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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: 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.

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?

Two Inter Milan Players Man United Should Look at in Proposed Alexis Sanchez Deal

The nightmare stint as a Man United player may nearly be over for Alexis Sanchez, as it seems all way point to an Old Trafford exit this summer.

Inter Milan have been heavily linked with the piano playing Chilean, as he looks for a way out. With the former Arsenal’s man wages so high it might prove a sticking point in the negotiations, however, United have been reported to have offered to pay him off in a bid to get him off the wage bill.

Having played in Serie A already with Udinese before his move to Barcelona, for Inter they will be buying a player with league experience. Furthermore, maybe the slower paced Italian league may suit Sanchez, as he looks to get back to his best form in a country that he made a name for himself originally.

With Solskjaer needing to rebuild his squad, using Sanchez as a makeweight in a deal that sees an Inter Milan player coming the other way probably won’t happen. With the player wanting to leave, and the club itself wanting the player out, it could well be an easy transaction. However, the Serie A side does have a couple of players that Solskjaer and Co should give a coat of looking at…

Roberto Gagliardini

The 25-year-old midfielder hasn’t played to much this season, however, in his 13 starts for Inter Milan he has scored five goals. Gagliardini had been dubbed the white Paul Pogba following his move from Atalanta in 2017 and has a very bright future ahead of him.

He is versatile in the midfield and possesses an outstanding ability to cover more ground than anyone in a bid to capture the ball and release the counter-attack.

Rated at 26.2m, the Italian could be a very good addition to Solskjaer’s new look side.

Mauro Icardi

The Argentine forward moved to the San Siro in 2013 from Sampdoria for 11.7m, since then his stock has risen to a whopping 81m.

However, things have soured for the former Captain since February over contract talks and is now looking for a way out of the club. Icardi is in a similar position to that of Sanchez – with both the player and the club wanting an exit.

The sticking point is, his rumoured preferred choice is Juventus, the current Serie A league winners, and hugely dominant force in Italy. But with United needing a striker and wanting the offload a player in Inter’s direction, this sounds like an easy deal to make…if there is such a thing in football.

Man United Should Let Pogba Go For £160m and Go For Dybala – Agree

One more game to play before the Premier League season comes to a close, fast forward 12 months and the same question as resurfaced yet again, a question that I’m sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Manchester United hierarchy want answering?

…And that question is will Paul Pogba be a Manchester United player next season or, will he be strutting is stuff at the Bernabeu in front of thousands of Real Madrid fans

With Manchester United failing to secure Champions League football next season, it seems this time around, Pogba’s speculated departure seems a reality.

There’s no doubt that Pogba is a very gifted and talented player who wants to win trophies, and of course, play in the Champions League where he can display his talents to the whole of Europe. However, one thing is for sure Pogba won’t be able to do that whilst still at Manchester United.

With his fellow countryman and icon sat at the helm at Real Madrid, Pogba as now turned his attention, and maybe set is heart on playing for Zidane at Real Madrid, and who can blame him because it’s now or never.

I’d like Pogba to stay at Manchester United and help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rebuild this club, and be in the mix with Manchester City and Liverpool in winning the Premier League title. After all, Pogba is a product of the academy and he said back in 2016 on his return to Old Trafford, that’s he’s come back home. But sadly I think the pulling power of Zidane and Real Madrid is going to be too good to turn down.

If Pogba as got his heart set on going to Real Madrid, I think Manchester United should accept his wishes and let him go because if he wants to go it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t want to play for Manchester United. With that said, the rumoured 160m Manchester United will receive for Pogba will go towards a replacement, and Pogba could have a part to play in helping recruit his replacement in the form of his ex-teammate and good friend, Paulo Dybala.

I’m an admirer of the Dybala and would like to see the Argentinian ply his trade at Old Trafford, so it excites me that Manchester United are supposedly in talks with Juventus over a sensational £85m swoop for the dynamic Argentinian.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder, is the complete package, with his quick and creative play. This agile player possesses great technical ability, combined with his ability to beat players in one and one situations. Through his speed on the ball and exceptional dribbling skills, he is capable of creating chances for teammates or scoring goals himself.

He is comfortable in dropping deep and playing off other players. He is known for his stamina and hard-working contributions off the ball while helping out defensively. With his back to goal or running at players, there’s no question that Dybala is a handful to the opposing team.

I’m hoping to see Dybala wearing a Manchester United shirt at Old Trafford next season, showing 75,000 Manchester United fans why he was the man to replace Pogba.

Two Replacements For Pogba Should He Leave For Real Madrid

As the season draws to a close, that means one thing, the transfer window is due to be open, and with that, the transfer rumours run rife.

