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Solskjaer Sees Just How Big a Job He Has at Man United, After Dreadful End To The Season

Well, the Premier League season as finally come to a close, it was a nail-biting season for some fans, and it came down to the last game to decide who became Premier League champions.

However, if you’re a Manchester United fan, like myself there was nothing to celebrate, in fact, it was a dreadful season, to say the least. After witnessing an utter shambles in the last match of the season at Old Trafford against relegated Cardiff City, it’s clear to see that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive rebuilding job on his hands.

The team needs a massive clear out, there’s a lot of deadwood within that Manchester United team, from back to front, and there are players within the first team that aren’t quite good enough. The defence is shocking, three of the defenders who played in our last game were terrible, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Ashley Young have simply not been good enough and Ole needs to move them on, recruiting a right back and a centre back to partner Victor Lindelof.

Then there’s the midfield…Paul Pogba gets a lot of stick off the fans which I’ve heard first hand myself. Yes, he’s been inconsistent but it’s not entirely his fault. In my opinion and many Manchester United fans will probably disagree with me, Pogba is a talent but he needs good players around him.

Unfortunately, with Ander Herrera leaving on a free, he hasn’t got good players around him, and I don’t feel Pogba can carry a team on his own.

Just look at our neighbours Manchester City, their midfield consists of four very good players. I want Pogba to stay put and for Ole to build the team around him, recruit one or two creative midfielders to help Pogba and to take the pressure off him.

Scott McTominay isn’t good enough to play in the first team, and Nemanja Matic is defensive, Fred and Andreas Pereira need to step up to the plate.  With Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial upfront and the likes of Mason Greenwood coming through the ranks, if these three starts firing then the attack isn’t too bad, although I’d move Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez on and cash in on them.

The other factor is that the players aren’t fit enough to play the style of football Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to play. There looked burnt out, so first and foremost Ole needs to get the players fitness up to standards where they can maintain fast and attacking football.

Solskjaer will no doubt need to replace departing and departed players such as Herrera and possibly Juan Mata, with rumours circulating about Pogba’s future, Ole may need to replace him.

There’s no doubting that the job Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as got is a massive job, and from what I witnessed at Old Trafford on the final game of the season the rebuilding process is going to take three years. I’m just hoping that the hierarchy at Manchester United stick with Ole, and back him by not becoming a club where we sack are managers willy nilly.

Furthermore, I also worry with Ed Woodward in charge at the club, that Manchester United will never progress. The only way that will happen is if Ed Woodward is sacked, and again I can’t see that happening unless the Saudi Arabia royal family buy the club. Then maybe they will sack Ed Woodward… but one can only dream.

Man United Look to Exciting Youngsters Ben Godfrey and Logan Pye To Build Old Trafford Future

Manchester United this summer have got to play smart if they want to find the right recruitment to rebuild. Many of their rivals and European giants are all in the search for talent, and the Red Devils are looking a little closer to home.

Man United now know they will not be playing Champions League football next season and, can plan accordingly. What United have not to do is what has happened in recent transfer windows, buying for the here and now.

The Red Devils need to start nailing their recruitment once again and invest in not only now to improve the team but look two, maybe three seasons ahead. United’s academy is one of the best around, and has been for a number of decades with it bringing through the infamous class of 92, and more recently Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford to name a few.

Two young names United have been linked with is Ben Godfrey and Logan Pye…

Ben Godfrey

Rio Ferdinand’s starlet Godfrey has been making waves in the Championship with League winners Norwich City. Currently, under the New Era umbrella, Ferdinand has been championing the 21-year-old defender who has made 35 appearances this season, scoring four goals in the process.

Currently rated at 3.50m, Norwich are currently looking for a rumoured 15m for the player. Godfrey isn’t pushing for a move, however, Old Trafford is always an irresistible offer for any player.

He seems good in the air, and his short passing game out of defence is a huge bonus.

