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‘Selling Lukaku is a Bad Move’ ‘Cashing In Is a Great Move’ Man United Fans Split On Strikers Link Away

Romelu Lukaku has been strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan in recent days, as former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte looks to set to be in charge of the Serie A side next season.

After a great start to life at Old Trafford, many goal droughts, injuries and struggles have seen the Belgian strikers time decline over time. There was a purple patch during the early part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s caretaker time in charge when Lukaku was finding the net with ease.

Nevertheless, on the whole, it’s not really worked out for the former Everton man. He seems to have lost confidence in himself and looks a shadow of the striker he was at West Brom and Everton.

A move away from the Premier League may be a good move for Lukaku. Especially with the Euro’s coming up at the end of next season, he won’t want to be warming the bench again inside Old Trafford.

It seems Lukaku is a bit of a marmite player at Man United, fans want him to stay and go in even numbers.

Whichever side of the fence you’re on, it seems the Belgium’s time being a Red Devil may be nearing an end…

Is Man United Target Wan-Bissaka Worth 50m

After a more than an impressive first season, Crystal Palace star full back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has unsurprisingly received interest from a host of top flights clubs.

The 21-year-old fullback holds an impressive resume boasting the second most interceptions and, the third most tackles out of any other player in the 2018/2019 season.

Illustrating his talent, Wan-Bissaka has demonstrated he epitomises the modern full back. With United’s reported opening bid of £25m likely to be rejected, one would expect Palace to ramp up the price on his head to a figure at least around the 50m mark. The fact he is English will add weight to the price tag, bearing in mind the amount of money homegrown players currently exchange hands for in the Premier League.

However, does just one breakthrough season justify the inflated price tag?

Perhaps if United are not willing to pay, other clubs may not hesitate to pay the expensive sum. Thus, leaving Solskjaer to not risk taking any chances, especially since Antonio Valencia’s departure has left a space at RB and Diego Dalot’s recent performances defiantly suggest he could do with some friendly competition. With Manchester City chock-full of full backs and Chelsea stranded in a transfer ban, United may be at the forefront to sign the young prospect.

Amid the state the Red Devils are in, is Solskjaer willing to risk out on losing a seemingly promising player. It is impossible to say Wan-Bissaka is worth £50m after just one season, however, if United do not pay this maybe someone else will. Although you would think United could outbid rivals Spurs and Arsenal in a bidding war.

Let’s also remember United paid circa £30m for Luke Shaw four years ago, and City will often pay £40 – £50 for full backs. At 21 years of age, he may not be worth the extortionate sum, but in modern market conditions, the risk of not meeting this amount could mean United could miss out on one of England’s hottest prospects.

DOMINO EFFECT: Pogba Leaves and These 3 Players Are Welcomed in Through The Man United Doors

Much will be made of this season’s summer transfer window, Man United will seemingly be linked with anyone who may be slightly available. However, the outgoings may cause as many headlines as the incomings.

Paul Pogba will no doubt hog the headlines, with his, is he staying or is he going story line. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret that he wants his business done early and preferably before the pre-season campaign starts. With the Red Devils looking to have a good start to the season following a dreadful end to the season in which United finished 6th.

A move to Real Madrid seems very much on the cards, amidst reports he is set to become the club captain at Old Trafford – Two very contrasting news stories.

However, if the Pogba to Real Madrid move happens, then the Norwegian boss will be looking to get some new fresh faces in through the doors as soon as possible.

We think these three bright young players would fit in nicely at Old Trafford…

Joao Felix

The Benfica striker is one of the hottest properties around at the minute. In only his first season in professional football, Felix bagged 14 goals and seven assists in his 20 games.

United need a consistent striker, and this 19-year-old may be the answer as Solskjaer looks to provide a bright future at Old Trafford.

We looked a little more in depth at Felix here

Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe has lit up Ligue 1 on the right wing this season for Lille. Solskjaer needs to create a balance within the team, and the right-wing role has been a troublesome spot to fill this year with no real recognised player in the first team squad.

Having scored 21 and provided 11 assists, Pepe is something United need and the fans would love to watch

Tanguy Ndombele

The defensive midfielder has been a person of interest to the blue side of Manchester already this summer, as they see Ndombele being a long term replacement for Ferdandinho.

Having lost Ander Herrera, and with Matic not getting any younger, Lyon’s defensive midfielder may be a good shout to bring in to provide much-needed cover for United defence.

THE LOWDOWN: Man United Linked with Another Championship Youngster, Stoke’s Nathan Collins – Could He Cut It at Old Trafford

Ahead of what will hopefully be a busy summer window for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks eager to bolster his side with young talent.

Recommended by Darren Fletcher, United look set to make a move for 18-year-old Irishman and Stoke City centre half Nathan Collins. With the terrible performances of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling of late, it seems apparent another centre back is necessary.

