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2 exciting Man Utd youngsters who might be called to action this season

Man Utd youth have to be ready to step up this season as Solskjaer lacks depth in his squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a mountain to climb this season with Manchester United. The Reds face this season with a weakened squad, demands of European football and a target of top four.

This Man Utd team have a strong enough first team to finish top four. However, and injury to Paul Pogba, or Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Harry Maguire puts the Reds miles off any success this season.

Unfortunately for the manager, he has found himself with a squad which is a mixture of visions between the previous coaches. What he does have are a very committed squad and extremely talented youth, and it looks like he might need to utilize that this season.

Man Utd’s under 18s have already produced Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Angel Gomes for Solskjaer this season. All look as if they will get variations of game-time this season.

Its looks as though up and coming talent may feature for a busy Man Utd this season.

Solskjaer, Carrick and other coaching staff members were congregated on the side of Man Utd Under 18s recent 3-0 victory over Sunderland.

Here are two players that stood out to us, and most definitely to the coaching staff too, and may feature for Man Utd this season should any injuries or upsets occur…

Anthony Elanga

17-year-old Swedish forward Anthony Elanga scored 3 and assisted 5 goals in 21 appearances last season. In his first game back, he has scored 1 and assisted 1 already.

He is capable of playing across the forward three positions, something that Ole will certainly be looking for in his new system where the front line is versatile. He also demonstrates speed, strength, and intelligence in attacking situations.

The Man Utd academy is known for producing top talent, Elanga is definitely one to watch.

Charlie McCann

The summer of transfer speculation ended in disappointment for all Red Devils. They expected at least one world-class midfielder to take place of Ander Herrera. Should an injury occur to Pogba or McTominay, Solskjaer would need a midfielder capable of playing in a high pressing side.

Luckily, there is James Garner, but 17-year-old Charlie McCann might have a shot too.

McCann played as a number six, controlling the midfield and focussing on defensive duties. He made a goalline clearance, tucked away a penalty and contributed to both the attacking and defensive success the team had in the game. An all-round game for an all-round player.

Man Utd favour characters who are moldable and can stick closely to a manager’s method and system. Scott McTominay and Michael Carrick are perfect examples.

The youth of Old Trafford is a fountain of talent, fortunately for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. He is keen on integrating youth into his squad and homegrown talent can be expected to blossom under his reign.

Two League One free agent Rochdale should be looking at – Agree?

Rochdale could improve their squad ahead of the 19/20 EFL League One campaign, for free!

Rochdale will be looking to progress from last season’s position, where they finished 16th in League One. The Dale narrowly escaped relegation by four points in the congested bottom half of the table.

Manager Brian Barry-Murphy will be well aware of the faults and strengths of his squad. Rochdale fans are due a successful and competitive league run, and next season could be the one.

In an inflated market, purchasing players can be a difficult task. Especially for lower league clubs.

In comes the concept of free transfers, players who have let their contract run down in hopes to seek a new challenge, and here are two that could solve Rochdale’s problems.

Lee Cattermole

Cattermole has been with Sunderland for the past 10 years. This summer, his loyalty to the club came to end as his contract ran out. The 31-year-old defensive midfielder saw Premier League, Championship and League One action with the North-East club.

In the 18/19 League One season, Rochdale conceded the most amount of goals in the campaign, at 87. The introduction of Cattermole would provide an experienced and solid midfielder who’s priority is the defence.

His knowledge of the game, partnered with leadership qualities, could see Rochdale’s defence become much more organised. The vocal Englishman would sit ahead of them, ultimately resulting in a more solid structure and fewer goals will be conceded.

Grant Ward

Currently injured, but set to be available in August. Grant Ward is a 24-year-old wide midfielder who has 134 games worth of experience at Championship level. With 10 goals and 18 assists in the competition.

Should Ward have a season of full fitness in a league slightly less quality than he is used to, he can provide Rochdale with the spark they need to turn defence into attack.

By bringing in defensive-minded leader Lee Cattermole, and a hungry to prove himself, Grant Ward, the balance of Rochdale could be massively improved come the start of the EFL League One campaign.

Sheffield Wednesday looking to bring in former Sunderland man and it could be a great move – Agree?

Lee Cattermole is closing on a move to Sheffield Wednesday, following the termination of his contract at Sunderland.

