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BOLD MOVE: Scholes points to Arsenal man who could change Man Utd’s fortunes in January

Paul Scholes has given his opinion on who should join Man United. He believes that Mesut Ozil will transform Solskjaer’s team, according to Evening Standard.

Ozil’s future at Arsenal doesn’t look bright. He isn’t a favoured player and keeps getting left out of the squad.

Paul Scholes has said that Man United should go after the 31 year old as he is creative.

However, this will go against Man United’s new transfer policy of trying to prioritise young players.

What he will bring

Paul Scholes believes that Ozil can link a team together. He claims that this is what Man United need.

However, Scholes believes he would be more of a short term plan rather than long term.

Fans

This has divided some Man United fans. While some agree and think Ozik would make a good addition, others disagree.

Some think Scholes doesn’t know what he’s talking about. What’s your opinion?

Ex-midfielder believes Man Utd will see a bottom half finish if they don’t find this key element within the squad

Paul Ince gave his opinion on his former club, Man United this week. He told TalkSport that he thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will finish in the bottom half of the Premier League.

Some Man United fans may disagree with some of what the ex-midfielder had to say. However, I think most will appreciate that he didn’t hold back and spoke on behalf of the fans.

Ince raised his concerns over what is actually going on behind the scenes at Old Trafford. He wants to know what is going on the training ground. The interview allowed him to be honest and get a lot off his chest.

Compare

Ince compared the current Man United players to other Premier League giants. While he appreciates that the younger players at Old Trafford are talented and will take time to gel, he also has concerns.

If Frank Lampard’s youngsters at Chelsea are performing well, he doesn’t understand what’s going on with Solskjaer’s men. Liverpool is another team with two young centre backs and they’re coping fine too. Ince wants answers just like fans do.

Analysis

Paul spoke about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s post-match interviews. The current manager always talks about how hard the team are working. However, Ince wants to know what they’re actually working on.

The lack of attack, shots and chances created are raising concerns. Fans are wondering what is going on inside training sessions and so is Paul.

Leader

The biggest thing he spoke about which I agree with massively was the fact that there’s no leader.

Past leaders at Old Trafford include Roy Keane, Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce. He claims that players like these who are natural-born leaders are a thing of the past.

He compared the current team to the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. The standard simply isn’t there. When players like David Beckham came to Old Trafford, he said that all the players would teach you what it was to actually be a Man United player.

Ince doesn’t think this new team have that capability. I think a lot of fans will appreciate that.

Going forward

Instead of just criticising, he actually gave Solskjaer something to work on. That is finding a leader. However, it won’t solve all the problems, but it is a start.

Ince thinks players like Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe need to be grown as leaders. Players like David De Gea have been with the club for around 10 years now but they don’t seem to be frustrated and they should be.

I am not a fan of Manchester United but I agree with every word Ince has said. There’s no main man on the pitch. These players should be angry and wanting more but fans don’t see it. Changes need to happen quickly.

‘The most Kompany thing to have happened, and that’s why we love him’ Former Man City Captain’s testimonial has everyone talking

Last night saw the Etihad hold former Man City Captain Vincent Kompany’s well deserved and highly anticipated testimonial match. The Football Manc Cave is looking at your reactions to the events and taking you through what happened.

There was excitement in Manchester last night as Vincent Kompany returned to the Etihad. It should have been a thrilling testimonial that saw him appear once again in a City shirt. Unfortunately, before the game went ahead, Kompany announced that he was injured and therefore couldn’t play. I know, unbelievable.

The game still went ahead as planned and fans were on their feet as their ex-Captain walked out.

The scoreline and football itself got you all talking. The game finished 2-2 and you all gave your reactions. Here’s some of the best after each goal and at the final whistle.

And THIS had everyone talking.

Result and opinions aside, a great game for a great cause. Here’s to you Vincent Kompany.

‘Seems to be hitting a bit of form, if he’s on he’s game easily the best player in the championship’ Salford City making moves on deadline day

Salford City completed a trio of summer deadline signings, Jack Baldwin, Sam Hughes and Jake Jervis all signed for The Ammies.

Graham Alexander’s side currently sits 16th in League Two and are without a win since beating Stevenage on the opening day.

The bookies had Salford as the favourites to win the league, so the fans will hoping their three new signings can bring a change in their fortunes.

Let’s have a look at how The Ammies fans reacted to their three deadline day signings…

Why Lazio midfielder won’t move Man Utd forward should Pogba leave

Man Utd has reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with their Paul Pogba replacement from Lazio. according to the Daily Mail.

