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‘Man United played so well. Big question is the sustainability of it’ Man Utd fans not getting to carried away with a 4-0 win over Chelsea

Solskjaer’s dream Premier League start comes in the form of his Man United side thrashing over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

Before the league started, Man Utd lost Ander Herrera and Romelu Lukaku. Surely you would expect fewer goals and fewer chances? Not yesterday. Solskjaer’s hard-working and high pressing Red Devils proved to be a nightmare for Lampard and Chelsea.

A fair penalty won and buried by Marcus Rashford saw the Red’s shaky start begin to stabilize. Despite Chelsea coming close to scoring on several occasions, the hard as stone Man Utd defence proved almost impenetrable. With one of the world’s best between the sticks just behind, Chelsea finished on zero.

Clinical, exciting and well-deserved goals also came from the new number 9 Anthony Martial, a second goal for Marcus Rashford, and a Premier League debut goal for the Welshman Daniel James.

Some fans on Twitter may believe the result was just a fluke. But can three well-worked goals, a successful game plan, and a rock-solid defence really have been by chance?

Although Man Utd looked fantastic in most areas in their 4-0 victory over Chelsea, fans are aware that Man Utd must keep it up. The squad is merely an injury away in a crucial position to have severe exploits in the team.

Some fans make the case that enough any other team thrashed Chelsea 4-0 there would be more credit being given.

Regardless, the feeling inside the Man Utd camp will be extremely positive after this great result. It proves that the business made has benefitted the squad and that Solskjaer’s philosophies and strategies are proving successful. But most importantly, that Man Utd are improving from last season.

Moses, the god of Wigan Athletic’s transfer deadline day signings

With transfer deadline day approaching. Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks back on Wigan Athletic’s best deadline day signing.

Looking for this brought back nightmares. Rewind to January 31st 2017. Warren Joyce as gaffer. Eight, yes eight signings on deadline day. Not one of them is still at the club 18 months later, which tells you everything you need to know.

They included Omar Bogle, the lad that scored against us on Saturday for Cardiff City, we won 3-2, though. Gabriel Obertan, that was hard to type. Alex Bruce. I’ll stop there, too painful to think about.

I’m scarred for life now on deadline day, thankfully we’ve done a lot of good business already. I can see a couple more signings coming in if they didn’t – I’d be happy going into the rest of the season with our current squad. It’s already stronger than last seasons.

Deadline day deal

So, have we had any success on deadline day…a panic buy that actually paid off? The one that stuck out to me. One of my favourite Latics players – Victor Moses.

He signed from Crystal Palace in January 2010. That makes me feel old. How the mighty fall ey. We were a Premier League side then, and despite a number of clubs being offered to Moses because Palace entered administration, he opted to sign for us.

The youngster was tipped to be the ‘next big thing’ and delivered for us. Positive, quick, exciting to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Moses and for ¬£2.5 million, he turned out to be a steal. In typical Wigan fashion, we sold him to Chelsea for around ¬£9 million in the summer of 2012.

Let’s have a quiet deadline day please Wigan, no selling our best players, no signing Leon Clarke and certainly don’t ring up Gabriel Obertan – ever again.

Man Utd have 2 reasons why they should go for Chelsea midfielder

There are rumours of a transfer race for Chelsea midfielder, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Manchester United are one team named as being interested.

Today at the Football Manc Cave, we are looking at reasons why Man United should advance on signing him.

The 24-year-old has found himself in an unlikely transfer race with Arsenal, Man United and PSG all monitoring him in the hope to get his signature. He’s had a shaky start in his career, especially at Chelsea as he found himself in a couple of red card situations. As you can imagine, that didn’t leave the best impression on the fans and other teams.

The Frenchman spent last season on loan at AC Milan after his disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge. It was there where Bakayoko improved which explains the sudden development of interest. The ex-Monaco player is now in pre-season training and being watched by new Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard.

So if he does decide that a change would do him good, why should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go all out for him?

He Will Give It His All

This might be an obvious statement to make. All footballers who want to make it should be putting 100% effort in. However, not only will he be determined to get appearances, but he will also want to prove his improving form.

When he played for Monaco in the 2016/17 season, in an interview, he revealed how he had been suffering from a knee injury. He had been having problems since 2015, although he only addressed the issue in 2017. He said, “people don’t know but throughout the whole of last season, I suffered because of my knee. I had to grit my teeth in every match.” Now that he appears to be over this, I’m sure he’ll give it his all even more.

