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Two reasons why Smalling should return to Man United

According to Sky Sports News, Chris Smalling could be on his way back to Old Trafford this summer.

The 29 year old defender has been on loan for a year at Roma.

However, there have been recent rumours that he was going to to stay out with the club.

When Harry Maguire arrived at Old Trafford and Axel Tuanzebe returned from Aston Villa, it didn’t look like the defender was needed.

Now it looks like the experienced defender might be needed back at Old Trafford.

Here’s two reasons why…

Harry Maguire

The ex Leicester defender is a great player. However, Man United have failed to find him a partner at centre-back.

Therefore, Smalling could be the man to help him out.

Refresh

Man United also need a squad refresh. While they might recruit new players in January, it might be a good idea to bring back players they thought they didn’t need.

Smalling may also be able to offer some experience to younger players. He may also be on a personal mission to show Man United what they have been missing.

’If that’s a ’job done’ then I want to apply.’ Man United fans react to their win

Last night, Man United managed a 1-0 win against Partizan in the Europa League. The Football Manc Cave are looking at your reactions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had previously earned one draw and one win in the competition.

Man United were looking for another win last night. After the draw with Liverpool at the weekend, fans were hoping this would inspire them to perform to the same standard.

Even though Man United won the game, it was only due to a penalty. Martial scored the penalty in the 43rd minute. However, there wasn’t much more to talk about.

Youngster, Brandon Williams was a stand out performer as he received Man of the Match. Here’s your reactions…

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Herrera’s Man Utd replacement is finally identified

According to the Express, Man United have finally found a replacement for Ander Herrera. This comes four months after he left the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly now looking at Denis Zakaria. He needs to find a replacement for Ander Herrera.

However, most have said that this replacement should have been found earlier. Fans will now have to think that it’s better late than never.

Herrera left Old Trafford on a free transfer in the summer. Zakaria is now being rated as one of the brightest talents in Germany.

This has generated interest from Premier League clubs like Tottenham and Man United.

Competition

It’s not just the Premier League team’s who are interested. Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are also keen.

However, teams like Atletico Madrid are supposedly more interested in a summer move. This would give Man United an advantage to make a move now.

More for their money

If Man United do try to sign Zakaria, they would be getting more for their money.

Not only is he comfortable in the centre of midfield, he is also a good defensive midfielder. To add to his talents, he can also operate as a centre back. However, his current contract still has 3 years left. This may need some negotiating and there’ll have to be a lot of money involved.

Forget Kane: Here’s 2 strikers Man Utd should be going for instead

Evening Standard have reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does think Harry Kane is a great striker. However, The Football Manc Cave are picking out two players who are more likely to end up at Old Trafford.

In the article that Evening Standard have produced, they have spoken about the future of Tottenham’s striker, Harry Kane.

The Spurs player and England international is one of the best players in the world. However, Tottenham’s current form isn’t at it’s best.

This has led many football fans to believe that he could be interested in a move. Some think Old Trafford could be his next destination.

Personally, I don’t think he will be interested in moving to the Manchester side. This is why I’ve picked out 2 strikers who would be more likely to sign for Man a united…

Moussa Dembele

The 23 year old Lyon player would fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad. He would also be able to develop in his time there because he’s still young.

Although, Man United would have to offer him a good deal as Everton are also interested.

Mario Mandzukic

Mario’s name has been thrown around a lot in the Man United transfer talk. This is because he has offered to reduce his wages in order to move to the Premier League.

Even though this is an obvious pick, it’s also a sensible one. Why go after a player who might not be interested when Mandzukic clearly is? Solskjaer would get more out of a player who wants to actually be at Old Trafford.

3 players that need to impress tonight for Man Utd in the Europa League

Man United play Partizan in the Europa League tonight. The Football Manc Cave have picked 3 players who really need to step up.

This is the third game that Man United will face in Group L. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men currently sit second after one win and a draw.

Man United’s form hasn’t been brilliant recently. However, after a 1-1 draw with Premier League giants, Liverpool, at the weekend, they will be a little more confident.

If they want to secure a win tonight, some players are going to have to step up. We’ve picked out a few who will have to concentrate hard on their own performances.

Harry Maguire

The defender will potentially be featuring in his first European game for the Red Devils.

While it will be exciting for him, he will really have to treat it like any other game. He a going to have to step up and leas the back four.

Marcus Rashford

Fans have been disappointed with Rashford’s form so far this season. However, Daniel James managed to assist in creating a goal for the striker against Liverpool.

