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?
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.
The dark cloud over Old Trafford appears to be fading. What does Man Utd’s 4-0 thrashing over Lampard mean for the Red Devils as they march on?
No honest Man Utd or Chelsea fan can admit they saw that coming. Despite Chelsea having moments of showing how they can find themselves in dangerous areas, the attacks were always snuffed.
Man Utd and Chelsea are in similar situations, both have a much weaker squad than they have done in the years gone by, both feel they are underachieving and both are managed by a club legend.
This occasion was truly boys versus men. Man Utd allowed Chelsea the arrogance to try and bring the game to the Reds on their home turf, backfiring 4 goals from 5 shots on target. Which leads on to the first key thing we learned from Solskjaer’s 4-0 win…
Romelu Lukaku’s departure from the club left many fans scratching their heads. Where on Earth was Manchester United going to get their goals from?
If Man Utd had just beaten Norwich, Sheffield Utd or Newcastle 4-0, with respect to those clubs, there would still be concern about how Man Utd will cope this season.
However, in a campaign where Man Utd are fighting for 4th place with Chelsea and Arsenal, the Reds have already sent one of them to the bins. With a fairly given penalty buried by Rashford, he continued to show how much bottle he has.
A real number nine goal for Man Utd’s number nine. It saw Man Utd play it out to the wing, whipped in across goal from Pereira and met in front of the net by Anthony Martial to make it 2-0.
Merely seconds later, a beautiful pass behind the Chelsea defence came from a quiet Paul Pogba, controlled and slotted home by Marcus Rashford. Challenging Martial for his striker spot.
Finally, a dream debut for substitute Daniel James. As Pogba drove forward, the Welsh speedster caught up to him on his right-hand side, was played in and buried it home.
Basically, Man Utd can score goals this season.
Ole agrees! Team selection
Man Utd fans worldwide disagree on many things, to the abuse of players, to the ownership to how nice the new strip is. But one thing they all agree on is that Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Nemanja Matic are crucial to why Man Utd will fail this season.
Be it silly mistakes, lack of quality or inability to keep up with the new style of play; Solskjaer gave none of them game time today.
It is positive for fans to see their club moving forward, after falling behind for so many years. It appears the concerns of the fans are also the concerns of Solskjaer and all are on the same page with how this Man Utd team should look, behave and perform. Unfortunately, the Reds are merely and injury or two away from having an inadequate squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are doomed before the season has even started. Here is why.
Since landing the job on a permanent basis, Solskjaer has pledged to ‘rebuild’ this Man Utd squad. He also assured the fans that he ‘will be successful’ and will be ‘ruthless’ with his squad.
Despite these promises, very little has changed. Two players have exited, Ander Herrera (the club’s second-best midfielder) and Romelu Lukaku (the club’s most prolific goalscorer). Could these two really have been who Solskjaer meant when he said we ‘wouldn’t see’ some of these players again? Surely not.
There are both positives and negatives to come out of this transfer window. Naturally, we’ll start with the negatives…
So, with the Reds losing a striker and a midfielder. Who have they brought in to replace them? Two defenders from lower clubs and a winger from Swansea. Fantastic business, no?
Given the benefit of the doubt, Solskjaer will likely not have purposely lied to the fans. More so, the board have once again let a manager down.
During the uproar of fan concern and protest against the ‘higher-ups’ in the clubs, we saw leaks about promising players such as Paulo Dybala, Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen, all of which did not materialise.
As it stands, with ins and outs, Man Utd have a transfer window net spend of £70million. Man Utd needed to invest upwards of £200million to have a fighting chance at winning anything this season.
This is the biggest and richest club in English football with the weakest squad, fans have seen in well over 20 years. The same club that has promised a rebuild and success to the fans. Once again, let down.
Solskjaer has said that he would only want players who are keen to play for Man Utd, hence why deals with big players fell through. As Man Utd is ultimately a step-down from Juventus and even Tottenham, as of current circumstances.
