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If the transfer rumours are true, here is how Man Utd XI will start in January – impressive

The Football Manc Cave have scoured the latest Man Utd transfer gossip around the papers. As Solskjaer edges closer to his second window and to date his most important month, he could end up with this team below.

After a fairly decent summer window, in which he strengthened the much-depleted defence. Two areas that now are key is midfield and attack. If Man Utd want to achieve a top 4 finish, there is a feeling it’s a ‘go big or go home’ window for the Man Utd legend.

With many names already being linked to Old Trafford, the below names are the consistent ones in the paper. They would certainly add an extra dimension to the team and provide a much-needed freshness.

Ben Chilwell

The Leicester City defender is pretty much on Man Utd’s radar alongside his teammate James Maddison. It could see further business being made between the two sides, following Harry Maguires move in the summer.

Chilwell would certainly be an upgrade on the inconsistent Luke Shaw, whose time at Old Trafford hasn’t exactly gone to plan.

James Maddison

Man Utd has been linked with the Premier League assist king for a while now. United lack a creative spark in the midfield, and the English man could certainly be the answer.

Ivan Rakitic

The Barcelona 31-year-old is out of favour at the Nou Camp, often finding himself on the bench. Which is a stark contrast from being the main man in the past.

Fred and Matic are not what United need, and the experienced Rakitic could be a key member of the second half of the season transformation.

Mario Mandzukic

The Juventus striker is no longer required in Serie A. A shrewd move to bring in the experienced and well-travelled forward could be a stroke of genius.

Solskjaer would be hoping to see a Henrik Larsson or Zlatan Ibrahimovic impact by bringing in the 33-year-old. It’s something United needs and allows Rashford to progress without the pressure of being the sole provider.

Reading’s exciting youngster could have a big Man Utd future

Manchester United have always had magnificent goalkeepers. Peter Schmeichel, Edwin Van Der Sar and David De Gea to name a prolific three. More recently, Man Utd have produced a future star in Dean Henderson, as well as having the second-best second-goalie in the league, Sergio Romero…

So when Man Utd say they are interested in signing a goalkeeper, it usually means they are top quality.

In this case, it is Reading’s academy who have pulled through with producing a future start goalkeeper. Coniah Boyce-Clarke, a 16-year-old English goalkeeper, who met with Man Utd whilst playing against their under-23s at only 15 years old.

Ever since Man Utd have kept a close eye on this athletic young goalkeeper. And their eyes certainly lit up after seeing what he did for England’s under-17s.

Boyce-Clarke recently lifted the Syrenka Cup with England’s under-17s after beating the host, Poland, in a penalty shoot-out. Where the Man Utd target saved two penalties, effectively winning the team the tournament.

The Reading goalkeeper is a prominent fixture in their under-23s squad, demonstrating the confidence and maturity this youngster has.

Man Utd’s next first-team goalkeeper may well be the brilliant talent of Dean Henderson, currently gaining Premier League experience with Sheffield Utd.

The Reds could put Boyce-Clarke through a similar process, readying him for first-team football by the time he reaches 23 or 24. Preparing him for eight to ten years between the sticks at Old Trafford.

With current first-team goalie David De Gea stalling a contract renewal, we could see Dean Henderson feature for Man Utd sooner than expected. Should he be Man Utd’s first team goalkeeper until he reaches the age of 30, Boyce-Clarke would only be 24, and hopefully ready to take over Henderson.

What does Man Utd do with star midfielder after a completed deal fell through?

It is no secret that Paul Pogba wanted to leave Man Utd this summer. But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has assured the public that Pogba will continue to remain professional. But is this being shown in his performances?

According to reports, want-away Paul Pogba accepted to a move to PSG just says before deadline day. on a deal worth £429,000 per week. However, the move did not materialise due to Barcelona failing to meet the financial demands for Neymar.

Therefore, Paul Pogba has missed out on a £22million per year salary, Champions League football, trophies and a return to his home country.

I’d be upset about that, wouldn’t you?

What will happen with Paul Pogba this season?

