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Man Utd joins Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for 21y/o

Solskjaer is looking at add yet another young talent to his Man United ranks in an attempt to bolster the attacking force next season.

When Europe’s top clubs such as Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham, Bayern Munich, Monaco and Sevilla are all seeking your signature, you know you’re doing something right.

CSKA Moscow’s 21-year-old Russian striker Fedor Chalov seems to be doing everything right, with Manchester United, also interested in his services.

With 15 goals, Chalov was the top scorer in the Russian Premier League last season. Furthermore, he also had 7 assists to his name. The young talent shows a keen eye for goal partnered with a high level of football IQ.

Why does Solskjaer need him?

Romelu Lukaku openly admitted to seeking a move to Italy’s Inter Milan. This would result in the Red Devils losing between ten and twenty goals in the Premier League next season.

Chalov has scored 27 goals in 65 League games for CSKA Moscow. By putting him in a squad with more quality in the ranks, Chalov could translate and improve his conversion rate in a more advanced competition.

In a Manchester United squad, Chalov would provide competition for current forwards Rashford and Martial. However, the two are pressured to be versatile as they are expected to perform in each of the forward four positions.

Chalov, on the other hand, has 108 career games to his name. 105 of which he featured as a striker, and in 3 he played as a second striker, according to Transfermarkt.

Rashford, Martial and Greenwood are all able to play across the front line of the attack. Manchester United, however, may require someone whose trade is solely to get in the box and score goals, similarly to Lukaku.

Is another young talent the right option for United?

Solskjaer is targeting keen, young, hardworking talent to join his squad. Two of which, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, have already been integrated with the squad, exciting fans with their debut.

However, Manchester United will be lacking an experienced and proven striker, should Lukaku exit. Therefore, recruiting a prolific striker who would happily sit on the bench may be a necessity for Solskjaer.

Man Utd have 2 reasons why they should go for Chelsea midfielder

There are rumours of a transfer race for Chelsea midfielder, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Manchester United are one team named as being interested.

Today at the Football Manc Cave, we are looking at reasons why Man United should advance on signing him.

The 24-year-old has found himself in an unlikely transfer race with Arsenal, Man United and PSG all monitoring him in the hope to get his signature. He’s had a shaky start in his career, especially at Chelsea as he found himself in a couple of red card situations. As you can imagine, that didn’t leave the best impression on the fans and other teams.

The Frenchman spent last season on loan at AC Milan after his disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge. It was there where Bakayoko improved which explains the sudden development of interest. The ex-Monaco player is now in pre-season training and being watched by new Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard.

So if he does decide that a change would do him good, why should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go all out for him?

He Will Give It His All

This might be an obvious statement to make. All footballers who want to make it should be putting 100% effort in. However, not only will he be determined to get appearances, but he will also want to prove his improving form.

When he played for Monaco in the 2016/17 season, in an interview, he revealed how he had been suffering from a knee injury. He had been having problems since 2015, although he only addressed the issue in 2017. He said, “people don’t know but throughout the whole of last season, I suffered because of my knee. I had to grit my teeth in every match.” Now that he appears to be over this, I’m sure he’ll give it his all even more.

Champions League

Man United missed out on qualifying for Champions League football at the end of last season. Fans will be hoping for a better campaign this football season that sees the Red Devil’s end up back where they belong. If they do, Bakayoko is no stranger to the competition. He was with Monaco since 2014 and in the 2016/17 season, he contributed to their Ligue 1 title win.

As an individual, he was then named in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League squad of the season before he joined Chelsea for £40 million. Let’s just hope he wants to be a part of a Man United side that wants to fight to be a part of Champions League football, rather than being put off by the fact they won’t be playing it next season.

Laurent Banide’s vision for Oldham Athletic should change the clubs fortunes

Laurent Banide stresses the importance of youth players and having a hands-on approach to managing this Oldham side.

“He is still one of the best coaches I ever worked with”. Who said that? No other than Thierry Henry.

Beginning at Monaco, Banide played a role in the development of world-renowned French footballers such as Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet.

As Banide states in his press conference with Oldham Athletic, “you need to give confidence to young players and work with the strong points of the player”.

Oldham have recently signed 28 year-old goalkeeper Gary Woods and 27 year-old full-back Zak Mills. By appointing experienced players to help resurface the Latics, it may allow Banide to spend more time developing the young talent at Boundary Park.

Banide ensures the supporters that he has a “philosophy” and a “projection” for the club, which should certainly alter the mood in the Oldham camp after several disappointing seasons and unstable management. Should Banide’s keep his promise of trying to provide the fans with exciting football, we could see a totally different Oldham walk out onto the field at the beginning of the 19/20 EFL League Two campaign.

