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2 other Man Utd players that should follow Matic out of the door in January

Man Utd midfielder Matic may be on the move

According to the Telegraph, midfielder Nemanja Matic is edging closer to a Man Utd exit in the January transfer window. A move that may be welcomed.

Apparently, Matic could be leaving Man Utd in January after he has received interest from other clubs. He has also fallen behind in the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Scott McTominay and Fred are favoured more in the midfield of late. AC Milan and Inter Milan have supposedly shown Matic some interest and he looks like he is willing to go.

Some Man Utd fans would probably be happy to see him go. However, he wouldn’t be the only one.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be reluctant to sell some of his players as the future of others, like Paul Pogba, is still unknown. Alongside the lack of midfield options he has on his hands at the moment, OGS can not afford to lose another player in this area of his squad.

Here are two players who should follow Matic should he leave in January…

Man Utd defender Phil Jones

Most Man United fans would probably agree that Phil Jones needs to go. The 27-year-old has fallen way out of favour at Man United.

It is safe to say that Old Trafford wouldn’t exactly miss him. Man United are going through a time of developing young talent and moving forward.

It doesn’t look like Phil Jones is part of that plan, so why not let him go?

Ashley Young

Even though the 34-year-old still gets game time, some fans think his time at Old Trafford is up.

When January comes around, some fans may want to see a replacement for Young drafted in.

To get some new talent brought in when the transfer window opens, Man United will need to make some money and open up some spaces.

Who do you want to see leave Old Trafford?

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?

2 Serie A midfielders Man Utd need to replace Matic in the winter window

Man Utd could lose yet another midfielder as Juventus have their eyes on Nemanja Matic for the January window, meaning that the Reds have to sign someone as a replacement…

Nemanja Matic has rarely featured this season under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He made his first appearance in the 1-1 draw against Southampton as a substitute, a questionable decision as the defensive midfielder is far from a match-winner.

Matic’s first start for the Reds this season came against Leicester City as Pogba was out injured. Although the Serbian did little to harm the team’s performance, the introduction of Fred in his place allowed Man Utd to take much more control of the game, particularly in the midfield.

Falling out of the first team, Matic has been unhappy with the amount of game time he is currently getting. Now, Italians are set to hijack yet another Man Utd man as Juventus are weighing up a deal for Matic in January.

As January transfers are often difficult to accomplish, Solskjaer should begin preparing for his replacement by considering these two Serie A midfielders for the transfer window…

Blaise Matuidi

Man Utd could cleverly swap the experienced defensive midfielder for someone of similar calibre. Matuidi is one of the fiercest midfielders in the game, and would successfully serve as a more commanding figure than Matic in front of Man Utd’s back four.

Furthermore, Matuidi won the World Cup with Paul Pogba and the French connection in the midfield could give Man Utd an impressive second-half to the season.

Suso

Man Utd’s main problem in their unbeaten pre-season, was the 25-year-old Italian who ran the midfield in their face-off with AC Milan, scoring a wonderful goal.

Able to play the wing also, this attacking-midfielder has the creativity and finesse to massively increase Man Utd’s goal tally.

Although there would still be a hole in the defensive midfield position, Scott McTominay is rapidly becoming a solid first-team player for Man Utd.

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.

Matic beef: Is midfielder right to place Man Utd blame on Solskjaer?

Nemanja Matic is unhappy with not being in the first team at Man Utd, as Solskjaer is the first manager to drop the Serbian from the starting eleven…

He has gone on to make a bold statement regarding the future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd.

One thing Man Utd fans are happy about is the discarding of players deemed as ‘deadwood’, including Sanchez, Lukaku, Fellaini, Darmian and Smalling. As well as players like Young, Jones, Rojo and Matic himself being dropped from the starting eleven.

Perhaps Matic is unaware of the frustration he causes the fans with his performances. In pre-season, it was evident that the Serbian could not cope with Solskjaer’s system.

He regularly loses possession, slows down attacks and opts for the easy pass as opposed to a positive and progressive pass. Matic’s one appearance this season came in the latter stages of the 1-1 draw away to Southampton. A poor managerial decision as both substitutes, Matic and Lingard, made no impact whatsoever.

Matic has said, “The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title, and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility“. And here is why he is wrong to make this statement…

What did Matic do wrong?

