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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?

These 5 bold changes will see Man Utd make their mark against Leicester City today

After moving on multiple players during the transfer window, Man Utd was left with a very thin squad. Now, in their biggest game so far against Leicester, there are multiple injuries which could completely write off the game at Old Trafford.

In Solskjaer’s recent press conference, he admitted that some players could miss out playing against Leicester City due to injuries.

This means that Man Utd’s dire midfield doesn’t even have Pogba anymore. The most competent defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is out, along with their new number nine Anthony Martial, left-back Luke Shaw, right-back Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard, too.

With such a lack of squad depth going into this game, Solskjaer and Michael Carrick could have to put their boots on a join in…

What will Man Utd’s starting 11 looks like against Leicester?

Goalkeeper

David De Gea

Thankfully, Man Utd still have David De Gea between the sticks. However, with his recent dip in form and rumours of his departure in summer, it is uncertain which De Gea will show up.

Defence

Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Marcos Rojo

Although it would be fantastic to see Axel Tuanzebe or even Brandon Williams step in, Solskjaer made it clear that it will be the experienced players who have to step up during this injury crisis.

Midfield

Matic, Pereira, McTominay

Yes, perhaps. This midfield three for a full season might see relegation. But with a lack of midfield investment in summer, coupled with Pogba’s injury, this is the best midfield Solskjaer can pitch. Unless he finally gives Fred a chance to shine.

Attack

Daniel James, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood

The most exciting part of the team is the pacey, young forward three. Dan James has been utterly brilliant off the left-hand side for both club and country. However, Rashford at number nine could cause some issues, as he seems to only be clinical in a few games per season. Mason Greenwood will be the beacon of hope for bagging a few goals in the game.

Man Utd should seriously consider selling these 2 players in January

Speaking of selling players is a touchy subject at Old Trafford, as the squad depth and squad quality are at an all-time low. But there are two players in particular who should be moved on as soon as possible…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a fantastic job at moving players away from the club. Some have made way for youth, such as Chris Smalling moving away and Axel Tuanzebe sitting on the bench. Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leaving have allowed Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong to see glimpses of action already.

Some have been moved on or demoted from the first team simply due to their lack of quality. Such as Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones. Including Matteo Darmian who has returned to Italy.

Regarding this, here are two players who should be moved on in January…

Nemanja Matic

Matic, 31, has been a fantastic servant in the Premier League for both Chelsea and Man Utd. However, in recent months, his lack of energy has been detrimental to Man Utd’s transition from defence to attack. They look much better without him in the squad.

Moving on Matic would bring in some funds, as well as leaving a place on the bench for Fred or the young prospect James Garner.

Phil Jones/Marcos Rojo

Man Utd still has six senior centre backs despite Chris Smalling’s loan move to Roma. Upon Eric Bailly’s return from injury, he will most likely make the bench alongside Axel Tuanzebe, who should not be dropped under any circumstances this season.

This leaves Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo as the fringe players. Should they be unhappy with the occasional League Cup or Europa League appearance, they would be best off exiting the club as soon as possible, in order to introduce youth players into that fringe player role.

Another Man Utd on his way out has Solskjaer’s vision starts to pan out

Man Utd is open to letting one of their seven senior defenders leave this summer…

Fans of the Premier League have already had the ups and downs of the transfer window. But clubs in Europe can still purchase players from English clubs until September 2nd. The MEN have reported that Man Utd are willing to let Marcos Rojo leave the club, with the likely destination being Fenerbahce, though other clubs are interested.

Solskjaer has seven senior defenders in his squad. The Norwegian manager, according to his recent team selections, favours Axel Tuanzebe as the substitute defender whilst power couple Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof start the game.

This leaves Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and the currently injured Eric Bailly left out of the squad entirely.

Is there a plan behind the offloading of players?

By removing Romelu Lukaku, Mason Greenwood has a spot on the bench. Discarding Alexis Sanchez allows Tahith Chong or Angel Gomes to battle for a spot. Reducing the number of defenders gives Axel Tuanzebe the first-team action he deserves.

