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If the transfer rumours are true, here is how Man Utd XI will start in January – impressive

The Football Manc Cave have scoured the latest Man Utd transfer gossip around the papers. As Solskjaer edges closer to his second window and to date his most important month, he could end up with this team below.

After a fairly decent summer window, in which he strengthened the much-depleted defence. Two areas that now are key is midfield and attack. If Man Utd want to achieve a top 4 finish, there is a feeling it’s a ‘go big or go home’ window for the Man Utd legend.

With many names already being linked to Old Trafford, the below names are the consistent ones in the paper. They would certainly add an extra dimension to the team and provide a much-needed freshness.

Ben Chilwell

The Leicester City defender is pretty much on Man Utd’s radar alongside his teammate James Maddison. It could see further business being made between the two sides, following Harry Maguires move in the summer.

Chilwell would certainly be an upgrade on the inconsistent Luke Shaw, whose time at Old Trafford hasn’t exactly gone to plan.

James Maddison

Man Utd has been linked with the Premier League assist king for a while now. United lack a creative spark in the midfield, and the English man could certainly be the answer.

Ivan Rakitic

The Barcelona 31-year-old is out of favour at the Nou Camp, often finding himself on the bench. Which is a stark contrast from being the main man in the past.

Fred and Matic are not what United need, and the experienced Rakitic could be a key member of the second half of the season transformation.

Mario Mandzukic

The Juventus striker is no longer required in Serie A. A shrewd move to bring in the experienced and well-travelled forward could be a stroke of genius.

Solskjaer would be hoping to see a Henrik Larsson or Zlatan Ibrahimovic impact by bringing in the 33-year-old. It’s something United needs and allows Rashford to progress without the pressure of being the sole provider.

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.

Man Utd fans react to the women’s side latest victory – ‘Currently better performance than the men’s team’

Man United women haven’t had the best start to the Women’s Super League. However, this weekend they faced Tottenham and things seemed to be changing.

Casey Stoney’s side has struggled to claim points in the highest tier of English women’s football. However, they haven’t had the worst performances.

The losses they’ve had to face so far haven’t been big ones. They’ve always been marginally close. This weekend saw them take on Tottenham away and win 3-0.

Kirsty Hanson, Jane Ross and an own goal were to thank for the win and the clean sheet. Although Lauren James was shown a red card in the later stages of the game, this performance was a lot better from the reds.

This has taken them up to 4th in the league and here are your reactions…

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Man Utd plot 130m Leicester City multi-player raid

According to The Sun, Man United are going to try and spend money at Leicester City once again. The Football Manc Cave is taking a closer look at both players who are on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list.

Man United have had a poor start to the season. Fans are getting annoyed while fans of rival teams are loving it. A big topic of discussion at the minute is who is going to be brought in at Old Trafford.

While a refresh in the squad is much needed, fans are also doubting their manager. With things trending on Twitter like ‘#OleOut’ after games, its clear to see people aren’t happy.

Now The Sun has brought some light to who Man United may go after. Leicester better prepare themselves as it looks like the current interest is in their duo. James Maddison and Ben Chilwell.

The interest has come after Leicester played Man United earlier this season. Now it’s being said that Ole will be given a transfer budget in January that should help him to recruit some talent.

Here’s a bit about both Premier League stars…

James Maddison

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been with Leicester since 2018. He spent the youth stages of his career with Coventry. After signing a professional contract with them, he moved on to Norwich.

After producing 15 goals in 47 appearances and having loan spells back to Coventry and with Aberdeen, he moved to Leicester. The midfielder has also had England Under 21 appearances.

He has found the back of the net already a couple of times this season. An important one against Tottenham in the 85th minute that won The Foxes the game. This is the kind of talent and determination that Man United players are expected to have.

Ben Chilwell

A lot of football fans know the defender’s name because he is an England international. However, the 22-year-old has been with Leicester since 2010.

He’s had one loan spell at Huddersfield in 2015 but returned to the Foxes with determination and motivation. England bosses have been impressed by him since he was young and he’s constantly been a part of the youth squads.