Champions League

Man United missed out on qualifying for Champions League football at the end of last season. Fans will be hoping for a better campaign this football season that sees the Red Devil’s end up back where they belong. If they do, Bakayoko is no stranger to the competition. He was with Monaco since 2014 and in the 2016/17 season, he contributed to their Ligue 1 title win.

As an individual, he was then named in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League squad of the season before he joined Chelsea for ¬£40 million. Let’s just hope he wants to be a part of a Man United side that wants to fight to be a part of Champions League football, rather than being put off by the fact they won’t be playing it next season.

Everton with an unlikely move for Premier League winning goal-getter

Atletico Madrid man Diego Costa is being considered by Everton as an attempt to prove their eagerness to challenge at the top of English football.

After a dreadful season for one of the world’s most well-known strikers, Diego Costa is likely to leave Atletico Madrid this summer.

Last season, Costa endured an eight-match ban for abuse towards a referee. He has fallen out of favour with staff and teammates and only scored one goal, in his 14 La Liga appearances. Safe to say, both the Spanish national striker and the greatest underdogs in Spanish football, Atletico Madrid, would be happy for the two to part ways.

Everton is seemingly unfazed by Costa’s poor season. As the Brazilian born Spanish international has proven himself at a Premier League standard once before during his spell at Chelsea.

Premier League experience

Costa scored 59 goals in 120 appearances for Chelsea, having two Premier League titles and a League Cup to his name.

Everton looked a solid squad in the 18/19 campaign, losing out the European football by 3 points, finishing 8th behind Wolverhampton Wanderers.

However, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun are currently the only natural strikers in The Toffees ranks. Which stresses the importance of signing a prolific striker this summer should Everton look to move forward rather than backwards.

Since 2017, Everton has solidly placed either 7th or 8th in the Premier League. This demonstrates that the blues of Merseyside are capable of challenging the top end of the Premier League, and star signings such as Diego Costa could be what they need to prevent the side from stagnating into a mid-table side.

Winning mentality

By bringing in players with a title-winning mentality, as well as the shocking bigger clubs by pulling off a galactico signing. Everton can push to be higher up the table next season, further enticing other quality players to want to play for the club.

Diego Costa is evidently willing to depart from his current club. However, he would demand big wages from Everton should the two clubs agree on terms.

Crystal Palace could be getting a real gem from former Wigan Athletic loanee

Crystal Palace is linked with a move for Chelsea star Reece James, as they look to find a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who signed for Manchester United in a deal worth £50 million.

Today at The Football Manc Cave, Dan is going to look at what James would offer Palace.

I was lucky enough to watch James all of last season, being a Wigan Athletic fan. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen at Latics. Consider the fact he joined as a teenager that had never played a competitive match, then left after winning Player of the Year, captaining the side and dominating most of the Championship’s midfield – he did pretty well.

Big props to Palace’s scouts, not a lot of people realise how good James is going to be. I’ve no doubt he’ll play for England within the next 2 years, first-team football is crucial though. I expect Frank Lampard to give him an opportunity to showcase himself at Chelsea, if he does, Palace won’t be signing him. James is already good enough for Chelsea, versatile and just an all-around top player.

What makes him so good?

For me, it’s his attitude off the pitch. He never once thought he was too good for us, you could tell he appreciated what Wigan was offering him, and he loved playing for us. James attended academy matches, talking to our youth players about how they could improve.

On the pitch, he was just a different level. Strength, pace, set-pieces, tackles, passing, he’s got the lot. A joy to watch. He could play anywhere on the pitch and do a job. I hope for his sake, he chooses whatever is best for him. All he needs is first-team football, and he’ll fly to the top in no time.

The perfect appointment under the current circumstances for Chelsea

Chelsea has appointed club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year contract, following the departure of Mauricio Sarri to Juventus.

I think this is the perfect appointment under the current circumstances. The Blues have a two-year transfer ban, which will presumably halt any plans to mount a serious title challenge for the next few seasons.

The new manager needs time, trust from the fans and has the ability to blend youth into their current crop of quality players. Chelsea fans will certainly give Frank time to adopt his own playing style, and appreciate his efforts to give youngsters an opportunity to become legends like himself.

Chelsea arguably has the most promising set of English youngsters in the country. Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Callum Hudson Odoi, Tammy Abraham – I expect Gareth Southgate to be at a fair amount of games at Stamford Bridge next season, put it that way.

