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The form of Man Utd’s two attackers will prove the difference against Wolves, agree?

Solskjaer’s Man Utd will be looking to avoid a repeat of last season where the Reds failed to beat Wolves and lost twice at Molineux.

After winning every single game of pre-season, the Red Devils marched on into the Premier League season with a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford over top four competitors Chelsea.

Solskaer’s team selection spoke volumes by dropping Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic from the starting eleven. Having five academy graduates in the starting eleven and two on the bench tells you what direction Ole is steering the club in. The risk was worth the reward as the Reds thumped a very naive Chelsea.

Will Solskjaer go back to relying on experienced players or allow this winning formula to develop?

Man Utd

Most fans will want to see a very similar eleven walkout on Monday at Molineux. Scott McTominay is quickly becoming a fan favourite, covering more ground on the pitch than any other player against Chelsea and playing a large role in the slick passing from the back, he could be the answer to Man Utd’s midfield mayhem.

Pereira’s position of the interchanging attacking midfielder/right-winger appears to be up for grabs. The Brazilian failed to impact the game on the ball but impressed with high-pressing and an assist for Anthony Martial.

The defence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw is looking like one of the best defences in English football. Chelsea managed to find themselves in some good positions. However, this may well be a result of the defence being brand new.

Anthony Martial is becoming much more instinctive as a number 9. He is more aggressive, vocal and attentive than ever before as he leads from the front. Having Marcus Rashford in and around him, challenging for that number 9 spot, Man Utd fans could see a lot of goals this season.

Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers recently won a two-legged Europa League qualifier 8-0 on aggregate against Pyunik. But when the final 4-0 win takes place four days before a big game against Man Utd, it might not bode too well.

Top players such as Diego Jota and Leander Dendoncker amongst others featured in the victory and could get exposed by a very fit Man Utd come the Monday fixture.

On the flip side, Wolves are a team full of confidence. Alongside Everton and Leicester, Wolves are a team looking to put pressure on the top six. Beating Man Utd at home would be a good way for Wolves to show the league that they mean business.

Prediction

Solskjaer is likely to go in a similar direction as he did against Chelsea. It appears he has given his side an identity and a philosophy to follow. His apparent trust in youth has allowed for the starting eleven to be stronger and more exciting, with two forwards who are eager to score.

Wolves could pick up a point against a less than clinical Man Utd. But the retrains of the Europa League will likely impact the squad and Solskjaer as ensured that his squad are one of the fittest in the league.

A 1-1 or a 2-1 victory for Man Utd would be safe judgement. Wolves will hold out for a draw, or a win if they find themselves 1-0 up. But the form of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will definitely prove to be a challenge for Wolves.

If Man Utd play this 11, they will ease past Chelsea

Now that the transfer window has closed, The Football Manc Cave has predicted Manchester United’s starting line up for the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team start the season on Sunday the 11th of August and they’ll face Chelsea at 4.30pm.

The transfer window is now closed and one of the biggest talking points of the summer has been Harry Maguire. He’s joined Man United for a record-breaking fee. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also joined the club and should have an impact on the squad going forward.

With that in mind, here’s the squad I’ve predicted…

Clearly, De Gea will open the line-up. Harry Maguire should then get his first start for the club to see how he’s blended in with the reds. Wan-Bissaka should also be started ahead of other options and be joined by Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling.

Despite Pogba’s future being questioned all summer, he’s ended up staying with the reds and should start this weekend with Scott McTominay accompanying him.

These two should then have the support of Rashford, Lingard and Daniel James. Martial should then be solo upfront. The formation could be changed, however, I do think this line up will be pretty similar to what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will pick.

Having new signing start is a risk, however, it’s the first game of the season and a chance to see how these players have gelled together and how they’ll cope.

How Solskjaer should set up Man Utd this season with needed youth injection

After a lack of backing from the board, can Solskjaer patch up the squad with the youth in typical Man Utd fashion?

Many Man Utd fans would agree that their youth academy is one of the last aspects of the club they can be proud of.

This pre-season, we have seen the likes of Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood but heavily introduced into first-team football. And have by far been the most exciting thing about the club in recent years.

After the transfer window deadline day, Man Utd have been left with a very imbalanced team. The defence looks like the best in the league, whilst without Paul Pogba, their midfield is one of the worst. Attacking options are sparse as Solskjaer expects to achieve top four without any proven goalscorers after losing Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

Pre-season has taught us that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s high pressing and high-intensity football is too much for certain players, such as Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young. Despite being gifted footballers, their lethargic approach let the team down on many occasions. Juan Mata can still offer quality in the final third but is far too slow to keep up with the “Ole ball” style for 30/40 games a season.

