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Man Utd outcast can fit Solskjaer’s ‘Oleball’ and turn round his career, agree?

Reports have come out that Solskjaer wants to be rid of Alexis Sanchez, but is that the best move for Man Utd?

Alexis Sanchez has had a difficult time at Man Utd since arriving in the January 2018 transfer window. According to The Sun, Solskjaer has banished Sanchez from the first team, and will be playing with the reserves should he refuse a loan move, likely to be to Roma.

Last season, during a tough spell for Solskjaer at Man Utd, the Norwegian manager claimed that he will be ‘ruthless’ with his squad. This could be the result of rumoured and confirmed departures such as Romelu Lukaku, Marcos Rojo and Alexis Sanchez. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones being completely dropped from the squad against Chelsea was also a big statement from the manager.

However, players such as Smalling, Jones, Matic and Lukaku were wanted out of the squad due to either a lack of quality or being a misfit to Solskjaer’s plan.

With Alexis Sanchez, he doesn’t fall under any of those concerns…

Why should Man Utd keep Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez looking on

The Chilean is, on paper, one of the best players in world football. He came into a struggling and declining squad who were out of favour with their manager. Playing a very defensive and pragmatic style, Sanchez’s strengths of passing in behind the defence and being involved in close-controlled intricate play were made void.

With Solskjaer’s new system of high-pressing and counter-attacking football, it would allow Sanchez to shine. Sanchez is a hunter for the ball, even last season, he pressed high and chased possession endlessly.

At times we saw glimpses of the type of pass the Chilean can pull off, but lack of quality and movement also made this trait void.

Having such a highly regarded player in the squad who fits the new system should be given the same opportunity to prove himself as other players did during pre-season.

It appears Solskjaer favours the youth. Removing Romelu Lukaku has made space for Mason Greenwood on the bench. Would involving Sanchez remove his spot?

In a season where Man Utd have a large number of games (having Europa League football) and a lack of squad depth, perhaps keeping Sanchez for another year wouldn’t be so bad after all.

Did Manchester United Do Enough Business in the Transfer Window?

Cast your mind back to April this year. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has just issued a public apology to the Manchester United fanbase following their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Everton. More than that, the manager also states that there is plenty of work to do during the summer transfer window, hinting at a complete re-build from the ground up.

That interview left many Man United fans thinking that there would be more than a few transfers to look forward to, both in and out of the club. Yet just three notable deals have been struck to bring in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and, most recently, Harry Maguire. As for the outgoings, Ander Herrera (one of United’s best players last season), Antonio Valencia and Romelu Lukaku were all moved on.

That said, it’s clear that a large part of Solskjaer’s focus now lies in the youth prospects that are gradually coming through the ranks. Could this investment in young talent pay off next season? Let’s take a look at the key areas of the United squad as they currently stand.


It’s fair to say the Man United defence was in a sorry state last year, with a whopping 54 goals conceded over the course of the season. The club has made significant strides in strengthening their backline, with Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka coming in to replace Phil Jones or Chris Smalling and Ashley Young respectively.

Most fans will be fairly happy with these deals, not to mention the fact that goalkeeper David de Gea looks set to sign a new contract at the club over the coming weeks. Add in Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe to the mix and you’d have to say that a solid defensive unit could be formed out of those players.


On paper, the middle of the park is perhaps the biggest area of concern for Manchester United next season. The departure of Ander Herrera to PSG is certainly a blow, and the board didn’t finance a move for a suitable replacement. Some fans still have confidence in the young talent of Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira to step up alongside Paul Pogba, yet the lack of depth in the squad remains a worry.

There were plenty of rumours flying around regarding potential moves for a centre-mid – particularly Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen – yet they were unable to get a deal done for either, which is probably of little surprise to Man United fans considering the number of top players they have been linked to over the past few seasons. However, their business has done enough to convince the bookies as they are fourth favourites at 11/10 in the football betting to finish in the top four outright markets.


