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Man Utd must get one of these 3 midfielders in January following released funds

Man Utd fixed their defence in summer, with two fantastic transfers. But after the departure of Ander Herrera with no replacement, their midfield is looking like the bane of their bid for top four. If Man Utd want any chance of Champions League football next season, they must sign one of these three midfielders in January…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s promise to rebuild the squad looked like a smokescreen due to the state of the squad after the summer transfer window. But after offloading many “non-fan favourites” to Italian clubs, things looked on the up once again. Now, reports are suggesting that Solskjaer and Woodward have met to discuss the reinvestment of the £75million sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

Perhaps the Man Utd board are beginning to take the club’s legacy seriously.

With funds available in January, and Man Utd in dire need of a new midfield, Solskjaer should target one of the following midfielders, if not all of them…

James Maddison

Man Utd might have to look over at their sixth place competitors Leicester City once again. Having already signed Harry Maguire from the club in summer.

Their attacking midfielder James Maddison created more chances than any other player in the Premier League last season. Which is exactly what Man Utd are lacking quality in.

Furthermore, the 22-year-old fits in with Solskjaer’s requirements of being young, hungry and clued up on English football.

Luka Modric

Man Utd has no commanding midfielders. The 34-year old’s contract is up come to the end of the season and can replace Nemanja Matic as the experienced talent to run the midfield.

Despite being a senior player, and not exactly fit the mould of a typical Solskjaer target. Having one of the world’s best midfielders to help out for 18 months whilst the manager perfects the squad can cause little to no harm.

Florentino Luis

Man Utd scouts have been enjoying the watch of Benfica’s defensive midfield maestro Florentino Luis. Having a competent defensive midfielder is crucial to this Man Utd side as Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay does not excel under the pressure of this role.

Having a natural, young talent guarding the back four, will allow Pogba and McTominay to flourish in their preferred positions of an advanced box-to-box midfielder.

Man Utd should seriously consider selling these 2 players in January

Speaking of selling players is a touchy subject at Old Trafford, as the squad depth and squad quality are at an all-time low. But there are two players in particular who should be moved on as soon as possible…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a fantastic job at moving players away from the club. Some have made way for youth, such as Chris Smalling moving away and Axel Tuanzebe sitting on the bench. Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leaving have allowed Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong to see glimpses of action already.

Some have been moved on or demoted from the first team simply due to their lack of quality. Such as Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones. Including Matteo Darmian who has returned to Italy.

Regarding this, here are two players who should be moved on in January…

Nemanja Matic

Matic, 31, has been a fantastic servant in the Premier League for both Chelsea and Man Utd. However, in recent months, his lack of energy has been detrimental to Man Utd’s transition from defence to attack. They look much better without him in the squad.

Moving on Matic would bring in some funds, as well as leaving a place on the bench for Fred or the young prospect James Garner.

Phil Jones/Marcos Rojo

Man Utd still has six senior centre backs despite Chris Smalling’s loan move to Roma. Upon Eric Bailly’s return from injury, he will most likely make the bench alongside Axel Tuanzebe, who should not be dropped under any circumstances this season.

This leaves Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo as the fringe players. Should they be unhappy with the occasional League Cup or Europa League appearance, they would be best off exiting the club as soon as possible, in order to introduce youth players into that fringe player role.

Oldham Athletic needs Banide to achieve these 2 vital things this season, agree?

Despite excitement upon his appointment, Oldham Athletic’s new manager hasn’t had the easiest start to the EFL League Two season…

Oldham Athletic have only won one League One game so far this season. As they sit in 22nd on five points from seven games, projections of taking the club back to League One have certainly been reconsidered.

Perhaps the job at hand will take a fair few seasons to complete, as Oldham have suffered from having many managers over a short space of time. Making it more difficult to instil philosophies and playing styles from the off for Laurent Banide.

Taking a more pragmatic approach to where Oldham should be, come to the end of the season, here are two things Banide must achieve. Aside from keeping his job, of course.

Staying afloat

Banide must avoid relegation. In fact, by early 2020 the French manager must look like surviving relegation, or his job could be jeopardy, meaning Oldham have to reboot once again.