In terms of his approach, Banide says that he “prefers to work on the field and try to see our possibilities”. This hands-on approach could see Oldham players improve individually as Banide stands beside them in training assessing their strengths and weaknesses.

The Frenchman tells us that there is a “good energy with everyone here”, indicating that the club are prepared to turn things around and still have a positive attitude despite previous seasons.

With an abundance of experience and recommendations from Theirry Henry, alongside a very positive press conference given by Banide, Oldham fans should be excited for the upcoming season as their new manager has high hopes of improving the status of the club.

Here’s Two Reason’s Why Oldham Athletic Fan’s Should Be Excited By The Thierry Henry Backed Binade

The Latics have been without a manager since Paul Scholes left back in March but they may have found their answer in Laurent Banide. 

Oldham fans found out yesterday that the Frenchman has signed a one year deal with the club, following Pete Wild’s temporary stint and this could be exciting if the 51-year-old can work his magic. Thierry Henry has previously backed Banide stating that he was one of the most influential coaches in his playing career. This has got to be promising for Oldham and their fans.

Henry’s backing aside, what else can he bring to the club? 


Laurent has spent the last decade managing various clubs in the Middle East. Just a few include Monaco, Al-Nast, Al-Dhafra and Al Orobah. It’s not just managing that he’s been a part of, he’s also been a big part of a lot of clubs coaching staff and with him playing such a big part, he’s now been managing since 1990.

The long list of clubs year after year may be a worry that he hasn’t been able to stay at a club for a long period of time, although if he does well in this deal, he could be tempted to stay with Oldham. 

Chairman’s Backing 

Once the deal was done, Oldham chairman, Abdallah Lemsagam said he was delighted to welcome the Frenchman and, that he was looking forward to working with him in the 2019/20 campaign. He believes he has chosen the right man to take his club forward, and if he can deliver this would mean more money to invest in players and transfers, better results and hopefully climbing the league. 

What can Laurent Banide Bring to Oldham Athletic Next Season

Is it a fresh start or the same old for Oldham Athletic?

Oldham Athletic have announced that the former French Monaco manager Laurent Banide, would be taking charge of the League Two team who only achieved a 14th place finish in the EFL League Two by the end of the 2018/19 season.

Since the departure of Lee Johnson in February of 2015, Oldham Athletic have appointed 10 different managers, including the likes of Stephen Robinson, Frankie Bunn, Pete Wild and even a month-long spell for the Manchester United legend and Oldham Athletic boyhood fan Paul Scholes, in the hopes of brightening the future of the club. If Banide can last a full season with Oldham Athletic, he would be the longest-serving manager at the club since Lee Johnson.

Banide got the spot as coach of Monaco in 2005 after being involved in the coaching staff since 1993, meaning he has accumulated almost 15 years experience of managing at a competitive football level and over 25 years of coaching experience in general. With his most recent ventures taking him to manage at the top level of football in countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

A big contrast to the recently appointed and disappointed Paul Scholes, who had no managerial experience, Oldham Athletic’s chairman Abdallah Lemsagam says, “He brings a lot of experience to this club and I’m looking forward to working alongside him in the 2019/20 campaign”.

Oldham Athletic were relegated to the lowest tier of the English Football League at the end of the 2017/18 season, and with another sub-par season in their new competition, it is evident that a new approach was needed.

Ever since the founding of the beloved Greater Manchester club, Oldham Athletic have never had a manager from outside of the UK and Ireland, Banide is the first.

Oldham Athletic’s new approach shows a degree of determination and professionalism, can Banide’s wealth of managerial experience take Oldham Athletic back to League One and beyond? And short of appointing the likes of Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho, if Banide can’t improve this Oldham squad, then who can?

It will be an interesting 2019/20 season for Banide and Oldham. Can they adopt stability or will Banide join the long list of managers who failed to last a full season with Oldham Athletic?

Two Replacements For David Silva Man City Should Be Looking At This Summer

It’s been revealed this week that David Silva could be leaving Man City pretty soon. 

The City midfielder is set to get his testimonial next year to mark a decade of his services at the Manchester side. The 33-year-old signed for the blues in 2010 for £26 million, he has since won four premier league titles, two FA Cups and four league cups with City.

After all the success, it is believed that Silva has always wanted to end his football career exactly where he started back at Las Palmas. He started his youth career on the island of San Fernando and not only does he want to go back for himself, but he would also love to bring up his son, Mateo, in the same place he grew up.