However, last season Solskjaer also stated that big names are eager to join his team. Whilst their only acquisitions were players from Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Swansea City. Despite this, the signings made do look promising…
The introduction of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have turned a laughing stock of defence, into one of the most elite defences in the Premier League. To this, hats off.
Wan-Bissaka has proven in pre-season to be practically unbeatable and will be a huge upgrade from Ashley Young. Who despite his best efforts, is not cut out for challenging for titles.
With Harry Maguire, fans know what they’re getting. A solid, English, Premier League proven defender whose mistakes are few and far between. A huge upgrade on Eric Bailly, who is always injured. Phil Jones, who tends to forget which side he plays for. And Chris Smalling, who’s decent performances are one in ten.
Daniel James gives some insight into the future projections of Man Utd. The fact they have any at all will be good news for fans.
Drastic. Football games are won and lost in the midfield. Manchester United have a Paul Pogba who doesn’t want to be there. Andreas Pereira who is set to be Man Utd’s next 27-year-old ‘youth prospect’ and Scott McTominay who is a fantastic footballer, but totally unproven in the red jersey. There is also Fred and Matic who practically do nothing but give the ball away.
It will be a tough season for Man Utd. But remember, it most likely isn’t the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It is evident that he loves the club. The best-case scenario would be for the amazing youth talents to come through and show the rest how it’s done.
Fans will have to do their bit and support through thick and thin. As most of the Man Utd squad can’t be trusted to perform, the fans should remain consistently supportive throughout the season. If not for the club, then for every moment of glory that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given them in the years gone by.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
The attributes that drew the attention of Man Utd are his fantastic passing abilities. The youngster is capable of picking out long passes, progressing play and being very aware of the positioning and movement of his teammates. Hence why he is being dubbed ‘the new Michael Carrick’.
Here are two alternatives to overpaying for an unproven midfielder.
Nainggolan is a 31-year-old midfielder for Inter Milan. According to recent reports, he has been mentioned to Man Utd in a swap deal (plus cash) for their striker Romelu Lukaku.
Solskjaer’s midfield is currently very inexperienced after losing Herrera and Fellaini. Leaving the very slow and lethargic Nemanja Matic to take charge of a young midfield, all of which are better than him. Nainggolan would add mature, defensive stability for Solskjaer and would not demand more than 30 games a season. The other positive is that Lukaku would be gone also, who has fallen out of favour with the manager.
According to Transfermarkt, Leicester City’s Ndidi is worth around £31.5million. More proven in the Premier League than Longstaff, 22-year-old Ndidi is a defensive midfielder. He can replace Nemanja Matic who is incapable of keeping up with Solskjaer’s ‘Ole ball’; a fast-paced, high-pressing, counter-attacking style of play.
The Nigerian’s price may be ramped up to around £50million, the fee Newcastle expects for Longstaff, due to Man Utd’s links to fellow Leicester City man Harry Maguire.
However, a midfield of Ndidi, Pogba and McTominay would be perfect. Composed of strength, pace, Man Utd identity and Premier League talent.
Leicester City’sHarry Maguire to Manchester United deal is looking more realistic by the day, and here is what the fans think about it
Social Media and modern football don’t always mix well, as millions upon millions of fans throw their opinions at the wall. Today, The Football Manc Cave will delve into Twitter and pull out some of those fan opinions, which give a general feeling about how people feel about Harry Maguire to Manchester United.
According to reports, Maguire will be fetching £80million for the move from Leicester City, a world-record transfer fee for a defender. Interestingly a similar figure Real Madrid paid for the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo.
A select few are displeased with the huge sum of money for Maguire’s services.
In recent seasons, Manchester United’s defence has been a source of negativity for the red devils. As a result, fans have pointed the finger at the likes of Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Nemanja Matic as they believe these players are incapable of keeping up with the force of Premier League attackers.
Some fans believe the figure of £80million is far too high for the English centre-back. However, other fans feel that the fee doesn’t matter as Maguire will improve the ever-failing Man Utd defence.
Ole GunnarSolskjaer is looking to Southampton’s Mario Lemina to bolster the Man United midfield
Manchester United are having a midfield crisis. Having Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera exiting the club last season and Paul Pogba seeking a move away to a Champions League level side.
