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Man United should sell these 7 players, agree?

According to The Express, former Chelsea midfielder, Craig Burley thinks Man United need to get rid of a few players. Do you agree with his choices?

Man United haven’t got off to the best start this Premier League campaign. They are being linked with different players every week.

With the transfer window opening in January, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to bring in some new talent.

However, could it be a chance for him to also get rid of some players? Well, ESPN pundit, Craig Burley has had his say on who they should be…

Selected seven

He thinks that Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Fred, Marcos Rojo, Nemanja Matic, Phil Jones and Ashley Young should find new clubs.

The former Chelsea player has given his reasonings too along with his picks.

Why?

Burley has said that Pogba needs to go because he is no longer needed. Jesse Lingard has had problems off the pitch and that is apparentley enough to get rid of him.

Fred is being outshone by Scott McTominay. Rojo is apparently a ‘headache waiting to happen.’ Matic’s legs have ‘gone’ according to the pundit.

Phil Jones is ‘deadwood’ also. Finally, Ashley Young should also go because he simply isn’t needed with his current performances. Do you agree?

Man United set to miss their main man for another 4 weeks

According to ESPN, Man United will be without Paul Pogba for a little longer than planned. Even when he is recovered, they will want to be cautious with him.

The French international broke a bone in his right ankle at the end of September. He has been wearing a plaster cast ever since.

The cast will be removed in 10 days. However, the midfielder will need another 2 weeks of rehab after that.

It will only be then when Pogba will be able to train again. Man United are hoping he will be back before the end of December.

Return

Apparently, Paul Pogba is desperately wanting to make his return. He has even been in Dubai for treatment.

Man United are clearly struggling without him. However, they will have to be careful and not rush him back into action too soon.

A goal scorer is needed but a fit and healthy player is more important.

Former Liverpool star keen on Man Utd move in January

According to The Mirror, German Star, Emre Can is keen on a move to Manchester United. This comes after the player has had a nightmare start to this season.

The former Liverpool midfielder could be interested in a return to the Premier League.

Reports claim that the player’s agent has been reaching out to other clubs as he weighs up his options.

Emre’s supposed favoured move is actually Man United. It would be a good move for the 25-year-old as he could be a replacement for Paul Pogba.

However, fans will have noticed that his performance recently hasn’t been top-notch.

Juventus

Emre moved to Italy in 2018 on a free transfer. Unfortunately, he is now enduring a ‘nightmare season’ as he’s only made 3 substitute appearances at the Allianz Stadium.

He’s also been left out of the Champions League squad. This raises doubts over his future at the club.

Although, the midfielder has hit out at management at the Serie A side after not being given enough of a chance.

Strengths

If he was to move to Old Trafford, with their recent form, he would get a chance. But what would he have to offer them?

WhoScored.com rate the midfielder at an overall overage of 6.23%. This is pretty impressive considering the amount of game time they’ve had to asses him.

Other starring attributes he has been tackling, through balls, passing, dribbling and blocking the ball. However, Man United bosses would have to help him with a return to Premier League football.

Signing La Liga’s 93.1% pass success master should be Man United’s main priority

According to The Sun, Man United are planning on signing Real Madrid Star, Toni Kroos. However, it could mean that Paul Pogba will get to part ways with teammates at Old Trafford.

Toni Kroos has been on Man United’s radar since around 2013. David Moyes showed interest in the 29-year-old, however, the deal never went through.

Now it is looking like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will revisit this possible transfer. It’s rumoured that Man United would be willing to pay £66.9 million for his services.

However, Real Madrid is known to be interested in Paul Pogba. They want to land the Man United man and this could be their chance. The La Liga team could use this to their advantage and encourage a ‘swap’ deal.

Man United should definitely push for this transfer to go ahead. Kroos would turn things around at Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba doesn’t really want to stay at Man United. I think he would be happy with a move.

However, would this be a fair ‘swap’ deal? Pogba would be getting a new team with better football and more competitions. Kroos would be going to a team failing to qualify for Champions League football. He would also be playing with under-performing players.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co would have to do some serious negotiations but imagine if it happened. What a signing that would be.

When you compare the two players, there is a big difference. Here’s how the two compare according to WhoScored.com…

Paul Pogba

With 2 assists in 5 games so far this season and an average of 2.6 key passes per game, it shows Pogba can create opportunities on his day.