The midfielder is believed to be on around £40,000 a week, and with Sunderland failing to win promotion from League One last season, it’s not sustainable to continue to pay his wages. Another top earner Bryan Oviedo is also rumoured to be on the move.

He made 27 appearances last season, scoring a career-high seven goals in a season. The goal machine. He’ll be due a testimonial after completing 10 years at the Stadium of Light and has been a top servant for a great club.

Cattermole will be looking for a move back to the Championship, and a reunion with former boss Steve Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday looks on the cards. Bruce managed Cattermole at both Wigan and Sunderland.

Now 31, it’s fair to say his best years are probably behind him. He didn’t stand out a mile in League One last season. Nevertheless, he’ll always give 100%, offer that leadership and stability, while smashing through a few opposition players each game.

After the news of his release, some Wigan fans were expressing their desire to sign him. I personally wouldn’t want Cattermole back. I loved him at Latics, passionate, hard-working and a ‘****house’, we simply wouldn’t match his wage requirements. Most of our players will be on between £5,000 and £10,000. Cattermole was on eight times that in League One.

I’d rather see Wigan sign a young, ambitious midfielder on a quarter of his wages. Plus, Cattermole has no resale value at 31, you may get two solid years from him – after that, he’s of no value.

‘I’d absolutely love Roy Keane at Bolton Wanderers’ – Agree?

Roy Keane is free after leaving Nottingham Forest and some say he may end up at Bolton Wanderers.

The Manchester United legend Roy Keane has left his post as assistant manager for Championship side Nottingham Forest and is seeking a new challenge as a manager.

Roy Keane has managed Sunderland, playing a big part in their Championship title victory in 2007. He then managed Ipswich Town who had mid to low table results throughout his reign.

Since Keane has been assistant manager to Martin O’Neill for his national side; Ireland. Whilst having the same role under Paul Lambert for Aston Villa for 13 games in 2014. He was also under Martin O’Neill for Nottingham Forest in his most recent occupation.

Bolton Wanderers will be losing their 27-year-old winger Sammy Ameobi after their demotion to League One, and Nottingham Forest have signed him. Perhaps Keane will be heading in the opposite direction, as Bolton Wanderers face financial difficulties and Football Ventures are set to take them over, their current manager Phil Parkinson may not hold onto his position.

With the new League One side looking to turn over a leaf and get back to the Championship. By employing a man who won it with Sunderland and survived it with Ipswich, his experience of the contest should allow them to return to it and remain in it.

Bolton defeated Sunderland during Roy Keane’s period as manager, resulting in ultimately costing his job. Now, he could be the man to drag Bolton Wanderers out of the gutter.

These Bolton fans seem up for it…

Bolton Wanderers fans optimistic ahead of the new season ‘I’m gonna say we’ll have the league won by Doncaster away’

Bolton will travel to Adams Park to face Wycombe on the opening day of the season, the highs of League One hey.

Their first home game will be against Coventry City before they make the glamorous short trip to Prenton Park to play Tranmere.

The Trotters will travel to Sunderland on Boxing Day, imagine predicting this as a League One fixture in 2011.

There are some top away days for Bolton fans to look forward too, now the ownership issue looks to of been resolved. Let us hope they can build a side their fans will enjoy watching.

Let’s see what the Bolton supporters make of their fixture list…

Is George Edmundson Good Enough To Make The Step Up To Rangers or Sunderland After Being Linked Away From Oldham?

There are a good number of gems to be found in the lower divisions if clubs can be bothered to look for them and one of the brightest of them, Oldham’s George Edmundson is currently being sought by several clubs including Scottish Premier side Glasgow Rangers.

It’s always a blow to a club’s supporters to lose an integral member of the team but given Oldham’s league status, diminishing support and financial uncertainty the chance to cash in on a player is a pill that has to be swallowed.

The question as to whether Edmundson can make the step up to a higher division has already been answered, by the clubs who have shown an interest in him. Originally that consisted of the likes of Scunthorpe and Fleetwood but Edmundson will surely be aware that he can set his sights much higher, and that he would be seriously undervaluing himself if he didn’t aim for the best option available to him.

Although Latics fans would miss the young defender, they can surely not deny him the chance to possibly play in the Europa League next season and also experience the delight of a Glasgow derby!