Solskjaer appears to be offloading players that take up spots for the hungry young talents at the club.

In true Man Utd fashion, they are giving their academy graduates priority over players brought in for a large fee and wage.

Man Utd fans should be extremely excited about the progression of their club. Solskjaer is determined to make his mark on the club and the team.

In the opening week of the Premier League season, Man Utd had the youngest team. Mourinho was heavily criticised for dismissing the youth and playing slow, pragmatic football. Solskjaer’s approach has been the polar opposite.

Before the season began many speculated that Solskjaer’s position as the manager would collapse before Christmas but the recent improvement says otherwise.

Could we be seeing the second coming of the class of ’92? The coming years under Solskjaer’s reign will say it all.

Two reasons why Man Utd shouldn’t renew injury-prone defender’s contract

Man Utd is looking to renew the contract of an injured defender who contracts runs out next summer…

Although there have been obvious and exciting changes to Manchester United on the pitch, it appears the boardroom has stayed the same. According to reports, Man Utd want to extend Eric Bailly’s contract by triggering a 2-year extension.

The reason behind this is to ensure that the Ivorian defender doesn’t leave on a free transfer at the end of the current season.

This is insanely terrible business and management of the club, here are two reasons why…

Woodward never learns

Man Utd has been plagued with a ridiculous wage structure, Marcus Rashford earning more than Raheem Sterling says it all.

Bailly currently earns £120,000 a week, which will surely increase during negotiations of the contract extension. This means that Man Utd, once again, will not be able to sell the individual because they cannot match the player’s wages. We have seen this with Marcos Rojo failing to join Everton on deadline day.

In the coming years, Woodward will be trying to profit on a £30m transfer for Bailly from Villareal made in June 2016. With his high wages, his ever-increasing age and being very injury-prone, it is highly unlikely that any club would pay north for £30m or be willing to match or increase his wage.

7 is definitely a crowd

Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe are all senior centre-backs. This is far too many to establish defenders without pushing two or three players into the reserves.

Chris Smalling is far from a fan favourite. Phil Jones himself is injury prone but potentially more reliable than Eric Bailly.

It is great to have aggressive defenders who love a crunching tackle. But there are too many arguments as for why Eric Bailly should be let go from the club.

3 more players Man Utd need to shift before the Euro window closes

Man Utd should get rid of these three players before the season starts…

One saving grace to Man Utd’s summer transfer window could be the players they lose. In the European market, they can still purchase players from the Premier League until 2nd September. This has caused great confusion and speculation about the whereabouts of Paul Pogba.

Solskjaer has favoured the academy graduates of recent weeks, which proves that there is ‘dead wood’ within the squad.

There are some players in the Man Utd team who either deserve to be moved on or don’t deserve to stay. Here are the top three players that Man Utd should move on before the Premier League season really gets underway…

Phil Jones and/or Marcos Rojo

Chris Smalling is just about useful enough to be a rotation defender for Manchester United. The same cannot be said for Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo. As Axel Tuanzebe climbs the ranks and inches ahead of Smalling, Jones and Rojo in Solskjaer’s books, it’s time to move some defenders on.

Rojo was denied a move to Everton on deadline day. Could it be another defender who leaves, if any?

Nemanja Matic

Matic has been a fantastic Premier League player for both Chelsea and Man Utd. However, the Serbian’s stature and style is the polar opposite of what Solskjaer is trying to do.

Matic would be much better in a slower and more pragmatic league, such as Italy or the USA.

Tahith Chong or Angel Gomes

Hold your fire! I’m talking about a loan. These two fantastic young talents are good enough for first-team football, as seen in pre-season. Should Solskjaer’s squad have too much depth to see Chong or Gomes make a mark on the team this season, allowing them to gain some experience abroad could allow them to walk into first-team football next season.

‘I’ll buy Rojo the train ticket to Everton’ Twitter reacts to Man Utd offloading defender

Man Utd could deem Marcos Rojo surplus to requirements in a deadline day transfer to Everton.