One transfer rumour that has reared its ugly head yet again is that of Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United. This time United’s talisman has been linked to a potential move to Real Madrid. Manchester United are unwilling to part ways with there star player, and Ed Woodward will not make it easy for Real Madrid but he may be tempted to sell the French World Cup-winning midfielder if, Real Madrid can stump up £160m.

There’s no doubt that Pogba as bags of talent, and is Man Utd’s best player, but his consistency on the pitch continues to let him down. If the inevitable happens and Pogba does jump ship, one thing is for sure Ole Gunner Solskjær will have to replace him.

Two players Ole should be looking at to replace Pogba, ironically have been dubbed the ‘new Paul Pogba’ and the ‘Serbian Paul Pogba’…

Sergej Milinković-Savić

The Serbian as established himself, in the modern sense of the term, as the complete midfielder. The 24-year-old possesses the physicality and height of a defensive midfielder, but also blends his movements and attacking ability of an attacking midfielder. With his height he can also be a target man, these attributes have earned him the name ‘Paul Pogba of Serbia’

Furthermore, he’s also been compared to previous players such as Yaya Toure and Zinedine Zidane. Sergej has been a stand out performer for Lazio for the past couple of seasons, and with four goals and four assists to his name this season, it’s no surprise that he’s caught the eye of other European clubs including Man Utd.

Rated at 67.5m Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could be an ideal replacement for Pogba.

Tanguy Ndombele

France keeps churning out world-class talent, the latest being Tanguy Ndombele. The 22-year-old Lyon midfielder has already been dubbed the ‘new Paul Pogba’. He is physically mature and possesses incredible dribbling skills, which as akin to ex-Spurs player Moussa Dembele. The Lyon man also has raw power and accurate dribbling which is so rare.

Boasting 5.65 dribbles per game with an 81.6% completion rate, Ndombele is a natural and dangerous dribbler. The young Frenchman is also an accurate passer of the ball, with 52.22 passes per game at an impressive 89.1% success rate, Ndombele has the ability to cut open sides and manipulate possession, alongside 8.66 successful passes into the final third, Ndombele is a progressive passer.

This is what makes him different to the ex-Spurs man Dembele. Simply put he is a powerhouse, and if he decides to leave Lyon and his homeland and chooses the right move he could set the world alight. With teams such as Man City, Juventus and Spurs keeping tabs on this talented midfielder, Man Utd will have a fight on their hands in securing his signature, but it’s a fight worth taking as Tanguy Ndombele would easily fill the boots of Paul Pogba.

Solskjaer Reportedly Looking To Eriksen, But What About Two Goalscoring Alternatives

Transfer rumours will be rife in the coming months, as speculation mounts over the incomings and outgoings at Old Trafford.

This week alone we’ve seen rumours of Real Madrid feeling confident of securing Paul Pogba, and Solskjaer wanting Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen to build his new team around.

The latter would be a great signing for the Red Devils, however dealing with Daniel Levy is never an easy task. If Solskjaer is wanting to bring in a creative midfielder like Eriksen, the easier option maybe to look for alternatives.

The Danish international has been a pivotal figure at Spurs for a number of seasons now, and this year he seems to have stepped his game up immensely. Not only playing a key part in key passes and assists, but wading in with a few goals himself.

Unlike Pogba, Eriksen has been consistent, and Pochettino can rely on the midfield to produce nine out of ten weeks. With United youth and pace in Martial, Lingard and Rashford, United’s man in charge needs an experienced head to pop off the key passes needed to tie it all together.

Here’s two alternatives to Eriksen, United should cast their eye over this summer…

Nabil Fekir

The Lyon midfielder brought much attention last season after a fantastic season in Ligue 1. So far this year he has started 27 times for Lyon, scoring 12 and assisting 9, albeit not has impressive as last season but still an important figure in the team.

With reported interested from Juventus, the 70m rated star may be a little out of the price range of the Red Devils. However, he could come cheaper then the 85m Eriksen and the added bonus of not dealing with Levy.

Marco Reus

Marco Reus has had a great season so far this year with Borussia Dortmund. He’s been used in a wide variety of positions across the midfield, but when used in his natural attacking midfield role, in which he’s featured 24 times this campaign – Reus has scored 16 goals and assisted nine for his team, who currently sit second in the Bundesliga, one point behind leaders Bayern.

At 29-year-old, the 50m rated star may seem too old, in footballing terms anyway, to invest in. Especially if Solskjaer is looking to rebuild the team. However, a wise, experienced head would be a great asset to have when surrounded by the youth United have in the side.