Although Pogba has been limited this season through injury, the Frenchman can still make an impact when he’s on the pitch.

Toni Kroos

His passing is rated as very strong as his figures show with 3.6 key passes per game. and 93.1% pass succession compared to Pogba’s 80.7%.

The ability to stay concentrated is also of high quality. In the centre midfield position this season so far, he’s made 12 appearances and scored twice.

If Man United want to get 40.5m rated assist king midfielder, Woodward will have to dig deep in his pockets

Brendan Rodgers is well aware that the top clubs of England have a big enough draw to lure his superstar midfielder away from Leicester City.

It doesn’t take the biggest brains in football to see that there is a crucial deficiency in the Man Utd squad. Their recent performances have been very up and down. Showing great team spirit, determination and moments of individual genius. But these three qualities are that of a newly promoted side who are on a bounce, not the qualities of a once-great side trying to reclaim their crown.

Luckily for Man Utd fans, the introduction of two top-quality midfielders and one top quality forward could be the missing piece to this young but hopeful squad.

Solskjaer’s transfer parameters have been to seek out young, hungry and predominantly British talent. This may be an attempt to re-establish the old-school Man Utd, where every player who steps out onto the pitch is living their dream. Not dreaming of a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus.

James Maddison has reportedly been on Solskjaer’s radar for some months now and could be launching a heavy bid for his services in January.

There is little doubt that had Maddison joined the Reds is Summer, their problems would have decreased massively, and dropped points may have easily been won.

This is because Man Utd completely lack creativity in the final third. Pogba is by far the most creative midfielder but gets played in a deep position where his attacks are few and far between.

Having an attacking midfielder of Maddison’s calibre would transform this terribly irritating Man Utd side into a side who create chances for fun. It is evident that the system and structure can provide attacking football, but the personnel to do it isn’t quite there.

It’s obvious Man Utd need 1 of these midfielders in January following Leicester City performance

Man Utd is currently suffering from a squad depth crisis in a season filled with football, as they have the demands of the Premier League. They lost six first-team players in the transfer window and brought in three, leaving a scarce midfield and attack in front of a fairly solid defence.

The 1-0 victory at Old Trafford was certainly a good team performance. But Man Utd holding out for a narrow win from a penalty at home against Leicester is cause for concern.

Man Utd was dominated on the ball despite being solid defensively. They had 41% possession and made only 345 passes compared to Leicester’s 471. This shows that a commanding and dominant midfielder is needed at Man Utd to help them control the game, as a slight slip up could nullify the one goal that the Reds can’t seem to add to.

Pogba was out of the line up due to a minor injury, and his presence could have allowed for Man Utd to see more of the ball. However, Fred came on as a substitute for Matic and partnered alongside Scott McTominay which instantly saw the Reds look more comfortable and confident in possession.

Having Fred and McTominay as deep midfielders is the way to go for Man Utd, should they want to dominate possession. But having a creative midfielder in front of them is crucial to Solskjaer’s side racking up goals on a consistent basis.

With Pogba seeking a move away, Juan Mata reaching the latter stages of his career and Angel Gomes arguably not ready for first-team football, who can Solskjaer add to his side to undertake this role?

Creative Midfielders

Ironically, Man Utd could have solved this issue in summer. Being heavily linked to the likes of James Maddison and Bruno Fernandes, they are precisely the calibre of player that Solskjaer needs in his side. Both are keen on scoring and assisting whilst adding a spark of flare and quality to their sides.

2 Real Madrid players Man Utd should go for instead of Kroos

Paul Pogba’s move to Real Madrid could result in a player moving the other way. But who can Man Utd go for to replace the midfielder?

Real Madrid made attempts to sign Paul Pogba in summer, but the Reds managed to keep hold of their prized midfielder for one more season.

With Man Utd’s current midfield lacking in both depth and quality, they already need to sign one or two midfielders without the loss of Paul Pogba. With the loss of Pogba, that adds yet another item to the shopping list for Man Utd, who have several positions already that need more depth.

According to reports, Real Madrid are considering using the 29-year-old German midfielder Toni Kroos in their attempt to sign Pogba for a lower price than what Man Utd originally set for their star man.