Logan Pye

Logan Pye is only 15-year-old and is already attracting the likes of United, a rumoured £500,000 move for the left-back is in the pipeline this summer, with United looking to bring in the highly rated Sunderland man.

He’s made three appearances in the Premier League u18 league, scoring once and is yet to make his England u16 debut. However, with his current potential career trajectory, this won’t be far off.

We may not see Pye come to fruition any time soon, but United are taking the right steps for the future of the club.

Solskjaer Needs a Good Clear Out This Summer, and These 8 Are In The Firing Line

Another loss last night as further shown up the task Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be dealing with in the summer transfer window. United have gone through four permanent managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Poor recruitment and a reluctance to ship out much needed deadwood over the years, has seen United battling for a top four finish each season. Under Fergie, United won 13 titles in his 21 years in the Premier League, however the Red Devils are now entering their sixth season without a title, nevermind coming close.

We’re at a stage now where it’s the players that need changing and wholesale changes will happen this summer.

We take a look at EIGHT potential players that should be out of the Old Trafford exit door, as Solskjaer starts the biggest job of his career…

Lee Grant

Having signed for United under the previous manager in the last summer transfer window, it left everybody scratching their heads. A great move for Grant in the twilight years of his career, but a player who offers nothing to the team and rarely makes the bench.

Phil Jones

Having been at United since 2011, he came with great expectation – a future England Captain, Fergie mentioned. Regardless of his potential back then, through injury and poor form he has never risen to the heights many thought of him. Furthermore, after eight years with the club Jones still doesn’t feel like an assured United defender.

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling arrived from Fulham the season before Jones in 2010, since then he hasn’t convinced many that he can be a United stalwart in the centre of defence. Smalling has the odd good game here and there but on the whole he makes United fans nervous and never seems fully in control.

Marcos Rojo

While i’m a fan of Rojo, he imply hasn’t been given the playing time under Solskjaer. He isn’t a first team defender and more of a squad player. He’s your typical Argentinian defender, tough and fearless – It’s something United need but he is also very reckless and always a shoe-in for a yellow card.

Matteo Darmian

How the Italian is still at United is beyond me, he has nearly been shipped out in the past few transfer windows but still remains on the books. He got his first start last night in three months, and that was only due to injuries. His contract is up in the summer and would be an easy one to let walk away.

Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean has failed miserably since the move up north from Arsenal. He’s never really got going, and with his huge wages has come in for some flack. With his contract still having three years left to run, it would cost United a fair whack to offload him, they’ll have to take a loss and hope someone will be willing to take a chance on the former Barcelona forward.

Romelu Lukaku

The forward seems to be getting worse since, the Belgian is struggling to hold a place down and when he does get on the pitch it seems he’s forgot how to control a ball never mind find the back of the net. With the emergence of the more consistent Rashford, Lukaku will not be wanting to wait around on the bench to make numbers up, a move to Serie A looks likely.

Paul Pogba

On his day he is one of the best players to watch, however, when United need him he tends to go missing and United fans never know what Pogba is going to turn up. If Pogba wants to be one of the best players in the world and be up there with Messi, Ronaldo and even Hazard, he needs to be more consistent and stop letting his ego take over. Stop worrying over social media followers, and start concentrating on the pitch.

Should Solskjaer add David Neres To His Shopping List This Summer?

Manchester United are plotting a £45 million move for Ajax striker David Neres claims The Sun. The Red Devils were the latest to join the transfer race with some of Europe’s elite clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton.

David Neres is a star in the making, a youth product of Brazilian outfit, Sao Paulo, Neres signed for the Amsterdam club in 2017. After making an immediate impact with the reserve side Jong Ajax, the 22-year-old soon was promoted to the main team.

The following season, the Brazilian forward was more effective scoring 14 goals and providing 13 assists in just 32 league appearances. Furthermore, he has been in red hot form this season so far, bagging 12 goals and eight assists across all competitions.