We’ve already seen how good Loftus Cheek and Hudson Odoi are on the international stage, while the other four mentioned were absolutely superb in the Championship last season. Lampard will have to play them at some point, they won’t let him or Chelsea down. This transfer ban could be a blessing in disguise, these youngsters are so talented and sometimes there’s no need to sign multi-million players, give your own an opportunity.

It’s an exciting time for Chelsea supporters. Lampard will give everything to bring success back to Stamford Bridge, playing an attractive, attacking style. Derby was brilliant to watch last season, quick in transition, had flair and were a real danger to any side.

Good luck Frank, he’s got the job of his dreams, probably earlier than expected, take it and play Reece James – you’ll be sound.

2 Chelsea youngsters Lampard needs to give more playing time – Agree?

Chelsea has opted for the ‘club legend in management’ strategy in Frank Lampard, what alterations can we expect for the Chelsea side?

Last season, despite the ups and downs and misbehaving goalkeepers for the London blues. Maurizio Sarri managed to get his squad to 3rd place in the Premier League, he won the Europa cup and got runners-up in the League Cup.

However, Sarri was regularly criticised for his squad selections and foreseeable substitutions, making his Chelsea side somewhat predictable to any side they faced.

As club legend Frank Lampard steps in, just as when club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped into Man Utd, fans expect more decisions to be made that demonstrate a love and passion for the club they support, this includes harnessing the youth.

Jose Mourinho was criticised at Manchester United for not giving playing time to their youth players, even in competitions such as the League Cup, and Sarri was criticised for similar sins.

Here are two players that we should see a lot more of in Stamford Bridge now that Sarri is gone and Lampard is in…

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Yes, you saw this coming. Sarri was under heavy scrutiny for not giving Hudson-Odoi, 18, more first-team action last season, as he only appeared in 10 Premier League matches. According to reports, players including Hudson-Odoi were considering a move away from the club before Lampard was appointed manager, but are now happy to stay in the blue and fight for Lampard’s Chelsea vision.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Being 5 years senior to Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek did see more action under Maurizio Sarri, however, it is still argued that he was not seen enough, having 24 Premier League appearances last season. Under Lampard, we should see Loftus-Cheek appear heavily throughout next season, possibly featuring in almost every game provided he remains injury-free. Loftus-Cheek is much more of a fan-favourite than Jorginho and we could see the Italian snubbed to give the Englishman more of a role in the club.

Under Lampard, we should see Loftus-Cheek appear heavily throughout next season, possibly featuring in almost every game provided he remains injury-free. Loftus-Cheek is much more of a fan-favourite than Jorginho and we could see the Italian snubbed to give the Englishman more of a role in the club.

Chelsea’s Reece James is Certainly One To Watch Out For As Well Wigan Fans Know

Reece James certainly made an impact during his time at Wigan Athletic, with many fans, singling out the Chelsea loanee out as one of the sole reasons the Tics stayed up this season.

Even at the tender age of 19, James is attracting interest from the big fish in the Premier League. However, it seems highly unlikely the defender will be going anywhere close to a rival, with another loan move likely on the cards next season to a possible mid-table team.

Everyone at Wigan is going to sorely miss James going off the love he’s received on social media. Especially, after collecting Wigan’s player’s player of the season and player of the season awards, which was well-deserved after playing the most amount of minutes this campaign.

Cook, the Wigan boss would love another season mentoring the youngster, and you have to applaud the growth James has shown under him.

Especially making the move up north last season, many would not have taken their chances and positively help his temporary side out like James has done this season. He seems to have matured and grown, not only as a footballer but as a man – leading him to be named Captain in his final game.

James received a standing ovation in his captained final game, as he was substituted in the 90th minute against Millwall. His two goals and one assist in that final run-in, helped Wigan end up 12 points clear of the relegation zone and has given them a decent platform for next season in the Championship.

Again Wigan left it till the end of the season to show what they are made of, and more importantly, capable of. We have seen this happen many a time in the Premier League under former boss Roberto Martinez and Paul Jewell.

Maybe, James’ influence will have a lasting impression on the Wigan squad, with that sprinkle of Premier League standard giving the whole squad a lift.

Everyone will miss his strong dribbling and crossing ability, alongside his key passing. In which he assisted three times last season, which is not bad for a young defender indeed.

So, Wigan fans which player would you like on loan next season that could have the impact Reece James had last season?