During pre-season press conferences, Solskjaer affirmed the public that Pogba would be a Man Utd player next season. And he is, but he’s a very unhappy one.

It appears to be the same-old with Paul Pogba this season. There are moments of pure brilliance, such has his two assists against Chelsea in the 4-0 victory. However, the majority of his game appears to be lethargic and sloppy. Pogba is still giving the ball away in ridiculous situations.

Pogba is likely to be well aware that he is in his last six to ten months with the Manchester club, as most European giants would welcome the Frenchman regardless of his form at Old Trafford.

Should Pogba be off the pace this season, it would be brutally harmful to their already lacklustre midfield, the weakest part of the squad already. On the flip side, his disappointment may well wear off in the coming weeks.

Should the rest of his team step-up, he will have to follow suit. Should the promises of January transfers come to light and Man Utd storm through the second half of the season. Perhaps that is the only way Pogba would consider remaining at Old Trafford.

Man Utd should seriously consider selling these 2 players in January

Speaking of selling players is a touchy subject at Old Trafford, as the squad depth and squad quality are at an all-time low. But there are two players in particular who should be moved on as soon as possible…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a fantastic job at moving players away from the club. Some have made way for youth, such as Chris Smalling moving away and Axel Tuanzebe sitting on the bench. Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leaving have allowed Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong to see glimpses of action already.

Some have been moved on or demoted from the first team simply due to their lack of quality. Such as Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones. Including Matteo Darmian who has returned to Italy.

Regarding this, here are two players who should be moved on in January…

Nemanja Matic

Matic, 31, has been a fantastic servant in the Premier League for both Chelsea and Man Utd. However, in recent months, his lack of energy has been detrimental to Man Utd’s transition from defence to attack. They look much better without him in the squad.

Moving on Matic would bring in some funds, as well as leaving a place on the bench for Fred or the young prospect James Garner.

Phil Jones/Marcos Rojo

Man Utd still has six senior centre backs despite Chris Smalling’s loan move to Roma. Upon Eric Bailly’s return from injury, he will most likely make the bench alongside Axel Tuanzebe, who should not be dropped under any circumstances this season.

This leaves Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo as the fringe players. Should they be unhappy with the occasional League Cup or Europa League appearance, they would be best off exiting the club as soon as possible, in order to introduce youth players into that fringe player role.

Man Utd stand strong as they set Pogba January sale price

Paul Pogba’s dream of moving from Man Utd to Real Madrid could finally materialise as soon as January. This will make the upcoming season one of ups and downs for a few reasons…

If you asked me for a price to set on Paul Pogba, you’d have to tip an eight on its side. There is no price that Pogba can depart for which will benefit the future of Manchester United unless every penny of the quoted £179million for his services is reinvested into a brand new midfield.

But bear in mind, when Cristiano Ronaldo departed Man Utd, he was replaced with Gabriel Obertan and Michael Owen… A club with ambition right?!

What will happen to Man Utd if Pogba leaves in January?

Many Man Utd fans fear that the board will fail to invest in the club correctly upon the sale of Paul Pogba. Selling him in January will only allow for three or four weeks to find a suitable replacement, whilst also attempting to sign a further midfielder which the side desperately need already.

With Paul Pogba, Man Utd have the 8th best midfield in the Premier League. Without him, you’d need to look at the Championship to find any comparisons. That is why Paul Pogba cannot be sold unless plans for his replacement are already in place.

But again, bear in mind that the transfers of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka took more than four weeks to complete, resulting in Man Utd giving in to the initial asking price anyway.

Love or hate Paul Pogba, he is the only outfield player in the squad who could walk into any other European giant’s dressing room.

It is unlikely that Man Utd will replace Pogba with a player of his calibre. If they do, it will be a player who is merely seeking an astronomical wage.

Is Man Utd going round in circles despite the promise of a rebuild? Should it continue, there is no cap to how far down this once great club could plummet to.

