd player next season. And he is, but he’s a very unhappy one.

It appears to be the same-old with Paul Pogba this season. There are moments of pure brilliance, such has his two assists against Chelsea in the 4-0 victory. However, the majority of his game appears to be lethargic and sloppy. Pogba is still giving the ball away in ridiculous situations.

Pogba is likely to be well aware that he is in his last six to ten months with the Manchester club, as most European giants would welcome the Frenchman regardless of his form at Old Trafford.

Should Pogba be off the pace this season, it would be brutally harmful to their already lacklustre midfield, the weakest part of the squad already. On the flip side, his disappointment may well wear off in the coming weeks.

Should the rest of his team step-up, he will have to follow suit. Should the promises of January transfers come to light and Man Utd storm through the second half of the season. Perhaps that is the only way Pogba would consider remaining at Old Trafford.

Man Utd must get one of these 3 midfielders in January following released funds

Man Utd fixed their defence in summer, with two fantastic transfers. But after the departure of Ander Herrera with no replacement, their midfield is looking like the bane of their bid for top four. If Man Utd want any chance of Champions League football next season, they must sign one of these three midfielders in January…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s promise to rebuild the squad looked like a smokescreen due to the state of the squad after the summer transfer window. But after offloading many “non-fan favourites” to Italian clubs, things looked on the up once again. Now, reports are suggesting that Solskjaer and Woodward have met to discuss the reinvestment of the £75million sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

Perhaps the Man Utd board are beginning to take the club’s legacy seriously.

With funds available in January, and Man Utd in dire need of a new midfield, Solskjaer should target one of the following midfielders, if not all of them…

James Maddison

Man Utd might have to look over at their sixth place competitors Leicester City once again. Having already signed Harry Maguire from the club in summer.

Their attacking midfielder James Maddison created more chances than any other player in the Premier League last season. Which is exactly what Man Utd are lacking quality in.

Furthermore, the 22-year-old fits in with Solskjaer’s requirements of being young, hungry and clued up on English football.

Luka Modric

Man Utd has no commanding midfielders. The 34-year old’s contract is up come to the end of the season and can replace Nemanja Matic as the experienced talent to run the midfield.

Despite being a senior player, and not exactly fit the mould of a typical Solskjaer target. Having one of the world’s best midfielders to help out for 18 months whilst the manager perfects the squad can cause little to no harm.

Florentino Luis

Man Utd scouts have been enjoying the watch of Benfica’s defensive midfield maestro Florentino Luis. Having a competent defensive midfielder is crucial to this Man Utd side as Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay does not excel under the pressure of this role.

Having a natural, young talent guarding the back four, will allow Pogba and McTominay to flourish in their preferred positions of an advanced box-to-box midfielder.

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