However, there are 2 players Man Utd could use more than Toni Kroos and should be offered by Real Madrid in a swap plus cash deal for Paul Pogba…

Casemiro

27-year-old Brazilian international Casemiro has been a successful defensive midfielder with the Spanish giants since moving from Sao Paulo in 2013. Spending six years in Madrid will have given Casemiro the talent, fitness and pedigree to slot nicely in front of Solskjaer’s back four and play a pivotal role in transitioning from defence to attack.

Gareth Bale

Man Utd was rumoured to be considering a loan deal for Bale in summer. The Welshman has been out of favour in Madrid despite proving his class on multiple occasions. A recent example is being taken off in the 3-0 defeat to PSG although he was their best player on the night.

Bale’s astronomical wages could be a difficulty in the process, but Man Utd certainly need quality in their side and will have to spend big to get it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blaise Matuidi

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

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

Suso

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

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

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

Man United’s best 11 from FIFA 20 ratings

Man United used to be the best team in the world, to use on FIFA. I’m talking the days they had Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez as their striking options.

If you compare their squad to Liverpool and Man City, it’s frightening how far they’ve fallen behind.

Anyway, FIFA is just a game – you might have a chance of beating the best, you’ll have to be a good player though.

Let’s look at United’s strongest 11 from the new FIFA ratings…

In goal, of course, is David De Gea. The Spaniard hasn’t enjoyed his best run of form since the 2018 World Cup, however, FIFA still rates him at 89, one of the highest-rated goalkeepers in the world.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw occupy both full-backs spots, as they are in real life in the opening part of the season. Harry Maguire is rated just 82, I was expecting him to be a little higher, although his individual defending stats are pretty strong. Victor Lindelof is United’s second-highest-rated central defender, at 81.

Next transfer window priorty

Surely a priority in the next transfer window is to find a long-term partner for Maguire. Lindelof will never be good enough to lead a Man United back four, in my opinion.

Onto the midfield. Paul Pogba is unsurprisingly the star man, with a rating of 88. Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata also make the midfield three, controversially I’d imagine. Nemanja Matic is rated considerably higher than Scott McTominay, certainly debatable if your going off their performances over the past couple of years.

United only actually have four forwards in-game, as Daniel James is listed as a midfielder. Marcus Rashford would lead the line, a good card which 92 pace, while Anthony Martial would play left-wing, also generous stats with 89 pace and 85 dribbling.

Although James has been occupying the other wing, for the purposes of the article, Mason Greenwood would fill the right-wing position.

These 5 bold changes will see Man Utd make their mark against Leicester City today

After moving on multiple players during the transfer window, Man Utd was left with a very thin squad. Now, in their biggest game so far against Leicester, there are multiple injuries which could completely write off the game at Old Trafford.

In Solskjaer’s recent press conference, he admitted that some players could miss out playing against Leicester City due to injuries.

This means that Man Utd’s dire midfield doesn’t even have Pogba anymore. The most competent defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is out, along with their new number nine Anthony Martial, left-back Luke Shaw, right-back Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard, too.

With such a lack of squad depth going into this game, Solskjaer and Michael Carrick could have to put their boots on a join in…

What will Man Utd’s starting 11 looks like against Leicester?

Goalkeeper

David De Gea

Thankfully, Man Utd still have David De Gea between the sticks. However, with his recent dip in form and rumours of his departure in summer, it is uncertain which De Gea will show up.

Defence

Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Marcos Rojo

Although it would be fantastic to see Axel Tuanzebe or even Brandon Williams step in, Solskjaer made it clear that it will be the experienced players who have to step up during this injury crisis.

Midfield

Matic, Pereira, McTominay

Yes, perhaps. This midfield three for a full season might see relegation. But with a lack of midfield investment in summer, coupled with Pogba’s injury, this is the best midfield Solskjaer can pitch. Unless he finally gives Fred a chance to shine.

Attack

Daniel James, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood

The most exciting part of the team is the pacey, young forward three. Dan James has been utterly brilliant off the left-hand side for both club and country. However, Rashford at number nine could cause some issues, as he seems to only be clinical in a few games per season. Mason Greenwood will be the beacon of hope for bagging a few goals in the game.

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