Avoiding relegation should be the top priority this season. Oldham does not need to win every game to show signs of improvement…

Banide’s philosophies

The squad merely need to prove that they are adhering to what Banide wants from this team. By demonstrating a style of the play, a bit of fight and resilience amongst some individual greatness, it would show that Oldham is actually moving in the right direction for the first time in a long time.

Banide should focus on getting his players to play the way he wants them to. By surviving relegation, Banide can have a go at League Two next season with a more clued up squad.

The situation is somewhat similar to Man Utd with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Having a mismatched squad from several managers who have been subjected to several styles of play can result in a very difficult job for the poor manager who is brought in to sort it all out.

Man Utd join Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the race for 81m rated Bundesliga 19y/o

Manchester United fans were crying out for a midfielder in the summer transfer window. But the may have to wait until January. However, with the class and quality that Kai Havertz of Bundelsiga’s Bayer Leverkusen, he is well worth the wait.

In recent games for Man Utd, Paul Pogba has been seen in a much deeper role than expected. This has massively effected the side’s final third quality but increased Pogba’s chances of player killer long balls.

Should Pogba remain in this position, it leaves a missing link between the midfield and attack. A link that is crippling the side’s ability to pass their way through a team. It also affects the way the Reds attempt to speedily transition defence into the attack on counters, as so many fizzles out due to a lack of quality in moving the ball.

So, who can fix this issue in the Man Utd squad?

Kai Havertz

Havertz has been rumoured by German outlets to be a January target for Man Utd. The 20-year-old comfortably plays across the attack, having 17 goals and 4 assists in the Bundesliga last season. The 6 foot 1 German, however, shines in the attacking midfield role. His ability to control the tempo of the game was seen in Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-2 victory on the opening day of Germany’s top tier season, not only scoring a goal but also playing a huge role in the 74% possession the side had.

By slotting him into the position that Man Utd need filling so desperate, the Reds would have more supply for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. On top of that, they would have a tall, confident and gifted midfielder who can score goals.

Man Utd would have the options of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Fred as defensive midfielders. Whilst having the options of Kai Havertz, Angel Gomes, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata as the attacking midfield play-makers.

The ‘Man Utd midfield crisis’ would not only be over, but they would have one of the strongest midfield selections in English football.

Man Utd linked to Bournemouth’s David Brooks, can he bring what’s missing with him

As a Lukaku-shaped door closes, a David Brooks shaped door opens!

According to reports the £75million striker Romelu Lukaku is looking to exit Manchester United after falling out of Solskjaer’s favour, as he prefers to use the homegrown Marcus Rashford in the number 9 role.

Lukaku is heavily pushing for a move as he tells Manchester United that he wants to leave the club by July 7th 2019.

As a result, Solskjaer has his eyes on the Welsh 21-year-old attacking-midfielder from Bournemouth, David Brooks, who is rumoured to be worth around £50million. This could suggest multiple things, however, it is likely that Brooks will be used in the number 10 role or right-wing position, as this is where he has been playing if his name has ended up on the score sheet.

With 7 goals and 5 assists in his first ever Premier League season, it is clear that his talent and potential has not gone unnoticed. With Manchester United struggling to create goals last season, Brooks could be the answer to this everlasting dilemma.

David Brooks also fits the culture that Solskjaer is bringing into his new Manchester United, he is British, young, promising and desperate to prove himself at a high level. A similar case for the likes of Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Dean Henderson, Angel Gomes, Axel Tuanzebe etc.

Many Manchester United fans may be displeased that big names such as Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and David De Gea are at the brink of leaving the club, and lesser-known talents such as James and Brooks looking to be brought in. However, many must remember that the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David De Gea, Nani, Ryan Giggs, Rafael Da Silva and many more were unknown talents before making a name for themselves at Old Trafford.

Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, it seems as though the identity of Manchester United has been lost, and with Solskjaer’s recent inquiries, it is clear that he has an image in mind of what this Man United team should look like. Therefore, fans should be excited about this rebuild, as it can’t be much worse than the lifeless, disappointing and dull team which they have been subjected to for the past 6 years.