Amid rumours of Paul Pogba’s move to Real Madrid, Man Utd are the process of finding a suitable replacement. In pre-season so far, Pogba has been shifted from a more attacking role to a deeper midfield position. Andreas Pereira, Mata and Lingard have been favoured for the attacking midfield role.

Pogba’s deep-lying position allows for an easy replacement should Milinkovic-Savic come into the squad, if the French World Cup winner leaves this summer. Being pushed back to this position may be a result of Solskjaer experimenting with other attacking midfield options due to Pogba’s potential move away.

The two players, Pogba and Milinkovic-Savic, are similar and also interchangeable. Here are two qualities that both players can offer Man Utd next season…

Midfield dominance

Both strong and tall, they are able to dominate the midfield. Milinkovic-Savic spends a lot of time in the midfield action, and could potentially offer even more than Pogba does on the ball. Both in the air and on the ball, they offer solidarity to the midfield and an allow the Reds to win the ball and keep the ball, leading on to their next major quality…

Distribution

Man Utd has missed a distributing midfielder since the likes of Scholes and Carrick left the squad. Both Pogba and Milinkovic-Savic are more than capable of extravagant and accurate passes. Similar to the ‘cheap option’ Man Utd are looking at in Sean Longstaff.

Milinkovic-Savic, like Pogba, is the heartbeat of his midfield. Both are fantastic at picking out progressive passes, compared to Man Utd’s Nemanja Matic who appears incapable of passing forward.

With the players having a similar style and impact, a direct replacement wouldn’t push Man Utd forward. Therefore, it is necessary that Man Utd do business elsewhere regardless of Paul Pogba’s destination.

Curzon Ashton signed Salford City’s Askew, what can he bring to the Nash

Josh Askew has joined Curzon Ashton on a season-long loan to get some first team action in the National League North.

Starting out in the Blackburn youth setup, Askew joined Salford City on a free transfer in the summer of 2017, after a loan spell with Ramsbottom.

The now 21-year-old left-back may not be ready for the big leagues right now. As Salford City finds themselves in the EFL League 2 after a fantastic season in the National League, where they found promotion via the playoffs.

As a result, Josh Askew has been sent to gain experience two tiers below his contracted club; Salford City. He will be a loan player for the National League North side Curzon Ashton, who finished 18th out of 22 clubs in the sixth tier of English football last season.

The Nash conceded the most amount of goals in the league above the relegation zone, at 71.

Askew will be subjected to a lot of defensive experience, as he joins a fairly struggling squad who have shots and attacks thrown at them throughout the entire season. Meaning that he will be a much more prolific defender after the experience. However, if he can prove himself by drastically lowering the number of goals the club concede, he would be benefiting his temporary club, as well as his own chances of joining Salford City once again as a player contending for first-team football.

With owners such as Peter Lim, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, Salford City are a club with very high goals, and would not be giving loan opportunities to players that they don’t see as part of their future. With this in mind, Askew should be one of the more entertaining players to watch for Curzon Ashton next season, as he is potentially a future League Two player with possibilities of pushing even further, with or without Salford City.

‘Yes!! Come on The Ammies!!! Live on Sky Sports!’ ‘On Sky straight away… what a surprise’ Salford City already causing a stir before the seasons started

Fixture day has arrived and Salford’s first games in League Two are here. 

After The Ammies managed promotion last season, the fans have been waiting on their fixture list to weigh up how they think their team will progress.

As Salford’s official Twitter page revealed their opening games this morning, I expected fans to be giving opinions and talking more in general about their upcoming season, however, it’s been more a case of ‘who’s on TV.’

Salford will face:

Stevenage FC at home to kick off their league two campaign on the 3rd of August.

Crawley away on the 10th of August.

Port Vale at home on the 17th of August.

Sky has revealed how the Stevenage game will be aired on the opening week but that seems to be the talking point for all fans today. With Salford being the newly promoted team, you do expect them to be a hot topic. Although a lot of fans are suggesting that because of the Class Of 92’s money, input and influence on the what happens with the team, this is why they are getting televised matches when other teams should get a look in.

There are some who have given more of an opinion on the fixtures themselves, and some even having a dig at Paul Scholes’ recent betting scandal. Television aside, what’s your opinions on the opening fixtures?

Here’s Two Reason’s Why Oldham Athletic Fan’s Should Be Excited By The Thierry Henry Backed Binade

The Latics have been without a manager since Paul Scholes left back in March but they may have found their answer in Laurent Banide. 

Oldham fans found out yesterday that the Frenchman has signed a one year deal with the club, following Pete Wild’s temporary stint and this could be exciting if the 51-year-old can work his magic. Thierry Henry has previously backed Banide stating that he was one of the most influential coaches in his playing career. This has got to be promising for Oldham and their fans.

