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‘This is the perfect time to prove everyone wrong’ Man Utd fans feel striker should stay

Alexis Sanchez could be heading away from the club as Man Utd fans are torn as to whether he should be allowed to leave.

Reports have surfaced that Man Utd are looking to offload Alexis Sanchez before the European transfer market shuts. According to Sky Sports, Inter Milan are looking to hijack another Man Utd player, this time on loan.

The desperation of Man Utd to get rid of the Chilean certainly raises eyebrows. The Reds currently lack depth in the forward and midfield positions, and most fans believe that it should be defenders heading to the bin, not strikers.

However, some fans feel that there is no way back for Alexis Sanchez.

Whilst a portion of fans are glad that Sanchez is leaving, many others disagree. The main concern for fans is the depth and quality of Man Utd’s forwards…

To the surprise of most, there are fans out there that believe Sanchez could redeem himself this season…

Sanchez leaving Man Utd comes down to two things. Should Sanchez leave, it would allow more playing time for youngsters in an array of positions; Greenwood (striker/winger), Chong (winger), Gomes (winger/attacking midfield) and James(winger).

However, Man Utd have Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who are yet to prove themselves as prolific Premier League goal scorers. Next up is 17-year-old academy graduate Mason Greenwood, who has zero first team (competitive) goals so far. Greenwood is capable but unproven.

This leaves Man Utd starved for goals and attacking threat this season.

Twitter has had it says, have yours! Should Man Utd let Sanchez leave this summer?

Man Utd outcast can fit Solskjaer’s ‘Oleball’ and turn round his career, agree?

Reports have come out that Solskjaer wants to be rid of Alexis Sanchez, but is that the best move for Man Utd?

Alexis Sanchez has had a difficult time at Man Utd since arriving in the January 2018 transfer window. According to The Sun, Solskjaer has banished Sanchez from the first team, and will be playing with the reserves should he refuse a loan move, likely to be to Roma.

Last season, during a tough spell for Solskjaer at Man Utd, the Norwegian manager claimed that he will be ‘ruthless’ with his squad. This could be the result of rumoured and confirmed departures such as Romelu Lukaku, Marcos Rojo and Alexis Sanchez. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones being completely dropped from the squad against Chelsea was also a big statement from the manager.

However, players such as Smalling, Jones, Matic and Lukaku were wanted out of the squad due to either a lack of quality or being a misfit to Solskjaer’s plan.

With Alexis Sanchez, he doesn’t fall under any of those concerns…

Why should Man Utd keep Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez looking on

The Chilean is, on paper, one of the best players in world football. He came into a struggling and declining squad who were out of favour with their manager. Playing a very defensive and pragmatic style, Sanchez’s strengths of passing in behind the defence and being involved in close-controlled intricate play were made void.

With Solskjaer’s new system of high-pressing and counter-attacking football, it would allow Sanchez to shine. Sanchez is a hunter for the ball, even last season, he pressed high and chased possession endlessly.

At times we saw glimpses of the type of pass the Chilean can pull off, but lack of quality and movement also made this trait void.

Having such a highly regarded player in the squad who fits the new system should be given the same opportunity to prove himself as other players did during pre-season.

It appears Solskjaer favours the youth. Removing Romelu Lukaku has made space for Mason Greenwood on the bench. Would involving Sanchez remove his spot?

In a season where Man Utd have a large number of games (having Europa League football) and a lack of squad depth, perhaps keeping Sanchez for another year wouldn’t be so bad after all.

2 exciting Man Utd youngsters who might be called to action this season

Man Utd youth have to be ready to step up this season as Solskjaer lacks depth in his squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a mountain to climb this season with Manchester United. The Reds face this season with a weakened squad, demands of European football and a target of top four.

This Man Utd team have a strong enough first team to finish top four. However, and injury to Paul Pogba, or Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Harry Maguire puts the Reds miles off any success this season.

Unfortunately for the manager, he has found himself with a squad which is a mixture of visions between the previous coaches. What he does have are a very committed squad and extremely talented youth, and it looks like he might need to utilize that this season.

Man Utd’s under 18s have already produced Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Angel Gomes for Solskjaer this season. All look as if they will get variations of game-time this season.

Its looks as though up and coming talent may feature for a busy Man Utd this season.

Solskjaer, Carrick and other coaching staff members were congregated on the side of Man Utd Under 18s recent 3-0 victory over Sunderland.

Here are two players that stood out to us, and most definitely to the coaching staff too, and may feature for Man Utd this season should any injuries or upsets occur…

Anthony Elanga

17-year-old Swedish forward Anthony Elanga scored 3 and assisted 5 goals in 21 appearances last season. In his first game back, he has scored 1 and assisted 1 already.