The departure of Romelu Lukaku and the lack of a replacement means there should be plenty of opportunities for the group of young, talented attackers currently at the club. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will play important roles, that’s for sure, whereas up and comers such as Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Daniel James will each get their chance to shine in the first team. They have also have older stars to complement these youngsters: Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

Even so, despite the improvements that have been made over the summer, you’d have to say that the squad still has a fair few holes to fill before they can put a top-four finish beyond doubt. There are still question marks over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who will be keen to validate his new tactical approach and focus on youth as soon as possible. The first few months will be critical, let’s see how it all turns out!

Man Utd’s Transfer window: Is Solskjaer doomed before the season starts?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are doomed before the season has even started. Here is why.

Since landing the job on a permanent basis, Solskjaer has pledged to ‘rebuild’ this Man Utd squad. He also assured the fans that he ‘will be successful’ and will be ‘ruthless’ with his squad.

Despite these promises, very little has changed. Two players have exited, Ander Herrera (the club’s second-best midfielder) and Romelu Lukaku (the club’s most prolific goalscorer). Could these two really have been who Solskjaer meant when he said we ‘wouldn’t see’ some of these players again? Surely not.

There are both positives and negatives to come out of this transfer window. Naturally, we’ll start with the negatives…


So, with the Reds losing a striker and a midfielder. Who have they brought in to replace them? Two defenders from lower clubs and a winger from Swansea. Fantastic business, no?

Given the benefit of the doubt, Solskjaer will likely not have purposely lied to the fans. More so, the board have once again let a manager down.

During the uproar of fan concern and protest against the ‘higher-ups’ in the clubs, we saw leaks about promising players such as Paulo Dybala, Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen, all of which did not materialise.

As it stands, with ins and outs, Man Utd have a transfer window net spend of £70million. Man Utd needed to invest upwards of £200million to have a fighting chance at winning anything this season.

This is the biggest and richest club in English football with the weakest squad, fans have seen in well over 20 years. The same club that has promised a rebuild and success to the fans. Once again, let down.

Solskjaer has said that he would only want players who are keen to play for Man Utd, hence why deals with big players fell through. As Man Utd is ultimately a step-down from Juventus and even Tottenham, as of current circumstances.

However, last season Solskjaer also stated that big names are eager to join his team. Whilst their only acquisitions were players from Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Swansea City. Despite this, the signings made do look promising…


The introduction of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have turned a laughing stock of defence, into one of the most elite defences in the Premier League. To this, hats off.

Wan-Bissaka has proven in pre-season to be practically unbeatable and will be a huge upgrade from Ashley Young. Who despite his best efforts, is not cut out for challenging for titles.

With Harry Maguire, fans know what they’re getting. A solid, English, Premier League proven defender whose mistakes are few and far between. A huge upgrade on Eric Bailly, who is always injured. Phil Jones, who tends to forget which side he plays for. And Chris Smalling, who’s decent performances are one in ten.

Daniel James gives some insight into the future projections of Man Utd. The fact they have any at all will be good news for fans.


Drastic. Football games are won and lost in the midfield. Manchester United have a Paul Pogba who doesn’t want to be there. Andreas Pereira who is set to be Man Utd’s next 27-year-old ‘youth prospect’ and Scott McTominay who is a fantastic footballer, but totally unproven in the red jersey. There is also Fred and Matic who practically do nothing but give the ball away.

It will be a tough season for Man Utd. But remember, it most likely isn’t the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It is evident that he loves the club. The best-case scenario would be for the amazing youth talents to come through and show the rest how it’s done.

Fans will have to do their bit and support through thick and thin. As most of the Man Utd squad can’t be trusted to perform, the fans should remain consistently supportive throughout the season. If not for the club, then for every moment of glory that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given them in the years gone by.

‘Bye Lukaku. Thanks for Paris. That’s it. Bye’ Man Utd fans not sorry to see striker leave

Inter Milan announce Romelu Lukaku from Man Utd on Twitter and fans have their say.