Henry’s backing aside, what else can he bring to the club? 

Experience 

Laurent has spent the last decade managing various clubs in the Middle East. Just a few include Monaco, Al-Nast, Al-Dhafra and Al Orobah. It’s not just managing that he’s been a part of, he’s also been a big part of a lot of clubs coaching staff and with him playing such a big part, he’s now been managing since 1990.

The long list of clubs year after year may be a worry that he hasn’t been able to stay at a club for a long period of time, although if he does well in this deal, he could be tempted to stay with Oldham. 

Chairman’s Backing 

Once the deal was done, Oldham chairman, Abdallah Lemsagam said he was delighted to welcome the Frenchman and, that he was looking forward to working with him in the 2019/20 campaign. He believes he has chosen the right man to take his club forward, and if he can deliver this would mean more money to invest in players and transfers, better results and hopefully climbing the league. 

What can Laurent Banide Bring to Oldham Athletic Next Season

Is it a fresh start or the same old for Oldham Athletic?

Oldham Athletic have announced that the former French Monaco manager Laurent Banide, would be taking charge of the League Two team who only achieved a 14th place finish in the EFL League Two by the end of the 2018/19 season.

Since the departure of Lee Johnson in February of 2015, Oldham Athletic have appointed 10 different managers, including the likes of Stephen Robinson, Frankie Bunn, Pete Wild and even a month-long spell for the Manchester United legend and Oldham Athletic boyhood fan Paul Scholes, in the hopes of brightening the future of the club. If Banide can last a full season with Oldham Athletic, he would be the longest-serving manager at the club since Lee Johnson.

Banide got the spot as coach of Monaco in 2005 after being involved in the coaching staff since 1993, meaning he has accumulated almost 15 years experience of managing at a competitive football level and over 25 years of coaching experience in general. With his most recent ventures taking him to manage at the top level of football in countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

A big contrast to the recently appointed and disappointed Paul Scholes, who had no managerial experience, Oldham Athletic’s chairman Abdallah Lemsagam says, “He brings a lot of experience to this club and I’m looking forward to working alongside him in the 2019/20 campaign”.

Oldham Athletic were relegated to the lowest tier of the English Football League at the end of the 2017/18 season, and with another sub-par season in their new competition, it is evident that a new approach was needed.

Ever since the founding of the beloved Greater Manchester club, Oldham Athletic have never had a manager from outside of the UK and Ireland, Banide is the first.

Oldham Athletic’s new approach shows a degree of determination and professionalism, can Banide’s wealth of managerial experience take Oldham Athletic back to League One and beyond? And short of appointing the likes of Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho, if Banide can’t improve this Oldham squad, then who can?

It will be an interesting 2019/20 season for Banide and Oldham. Can they adopt stability or will Banide join the long list of managers who failed to last a full season with Oldham Athletic?

Are Oldham Athletic Looking To The Continent For Their Next Coach

A decision on who might be installed in the managerial hot seat for the coming season took a new twist recently, with reports that owner Abdallah Lemsagam might be looking at candidates outside of the UK.

Three of the names mentioned are:

Pablo Correa

It is no secret that AL has contacts in Europe but whether they extend to being close to former Auxerre manager Pablo Correa remains to be seen. Correa was in the frame for the Latics post at the same time as Paul Scholes but it is unknown if he was interviewed at the time.

The 52-year-old Uruguayan is a former forward who spent most of his playing career in his home country, before moving to France where he managed 2nd tier teams Nancy and Auxerre before finding himself out of work in March this year. He is not currently favourite for the post but he does have the managerial experience that many Latics fans believe is vital.

Andries Jonker

The former Wolfsburg coach is high on the list of current favourites. He is currently without a post and, has a great deal of experience having been an assistant manager at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and head of the soccer school at Arsenal.

The 56-year-old Dutchman would represent something of a coup for Athletic if he did arrive here, however, there has been no indication that he has shown an interest or been approached.

Paco Herrera

The current favourite for the job is Spaniard Paco Herrera who has held a number of posts in Spanish football and, was also ‘Chief Analyst’ with Rafael Benitez at Liverpool.

He hasn’t lasted more than half a season at any of his last three posts at Sporting Gijon and Las Palmas in Spain and Aris Salonika in Greece, so why he is favourite to arrive at Boundary Park is something of a mystery.

There was no surprise surrounding the appointment of Paul Scholes as it was football’s worst kept secret, but it looks like speculation as to who will step into the Oldham hot seat may remain up in the air for the time being despite the calls for an appointment to be made soon.

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