He now has 8 senior England caps under his belt and is rising as a successful player. He also works well with a teammate, Maddison. This is reportedly why Man United are interested.

£130 million could be spent in January from the Man United camp. Should it go on this pair?

These 4 winter signings will transform Man Utd into top 4 contenders

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has one big task in January for Man Utd, and that is to rectify the mistakes in the summer window.

Man United clearly failed in summer bringing in the right recruits and were once again scrambling around the last knockings of deadline day. There has to be a better plan in place come January, one that will finally see the Red Devils ruthless in the market.

Going back to Liverpool a few windows ago, the reds had Virgil Van Dijk done and dusted by one minute past the opening of the winter window. Klopp has never looked back since.

Getting 4 signings done in such efficient style is a tall order, especially for Ed Woodward. However, Man Utd and Solskjaer can not afford to be kicking the can in the playground once everyone has gone back into school.

These 4 signings would transform a very depleted United side…

Declan Rice

The West Ham man has been on United’s radar for a while. He has shone for the Hammers in recent times and would fit the young and British criteria Solskjaer is looking for.

A player to play in a deep-lying midfield role, allowing the likes of Pogba to roam free. Alongside being an upgrade on the 50m flop Fred.

Kalidou Koulibaly

The Napoli defender has long been touted as a future Old Trafford player. For many reasons, the move has not materialised. However, the hierarchy sees Koulibaly as the ideal partner for Harry Maguire.

Whilst Lindelof is more than capable of filling the role. Koulibaly’s experience certainly should play a huge part in moving United in the right direction

Christian Eriksen

Tottenham Hotspur seems to be in a little freefall themselves this season. Rumours continue to circulate over the future of the midfielder, and many Man Utd fans would love his future to be at Old Trafford.

Proven in the Premier League, an assist king alongside being able to find the back of the net – he sounds a dream!

Mario Mandzukic

Not a popular choice, however, Man Utd need an old head up front to lead the line with youth all around him.

A plan B for Solskjaer, something at the moment he doesn’t have. even though he is heading into his twilight years, the Juventus forward as been around the block in Europe with some big clubs.

A decent goal scoring record to boot, this could be a masterstroke. Think Sheringham, Larsson and Ibrahimovic.

Man Utd & Man City fans react to Pep’s ‘quit’ claims – ‘First sign of trouble and he can’t wait to go’

The Football Manc Cave is looking at your reactions to Man City boss, Pep Guardiola possibly departing the Etihad.

Guardiola’s future at the Manchester club has been something that has never really left headlines. At one point in time, Man City fans would have been begging him to stay. However, things seem to be changing.

Recent results have been quite poor for Man City. As a result, the chances of winning another title are slipping away. While he will always be a legend to fans, some are starting to think that maybe his time with the club should end soon.

The Making Of A Superteam

Pep has recently released a book in which he has spoken about his future. The Sun has revealed how he has said that if things started to take a turn for the worst at the Etihad that he would leave Man City.

With Liverpool seemingly ‘running away’ with the title so far this season, could Pep’s departure be coming soon? Some fans will want him to leave if things don’t improve, however, this book was written a while before the poor form at the Etihad.

So what do you think? Here are your responses on Twitter…

In addition, I have given my verdict on who should be considered for the job if he does leave and you can take a read here.

Man Utd need to spend 300m on these 2 stars to transform the team in January

Man United are in a position they haven’t been in for many a year. Probably not since the days of the infamous Denis Law back-heel which relegated the club.

Albeit things are not that bad, as we are only in the opening games of the season. However, things need to change and players need to come back from injury to turn the Red Devils fortunes around.

The January window, Solskjaer’s second chance at making this team his own, is going to prove pivotal.

Now in the summer window the message was loud and clear – gone of the days Man Utd are going to splash the cash in order to but their way to the top. Instead, it’s all about youth. This may have been a great plan at the time, however, things are very different already and in January Ed Woodward and his merry men need to get that cheque book wide open.

Following on from a Lee Sharpe interview on Talksport, he thinks his former side need at least 300m to make this team challenge again.