Oldham have lost players to bigger clubs in the past and that is a burden we have had to carry. Another ex-Latics defender who began his career with us is James Tarkowski, who is now with Premier League Burnley and in the England squad.

It could be (but is highly unlikely) that the promising centre back might be persuaded to stay with Oldham until his contract runs out next season, however ‘cashing in’ on him now makes more sense as far as the club’s financial situation. The figures being reported are close to the £500,000 mark, and that is a figure we can’t afford to turn down no matter how much people think he will be worth in the future.

Should Edmundson go, it is to be hoped that he finds his way into the first team as soon as possible, rather than become lost in the club’s reserves. It will hopefully give a chance to one of Latics other youngsters to step up to the mark in his place.

Oldham Athletic’s Peter Clarke and George Edmundson Sweep Awards Up, and Deservedly So

When both players were injured at Newport County, it is hardly surprising that Latics went on to lose the game and then let in five against Northampton when the duo were again missing for the final game of the season.

Oldham Athletic’s Awards Dinner was dominated by Peter Clarke (Trust Oldham Player of the Season, Supporter’s Player of the Season and Goal of the Season) and George Edmundson (Oldham Athletic Community Trust Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season) and rightly so. Both player’s contributions to this season have been immensely important and cannot be ignored.

Peter Clarke’s contract expires at the end of this season and depending on where you read it, he is not expected to remain at Boundary Park because he wants a move or the club have no intention of offering him a contract. Peter Wild who obviously knows Clarke well said “Pete has made a phenomenal impact on the club, leads as a role model on and off the pitch, any young player in the game looking to get into the game or establish themselves in the game should look no further than Peter Clarke, he’s the ultimate role model for this football club and many players across the country.”

Clarke hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, or not being as sharp as is capable of and to lose such a player would be a grave mistake indeed. Given that he has played most of the games this season, he should be given the chance to lead the line again next season.

George Edmondson still has 12 months left on his contract but it hasn’t stopped club’s from keeping an eye on him. Sunderland, Stoke and Preston have all been reported as showing interest and, if they come up with a big enough carrot, cash strapped Latics are unlikely to be able to resist it. The fact that he was the players choice as Player of the Year, shows that the 21-year-old has a bright future.

Man United Look to Exciting Youngsters Ben Godfrey and Logan Pye To Build Old Trafford Future

Manchester United this summer have got to play smart if they want to find the right recruitment to rebuild. Many of their rivals and European giants are all in the search for talent, and the Red Devils are looking a little closer to home.

Man United now know they will not be playing Champions League football next season and, can plan accordingly. What United have not to do is what has happened in recent transfer windows, buying for the here and now.

The Red Devils need to start nailing their recruitment once again and invest in not only now to improve the team but look two, maybe three seasons ahead. United’s academy is one of the best around, and has been for a number of decades with it bringing through the infamous class of 92, and more recently Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford to name a few.

Two young names United have been linked with is Ben Godfrey and Logan Pye…

Ben Godfrey

Rio Ferdinand’s starlet Godfrey has been making waves in the Championship with League winners Norwich City. Currently, under the New Era umbrella, Ferdinand has been championing the 21-year-old defender who has made 35 appearances this season, scoring four goals in the process.

Currently rated at 3.50m, Norwich are currently looking for a rumoured 15m for the player. Godfrey isn’t pushing for a move, however, Old Trafford is always an irresistible offer for any player.

He seems good in the air, and his short passing game out of defence is a huge bonus.

Logan Pye

Logan Pye is only 15-year-old and is already attracting the likes of United, a rumoured £500,000 move for the left-back is in the pipeline this summer, with United looking to bring in the highly rated Sunderland man.

He’s made three appearances in the Premier League u18 league, scoring once and is yet to make his England u16 debut. However, with his current potential career trajectory, this won’t be far off.

We may not see Pye come to fruition any time soon, but United are taking the right steps for the future of the club.

Rochdale travel to Portsmouth looking to take a step closer to safety

Looking back over the head-to-head meetings between the sides (Stats Via 11v11) the sides have met ten times since 1978. In them matches Rochdale have only managed one win – 2104 – and two draws.

Now in Brian Barry-Murphy’s mind, however much he’d love to win every game, he’d much prefer to take points off the teams in and around them and sacrifice any losses against the likes of Sunderland and Portsmouth.