His notable performance came at the Champions League when he scored a goal against the defending champions Real Madrid. Later the Dutch giants were able to eliminate Los Blancos out of the competition in a 4-1 win.

Furthermore, Neres scored a stunning equalizer against Juventus last week in the quarter-finals thus keeping alive his side’s semi-final hopes, who completed the job last night.

Man United were off to an underwhelming start in Premier League this season under Jose Mourinho but dragged themselves back to top-4 four race lately under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The key aspect that went missing with the Red Devils is the lack of attacking prowess up in front, despite Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s decent run, United struggled to find a consistent striker.

With Romelu Lukaku’s fluctuating form and Alexis Sanchez becoming injury-prone, the Old Trafford side ran out of options on several occasions. Neres possesses tremendous dribbling skills, agility and attributes which pertain to a typical Brazilian striker.

Moreover, he is much more effective with the counter attacks and precisive passing inside the boxes that makes him a perfect fit for all the top clubs.

Ed Woodward should seriously consider Neres as their next striker to succeed Belgian ace, Lukaku.

…And Solskjaer Has Won It!

Every Man United fan knows them words, them words created little goosebumps on your arms, the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. The glorious night back in 1999, the venue was the Nou Camp, two goals in the injury time three minutes to secure the treble for that unbelievable side. It capped off an incredible couple of week for all players, staff and fans.

Solskjaer has been down 1-0 before in the Catalan’s stadium, we all know the outcome. However, 20 years on and things are very different. United simply don’t have the team of ’99, they are also facing a very good Barcelona side who have a certain Lionel Messi in their side. A Barcelona side who are cantering to the La Liga title and a side who could rest 10 players at weekend.

Ole can certainly draw experience from them type of matches, knowing they have to stay in it until the very end – Look at PSG in the last round, albeit a dubious penalty helped them but they still had to be in the position to force the ref to make the call.

United since then have stuttered their resurgence under the Norwegian, and not looked the same side having only won two in six games.

The players will have a point to prove and, a classic European night in one of the biggest stadiums in the footballing world has to force you to up your game.

Ole needs Rashford, Lukaku, Martial, Pogba and even the invisible Sanchez all to show up tonight. They all need to make a statement, one that could define their season. If United do somehow turn Barca over in their own back yard, let’s hope it doesn’t have the same effect as the PSG game in the last round. Otherwise they’ll be in a posiiton of Champions League or bust.

Furthermore, with a very important transfer window on the horizon, Champions League football is a must has they look to overall the squad.

Every Red Devil will be hoping for a 1999 Nou Camp result. What’s your score predictions Man United fans for tonight?

Man United Will Look To Avenge FA Cup Defeat Tonight With This Front Three

The Red Devils travel to Molineux tonight in a bid to leapfrog both Arsenal and Spurs into third place.

A win against Wolves will not be easy however, as United remember from their 2-1 FA Cup defeat recently. It was a lacklustre performance from the men in red, and newly appointed permanent boss Solskjaer will be hoping for a much better showing this time around.

Martial picked up a knock in their 2-1 win over Watford, but reports say he has shaken that off. Wolves have the best record this season against the top six sides, with a total of 10 points taken off them, however, they have won only one in the league in the last six outings.

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A win for Solskjaer’s men tonight would see them climb to third, one point ahead of Arsenal, three in front of a stumbling Spurs side and four between themselves and Chelsea in sixth. This turnaround has been amazing under Ole, and will leave a lot of United fans wondering what if he was in charge earlier.

Tonight is a must win, especially with them leaving the teams around them with a game in-hand.

We take a look at a possible front three for Solskjaer…

LW: Anthony Martial

Even if Martial can give an hour after his knock, the man whose goal secured the three points on Saturday will be looking to conjure some sort of goal scoring run together to impress this ‘new’ boss.

CF: Romelu Lukaku

Before the international break the number nine hit six goals in three matches, and will want to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal.

Playing with more confidence than we have seen in recent times, Lukaku will be hoping that this could be a turning point for him as he looks to get back to his old prolific scoring ways.