What should this Man Utd squad look like on a weekly basis?

It is a fair assessment to assume that Solskjaer wants and needs experience in his side. But in due time, the criticism directed at certain players will become clear to the management, if it hasn’t already. Man Utd could set out with a very, very young squad. That would look a little something like this…

Despite having an average age of under 23 years old, this is one of Man Utd’s strongest squads. Assuming that the Red’s won’t be changing their approach to the sport mid-season.

Mason Greenwood is an important addition, being likened at Robin Van Persie at only 17 years old. He could add at least 10 Premier League goals with a full season. Rashford and Martial should be aiming for a minimum of 15 each.

Angel Gomes is almost like-for-like Juan Mata. Fantastic with his feet and his football brain, what he lacks in experience he makes up for in quality.

This leaves Man Utd’s two best midfielders to run the park. Pogba and McTominay. After no midfield signings were made for the club this summer.

Daniel James can be introduced into any of the front four positions, injecting great athleticism and speed into the team.

Should this starting 11 be frequent this season, and be in full throttle, Man Utd can break the top four. However, with Man Utd’s best squad being very young and Man Utd’s most experienced squad being very bad, there could easily be a few bumps in the road.

Could these two players give Man United the edge in the race for a top-four finish?

Should Solskjaer get the best out of these two players, we could see Man Utd in the race for top 3 all season.

Pre-season has been full of mixed emotions for Man Utd fans. Despite promising signings in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, the overhaul and rebuild are yet to be evidenced.

However, with four games on tour for the Red Devils, they have come away with four incredible wins.

Man Utd’s new style of play, “Ole ball”, requires a high press, a fit team and intelligent link-up play. Making the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic almost useless. With regards to this, it will be the youth that carries Man Utd to success this season.

The Football Manc Cave introduces two Red Devils who will transform this Man Utd side and make this season compared to last season look like night and day…

Mason Greenwood

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that Greenwood has a fair chance of starting the campaign against Chelsea. Across youth levels last season, Greenwood had 28 appearances, with 29 goals and 12 assists. He also bagged two fantastic goals in this summer’s pre-season.

The 17-year-old is Man Utd through and through. It would be a pleasure to watch him grow as the club regains their spot at the top of English Football.

Alexis Sanchez

Despite being unimpressive for Man Utd since his arrival, Solskjaer may be an angel in disguise for the Chilean forward. One of Sanchez’s only redeeming qualities last season was his tenacity in pressing high up the pitch. Unfortunately, his teammates didn’t follow.

With the new style of play, Sanchez fits in perfectly. He is versatile across the front four positions, enjoys a high press and can pick out brilliant passes when his teammates can be bothered to make movements.

Special mentions

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been unbelievably crucial to Man Utd’s pre-season successes. He has increased the defensive stability ten-fold. Similar can be said for Scott McTominay, who is increasingly becoming a fan favourite. The Scotsman demonstrates professionalism, passion for the badge and absolutely runs the midfield when he’s on his A-game.

Man Utd enter race with Tottenham Hotspur for Roma’s 20y/o midfielder

Manchester United looking to hijack Tottenham target Nicolo Zaniolo as they enter the race for Roma’s midfielder.

With regards to the type of players Manchester United have been linked with, it is clear that Solskjaer wants defenders and midfielders.

Reds had issues last season with turning defence into midfield possession, and midfield possession into an attack. In this summer window, it is important that Solskjaer gets hold of a ball-playing centre-half and a creative midfielder.

According to The Mirror, Manchester United are now in for Roma’s midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. The 20-year-old joined Roma in July of last year for a swap deal involving Radja Nainggolan.

The Italian coped with the pressure of 36 appearances last season, including 7 in the Champions League. He finished with 6 goals and 2 assists.

Manchester United already have many young and high-quality players who can perform in midfield. Andreas Perriera, Angel Gomes, Scott McTominay and James Garner are all looking to have promising futures at Old Trafford.

However, with this in mind, it must mean that Zaniolo can offer this Man Utd squad something the rest can’t if the reports of interest are true.

Is it Bruno Fernandes or Zaniolo?

Portuguese man Bruno Fernandes has appeared to be top of Manchester United’s wishlist over recent weeks. The reports circulating about Zaniolo could likely be a result of Man Utd increasing their midfield transfer options this summer. Perhaps there is a disagreement in the deal for Bruno, or maybe he has become impatient with the slow progress from Man Utd.

Both players would offer a similar balance to the Man Utd midfield, and unless Zaniolo is expected to be a bench player, it is unlikely that the Reds will go through with both deals.

Only time will tell which of the two partners up with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay next season. If either player joined, the Man Utd outfit would definitely be stronger than in recent years.

