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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…

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?

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.

Man United Fans Show They Have Had Enough of Pogba, With Star Linked With a Move Away

Paul Pogba’s return to Manchester United was one that was to have supposed to change the Red Devils fortunes and been the reuniting of two colossal worlds.

However, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Paul Pogba has shown glimpses of brilliance and looking like the 90m star he was brought in to be. On the other hand, he has disappeared when United have needed him the most, and this inconsistency in his play has left many Man United fans frustrated with the French midfielder.

Following the end of season lap of honour at Old Trafford yesterday, a section of the Stretford end showed their feelings towards the man, who in recent months hasn’t looked like he wants to be there.

United fans need Pogba to show some passion, maybe delve into the passion he has on social media and transcends it onto the pitch. It would certainly up many fans opinion with simply increasing his work rate. Highlighted last night on Match of the Day, it showed Pogba letting his man run past him while he stood there and watched, no tracking back, no desire to get close…nothing.

There has been many rumours about Pogba leaving for Real Madrid this summer, many fans would happily see the back of him. United needs players that are going to fight for the badge during what is going to be a really tough time for the club. Pogba does not look like he wants to be around for that scrap.

I heard many months ago a rumour about a three-year plan for Pogba from his agent following his move from Juventus, and that was to be at either Madrid or Barcelona within three years of being at United. It’s a marketing tool for a star who wants to be Beckham-esque status. The thing is, he needs to put the work in on the pitch like David Beckham did, to appeal to the fans.

I personally have always felt that Pogba was inconsistent when I used to watch him for France while at Juventus, I was stunned at the 90m transfer, as I believed he would be a 40/50m player tops at the time.

He has, for me been everything I thought he would be. Amazing and poor throughout his time at Old Trafford, for the likes of the Glazers he’s a goldmine. However, for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and formerly Jose Mourinho, he has been a difficult member of staff to have in the dressing room if reports are to be believed.

Many will want him out the club in order for it to move on, Man United fans, what are your thoughts – Do you want Pogba to stay or go?

Who Is Swansea City’s Man United Target Daniel James

Man United go into today’s Premier League final match knowing it’s essentially a dead rubber and the planning for next season started a few weeks back, if not months.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking of the hottest talent around, as he bids to rebuild a squad that has delivered very little towards its fans in recent times. A wander back to the ‘United Way’ may see the young talent at Old Trafford lighting up the stands once again.

Daniel James fits that bill perfectly. The Wales and Swansea player is comfortable down either flank, which would help United’s versatility going forward providing them with a different dimension. At only 21-years-old, James has made steady progress through the ranks at Swansea, with this season making 38 appearances in all competitions, scoring five and assisting ten along the way.

He’s only rated at 2.7m by Transfermarkt, which seems a snip. However, the figure been branded about is 10-15m by various sources but even that in today’s market is dirt cheap.

James likes to dribble, and with his blistering pace, it’s bound to strike fear into defenders. He has the ability to see a pass and play it at the key time, however, the defensive side of his game needs to improve. Which surely with time and experience that will come. Nevertheless, he is an exciting young, British prospect and time should be given for him to map out his game. We all remember a certain United legend Welsh left winger, and James looks very much in a similar mode.

Statistically, he is better suited on the left-hand side, as a more forward-thinking player. Fergie used to let talents like him flourish, let’s hope Solskjaer is allowed the time to do so with James during his tenure at Old Trafford.

Man United fans, what do you make of Daniel James – Excited or would you rather see a higher profile player linked?

Three Young Man United Players Solskjaer Should Give Minutes Too Against Cardiff City

Well, the Premier League season is nearing the end, with just one more game to play, and for a few teams, their last game could define there season.

Unfortunately, this won’t be the case for Manchester United, they’ve already missed out on a Champions League spot, and it’s certain they’ll finish 5th or 6th in the league. Manchester United will be welcoming Cardiff City to Old Trafford on the last day of the season, with Cardiff already been relegated, they to have nothing to play for, and both teams are simply going through the motions.

With that in mind I’m hoping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give some of the youngsters a run out. Manchester United have a history of playing, and developing youngsters through the academy, and the fans have already had a glimpse of a few of the up and coming academy youngsters. Three of them being Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, and Mason Greenwood. During the Red Devils recent player of the year awards, English striker Greenwood was awarded the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team trophy, before Dutch forward Chong took home the Denzil Haroun Reserve Team prize.

Tahith Chong

It’s difficult to make the transition from the exciting prospect of the academy to first team player, but the head coach of the academy, Nicky Butt as suggested that Tahith Chong is one of several young players at the club who have the required work ethic to achieve that ambition.

Nicky Butt on Tahith Chong, “I remember when he signed a few years ago, speaking to his parents, looking them in the eyes and saying I genuinely believe there is a way into the first team for you.”

The young rapid Dutch forward made his first-team debut back in January in a cup tie against Reading, he’s since registered four outings for the first team, one being in the Champions League against PSG.

Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood began his career as a midfielder but has since evolved into a centre forward, he’s good with both feet and is rapid, and a very exciting player to watch. Clayton Blackmore said on Mason Greenwood “He’s great on the ball and very good with both feet. He’s the first person I’ve seen that takes penalties and free-kicks with his wrong foot. I’ve never come across anyone like that!”

Angel Gomes

Then there is Angel Gomes, the very talented 5ft 3in, attacking midfielder. The 18-year-old as composure, great dribbling skills and is creative, his playing style has been compared to that of Ronaldinho. Even though Gomes is very small in size he sees the game seconds before others, and just like Paul Scholes, Gomes as the ability to dictate a game with his intelligence.

These three youngsters are the future of Manchester United in my opinion, and I’m hoping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lets the Old Trafford faithful see what they’re made of.

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