Still failing to replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand so many seasons on, United have been left with a void at the back. With Victor Lindelof showing signs of promise, Solskjaer is desperate for a fixed term partnership at the back. Therefore, what the manager can learn from his predecessors’ mistakes, is that to not sign short term players for long term problems.

At just 18-years-old, the Irish defender Collins has shown great potential during his time at the Potters. Although perhaps he may not be just ready to play week in week out at United at the moment, signing young talent will certainly be a step in the right direction for the Red Devils, as they look to build a solid foundation for the future.

Perhaps Collins could be the first signing of what will be the rebuild of an ageing and lacklustre Man United team. With Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and others making their moves into the first-team, Solskjaer looks apparent to favour youth. With an unmotivated team that should be ripped apart this transfer window, hungry youngsters like Collins will have the opportunity to prove themselves on the big stage and hopefully re-ignite the United Way.

Man United fans are you excited at the news of Nathan Collins possibly arriving?

Should Man United go for Gareth Bale this summer?

Nearly twelve months ago Gareth Bale, scored a Champions League Final goal that will go down in history as one of the best ever in European football.

With Real Madrid’s game against Liverpool hanging on a knife-edge at 1-1, up stepped the Welshmen with an overhead kick that turned the tie so far in the favour of ‘Los Blancos’, they never looked back as they strolled magnificently towards a 3-1 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Yet despite almost single handily winning Real their 13th European Title, Bale has been frozen out dramatically in the Spanish capital this season. Zinedine Zidane left last summer, only too come back again after his two successors flopped as badly as Bale’s Madrid career has done.

ZiZou has told the former Tottenham star his time at the Bernabeu is over, and will play little game time under him as Real recover from a season which by their standards, has been a shocker.

Here in Britain, we feel Gareth Bale has lacked every sense of compassion needed to excel in a white shirt, despite scoring over 100 goals in six seasons. With his own career at a cross-road, it’s now time for the Welsh wizard to come back to where to all started.

Not at Southampton though, where the winger began his career now over a decade ago. Only a return to Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino, or up north to Old Trafford under Solskjaer will be where Bale can reignite his career.

Under Ed Woodward, United have gone for the Harlem Globetrotters route in order to win their 21st league title. Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have all been recruited to get themselves back to former glory. Sadly for Woodward, three previous managers and millions of worldwide fans, nothing seems to have worked.

Following this type of model may mean Bale is simply the wrong route to go down. At 30, United may only see him at peak level for two maybe three seasons at a push, but the Red Devils need to find success on the pitch quickly, therefore, they may have no choice but to make their move.

On an 18 million euros salary a year, the question could be who can afford him. According to the Guardian, Bale isn’t up for moving anyway unless he sees a team he finds just right.

Yet, he will know perfectly well how the land lies with regards to his future under Zidane. If going off past history under Daniel Levy, Tottenham would probably be unable to afford his high salary and manager Pochettino has left the door wide open regarding his own future.

United know who will be their manager come August and Bale himself knows that Thursday night football awaits him in the Europa League, should he swap white for red. On the other hand, a player of his statue is far to good to sit on the bench at Getafe FC away on a Sunday night.

The Premier League will welcome the talented forward back home with open arms. With Eden Hazard set to leave Chelsea, English football needs a star-studded replacement. It’s time United took the plunge.

THE LOWDOWN: Who Is Supposed Man Utd Target Elif Emas

The rumour mill will continue to throw names out across the crazy season AKA the summer transfer window. One name that has cropped up recently is Fenerbahce’s 19-year-old midfielder Elif Elmas.

Having been linked with Man City and Tottenham also, it seems on the surface that the Macedonian international is somewhat of a hot property in the Super Lig. However, despite having played 10 times for his country already at his tender age, and featuring 16 times in the starting line up for Fenerbahce – Emas is not a name that will get the Manchester United fans licking their lips.

With no real stand out strengths in his game as of yet, the midfielder can play in a number of positions in and around the midfield. His main position seems to be defensive midfield, however, he has been played in a more forward role and out on the left-hand side.

Elmas found the net three times last campaign but, is by no means a Frank Lampard type of player. Elmas like to play short passes as he looks to link defence to attack, in spite of this, this part of his game needs improving alongside his tackling ability. Especially if he is to carve out a career on the defensive midfield role.

Currently valued at 6.75m, it speaks volumes for his projected talent. In all honesty, United would do well to avoid the Macedonian youngster going off the above, and search elsewhere across Europe. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems hell-bent on bringing young talent to Old Trafford, nevertheless, they need to be the right one and be able to shine under the Red Devils spotlights.

Man Utd fans, who do you think the Red Devils should go for?