By assuming that Solskjaer should be aiming to win the title, is demonstrates either delusion or misinformation. Man Utd should be well-aware that this side will struggle to make top 4, let alone a league title.

It appears that the Serbian is undermining the managerial decisions which will cause friction in the dressing room. Should Ole succumb to Matic’s needs, the hierarchy of the club would become skewed.

Are there any positive outcomes to this?

Man Utd fans on social media have been begging for the return of Fred. As he can’t be any worse than the current set up, right?

With Matic undermining the manager, Fred may have a chance to overtake him in the game-time priorities, giving the Reds a quick, creative Brazilian who is a brilliant midfielder when in form.

Forget Matic: Man Utd should look at these replacements with Italian giants circling

Man Utd’s current midfield is severely lacking in-depth and quality. With Juventus looking to take Nemanja Matic, it leaves yet another hole to fill…

Matic has been dropped to the bench behind Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba. With Pogba likely to leave in summer, Matic could be following suit.

Whilst the Reds desperately need first team midfielders, such as Bruno Fernandes or Christian Eriksen. They may have to replace a midfielder on the bench too.

Despite recent years indicating that Man Utd have little to no intention of investing in their squad, losing Pogba and Matic will mean that two or three midfielders must be acquired in summer.

Regarding this midfield crisis, here are two midfielders Man Utd should sign regardless of the futures of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.

James Maddison

Man Utd are hopeless in creating chances. James Maddison, on the other hand, is fantastic at it. The Englishman created 100 chances in the Premier League last season, more than any other player.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder fits the mould of Solskjaer’s ideal transfer target; young, talented and British.

Sergio Busquets

Busquets made a name for himself by shining for Barcelona over the past decade. The 31-year-old would be a like-for-like replacement for Matic as the Spaniard enjoys sitting in front of the back four and guarding them.

A fairly big signing for Man Utd. He would replace Scott McTominay as the number one central defensive midfielder. Despite McTominay showing great professionalism and hard work, the 22 year-old doesn’t quite make the cut for being in a title contending side just yet.

In summer, Man Utd fans were disappointed by not obtaining any new midfielders. The consequences are already beginning to take place. The Reds already need at least one more first-team midfielder. Losing Pogba and Matic means at least three midfielders are needed, and getting them all is very unlikely.

So unfortunately for Man Utd fans, it appears that next season will be similar in terms of their midfield crisis.

Juventus look to take 3 more Man Utd players to Serie A

The Italian giants are pre-planning their world domination with a list of transfer targets to approach in the January and Summer transfer windows…

Three of Juve’s transfer targets are current Man Utd players, as yet another Italian club looks to tout Manchester’s talent.

Since Solskjaer’s arrival, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling have all departed for Italian clubs, Inter Milan, Parma and Roma respectively.

Man Utd’s current squad is a mismatch of previous manager’s signings, homegrown talents and new signings. But it looks as though Solskjaer is weeding out players that don’t fit his vision for the future of the club.

Although fans seem to be on board with Ole’s reshaping of the squad, losing these players to Juventus would be a huge blow to the side…

Eric Bailly

Despite regular injuries, Eric Bailly is a quick, fierce and competent defender, old-school with his challenges. If Juve is looking for a brilliant defender to step in as a squad player, Bailly is a great option.

However, for Man Utd, losing Bailly would not be such a good thing. Without Harry Maguire or Lindelof, Solskjaer’s next option is Axel Tuanzebe. Should the youngster struggle with first-team football, the only experienced defenders to step in are Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. Both have been under-performing for several seasons.

Nemanja Matic

Matic featured almost every game under Jose Mourinho but has been dropped to the bench behind Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba.

His one appearance this season was as a substitution in an attempt to get a win against a defensive Southampton. It’s safe to say that he had no impact whatsoever.

Moving Matic out of the squad would allow for Fred to be given more opportunities to show what he can do, an in form Fred could change Man Utd’s midfield crisis.

David De Gea

The worst thing for Man Utd to happen is for the world’s best goalkeeper to walk out of the door for free.

Amid talks of a £350k per week contract, it is likely that the Spaniard is holding out to see if the Reds can achieve Champions League football. If they fail, De Gea’s wage will decrease to £263k per week.

In January, De Gea can enter negotiations with European clubs. With Man Utd’s poor form and poor squad, a top-four spot is a long shot. Meaning this could be De Gea’s last season at Old Trafford.