He is capable of playing across the forward three positions, something that Ole will certainly be looking for in his new system where the front line is versatile. He also demonstrates speed, strength, and intelligence in attacking situations.

The Man Utd academy is known for producing top talent, Elanga is definitely one to watch.

Charlie McCann

The summer of transfer speculation ended in disappointment for all Red Devils. They expected at least one world-class midfielder to take place of Ander Herrera. Should an injury occur to Pogba or McTominay, Solskjaer would need a midfielder capable of playing in a high pressing side.

Luckily, there is James Garner, but 17-year-old Charlie McCann might have a shot too.

McCann played as a number six, controlling the midfield and focussing on defensive duties. He made a goalline clearance, tucked away a penalty and contributed to both the attacking and defensive success the team had in the game. An all-round game for an all-round player.

Man Utd favour characters who are moldable and can stick closely to a manager’s method and system. Scott McTominay and Michael Carrick are perfect examples.

The youth of Old Trafford is a fountain of talent, fortunately for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. He is keen on integrating youth into his squad and homegrown talent can be expected to blossom under his reign.

How Solskjaer should set up Man Utd this season with needed youth injection

After a lack of backing from the board, can Solskjaer patch up the squad with the youth in typical Man Utd fashion?

Many Man Utd fans would agree that their youth academy is one of the last aspects of the club they can be proud of.

This pre-season, we have seen the likes of Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood but heavily introduced into first-team football. And have by far been the most exciting thing about the club in recent years.

After the transfer window deadline day, Man Utd have been left with a very imbalanced team. The defence looks like the best in the league, whilst without Paul Pogba, their midfield is one of the worst. Attacking options are sparse as Solskjaer expects to achieve top four without any proven goalscorers after losing Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

Pre-season has taught us that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s high pressing and high-intensity football is too much for certain players, such as Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young. Despite being gifted footballers, their lethargic approach let the team down on many occasions. Juan Mata can still offer quality in the final third but is far too slow to keep up with the “Ole ball” style for 30/40 games a season.

What should this Man Utd squad look like on a weekly basis?

It is a fair assessment to assume that Solskjaer wants and needs experience in his side. But in due time, the criticism directed at certain players will become clear to the management, if it hasn’t already. Man Utd could set out with a very, very young squad. That would look a little something like this…

Despite having an average age of under 23 years old, this is one of Man Utd’s strongest squads. Assuming that the Red’s won’t be changing their approach to the sport mid-season.

Mason Greenwood is an important addition, being likened at Robin Van Persie at only 17 years old. He could add at least 10 Premier League goals with a full season. Rashford and Martial should be aiming for a minimum of 15 each.

Angel Gomes is almost like-for-like Juan Mata. Fantastic with his feet and his football brain, what he lacks in experience he makes up for in quality.

This leaves Man Utd’s two best midfielders to run the park. Pogba and McTominay. After no midfield signings were made for the club this summer.

Daniel James can be introduced into any of the front four positions, injecting great athleticism and speed into the team.

Should this starting 11 be frequent this season, and be in full throttle, Man Utd can break the top four. However, with Man Utd’s best squad being very young and Man Utd’s most experienced squad being very bad, there could easily be a few bumps in the road.

These two Man Utd youngsters must start against AC Milan tomorrow, agree?

A big season is ahead of Man Utd and this summer has taught us that the players, in particular, have to be match-ready.

Solskjaer has one game left in pre-season against AC Milan, in Wales. Should he come away with a victory, Man Utd will be unbeaten in six games.

However, Man Utd’s previous game against Norway’s mid-table Kristiansund it proved that the Reds lacked quality in the final third. There were also instances of terrible organisation in defence, struggling with crosses and counter-attacks.

According to reports and rumours, Man Utd’s most likely transfers are Bruno Fernandes, Paulo Dybala and Harry Maguire. Sticking these players into the current squad patches up the weaknesses and faults in a promising team. Investment is what is needed to compliment the strives made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Man Utd fans grow increasingly frustrated with the investment made in this summer transfer window, amongst others. Recent antics by Man Utd’s board tell us that the rumoured-ins for the club are far from guaranteed.

With this in mind, The Football Manc Cave brings you two young players in particular who should be given game time against AC Milan. They may have to be ready to step-in should Man Utd fail to secure any more signatures…

Axel Tuanzebe

As mentioned, Man Utd’s defence is still abysmal. Without Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the mix, there is no one you can trust 100%. Tuanzebe, 21, had a fantastic season in Championship last season. He helped them to the point of promotion and had fans singing his name. He has the potential to be a Man Utd centre-back and has stated that he wants to be just that, we just have to see the proof in the pudding.