Two players they should use that ‘budget’ on, need to transform the team, like these two below…

Harry Kane

The 135m rated by Transfermarkt striker may very well see this as a step down from Tottenham. However, with the recent showings of his Spurs side, things are not exactly rosy in north London.

Man United need a proven Premier League striker. If OGS can sell Kane the vision, United have one of the deadliest strikers on their books that would surely catapult the reds up the table.

Let’s be honest he’s used to carrying a team for many a year.

Bruno Fernandes

The Sporting Lisbon man is already amongst the goals and assists in Liga Nos. Four goals and four assists in 6 games.

Rated at 49.5m by Transfermarkt, Fernandes comes cheap and could be the missing link between midfield and attack. With United looking lacklustre in creativity this season.

His stats so far read – 10 games, 7 goals, 5 assists in all competition. Solskjaer missed a trick not bringing him in, in the summer and can’t afford to miss out again.

The hairdryer is broken for Solskjaer as Man Utd head into freefall

Man United have been used to success for many a year up until 2013 and the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

All Man United fans expected a turbulent season or two following on from their greatest ever manager’s retirement. However, none could have envisaged the past 6 years of mediocrity.

David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all tried and failed with the Red Devils. Woodward changed his approach and opted for an ex-club legend who knew the fabric of the club inside out.

Everybody was hoping for the fairytale turnaround. Under his interim role, the fairytale became true. Counter-attacking football was back, the Utd of old was there for all to see.

Since his permanent appointment, things at Old Trafford have slowly unravelled. Solskjaer’s method of emulating Fergie seems to be waning. According to the Sun, the players are losing interest and faith in OGS.

Watching United on the pitch is frustrating. There seems a distinct lack of a plan and direction to what United are aiming to achieve. Granted the Norweigian has been dealt some bad luck with injuries early on this season, alongside failings in the transfer market in the midfield and attacking areas.

Furthermore, playing players that were nearly out of the Old Trafford door won’t be great for team morale, as they know they’re only in the team by default.

Players have been reportedly told to take a long hard look at themselves during this international break. Man United host Liverpool on their return, a match this could reignite ‘Ole ball’ or see Ole out of the door.

Things at Old Trafford are on a knife-edge, and it doesn’t seem like either way is going to fix the bigger internal problems

Man United look set to drop another manager based on one result

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a race against time to get things right at Manchester United.

After a poor start to the new Premier League season, following a disappointing end to the last campaign. Certain sections of the Old Trafford faithful are starting to lose patience.

Another defeat to Newcastle United and a lacklustre performance drove another nail into the Norweigian’s coffin. Many think the Liverpool game could be his last if another defeat happens.

Solskjaer believes the match is the perfect game to turn his season around. However, reports in the Mail believe it could be his last, as Ed Woodward may sack yet another manager.

The Man United legend started off like a sprinter out of the blocks during his interim reign. Things seem to change following his permanent appointment, which as left many Red Devil baffled by the stark change in fortune.

United host high flying and table-topping Liverpool on the 20th October. A game which will have all eyes from around the globe on it for different reasons, from the old matches of the past.

A defeat could see OGS sacked and depending on other results, Man United slip further towards the relegation zone.

Man United fans, what are your thoughts?

Is it time for Ole to go? Should he be given time? What’s changed since his permanent appointment?

‘With what I saw against Newcastle I’d suggest Manchester United sack Ole and reappoint him as interim manager’

Man United fans faced another disappointing post-match feeling against Newcastle United, as the Red Devils dropped another 3 points.

Life under Solskjaer is not what it started out like back at the start of the year. Many United fans are feeling an emptiness watching their side play, it’s a feeling many fans are not used to following the plethora of success the side had under Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, this team is at a place where they are no longer the club of old. They have a real fear of turning into the team they have mocked for many a year (Liverpool).

What should have been nailed on a three-point game, given Steve Bruce’s record against his old side. If was once again a painful watch from start to finish. Solskjaer is out there trying to play big boys football with a reserve side.

Many Man Utd fans feel

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