2 players that must impress in the international break for Man Utd

Solskjaer’s Man Utd side has struggled this season after they thrashed Chelsea 4-0, picking up 2 points in three winnable games…

After a painful to watch 1-1 draw against Southampton away, the international break could not have come at a worse time. Solskjaer will be eager to get the lads together in order to fix as much as he can in a squad that lacks both depth and quality.

On the up-side, should some of their players have fantastic games for their countries, they could return with a fresh start and full of confidence.

For example, Marcus Rashford for England, Scott McTominay for Scotland and Daniel James for Wales are all players with enough quality to be key to Man Utd. Each of them has performed well in some areas, and poorly in others. If they can perform well for their countries, they should return with the self-belief to see them through the tough weeks ahead.

However, there are two players in particular who must perform well for their national sides in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Proving to their club manager that their current dip in form is merely a blip and that they still have the quality to impact the squad.

Jesse Lingard

Lingard has been under heavy scrutiny recently, due to his poor performances, lack of impact and seemingly undeserved trust from the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With players like Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood all capable of taking Lingard’s various starting positions, he truly needs to up his game, as protection from Solskjaer can only go on for so long.

The Englishman has failed to record a Premier League goal or assist in the 2019 calendar year so far but has been selected for national duty based on previous good performances for England.

Nemanja Matic

Matic has been entirely dropped for Man Utd’s starting eleven. Making only one brief appearance in an attempt to win the game in the closing minutes against Southampton. Yes, Solskjaer opted for a slow, lethargic defensive midfielder to clinch a win against Southampton…

However, Matic will face Portugal with Serbia. Portugal will be a heavily attacking, high quality and intense side to play against. Should Matic shine in this game with his once-notable ability to break down opposition attacks, he could find his way into Man Utd’s starting eleven, particularly against high quality, attacking sides.

2 players who should have their contracts renewed at Man Utd, agreed?

Man Utd has eight contracts expiring at the end of the 19/20 campaign. One of which is David De Gea, who is rumoured to be extending his contract with the Reds. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two other players who must have their contracts renewed for the betterment of the club…

Man Utd is currently in the process of a ‘rebuild’. The team selections against Chelsea and Wolves saw last season’s regular starters either on the bench or sat at home. For example, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young and Juan Mata. This demonstrates the inefficiencies of last seasons squad and how the Reds need to move on from the lacklustre side they have been in recent years.

Ashley Young could be an option as a rotation full-back. But with the likes of Diogo Dalot and Axel Tuanzebe able to perform in those positions, his services are likely to be unnecessary.

Nemanja Matic has the option for a further year, but his services should be ended if Man Utd can land a few decent midfielders in next summer’s transfer window, or January’s. Matic’s strengths do not align with the high-pressing, fast-paced and quick-thinking philosophies which Solskjaer is trying to instil into his squad.

Man Utd has several players who need moving on or having their contracts terminated. But which two contracts should Man Utd definitely extend and why?

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

This Dutch 21-year old is the type of player who doesn’t come by too often. He plays all across the backline as well as central defensive midfield. He has gained experience with Crystal Palace and Fulham on loan deals but was cursed with an injury last season.

Many ponder why this youngster isn’t in Man Utd’s first-team squad, especially with tremendous weaknesses in the central defensive midfield role.

If Fosu-Mensah can remain fit he would be a fantastic, versatile and talented squad player for the Reds.

Eric Bailly

Before Victor Lindelof became a fan favourite last season, most Man Utd fans agreed that Bailly was their best defender, when fit.

Bailly is perfect for Solskjaer’s Man Utd, he is good with the ball, only 25 years old and a very brave and committed defender. His ability to bring the ball out from the back is far beyond that of Chris Smalling’s and fairly superior to Phil Jones’, who both have crippling weaknesses in other areas.

With 7 senior defenders, Man Utd should offload Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, fetching the club around £50million. Leaving their best four defenders at Solskjaer’s discretion.

Bailly’s injuries have plagued his career with Man Utd so far. But a fully fit Eric Bailly could work well with both Maguire and Lindelof. Should they ever need a back three, Man Utd’s defence on paper would be impenetrable.

Should Man Utd’s medical team deem Bailly’s injury too serious, terminating his contract would be understandable.

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