According to reports, Tuanzebe is currently linked with a loan move back to Aston Villa, as well as being linked with Newcastle United. Demonstrating that teams want him to prevent demotion for their club. However, it also indicates that Man Utd may be purchasing a defender.

Mason Greenwood

Solskjaer’s only proven natural striker is 17-year old Mason Greenwood. Despite Anthony Martial being very clinical, and Marcus Rashford being powerful, Greenwood has more of a natural number nine instinct. His movement and awareness have people likening him to Robin Van Persie, a man who won Man Utd the Premier League.

Man Utd are lacking quality in front of goal, and should it be Lukaku or Dybala who has a bad season for the Reds, Greenwood could be the one who saves the season for them.

Could these two players give Man United the edge in the race for a top-four finish?

Should Solskjaer get the best out of these two players, we could see Man Utd in the race for top 3 all season.

Pre-season has been full of mixed emotions for Man Utd fans. Despite promising signings in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, the overhaul and rebuild are yet to be evidenced.

However, with four games on tour for the Red Devils, they have come away with four incredible wins.

Man Utd’s new style of play, “Ole ball”, requires a high press, a fit team and intelligent link-up play. Making the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic almost useless. With regards to this, it will be the youth that carries Man Utd to success this season.

The Football Manc Cave introduces two Red Devils who will transform this Man Utd side and make this season compared to last season look like night and day…

Mason Greenwood

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that Greenwood has a fair chance of starting the campaign against Chelsea. Across youth levels last season, Greenwood had 28 appearances, with 29 goals and 12 assists. He also bagged two fantastic goals in this summer’s pre-season.

The 17-year-old is Man Utd through and through. It would be a pleasure to watch him grow as the club regains their spot at the top of English Football.

Alexis Sanchez

Despite being unimpressive for Man Utd since his arrival, Solskjaer may be an angel in disguise for the Chilean forward. One of Sanchez’s only redeeming qualities last season was his tenacity in pressing high up the pitch. Unfortunately, his teammates didn’t follow.

With the new style of play, Sanchez fits in perfectly. He is versatile across the front four positions, enjoys a high press and can pick out brilliant passes when his teammates can be bothered to make movements.

Special mentions

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been unbelievably crucial to Man Utd’s pre-season successes. He has increased the defensive stability ten-fold. Similar can be said for Scott McTominay, who is increasingly becoming a fan favourite. The Scotsman demonstrates professionalism, passion for the badge and absolutely runs the midfield when he’s on his A-game.

3 players that have to feature for Man United tonight

Can these three talents continue Man Utd’s unbeaten run in pre-season?

Man Utd has shown a new tenacity and intense style of play, which has seen the side win each of their games in pre-season so far. The run of games hasn’t been too easy, facing teams such as Leeds United, Inter Milan and Spurs.

Solskjaer is seemingly placing a lot of trust in the youth. Possibly due to the board not backing him in the transfer window, or because his mature players let the side down. Regardless, the new Man Utd way is much more pleasing on the eye.

Today, Manchester United face Solskjaer’s boyhood club Kristiansund in Norway. Unlikely to test the Red Devils, we may see a squad that is a mix of youth and players who are yet to prove themselves on the tour.

Here are three exciting players who may run riot against Kristiansund…

Angel Gomes

Gomes scored a stunning goal against Spurs after his incredible link-up play and close control with Juan Mata to wiggle themselves into the box. Gomes could easily be Man Utd’s play-maker. Despite the obvious difference in quality and experience, Gomes’ style of play is similar to the one and only Lionel Messi.

Marcus Rashford

The £200k a week 21-year-old. Rashford needs to bag more than 15 goals next season to come close to justifying his lucrative contract. In a game against Kristiansund, the English international could hit the net a few times just to get the ball rolling. Mason Greenwood has matched Marcus Rashford’s pre-season total of 2 goals, similar for Anthony Martial. The competition for the number 9 spot in gaining speed, and could get the best out of Solskjaer’s forwards.

Daniel James

Solskjaer has favoured Dan James so far, as he has featured heavily in a Man Utd shirt in pre-season. His blistering pace is brutal for defenders to come up against, but there is room for improvement in the final third. In a game where Man Utd will be attacking heavily, Dan James can gain more experience in linking up with teammates in and around the box.

Two experienced strikers Man Utd should bring in to nurture youngsters

With the departure of Romelu Lukaku looking imminent, Manchester United need an experienced striker in the squad.