Inter Milan and fans alike are showing off their new summer signing on the Premier League’s transfer deadline day. The Italian giants clearly feel like the winners on this one.

The Football Manc Cave brings you a selection of tweets that sum up how fans feel about the move.

However, Man Utd fans feel slightly different…

The middle ground is that Lukaku is a proven striker. But his performances at Man Utd made that easily forgettable. This fan sums that up pretty well…

Romelu Lukaku’s best game in a Man Utd shirt came in the incredible 3-1 away win against PSG. At least some thanks to give him credit for that!

It comes down to a mix of Man Utd fans appreciating the talent but acknowledging that it didn’t work out for the Belgian at Man Utd.

Who will be Man Utd’s next no.9? From in-house or a last-gasp deadline day transfer?

‘West Ham, Everton and Leicester City signing players for fun and we’re struggling to sign a 33y/o. Finished Club’ Man Utd fans are unhappy!

What are the Man United fans saying about the 33-year-old Croatian striker being Romelu Lukaku’s replacement?

According to reports, Man Utd are still in contention for a last-minute signing of Mario Mandzukic from Juventus. As Romelu Lukaku leaves to Inter Milan for £72million, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are left to get the goals for Man Utd.

Is Mario Mandzukic the right option for Man Utd to be spending their deadline day on? Here is what Twitter has to say…

Whilst one user sees sense in the last minute purchase of the striker…

Other’s aren’t so keen.

Mandzukic scored 9 goals and assisted 6 in 25 games during Serie A last season. With his physical presence, he could be a rotational striker for Man Utd successfully. Using the right tool for the right job.

However, this Man Utd fan would totally disagree…

Will the striker be a Man Utd player before the deadline? And if he does, how effective will he be for the side?

Domino effect: Man Utd, Spurs, Juventus and Barcelona eye up crazy transfer day window finish

One transfer could result in another as all the top teams are eyeing similar talents, on what should be a crazy transfer deadline day.

The top teams in Europe are in a crazy transfer mess as of right now. One signing of specific players could ignite a chain of transfers between the European giants.

The Football Manc Cave brings you the story of the one the craziest transfer windows ever, it goes something like this…

Spurs, Coutinho, Lo Celso and Bruno Fernandes

It’s been all over the news that Sporting Lisbon’s golden boy Bruno Fernandes has been seeking a move to the Premier League, most likely to be Man Utd. However, Spurs are now linked to him, Barcelona’s Coutinho and Lo Celso to play in the attacking midfield roles. Should they bring in any of these midfielders, it could result in one of their own moving to a rival club…

Man Utd, Barcelona and Eriksen

Should Eriksen be replaced be Bruno Fernandes, who is rumoured to have been a target of Solskjaer’s, Man Utd may well be forced to sign their wantaway midfielder Christian Eriksen for a phenomenal fee. However, should the likes of Coutinho or Lo Celso move, Man Utd would still have an option of Bruno Fernandes.

But with the heavy price placed on Eriksen for other Premier League clubs of £130million, a move to La Liga looks more likely, as Barcelona could snatch him for less than £50million.


Real Madrid and Pogba

Real Madrid attempted a £27.6million bid plus James Rodriguez for the French World Cup winner, which was rejected by Man Utd. But it demonstrates how desperate manager Zinedine Zidane is for his signature. Should Paul Pogba make his current manager Solskjaer look silly and leave the club this summer, Man Utd would then need to bring two midfielders into their side.

Juventus and Lukaku… and Dyala too

Juventus have been keen to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer, making a bid involving their Argentine Paulo Dybala. This fell through due to complications over wages. But Juventus are still keen on bringing the forward in despite telling Dybala he was surplus to requirements. This could leave the Argentine desperate for a move away, and Tottenham Hotspur has reportedly bid £64.4million for him.