Man Utd could challenge for trophies next year with this starting 11 after making 3 more signings

Solskjaer is keen on signing Bruno Fernandes and two other players this summer to Manchester United.

It’s understood that Man Utd are now ready to secure a deal with Sporting Lisbon’s Portuguese superstar Bruno Fernandes, according to the Independent.

According to circulating reports Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Sean Longstaff are the most likely to sign for Man Utd this summer.

With these three signings, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would completely transform this team.

Last season, Man Utd finish sixth in the Premier League, the position Jose Mourinho left them in after being fired from his position in December 2018. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 12 of his first 15 games in charge, including the famous win over PSG in the Champions League.

However, possibly due to fitness or the difficulties of changing tactics and approach mid-season, Solskjaer’s Man Utd finished the league off with a terrible run of form and failed to secure a top-four finish despite putting themselves back into the race for it.

The new, old Manchester United

Pre-season games and training this summer have proven that Man Utd are focused on high-pressing from the front. We also saw glimpses of close controlled link-up play. Very pleasing to the eye. It showed the levels of intensity we saw in the glory of Man Utd.

In the upcoming season, Solskjaer could have one of the best squads in England. But he needs three more signings to do it. Should Man Utd succeed in their transfer endeavours, their starting eleven next season could look like this…

Manchester United would have their most solid defence since Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra. Harry Maguire would act as an aerial winning defender, whilst Lindelof acts as a ball-playing defender.

The midfield could be one of the best in the Premier League, with Bruno Fernandes playing as an attacking midfielder getting goals and assists. With Longstaff doing what he does best by making incredibly accurate long balls. Pogba can push slightly higher up the pitch now that Longstaff is holding the midfield and there is a more trustworthy defence behind him. McTominay could feature heavily as he can adopt any of those three roles.

Up top, we have the blistering pace of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James, who can all smoothly transition around the front three positions.

With a squad of this quality, we could be shocked by Manchester United this season.

3 ‘Bryan Robson’s’ Man Utd should be looking at to lead the Solskjaer revolution

Who can lead this Manchester United squad to victory?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that Manchester United need a Bryan Robson, to get ‘back to the level we were’.

Current captain Ashley Young is the weakest link in this Manchester United squad, an ex-winger attempting to play full-back. Although his experience is valuable to the team, Man Utd need a ruthless captain who can set the standard for others to follow.

Solskjaer should worry that there are no real contenders for captaincy in his current squad. The captain has to be experienced but also ingrained into the culture of the club. This rules out vocal, passionate and talented youngsters such as Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe. Who could all wear the armband in years to come.

However, Man Utd need a captain right now, and here are three contenders who have the character to drag this United squad to victory…

Harry Maguire

Maguire’s former manager, Craig Shakespeare, said that he could one day captain England. But Maguire could most definitely captain Manchester United. For both club and county, Maguire stands out in the line of defence. He is vocal and talented and would set the standard for the rest of the Man Utd defence. He may not be ingrained in the culture of being a Red Devil, but Solskjaer can’t be choosy when his entire squad are unfit to wear the armband.

Marcos Rojo

This one is a curve-ball, I know. However, a fully fit Marcos Rojo is a rock-solid defender. He is aggressive, vocal and competitive. According to Adam McKola and Stephen Howson, Rojo stood out in training with his aggression and passion and was taking no prisoners. He reportedly lunged into tackles on his own teammates, the stand-out tackle being a two-footed tackle on Nemanja Matic.

Rojo needs more game time to be considered captain, but his character and energy suit the role perfectly.

Juan Mata

Possibly Solskjaer’s best bet. Juan Mata has been at Man Utd for over 5 years, and according to Daily Mail, took a £45,000 per week pay cut to extend his contract for a further two years. Mata is known for his kindness and humbleness, and as a captain, he can employ an atmosphere of togetherness. Mata is Man Utd’s most talented senior player, apart from 26-year-old Paul Pogba, who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near captaincy after his statement about wanting a “new challenge” away from Old Trafford.

What Man Utd’s predicted 11 against Leeds Utd could look like

After their 2-0 victory over Perth Glory, Manchester United need to up their game to beat Leeds United on Wednesday.

In the first pre-season game, Solskjaer’s men showed us what they have been working on in the training ground. We saw an incredibly high pressing attack against a Perth defence that often had at least nine or ten players behind the ball.

The link-up play and close control was reminiscent of the incredible winning streak Man United had when Solskjaer first took over. New signings Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka had fantastic debuts, lifting the spirits of the fanbase.

However, Solskjaer opted for two completely different eleven men to feature in each half of the game. This means we still have to see how the Reds fare in a competitive 90 minutes, something Leeds United will certainly offer.