Without Lukaku in Solskjaer’s side, Ole Gunnar himself may be the only established striker in the ranks. Other options are Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and Anthony Martial. With an average age of 20.5 between them. Alexis Sanchez has been discounted from this list due to him being invisible for the past 18 months.

That’s right, the most successful football team in British history is without an established striker.

Despite all aforementioned players having immense quality and talent between them, it is important that Solskjaer has an experienced striker to bring onto the field. As is stands, Manchester United’s most natural finisher is a 17-year-old Mason Greenwood.

Here are two experienced strikers that could be added to Man Utd’s ranks, and tutor the young strikers into fully-fledged finishers…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Man Utd could repeat history by stealing Arsenal’s most prolific striker. It has happened once before with Robin Van Persie, again to less effect with Sanchez. But Aubameyang has taken well to the Premier League after the 30-year-old bagged 22 goals in the competition last season.

Aubameyang has been regularly linked to Man Utd, before and after he joined Arsenal. The Gunners having a small transfer budget this summer, they may be more willing to let their number one striker leave to a rival.

Robert Lewandowski

Another 30-year-old striker who bagged 22 goals in his league last season. Lewandowski could be seeking a big final pay going into the last 5 or 6 years of his career.

Not only would this Polish goal-scorer act as a steward for the progression of the young strikers at Old Trafford, but he also adds strength and an aerial threat unlike any other player at Man Utd.

These 3 things were clear following Man Utd’s win over Inter Milan

Manchester United beat Inter Milan 1-0 after 17-year-old Mason Greenwood’s clinical finish and composure in front of goal.

Man Utd breezed past Inter Milan in what was meant to be their most challenging game of pre-season. In all fairness, it was. However, Inter Milan posed minimal threat to De Gea’s goal, having only 8 shots compared to Man Utd’s 21.

Solskjaer’s set up and tactics paid off as his side dominated throughout the game. On Thursday, his men will take on fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and is likely to be his biggest test of pre-season. Thankfully, Man Utd’s performance against Inter Milan leaves little to worry about ahead of this game.

Here are 3 things we learnt from Man Utd’s win over Inter Milan that leaves fans confident ahead of the rest of pre-season.

Exciting football

Solskjaer is clearly implementing a high pressing, fast-paced counter-attacking football team. It provides tonnes of excitement for fans who are accustom to Man Utd’s drab and expressionless ways of the past years. This new approach gives fans something to enjoy and a reason to be optimistic for Man Utd’s future.

Wan-Bissaka was a bargain

The games against Perth Glory and Leeds United gave fans an insight as to what kind of defensive genius Aaron Wan-Bissaka is. But his performance against Inter has made him a fan favourite already. He truly lived up to his nickname ‘The Spider’, as his long legs allowed him to make some unbelievable tackles. Wan-Bissaka ruined Inter Milan man Dalbert’s day as he refused to let him get the better of him.

Solskjaer’s preferred squad

In the first two pre-season games, Solskjaer opted for two completely different elevens per half. However, against Inter, the starting eleven remained until around 60 mins, with the rest having 30. The initial squad featured players such as Daniel James, Axel Tuanzebe and Mason Greenwood. Although the inexperience of these players can be notable at times, they all put in a decent performance.

The featuring of Tuanzebe could be an indication that Man Utd will not be obtaining a centre-back in this transfer window, as he works to get the defender ready for the upcoming season.

What 3 things can Man Utd take from their win over Leeds Utd into Inter Milan today?

Solskjaer’s high pressing football proved troublesome for Leeds United, but how will it fare today against Inter Milan?

Unbeaten, but arguably untested, Man Utd breezed through their first two games in pre-season, racking up 6 goals and 2 clean sheets. Man Utd will face European giants Inter Milan today in Singapore.

In both pre-season games, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for two different 11s per half. In his test against Inter, it is likely that Man Utd will have a fairly strong team selection throughout the game.

Manchester United fans have been impressed with the exciting football seen so far. They will hope that the same energy is shown against tougher opposition. The Reds can take a few things from their previous victories…

Exciting football

We have seen the fantastic high pressing and great link-up play so far. Solskjaer himself said he wants players who lift fans of their seats. So far, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James have been the stand out players and may well feature throughout the entire game.

Defensive instability

Watching Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young all in the backline against Leeds United was nothing short of a nightmare for Man United fans. They appeared uncomfortable on the ball and was a stark contrast to the way Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof played from the back and created chances.

The youth-run the game

Manchester United have a very young squad. However, it is the youngsters who are running the games. The likes of Wan-Bissaka, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Mason Greenwood appear to be the most prolific players in the squad.

The negative to this is the inexperience. But it is without question that these boys have enough talent to cause Inter Milan major problems.

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