With this being said, who should Pep Guardiola look at in case he needs a replacement sooner rather than later? 

Youri Tielemans 

The Belgian midfielder is currently on loan from Monaco to Leicester City. The 22-year-old has made 13 appearances for Leicester and managed 3 goals in that time. He would be a great young replacement for City and, it would be a great move for the midfielder as a permanent move rather than a loan. Pep may have some competition on his hands though as it is believed that United are also looking at him. 

Phil Foden

I know what you’re thinking. Does he already play for City? Yes. But the 19-year-old has only managed 18 appearances since 2017, he’s bagged one goal too in that time but he’s never been the first choice with such a strong midfield already existing.

Maybe now that a position has opened up, he may get a look into and be the next big thing. He’s spent all his youth at City and he also holds the record for the clubs youngest goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League. Investing time in the youngster would also be cheaper than investing in other options. 

Hot Prospect: 3 Reasons Why Man City’s Taylor Richards Will Be Worth Big Money

At the top of the Premier League, most clubs spend massive amounts of money to maintain their position and challenge for the Premier League.

This sometimes, however, comes at a cost, often some of the best young players in the world don’t get the game time they need. and move on to further their development. Often coming back to hurt clubs such as Jadon Sancho’s move to Borrusia Dortmund.

The latest young English talent rumoured to be attracting interest from the continent is Manchester City’s young midfielder Taylor Richards. Who has been touted as the next Kevin DeBruyne by the Man City youth coaches, and has seen him train with City’s Under 23’s since the age of 16.

Richards was the top scorer for City in the UEFA Youth League last season and, helped the Citizens Under 18’s win a Northern Premier League. It’s this raw talent that has seen Richards frequently training with Pep Guardiola’s first team squad, containing world class players such as Aguero, Sterling and Sane.

With all the interest currently buzzing around young Taylor Richards, we thought we’d take a look at the three things that will allow City to put a huge price tag on the London born player should he want to leave the club…


If the early reports are to be believed about young Richards then he has all the raw potential in the world and could go as far as he wanted to in football, the early comparisons to De Bruyne will give fans across the globe just how highly he is rated at City.

This generation of English players such as Sancho and others seems to be the best crop for many years, and this has seen clubs from across Europe take notice of them.


The interest in Richards will surely see City drive up the price of one of their biggest talents. Italian giants Inter Milan are rumoured to be interested and Monaco has a bid turned down last season. Whilst its the latest fashion on the continent to have a young English player in your team, the cost of these players has risen.

City will also want to make sure that they don’t get stung by another Sancho-esque player who left the club on the cheap, after refusing a new contract due to assurances about game time.

Current Ability

From what he has already won in his career it is very obvious that the 18-year-old is a very technically able player, and based on that alone City could demand a fortune. Scoring goals for fun in youth football and leading City youth teams to National and International success will have lead to, I’m sure, many clubs both at home and abroad paying close attention to Richards and his development.

Whilst Richards has never played senior football, coming through the youth ranks of Fulham and Manchester City, before long I’m sure City will want to test him in senior games so I’d watch out for him in the upcoming pre-season. If he is still a city player that is

Pep Goes Against His Former Team Barcelona For Ajax Star Matthijs de Ligt But What’s All The Fuss About?

Manchester City are always on the lookout for Europe’s best talent to improve their already incredible team, and none come more exciting than Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

With the possible departure of Nicolas Otamendi and legendary club captain Vincent Kompany getting to his twilight years, City need to continue their impressive recruitment by bringing in a player of age and quality – De Ligt fits the bill perfectly.

It seems Ajax are going to be a victim of their own success this transfer window, much like Monaco a few seasons ago. Ajax have built a team of talented youngsters and they have all seemed to come to fruition at the same time. With most of the European giants starting to hover around, it looks like the Dutch defender is the target for Pep’s old side Barcelona also, with the competition for buying the best hots up massively again this year.

The 19-year-old looks strong in the air and his passing game would suit Pep Guardiola’s style perfectly, however his tackling can let him down at times. This is where Kompany’s experience and guidance in his latter years would pay dividends.

De Ligt has also found himself on scoresheet four times this season in his 45 appearances, as Ajax push for the Eredivisie title and a possible Champions League final.

The 63m rated star is already a full Dutch international, with 15 appearances and one goal for his country – which in itself speaks volumes of this lads talent and hype. No doubt many clubs will be linked, nevertheless, when Man City come knocking, especially with Pep, you can’t see many players turning that chance down lightly.

Manchester City fans what do you think, do you think De Ligt fits the Pep bill perfectly, or is there someone else you’d prefer?