Everton has lost Kurt Zouma, Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka leaving the side desperate for centre-backs. Luckily for them, Man Utd now seven senior defenders in their squad. The Reds reportedly rejected a loan bid for Chris Smalling from Everton, who have now decided to pursue Marcos Rojo on a permanent basis.

It seems Manchester United fans are happy about cutting down on their amount of defender…

When asked about who will big news like Romelu Lukaku’s replacement, this user couldn’t help but bring up the issues with the Man Utd defence. But would prefer to keep Rojo over Smalling.

However, some fans would just get rid of both…

This Tweet sums up Everton’s transfer window deadline day, they may have found a door into getting their centre-back.

Both Everton and Manchester United would benefit from this deal. Solskjaer now has Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the first team. It is likely for the manager to favour three and have one or two ready to step in for injuries/suspensions.

This would give a reason for Man Utd to offload at least two defenders on deadline day.

Two qualities Maguire will finally bring to Man Utd’s backline

Harry Maguire has completed his long-awaited move to Old Trafford. Here is how one man from Sheffield can fix Manchester United.

Harry Maguire has become the world’s most expensive defender after joining Man Utd from Leicester for a reported fee of £80million.

Fans of the great Red Devils have been keen on bringing in a new defender for many years, particularly after the frequent injuries of Eric Bailly.

Maguire was in the spotlight during England’s 2018 World Cup in Russia. The centre-half pitched in with goals and assists in a competition which brought the nation together over the love of football, making a name for himself on the biggest stage.

Regardless of the huge price tag, public interviews and interactions with Harry Maguire show him to be a very humble and hard-working professional. Solskjaer has added a great character to his dressing-room. But what has he added to what we see on the pitch?

Ball playing centre-half

Manchester United struggle immensely with bringing the ball out from the back. The only top-quality defender in the side, Victor Lindelof, has begun to do this more often since the arrival of Solskjaer, to great effect.

However, pre-season taught us that Rojo, Smalling and Jones are incapable of playing from the back. Often running into trouble and losing the ball.

By having Harry Maguire in the squad, there will be two defenders able to carry the ball forward, preventing the fear of leaving a weakness alone at the back. Maguire completed 17 ‘take-ons’ last season. This is more than any other centre back in the Premier League.

So, not only is Maguire capable of bringing the ball into the midfield, he is one of the best at it.

Aerial wins

Solskjaer’s defence falls apart from set-pieces. They are completely lost when it comes to handling aerial threats in their own box.

This is where the ex-Leicester City man steps in. According to the following statistic from a football statistician who is frequently seen on MUTV, “Harry Maguire won 73% of his duels in the Premier League last season, Virgil van Dijk (76%) was the only CB with a better success rate (minimum 2000 minutes played).”

Therefore, David De Gea will have two fantastic defenders in front of him. Capable of dealing with a multitude of threats.

With Harry Maguire’s aerial abilities and desire to transition the ball into midfield, you can expect this Man Utd side to concede fewer and score more. A great signing for Manchester United.

Look forward to it Man Utd fans. How many stoppage-time headers will Maguire score this season?

3 ‘Bryan Robson’s’ Man Utd should be looking at to lead the Solskjaer revolution

Who can lead this Manchester United squad to victory?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that Manchester United need a Bryan Robson, to get ‘back to the level we were’.

Current captain Ashley Young is the weakest link in this Manchester United squad, an ex-winger attempting to play full-back. Although his experience is valuable to the team, Man Utd need a ruthless captain who can set the standard for others to follow.

Solskjaer should worry that there are no real contenders for captaincy in his current squad. The captain has to be experienced but also ingrained into the culture of the club. This rules out vocal, passionate and talented youngsters such as Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe. Who could all wear the armband in years to come.

However, Man Utd need a captain right now, and here are three contenders who have the character to drag this United squad to victory…

Harry Maguire

Maguire’s former manager, Craig Shakespeare, said that he could one day captain England. But Maguire could most definitely captain Manchester United. For both club and county, Maguire stands out in the line of defence. He is vocal and talented and would set the standard for the rest of the Man Utd defence. He may not be ingrained in the culture of being a Red Devil, but Solskjaer can’t be choosy when his entire squad are unfit to wear the armband.