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RW: Marcus Rashford

Rashford this season has matured, and more so under Ole. We have seen in recent games Lukaku coming out to the right and this maybe a good way for the two strikers to start interchanging throughout the match.

Rashford in my opinion is undroppable at the moment, and he will want to keep grabbing the goals as he looks to cement his place in the the United first team for many years to come.

Ole’s at The Wheel and Is Rekindling The Spirit Of 1999

It was one of the those classic European nights, one that United fans haven’t witnessed or felt for a very long time. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s turnaround at the Red Devils has been immense since taking over from Jose Mourinho.

Having only one loss on his Old Trafford record against last night’s opponents in the first leg, Solskjaer went to the Parc de Princes in old fashioned United blind belief. An early goal gave the fans an instant jolt of ‘We can do this’ followed by the PSG goal which made the task the same as at the first whistle.

Solskjaer’s in-game management was there for all to see, after Lukaku’s second goal – his 6th in the last three matches – United changed shape and it seemed like a clear plan to stay in the game, snuff PSG out until the final 10 mins and then in true Fergie style, throw the kitchen sink at them.

United pressed forward, some decent play in the final third presented Dalot with a chance to shoot. The ball deflected off the defenders arm and out for a corner, before VAR got involved and finally after some serious thought, gave a 94th minute penalty. Rashford stepped up, cool, calm and collected and slotted home from 12 yards.

At the final whistle three things became clear – The first being the players instantly sprinting towards the away section to join in the celebrations, shirts thrown into the crowd and a real sense of togetherness between the playing staff and the fans was there for all to see.

Secondly, Lukaku’s gester to the TV camera’s about writing and speaking before an embrace with Paul Pogba, again showed another sign of togetherness and that not all is what it seems if you are to believe the press this week.

Lastly, in the post match interview with Rashford and Lukaku there seemed a glimpse of a partnership developing between the two. Their words of each others play, the understanding that if one strikers does X, the other does Y. It instantly took me back to a budding Cole/Yorke feel.

With the last minute winners, the counter attacking play, the freedom in which the players play and the crowd bring the atmosphere again – it’s all got the feeling of ’99.

United fans will be hoping it can yield some of the same results.

The Tales Of Being a Ground-Hopper

I was bought up a dyed in the wool Manchester City fan, through thick and thin, from relegations to centurions, however, I also consider myself a Curzon Ashton fan, and have family ties to Sunderland AFC and Scunthorpe United. I have had a lot of ELF and non-league away days.

The main joys of the leagues are the eccentricities of the places and the grounds you visit. Luton, walking through a terraced house to get to the away end. Yorks bathroom facilities overlooking peoples gardens, the Stadium of light and its sweetshop-cum-nightclub as you walk from town to the ground, and so many more.

I have lost so many hours to researching the likes of North Ferriby, Grimsby and Morecambe. I have got inordinately lost trying to find Bower Fold. “I know all of Tameside like the back of my hand” I once proudly proclaimed. It turned out I do not.

I’ve said it before and I will reiterate, you will go to so many more interesting places once you drop out of the Premier League. I don’t want to spend £60 on a Pendolino to go to watch Chelsea. I will however happily wonder “where on earth is this place” looking at a teams name, and waste close to an entire weekend traipsing over there, probably with a slight existential crisis stuck in motorway traffic along the way. Don’t add up how much you spend on petrol and trains on these excursions. You could probably book yourself an all-inclusive break somewhere significantly more desirable than Nottingham.

You can have some great days out without leaving the home comforts of the Greater Manchester area too. Broadhurst park has a remarkable atmosphere for football of that level, attracting thousands to every game, and singing the whole game through. Stockport County, as you would expect from a team with their history, have a huge ground, tucked away down a terraced street, and adverts in the toilets stating if you buy a funeral with a local provider you get a free county shirt.