How the lineup against Leeds should look

With the Premier League looming, Solskjaer will be keen on figuring out his strongest eleven. Resulting in a starting eleven that could resemble this…

Manchester United would do well to toy with the idea of having two forward men, both capable of drifting out wide. This would give Jesse Lingard space to move further up the field as he performs best in the number 10 role, adapting to a second striker position when forwards drag defenders out wide.

How the formation can be adapted

This formation is easily transformed into Man Utd’s main formation 4-3-3, and by introducing some exciting substitutions, it would look like this…

A forward three of blistering pace, in front of the creative genius Paul Pogba, who sits alongside high-pressing Lingard, guarded by golden-boy Scott McTominay.

Axel Tuanzebe could replace Victor Lindelof as the ball-playing defender as Man United lack options other than Chris Smalling to provide an aerial threat. At least, until Harry Maguire joins the ranks as reports surface of the transfer being close to completion.

These line ups portray both the quality and versatility of Solskjaer’s set up.

Leeds United placed third in the Championship last season. Narrowly missing out on promotion in the playoffs. Therefore, Leeds can provide a similar type of test that many Premier League level teams will in the upcoming season.

Should Manchester United fail to dominate the match, it could provide a scary insight into what the Red Devils will perform like in Premier League.

Man Utd look to Southampton man to bring balance & shape to the side – Agree?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to Southampton’s Mario Lemina to bolster the Man United midfield

Manchester United are having a midfield crisis. Having Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera exiting the club last season and Paul Pogba seeking a move away to a Champions League level side.

According to reports, Mario Lemina has not joined Southampton on their pre-season tour in Austria, amid doubts about his future with The Saints.

The Gabonese midfielder Lemina, 25, joined Southampton from Juventus for around £15million in the summer of 2017. The Football Manc Cave understands that Southampton is ready to listen to offers that will merely recoup the money they spent on him, meaning a bid in the region of around £20million would be a realistic amount.

Last season, Lemina made 23 appearances for Southampton, making 2.7 tackles per 90 minutes, compared to Nemanja Matic’s 1.7 tackles per 90 in the Premier League. This statistic demonstrates his value in the defensive role in midfield and could provide the Manchester United back four with a more solid character ahead of them.

Bruno Fernandes

By also bringing in Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United would have a fairly solid midfield.

Fernandes can play the creative role, attacking the back four and providing intricate passes behind the defence for the likes of Martial and Rashford.

Lemina would sit in front of the defence. Standing at six foot tall, he can win the ball in the deeper sections of the midfield and move it forward to the creative midfielders.

Scott McTominay impressed many Manchester United fans last season, and will likely see the green on many occasions during the upcoming season. He can play as a ball-winning, box-to-box midfielder, capable of influencing both the attack and defence.

Should business go to plan, we could see a much more balanced Manchester United midfield next season, which could transform the entire shape, attitude and work rate of the team.

Lowdown: Who is Man Utd’s exciting target Dani Olmo

Former Barcelona academy man catches the eyes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his impressive run in the under 21 Euros.

Dani Olmo currently plays for Dinamo Zagreb, based in Croatia, where reports are surfacing about a £35million bid from Manchester United for the creative midfielder’s services.

Olmo played a pivotal role in Spain’s triumphant win of the under-21 Euros, as he scored 3 goals in the competition. Including one vital goal in the final against Germany.

Last season, the 21-year-old had 44 games worth of experience under his belt. Ten of those 44 games were Europa League appearances, a competition United will partake in next season. Where he scored 2 goals and created 4 assists. Olmo scored 12 goals and got 9 assists in those 44 games.

Olmo was once a part of the Barcelona academy, which is evident in the way he plays. He is a very creative attacking-midfielder, able to pull off intricate passes and would definitely provide the likes of Rashford and Martial, with precise passes in-behind the defensive lines of the Premier League.

However, Manchester United recently targeted a lot of youngsters; Daniel James, Wan-Bissaka, Sean Longstaff and now Olmo, amongst others.

Sean Longstaff could be compared to the likes of Scott McTominay and/or Jimmy Garner, two players currently within the United ranks. Similarly, Angel Gomes is a fantastic attacking midfielder who’s play-making abilities have world-class potential, just like Olmo.

Many Man Utd fans may be unsettled with Solskjaer’s approach as it demonstrates a lack of faith in their own academy as they are seeking out youth players from other squads. On the other hand, if Manchester United signed only one or two big-name players. Many fans would see it as a ploy to sell shirts, forget about the poor performances and not actually improve the future and stability of the squad, as they did with signings such as Alexis Sanchez and Di Maria.

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