According to reports, Mario Lemina has not joined Southampton on their pre-season tour in Austria, amid doubts about his future with The Saints.
The Gabonese midfielder Lemina, 25, joined Southampton from Juventus for around £15million in the summer of 2017. The Football Manc Cave understands that Southampton is ready to listen to offers that will merely recoup the money they spent on him, meaning a bid in the region of around £20million would be a realistic amount.
Last season, Lemina made 23 appearances for Southampton, making 2.7 tackles per 90 minutes, compared to Nemanja Matic’s 1.7 tackles per 90 in the Premier League. This statistic demonstrates his value in the defensive role in midfield and could provide the Manchester United back four with a more solid character ahead of them.
By also bringing in Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United would have a fairly solid midfield.
Fernandes can play the creative role, attacking the back four and providing intricate passes behind the defence for the likes of Martial and Rashford.
Lemina would sit in front of the defence. Standing at six foot tall, he can win the ball in the deeper sections of the midfield and move it forward to the creative midfielders.
Scott McTominay impressed many Manchester United fans last season, and will likely see the green on many occasions during the upcoming season. He can play as a ball-winning, box-to-box midfielder, capable of influencing both the attack and defence.
Should business go to plan, we could see a much more balanced Manchester United midfield next season, which could transform the entire shape, attitude and work rate of the team.
What can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer do with the remainder of this summer transfer window with Manchester United?
In a recent interview with MUTV, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated: “We have been good in the market so far and we’re still working on a case or two.“
The Football Manc Cave are aware that Man United are currently chasing the signatures of Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Sean Longstaff, amongst others who appear low-priority.
However, Manchester United are in need of a huge overhaul in the squad, by preparing youth on loan, selling players who don’t fit the mould and bringing in players who do.
So, aside from the aforementioned three players who appear likely to sign for Solskjaer’s Red Devils. What other business can be done to provide Manchester United with a top 4 finish next season?
Axel Tuanzebe spent last season on loan to Aston Villa, where he helped clinch them a promotion amongst a stadium of fans singing his name. It is fair to say that this youngster should be given first-team football with the reds next season. However, there are a few players who could follow suit and return ready for first-team action.
Should Mason Greenwood not be part of next season’s plans, for whatever mind-boggling reason. He should be loaned to a Championship side to gain first-team experience in a highly competitive competition. Regarding the immense quality of Greenwood, compared to the lack of quality of Manchester United, he should not be loaned to a Premier League side as he could potentially carry them to a position higher than his parent club. The same could be said for the likes of James Garner and Angel Gomes who may not see much action in the upcoming campaign.
This would be music to Manchester United fan’s ears, a long list of players to get rid of as soon as possible. There is no animosity towards the individuals, other than the fact that they are simply not good enough to play for the most successful team in English football.
Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young have provided recent performances that show the world that they are not fit to be a part of a title-challenging team.
The likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, and Jesse Lingard have been in the spotlight for their off-field antics whilst providing barely a spark on the pitch last season.
These players should be left out of the Manchester United squad in order to preserve the quality and integrity of the club. With Jesse Lingard being a youth-product and an ambassador of the club, he may well deserve another chance to prove himself in the red shirt.
It isn’t a secret that Manchester United are fighting for Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, who would undoubtedly strengthen the creativity and solidarity of the team. However, an established right-winger and a more technically gifted striker could complete the rebuild of Solskjaer’s squad.
On the right-wing, Jadon Sancho would fit perfectly with his ability to cope with modern football as well as the culture of Manchester United. Where the right-winger has always been the type of character to get fans off their seats.
In terms of a striker, Manchester United need an intelligent, tactically aware, prolific finisher to stand up top and cause nightmares for the defence. Solskjaer should be looking at the likes of Arsenal’s Aubameyang or even ex-Chelsea man Diego Costa.
Should these goals be unattainable, Solskjaer could always stick on his boots and show the Man United forwards how it should be done.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.