Man Utd have to try their best to capture Benfica’s highly-rated 20y/o

Benfica’s 20-year-old midfielder Florentino Luis is attracting the tops clubs of Europe, including both Man Utd and Man City…

If Man Utd can challenge Man City in anything (these days), it’s transfers. Man Utd has had scouts in Benfica watching the defensive midfielder amongst other talents in the club.

After Man City signed Rodri, it appears that the interest from the Citizens has dwindled down. Whilst Man Utd are suffering significant consequences of not signing a midfielder, which could genuinely result in the side finishing outside the top 8 in the Premier League.

The good news, though, is that Man Utd have the ball in their court to pursue this defensive maestro.

So, what’s so good about Luis?

Particularly in the modern game, having a defensive midfielder is crucial. There are tactically aware, ball-playing, sensible defensive midfielders, such as Rodri and Nemanja Matic. Or there are advanced, skilful and able to initiate a build-in play like Chelsea’s Kante. There are even aerial duelling, strong and commanding maestro such as Yaya Toure.

With Luis, he seems to embody all of these qualities. Man Utd desperately needs a strong, defensive and well-rounded defensive midfielder to both guard the back four and find suitable passes to initiate an attack.

In my opinion, the best defensive midfield option for Man Utd to pursue is Leicester City’s Wilfried Ndidi. However, with Leicester City looking to overtake the Red Devils as the weakest side in the top 6, as well as losing Harry Maguire to them, it seems very unlikely.

This is why going all out for Luis is necessary, despite his price potentially being around £100million. As of right now, every top 6 side, plus Wolves and Leicester, have better midfields than Man Utd, a side looking to reach the top four. Without improving this key area, they are getting nowhere near.

What’s Man City’s real motive behind Sane’s new contract offer

It could be until February that we see the Man City’s German wonder, Leroy Sane, kicking a ball about once again. But what kit will he be wearing?

Bayern Munich has reportedly maintained an interest in Leroy Sane despite the stubbornness of Man City in the transfer window. As well as the German’s unfortunate injury.

Man City are now attempting to seal a deal for a new contract with Sane. As Bayern Munich are ready to launch a bid for the winger as early as January.

Man City cannot afford to lose Leroy Sane for free…

The most obvious reasoning for Man City to renew his contract is to entice a higher bid from Bayern Munich, as the Citizens expect upwards of £130million for his services. Sane’s contract expires in summer 2021. Being only 23-year-old, he could easily see out his contract for a further year and join up with the German giants on a free transfer, usually resulting in astronomical wages for the individual.

Furthermore, with 28-year-old Mahrez being hit-or-miss when it comes to being selected on the team sheet. Alongside Bernardo Silva offering even more quality when selected for the midfield opposed to the wing, there is room for a young winger to step up and clinch the spot.

The future of Man City could have a forward three of Sterling and Sane as inverted wingers whilst Gabriel Jesus sits up top as a number 9, which sounds utterly terrifying. Not to mention having Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Rodri as the midfield three behind them. And that alone is a reason to get the German’s name on the dotted line.

It may be an extension of Sane’s services. Or it may be a ploy to attract more funds from Bayern Munich for his replacement. Either way, failing to get Leroy Sane to sign a new deal can only harm the progression of Man City.

What if 32 goals-midfielder had joined Man Utd in the summer?

Man Utd target Bruno Fernandes

Man Utd was linked to several midfielders over summer. Fans were furious on deadline day when no additions to the midfield were made, and foretold the struggles that Man Utd would face…

In Man Utd’s opening fixtures they have suffered one defeat and two draws, winning only one game using counter-attacks. This is worrying as most teams will now know to defend in a compact manner against the Reds. As recent games have shown that they do not have the midfield to pick out a man against a solid defence.

This is where the well-rounded midfielder Bruno Fernandes comes in. Last season, Bruno Fernandes scored 32 and got 18 assists in 53 appearances for Sporting Lisbon, drawing interest from clubs such as Man Utd, Real Madrid, Tottenham and Liverpool.

His form has continued into the current season. Fernandes has scored 2 and assisted 4 in four games in Liga Nos so far. Undoubtedly, he is one of the greatest midfielders in European football. He would have jumped at the chance to join Man Utd and prove himself on a much bigger stage.