Dybala to Tottenham would allow Juventus to afford Romelu Lukaku, however, this deal looks off due to Inter Milan stumping up some serious cash for the Belgian. This would leave Solskjaer desperate to bring in a striker.

However, should Pogba move to Real Madrid, Man Utd would have to look at Bruno Fernandes as well as Eriksen, who may have his price lowered due to Tottenham desperate to recoup funds from the Dybala move.

It’s a whirlwind of a transfer window, and all will be revealed on deadline day.

Three players Man Utd should ask Juventus for in exchange for Pogba

Reports suggest that Juventus have turned their attention from Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, who they will offer three players for.

Recent weeks have shown the ups and downs of a thrilling transfer market. Two Man Utd players, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, have publicly announced their desire to leave the club.

At once it looked as though Lukaku was going to Juventus, with Paulo Dybala coming the other way. All of sudden, reports suggest the deal is off due to Dybala considering Man Utd a step down.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his press-conferences has reiterated his confidence in Paul Pogba staying at Manchester United this season. But have Juventus made an offer he just can’t refuse?

Maurizio Sarri, who should have joined Man Utd with his keen interest on their players, is willing to sacrifice three of his players to bring in the French midfielder who is worth over £150million in today’s climate.

The Football Manc Cave brings to you the three most appropriate and exciting players from Juventus to bring to Man Utd…

Alex Sandro

Man Utd has rebuilt their defence with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire this summer. This has turned the Red Devils’ defence from the worst defence in the top 6 too, arguably, competing for the best defence in the league.

With that, Man Utd fans now consider Luke Shaw the weakest link in the backline. Bringing in Alex Sandro, one of the world’s best left-backs, will drive up competition for the Englishman’s spot and improve the defence as well as the individual.

Mario Mandzukic

Man Utd was in talks with Juventus over the Croatian striker very recently, due to Lukaku’s move away. However, it looks as though Man Utd will be keeping the unhappy and out of form Belgian. This means that Solskjaer has no idea if his only goalscorer will be up to the test this season. But Mandzukic definitely would be.

Douglas Costa

A winger that Man Utd have been linked to for many years. The Brazilian trickster is at home on the wing of a pitch. He fits Man Utd’s new style of play perfectly as he attacks the corners and drives inwards, allowing for a typical Ole Gunnar Solskjaer type of goal; six yards from the net.

However, due to Juventus having a relatively new midfield, it looks unlikely that any world-class midfielders will head the other way. Leaving Manchester United with a midfield that would see them finish in the bottom half of the table.

‘Can’t really see him as a viable replacement for Lukaku if I am perfectly honest. Panic buy?’ Man Utd fans react to potential incoming striker

The Man Utd and Juventus transfer saga continue and Twitter users are having their say…

According to reports, Manchester United have been in talks with both Juventus and Inter Milan. Talks were concerning the destination of the Belgian Romelu Lukaku.

The Daily Mail has stated that the Mandzukic has agreed to personal terms with United until 2022 on a wage increase of 35 per cent higher than at Juventus.

To the embarrassment of some and the joy others, Paulo Dybala is likely not joining Man Utd after portraying that he would rather stay put in Turin. Dybala considers leaving Champions League contenders, and kings of Italy for Europa League contenders who are the sixth-best team in England to be a step-down.

The Football Manc Cave brings you a selection of tweets on Mario Mandzukic to Man Utd…

This user believed that Mandzukic would be capable of leading Man Utd’s front line.

However, some suggest that Mandzukic is a cheap, quick fix due to running out of time in the transfer window to replace a Romelu Lukaku who has not even left the club yet…

The more spectacle amongst the fan base sees the whole thing as a PR gimmick from Man Utd. But can you blame them?

Very few argue the talent of the Croatian. He could provide the Reds with some important goals and share his experience in his three years in Old Trafford.

However, there are questions as to whether he fits into Ole’s future projections of Man Utd.