Marcos Rojo

This one is a curve-ball, I know. However, a fully fit Marcos Rojo is a rock-solid defender. He is aggressive, vocal and competitive. According to Adam McKola and Stephen Howson, Rojo stood out in training with his aggression and passion and was taking no prisoners. He reportedly lunged into tackles on his own teammates, the stand-out tackle being a two-footed tackle on Nemanja Matic.

Rojo needs more game time to be considered captain, but his character and energy suit the role perfectly.

Juan Mata

Possibly Solskjaer’s best bet. Juan Mata has been at Man Utd for over 5 years, and according to Daily Mail, took a £45,000 per week pay cut to extend his contract for a further two years. Mata is known for his kindness and humbleness, and as a captain, he can employ an atmosphere of togetherness. Mata is Man Utd’s most talented senior player, apart from 26-year-old Paul Pogba, who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near captaincy after his statement about wanting a “new challenge” away from Old Trafford.

SOLSKJAER DEADLINE: Man Utd Need To Ship These 10 Out By Next Year

It’s well documented that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive rebuilding job on his hands at Old Trafford, with reports breaking that he has set a deadline of next year to complete the process of deadwood exiting the door.

It’s been six years since Man United last lifted the Premier League trophy, and in all reality, it could be another two to three years before they are competing again.

It’s been nothing more than papering over the cracks in recent transfer windows, as Ed Woodward has thrown sh*t at the wall, in the hope that something sticks.

However, Solskjaer seems to have a clear idea, and be up for the construction work to turn this great club around.

By next year, just under half the current first team could have been moved on for players that want to play for the club and show the same heart and desire the United fans are used to.

We take a look at eleven players that should be shown the door…

Lee Grant

The former Stoke City ‘keeper arrived on a free, and in all honesty, I have no idea why. Entering the late thirties and a GK of no real quality, he has to be a shoo-in to leave as soon as possible.

Phil Jones

The England defender has never really got the fans in his favour. He seems a liability and injury prone over his time at Old Trafford. A move on could reignite his career, much like Jonny Evans a few seasons ago.

Chris Smalling

Another defender who always creates a nervousness when he’s near the ball. Sometimes he can brilliant, but this is a very rare occurrence. Smalling is a squad player, and a backup, back up at best.

Matteo Darmian

How the Italian full-back is still at Man United is beyond most fans. Having seemingly been on the cusp of leaving each transfer window, he seems to have hung around the place and lurked in the shadows – nearly being a forgotten man.

Ashley Young

The converted winger is playing in a role that clearly doesn’t suit him. having been made to make the transition further back following a clear lack of transfer recruitment over previous seasons, Young has had to put up with a lot of stick of the fans. Having been a loyal servant, his time to leave is fast approaching.

Marcos Rojo

The Argentine defender is all action, however, he is also a massive liability. Always a certain yellow card when he’s on the pitch, Rojo may be renowned for his tough tackling style but he is not what United needs going forward.

Nemanja Matic

The ex-Chelsea player had been brought in by the former regime. Having impressed early doors, he has seemed to have slowed down even more over the seasons. With United looking for a fast-paced counter-attacking style, Matic doesn’t fit that bill at all.

Alexis Sanchez

An absolute flop, a move that never should have happened and has clearly damaged Sanchez’ high profile. The Chilean will be moved on, even it means United paying out to edge him out the door.

Romelu Lukaku

The striker has been hit and miss for most of his time at Old Trafford. When he’s on it, he’s brilliant, however, the other side is he can hit a barn door and looks like he doesn’t know what to do with a ball.

It seems a move to Italy is on for the Belgian, and it would be the right time.

James Wilson

The forgotten man, once an exciting prospect but following many a loan move it seems Wilson’s time at Man United is up. A move away will be the best all around.

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