Where would Man Utd be with Bruno Fernandes?

Should Bruno Fernandes have joined Man Utd in summer, I wholeheartedly believe that the Reds would have won each of their games so far this season.

On top of that, Paul Pogba having a talented midfielder to play alongside may have gone some way in encouraging him to stick around at Old Trafford. Increasing the chances that he will partake in the rebuild of Man Utd. The opportunities presented to the forward three of James, Martial and Rashford would also increase massively. Let alone the quality of football being displayed.

Overall, bringing in Bruno Fernandes, or any superstar creative midfielder, would have transformed this under-performing Man Utd. As a key ingredient would have been added. But most importantly, of course, it would have made the recent transfer window a lot more interesting.

Two reasons why Man Utd should make Juventus winger signing essential in January

According to reports, Man Utd pursued Douglas Costa from Juventus, having their offer refused. However, there are two very important reasons to go all out with an offer that can’t be refused…

28-year-old Brazilian winger Douglas Costa has been linked with Man Utd over recent transfer windows. Understandably, because he is a fantastic talent that would fit right into Man Utd’s formula under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With just less than 3 years left on Costa’s contract at Juventus, the Brazilian could be looking at a big-money move to guarantee himself first-team football. Therefore, a move to Man Utd would benefit the player himself. But more importantly, would benefit Man Utd for these two reasons…

The perfect winger

Man Utd has Dan James and Marcus Rashford who both favour the left-hand side. James, in particular, has proved how dangerous he can be by cutting inside and getting shots off.

Douglas Costa would act as a similar style player on the opposite flank. The left-footer has played the majority of his career off the right-hand side and would opt to cut inside and shoot or assist a teammate inside the box. Which is much alike to Man Utd’s current style more than whipping a ball into the box like an old-fashioned winger would.

Squad depth

Costa would be a useful asset to the squad right now. As Marcus Rashford performs slightly below par and Daniel James a stand-out target for defenders to clatter, having the option to replace them or rotate them with a player like Costa would nullify Man Utd’s lack of firepower in wide areas. As the Reds often have to play Mata or Pereira in that position despite their favoured areas being central.

Forget Rice: Two clever alternatives Man Utd should be looking at

Man Utd is looking to cure their midfield crisis. Their sights are set on Declan Rice, who could fetch an asking price of £90million

West Ham Utd’s 20-year-old Declan Rice has been in the spotlight over recent months. He is widely regarded as one of the most promising young English talents. The midfielder has already been called up to England’s first team on four occasions.

Rice was linked to Man Utd during the summer transfer window, along with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen and Sean Longstaff. Fans of the Red Devils were well aware of the struggle Man Utd would face this season, coming to light in the opening games as the side struggle immensely with creating opportunities from the midfield.

Man Utd’s board tend only to spend big money with the promise of returns from selling other players. It is likely that the £90million being spent on Declan Rice will be recouped by the £150million plus sale of Paul Pogba in the summer. Leaving only £60million to fill the hole he will leave, amongst the side also needing a further midfielder and a right-winger.

With this in mind, here are two midfield alternatives for Man Utd to pursue. Which will leave more funds to strengthen the rest of the squad…

John McGinn

John McGinn is a 24-year-old Scottish international who made a name for himself after a big season in the Championship with Aston Villa in their recent promotion. The Scotsman dominated the midfield, bagging 6 goals and 10 assists for his side.

In a Man Utd squad, he would work as a box-to-box midfielder who weighs in heavily with creating chances.


Man Utd’s long lost Brazilian hasn’t even found a way onto the bench this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Reds purchased him after consistent fantastic displays of technicality and creativity. Whilst also having an eye for interceptions and defensive awareness.

Should Fred come good for Man Utd, he would be just like a brand new £90million midfielder for the side. With a better defence behind him and the ability to push further forward, we could see the best of Fred should he be given a chance this season. This could also decrease the need to sign 3 new midfielders down to 2 after the departure of Paul Pogba.

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