Pre-season has shown a lack of quality in the final third for Man Utd and a proven goalscorer may be a short-term fix for Reds.

Can Man City’s swap deal be the final piece of the Champions League jigsaw?

Juventus have had their hands full with Manchester clubs this summer. However, this deal with Manchester City is set to be completed shortly.

Man City have been looking for a new right-back this summer. Pep Guardiola has managed to strengthen his squad even more after reports that Joao Cancelo from Juventus to Man City has been completed.

The Daily Mail reported that the fee for the Portuguese full-back is £32million, plus the 28-year-old Brazilian Danilo.

Danilo made only 11 Premier League last season, and 2 in the Champions League. It is clear that the Brazilian is not part of Guardiola’s plans. Kyle Walker, 29, has been a great right-back for Man City. However, as he aged, he is being selected as Man City’s experienced centre-back, leaving a big hole in his former position.

Joao Cancelo, 25, is a Portuguse national player 7 trophies to his name. Ranging from club to country, he plays a huge role in winning sides.

Times of change

It is important for the conservation of Man City’s reign that they bring in players with the ability and mentality to win. Especially when Guardiola is beginning to bring youth players into first-team football. Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko we eased into the squad last season and will likely feature heavily this season.

The Man City outfit look all the more ready to conquer Europe. With very few weaknesses in the squad, patching one up with a world’s best cannot do the side any harm.

Juventus, however, will be looking to use the funds for Cancelo in their bid to sign Man Utd’s Romelu Lukaku. Meaning that all three clubs (Man Utd, Man City, Juventus) will be getting what they desire.

Guardiola is getting a world-class right-back to cover a slight weakness in his squad. Sarri is getting an experienced squad player in Danilo, who may flourish in Turin more than Manchester, as well as getting the funds to bring in Lukaku.

These two Man Utd youngsters must start against AC Milan tomorrow, agree?

A big season is ahead of Man Utd and this summer has taught us that the players, in particular, have to be match-ready.

Solskjaer has one game left in pre-season against AC Milan, in Wales. Should he come away with a victory, Man Utd will be unbeaten in six games.

However, Man Utd’s previous game against Norway’s mid-table Kristiansund it proved that the Reds lacked quality in the final third. There were also instances of terrible organisation in defence, struggling with crosses and counter-attacks.

According to reports and rumours, Man Utd’s most likely transfers are Bruno Fernandes, Paulo Dybala and Harry Maguire. Sticking these players into the current squad patches up the weaknesses and faults in a promising team. Investment is what is needed to compliment the strives made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Man Utd fans grow increasingly frustrated with the investment made in this summer transfer window, amongst others. Recent antics by Man Utd’s board tell us that the rumoured-ins for the club are far from guaranteed.

With this in mind, The Football Manc Cave brings you two young players in particular who should be given game time against AC Milan. They may have to be ready to step-in should Man Utd fail to secure any more signatures…

Axel Tuanzebe

As mentioned, Man Utd’s defence is still abysmal. Without Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the mix, there is no one you can trust 100%. Tuanzebe, 21, had a fantastic season in Championship last season. He helped them to the point of promotion and had fans singing his name. He has the potential to be a Man Utd centre-back and has stated that he wants to be just that, we just have to see the proof in the pudding.

According to reports, Tuanzebe is currently linked with a loan move back to Aston Villa, as well as being linked with Newcastle United. Demonstrating that teams want him to prevent demotion for their club. However, it also indicates that Man Utd may be purchasing a defender.

Mason Greenwood

Solskjaer’s only proven natural striker is 17-year old Mason Greenwood. Despite Anthony Martial being very clinical, and Marcus Rashford being powerful, Greenwood has more of a natural number nine instinct. His movement and awareness have people likening him to Robin Van Persie, a man who won Man Utd the Premier League.

Man Utd are lacking quality in front of goal, and should it be Lukaku or Dybala who has a bad season for the Reds, Greenwood could be the one who saves the season for them.

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