Hopefully, that will inspire him to do it again tonight. Although, he has for a tough job with a lot of pressure on him.

Fred

Out of all the Man United squad, Fred has probably under-performed the most so far.

If he does start tonight, he will have to be on top form. Expectations have remained pretty low for the midfielder.

Is Man Utd’s Fred finally showing the qualities to justify his price tag

Fred, against Liverpool had his best game in a Man United shirt. He finally showed glimpses of why United brought him to Old Trafford in the first place.

In a recent interview via the Telegraph Fred described his adpatation to the Premier League

“My first season was difficult but that is normal when a footballer changes league,” he said. “The Ukrainian league isn’t as strong as the Premier League. It’s faster and more physical here.

“You need to start games strongly and finish them strongly. It’s the full force for 90 minutes, but it takes time to adapt to English football when you come from Ukraine, even though I was playing against some of the best teams in the Champions League, but I believe I am adapting.”

It has been noted that Micheal Carrick has been helping Fred with the struggles of English football.

“I have a good relationship with the manager and the coaches. I speak to the coach [Mike Phelan] every day. And to Michael [Carrick] and Kieran [McKenna]. Michael played in my position – he knows what he is saying. They are always encouraging me and I feel the support of fans, too. And I thank them for that.”

In the aforementioned match against Liverpool, Fred statiscally had his best game of the season. Albeit only his second start and fifth appearance this season.

Fred’s turning point

With a pass success of 91.3% and 2 shots registered on target, the Brazilian will be hoping this is the much needed turning point of his Old Trafford career.

“Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he said. “We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.


“We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.”

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.

Smart Move: Allegri to bring in former Man Utd favourite to Old Trafford

According to The Daily Mail, Massimiliano Allegri has plans for if he was to get the Man United job. He wants to bring in Patrice Evra as backroom staff.

Evra played for the Red Devil’s between 2006 and 2014. Hungry fans would love to see him make a return to Old Trafford.

The defender became a popular player for Man United. He was a part of the team that won 5 Premier League titles and a Champions League one.

However, could he be part of the staff and management that changes things for Man United?

Massimiliano Allegri

The 52-year-old had a footballing career as a midfielder. He’s now turned to managing and Old Trafford could be his next mission.

He is currently out of a job but his most recent position was Juventus manager. This would make him immediately available if he was needed.

Man United’s current form isn’t as it used to be. Despite the transfer talk around the club that could come in January, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be replaced earlier.

Patrice Evra

Allegri and Evra have worked together in the past. Although, it is said that the ex Juventus manager ‘promised’ Evra a job with him if he was to move to the Manchester side.

Not only would it be a sensible option that’s approved by fans, but it would also benefit Patrice.

It would give him experience whether it be player-coach, assistant or just part of the fitness team. It’s something for him to add to his profile.

If a managerial role is something Evra is working towards, why not start with a club he made a huge impact on?

However, this is all relying on Solskjaer and whether he will be sacked or given longer.

Fans react over Carabao Cup draw – ‘Tough draw again for Man City…the run continues’

There are some huge ties to come in round four of the Carabao Cup. The standout ties are undoubtedly Chelsea vs Manchester United and Liverpool vs Arsenal.

The two last ranked teams Colchester United and Crawley Town will face each other, with one guaranteed to reach the quarter-final. While Oxford United will host Sunderland after both knocked out Premier League opposition in the third round.

Manchester City will be favourites to win the cup again, after drawing Southampton at home. Wolves will face Aston Villa at Villa Park, in a Midlands derby.

Let’s see how everyone reacted to the draw…

Rochdale fans react – ‘Luke Matheson….what a guy! Up the Dale!’

Rochdale played brilliantly to take Manchester United to penalties in the third round of the Carabao Cup. United eventually saw off The Dale’s valiant challenge, as they won 5-3 in the shootout.

The away side arrived full of confidence and with the belief, they could cause an upset. In a game of few chances, it was Rochdale that came closest to taking the lead. Callum Camps shot goal-wards, however, Aaron Wan-Bissaka cleared off the line.

United took the lead in the second half thanks to Mason Greenwood. The 17-year-old star finished well with his left foot. Then, 16-year-old schoolboy, Luke Matheson scored a superb volley to take The Dale to penalties and send their travelling support into raptures. Matheson is back in school today, what a story.

Although Rochdale didn’t win, it was an immense effort that everyone at their club can be proud of. Let’s see how they reacted…

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