THE LOWDOWN: Is Everton’s Idrissa Gueye What Man United Need?

After a disappointing end to the 2018/19 campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that some of his players are not part of his plans for next season.

With the recent departure of Ander Herrera, who was considered a fan favourite, a replacement in the middle of the park is a must for Ole’s team. Seemingly now a club in crisis, Man United will need a ruthless centre defensive midfielder amongst other positions to strengthen the team.

The Senegalese international and Everton standout Idrissa Gueye has been linked in a summer move with both United and Paris St Germain. The energetic 29-year-old is an aggressive tackler who has the ability to break up the player around him, almost Kante-Esq. The Everton player’s player of the year who is popular with fans of the Toffees has been reportedly priced at less than £40 million. A bargain in today’s market.

With most of United’s foreign signings flopping in recent years, perhaps it would be wise for Solskjaer to look within English football for talent to bolster his team. Rather than flunking another £50 – £80 million on another Fred, Sanchez or Angel Di Maria.

The list is endless and big-name marquee signings that fail is now becoming synonymous with the club. With many teams finding success in recent years through looking within the English football league’s for talent, (even Man City have recruited from other English teams, such as Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker) this could be the way forward for United.

Recruiting proven players who have experience of playing and succeeding in the intense environment of the Premier League, who know exactly what level they need to be on at a club like Manchester United. With inconsistent performances and becoming ever more injury prone, Nemanja Matic looks like he is moving to the tail end of his career, indicating he is not the player to take United forward.

Furthermore, ongoing rumours concerning Paul Pogba’s future, United’s midfield is starting to look bare. What United need is a spine to the team, (something they haven’t had since Ferguson retired). Perhaps Gueye could be the man who forms the midfield element of this spine. A partnership of Gueye and Scott McTominay could be exactly what Ole needs to replace Ander Herrera. Presenting a cheap option, this really could be a bargain for the club.

THE LOWDOWN: Lille’s Nicolas Pepe Linked To Man United, But How Good He Is?

It’s officially the transfer window and, it’s going to be a crazy season in terms of players linked with a move to Old Trafford.

However, one player that many Manchester United fans will be hoping is more than just a rumour, is one of the hottest prospects not only in Ligue 1 but across Europe – Nicolas Pepe.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in need of some quality players, and he will be sure to look at bringing in exciting talent. As the Norwegian bids to reignite the Old Trafford crowd next season, after what was a dismal end to a dismal season.

The Red Devils need a player to play out on the right wing, it’s a position that they have on the whole struggled to fill last season. With no recognised natural squad player within the ranks, it’s got to be on the priority list behind defensive reinforcements.

The Lille player has had one hell of a season, scoring 21 and assisting 11 in his 38 games throughout last campaign. At just 23 years old, the Ivory Coast international is certainly on the tongues of many teams across the leagues.

He’s a dribbling, fast-paced winger, who likes to cut inside and look for the through ball. He has a keen eye for goal and is certainly one that could give the Stretford end that excitement when he gets on the ball.

Currently rated at 36m, Pepe will be going for at least double that in the summer should he leave Lille, especially in today’s market.

Solskjaer should go all out for Pepe, if Ed Woodward can pull it out of the bag it would make the whole league ears prick up. Grabbing a talent like Pepe would be a great signing and, one that can help the Red Devils through their transitional period, with them looking to become more than a sixth-placed team.

THE LOWDOWN: Who is Kalidou Koulibaly and What Can He Bring to Man United

Kalidou Koulibaly has established himself as one of the best centre-backs around in recent season with his impressive performances with Napoli.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs major defensive reinforcements this summer, as it’s been widely reported on. A defensive pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones doesn’t frighten many attackers, and success is built from the back with a decent foundation – As well the Norwegian knows.

In what is going to be a defining window at Old Trafford, a high class and strong defender is going to be high on the priority list.

Looking across Europe, in what is going to be a tight market, they’re not going to be many that are much better than the Senegalese international. With Napoli knowing this and slapping a reported record fee of 150m on his head, despite his 63m rating by Transfermarkt.

The 27-year-old has a strong passing game amongst other attributes, which would be perfect for Solskjaer’s plan of turning defence into attack with his own brand of attacking football. Carlo Ancelotti recently described the defender as one of the best in the world, so his talent is there for all to see and is no wonder United are trying to get him signed up as soon as possible.

He would also come with a wealth of experience under his belt having played Champions League football and featured in a very exciting Napoli side in Serie A.

The Red Devils can not gamble on a defender with potential, they have that already in Victor Lindelof. Solskjaer needs a player that can bring the Swede on, potentially pairing him up with Koulibaly who is entering his peak years could be a stroke of genius if Ole can pull it off.

Man United fans, what do you make of Koulibaly – would he welcomed addition to Old Trafford?

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.

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