Nevertheless, the renewed confidence within the squad following only one defeat in his six games in charge, and hoisting themselves out of the League Two relegation zone is there for all to see.

Barry-Murphy has instilled a way to win and got a tune out of a squad of players, who were quite frankly underachieving and under performing under the old regime for most of the season.

An away fixture to a team who have four straight wins under their belt in the league and fighting for a promotion place is not best welcomed. However, Rochdale pushed Sunderland close last week and they can draw experience from that result, alongside the fact they kept a clean sheet in a win mid week in the league since they last played Accrington Stanley back in November.

There are a six points separating 10 places in the league, a couple of wins and Dale could see themselves midtable, however, a couple of losses and they could be back in the relegation zone – it’s that tight.

With games coming up against Southend and Wycombe, who are both on a poor run of results, they are must win matches. So today, even if Dale grab a point it can be seen as a hugely positive result and one that further cements Barry-Murphys amazing turnaround at the club.

Rochdale fans, what do you think the result will be today?

BBM’s Spell in Charge of Rochdale Should Start With This 11 Against Sunderland

Brian Barry-Murphy was finally confirmed as Rochdale’s next manager at a press conference on Wednesday, being given a two year contract after presiding over an unbeaten run in his four games in temporary charge. Rochdale collected eight points during this time which has seen them get themselves back into contention for survival, in what has turned into quite a battle at the bottom.

His first game in permanent charge sees his side take on their biggest challenge thus far in his tenure, with Sunderland visiting Spotland. Rochdale fans will already have a good idea of the kind of team that will be on show from what lineups they have already seen him pick.

This is my speculation of a potential line up;

Goalkeeper: 1. Josh Lillis

Lillie’s return to fitness has seen the departure of Andy Lonergan back to Middlesbrough. His spell will be fondly remembered by fans for his high quality performances, but Josh’s return should see a stability between the sticks that the Spotland faithful haven’t seen this season.

Right Back: 2. Ryan McLaughlin

Ryan has been plagued with fitness and injury problems since his arrival but still represents Rochdale’s best option at right back at this current time, so hopefully he is able to kick on and avoid the treatment table in the future.

Centre Back: 6. Ethan Ebanks-Landell

I have waxed lyrical about him before so I will try and not go over old ground but for me he is Rochdale’s best centre back and is too good for the level he us currently operating it. One of the first names on my team sheet.

Centre Back: 3. Kgosi Ntlhe

Kgosi has been a revelation since his return from injury and has played his way into the starting 11 with a couple of impressive performances, chipping in at both ends with important tackles and goals.

Left Back: 39. Joe Bunney

Sadly, potentially Rochdale’s weakest position with only two real options there if Kgosi plays centrally. I would favour Joe Bunney there over Matty Done but neither are traditional left backs.

Right Midfield: 7. Stephen Dooley

Someone who hasn’t featured frequently under BBM yet but a player I believe should come into the team, as his dribbling and marauding runs down the wing could be vital at unlocking opposition defences.

Centre Midfield: 14. Oliver Rathbone

Another one who has greatly impressed since his return from injury, always giving 100%, and bringing a consistent energy and drive to the team from the middle of the pitch. Another of my easy picks.

Centre Midfield: 27. Ethan Hamilton

I rate Hamilton highly as he is another loan player I think will be operating at a loftier level next season. He complements Rathbone nicely and isn’t short on talent or passion.

Left Midfield: 19. Bradden Inman

Seems to have been in and out of the team a lot this season, never being able to hold down a regular spot, but I see him as one of Rochdale’s better wide options. He plays in a similar mould to Dooley and I think Rochdale will benefit from his creativity and dribbling.

Centre Attacking Midfield: 40. Ian Henderson

I don’t think much needs to be said as to why his inclusion is important with him being Rochdale’s top scorer this season. Without his goal tally of 17, Dale would surely be relegated already. It is impossible to underestimate his influence.

Striker: 18. Aaron Wilbraham

Another player who has played himself into a starting spot under BBM with his recent match winning brace against Scunthorpe. He looks set for a prolonged run in the first team in a season in which he has struggled to find consistency.

Subs: Wade, MJ Williams, Done, Keohane, Camps, Adshead & Andrew

(I am currently unaware of Zach Clough’s injury status but if fit I would expect him to take one of the spaces on the bench).

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