Solskjaer Needs a Good Clear Out This Summer, and These 8 Are In The Firing Line

Another loss last night as further shown up the task Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be dealing with in the summer transfer window. United have gone through four permanent managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Poor recruitment and a reluctance to ship out much needed deadwood over the years, has seen United battling for a top four finish each season. Under Fergie, United won 13 titles in his 21 years in the Premier League, however the Red Devils are now entering their sixth season without a title, nevermind coming close.

We’re at a stage now where it’s the players that need changing and wholesale changes will happen this summer.

We take a look at EIGHT potential players that should be out of the Old Trafford exit door, as Solskjaer starts the biggest job of his career…

Lee Grant

Having signed for United under the previous manager in the last summer transfer window, it left everybody scratching their heads. A great move for Grant in the twilight years of his career, but a player who offers nothing to the team and rarely makes the bench.

Phil Jones

Having been at United since 2011, he came with great expectation – a future England Captain, Fergie mentioned. Regardless of his potential back then, through injury and poor form he has never risen to the heights many thought of him. Furthermore, after eight years with the club Jones still doesn’t feel like an assured United defender.

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling arrived from Fulham the season before Jones in 2010, since then he hasn’t convinced many that he can be a United stalwart in the centre of defence. Smalling has the odd good game here and there but on the whole he makes United fans nervous and never seems fully in control.

Marcos Rojo

While i’m a fan of Rojo, he imply hasn’t been given the playing time under Solskjaer. He isn’t a first team defender and more of a squad player. He’s your typical Argentinian defender, tough and fearless – It’s something United need but he is also very reckless and always a shoe-in for a yellow card.

Matteo Darmian

How the Italian is still at United is beyond me, he has nearly been shipped out in the past few transfer windows but still remains on the books. He got his first start last night in three months, and that was only due to injuries. His contract is up in the summer and would be an easy one to let walk away.

Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean has failed miserably since the move up north from Arsenal. He’s never really got going, and with his huge wages has come in for some flack. With his contract still having three years left to run, it would cost United a fair whack to offload him, they’ll have to take a loss and hope someone will be willing to take a chance on the former Barcelona forward.

Romelu Lukaku

The forward seems to be getting worse since, the Belgian is struggling to hold a place down and when he does get on the pitch it seems he’s forgot how to control a ball never mind find the back of the net. With the emergence of the more consistent Rashford, Lukaku will not be wanting to wait around on the bench to make numbers up, a move to Serie A looks likely.

Paul Pogba

On his day he is one of the best players to watch, however, when United need him he tends to go missing and United fans never know what Pogba is going to turn up. If Pogba wants to be one of the best players in the world and be up there with Messi, Ronaldo and even Hazard, he needs to be more consistent and stop letting his ego take over. Stop worrying over social media followers, and start concentrating on the pitch.

If Solskjaer Wants To Bring Back The Fergie Years, Then He Has To Do What Fergie Did With Pogba

After Tuesday night, if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t know already – United need one hell of a rebuilding job.

The levels between the Red Devils and Barcelona was clearer than the sea in the Maldives. United have been carrying plenty of passengers within the squad for many a year, going back to the Fergie years.

This current squad needs ripping apart to its core. United have plenty of squad players but no stand out first teamers, Paul Pogba on his day is a stand out first team player – however, them days don’t come around to often or consistently enough.

Again, in recent weeks there are murmurings of Pogba’s unrest. It seems very much like, from an outsider looking in, that Pogba has a big say in what goes on.

If his match performances were of a high quality, even 80% of the time, you would give him a little movement to be demanding. Because on his day, Pogba is as good as anyone, he can control a game and turn a game around.

The inconsistency of the French international lets him down massively.

He tends to go missing in a lot of big games, especially when United need him the most. This couldn’t have been more evidential than the match this week against Barca.

No player is bigger than the club, however in an age of social media and followers – Pogba’s huge online presence serves what United need in the marketing department well. I feel it’s one of the reasons he is allowed a little more leeway than others.

Pogba’s been called a virus within the dressing room, sometimes there’s no smoke without fire. He clearly has ambitions of moving on, as he had indicted in a recent interview when openly courting Real Madrid.

There’s is plenty of internet chat about a Hazard/Pogba double swoop by Los Blancos this summer happening, and while Hazard has continued to be Chelsea’s top performer, Pogba again seems to have faded away in recent weeks.

In my personal opinion, if United sell Pogba this summer, on the bigger scale of things – I don’t think he’ll be missed.

They could then add to their transfer warchest and really go all out and get the seven or eight players they need to turn around this club and become a consistent title challenger once again.

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