Salford City, perched on the top of a hill in Kersal with its sloping pitch and rapid development is worth going to now before they inevitably need to relocate. Oldham’s ground remains quite literally the coldest place I have ever been to, and Macclesfield’s ground (stretching the boundaries of Greater Manchester here, but it’s about a tenner on the train) is as old as time and utter beauty.

Sure you don’t have Aguero playing for Bury and Rashford kicking about for Altrincham, but there is a charm of following your team away in the leagues and National League, you might find yourself wondering if you will die of exposure stuck in stationary traffic on the A1 but also you will see the same die-hard faces every week, you’ll go to some hilariously cheap pubs, you’ll get unforgivably lost in Middlesborough, and go to a lot of seaside towns.

Make a resolution to go to a game or two away this season, you won’t regret it.

Mourinho’s Front Three Should Look Like This Tonight – Agreed?

Manchester United welcome Valencia to Old Trafford this evening, in there second Champions League game.

With recently having back to back defeats, it’s a must-win game for Mourinho and his men. At United Mourinho has done nothing unexpected and set the team out in a 4-2-3-1 and occasionally 4-3-3. The Portuguese boss needs his team to be firing on all cylinders, especially the front three.

With the dark clouds circling, and seem to be getting darker by the day. A win against Valencia would give the team as a whole, a little breathing space – possibly even change the current momentum in the Premier League.

There have been many calls for ‘attack, attack, attack’ in recent times and with a front three like below. It would make a statement from the start, especially with Pogba sitting behind.

Do you agree…

RW Marcus Rashford

If you look at it from a defenders perspective, Rashford gives them those legs and sheer pace in behind. He runs behind defences and makes them look over there shoulder, it’s a scary thought for the defenders.

Furthermore, after making an impact against West Ham on Saturday, he will look to build on his own momentum.

CF Romelu Lukaku

Similar to Rashford, he has the pace and guile to scare defences. He’s a natural goalscorer and it’s a time at Old Trafford for him to step up to the plate and show how he can carry the team forward.

LW Anthony Martial

The Frenchman with his skilful runs can dazzle defenders at times, and in the past few weeks, he’s shown glimpses of the first season Martial under LVG.

He has all the talent, and alongside Lukaku it’s time to shine for the United cause.

As a fan I want to see Martial, Lukaku and Rashford together on the pitch as a front three.

There’s pace, drive and desire to get goals as well between them.


These TWO Manchester United players need to return bang in form to help Jose Mourinho

The very early International break is upon us already and the Red Devils go into it on the back of a much-needed win against Burnley.

United have two wins and two draws in the opening four games of the season, which has sparked a flurry of tweets, newspaper columns and even a plane banner!

The hysteria surrounding United this season has been nothing short of madness. It all started in pre-season and just snowballed ever since.

Indeed, this seems to have brought Mourinho and the fans closer together and a real us versus the world vibe is starting to show. at Old Trafford – which will delight the Portuguese boss.

Many of United’s stars are out all over the world playing for thier Countries and this will be the break the Red Devil’s probably needed so early on in the season. A change of scenery and mindset should play right into Mourinho’s hands.

Especially if these TWO players come back bang in form and turn out the performances needed to get United upwardly in the table again…


Pogba has been indifferent form this season, following his crucial role in the World Cup win for France in the summer. Mourinho made him Captain in the first game and he played well.

However, it seems that the continuous stories of him leaving Old Trafford are not going away and is somewhat disputing his mindset and play on the pitch.

If United are to succeed this season, then the Frenchmen needs to be more consistent and be the glue that holds this United team together.


The young Manchester lad seems a shadow of his former self this season already, maybe it’s a World Cup hangover, maybe its the fact he doesn’t have a real position within the team.

Often he’s played on the left, sometimes he’s a striker but with Martial, Sanchez and Luakaku all playing for them spots – the England man has no real home within the team.

Many believe he could be the answer to the right-hand side problem, but for some reason, this is not happening.

Rashford needs to find his shine again, and maybe a trip back to England may revitalise him.


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