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2 Real Madrid players Man Utd should go for instead of Kroos

Paul Pogba’s move to Real Madrid could result in a player moving the other way. But who can Man Utd go for to replace the midfielder?

Real Madrid made attempts to sign Paul Pogba in summer, but the Reds managed to keep hold of their prized midfielder for one more season.

With Man Utd’s current midfield lacking in both depth and quality, they already need to sign one or two midfielders without the loss of Paul Pogba. With the loss of Pogba, that adds yet another item to the shopping list for Man Utd, who have several positions already that need more depth.

According to reports, Real Madrid are considering using the 29-year-old German midfielder Toni Kroos in their attempt to sign Pogba for a lower price than what Man Utd originally set for their star man.

However, there are 2 players Man Utd could use more than Toni Kroos and should be offered by Real Madrid in a swap plus cash deal for Paul Pogba…

Casemiro

27-year-old Brazilian international Casemiro has been a successful defensive midfielder with the Spanish giants since moving from Sao Paulo in 2013. Spending six years in Madrid will have given Casemiro the talent, fitness and pedigree to slot nicely in front of Solskjaer’s back four and play a pivotal role in transitioning from defence to attack.

Gareth Bale

Man Utd was rumoured to be considering a loan deal for Bale in summer. The Welshman has been out of favour in Madrid despite proving his class on multiple occasions. A recent example is being taken off in the 3-0 defeat to PSG although he was their best player on the night.

Bale’s astronomical wages could be a difficulty in the process, but Man Utd certainly need quality in their side and will have to spend big to get it.

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.

If Man Utd get their man, it could signal the end of a fan favourite

Man Utd was heavily linked to Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho in summer. But unfortunately for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he may have to wait a while to see the youngster in a red shirt. This season so far could have been very different with Sancho at Old Trafford…

Reports have claimed that Man Utd held talks with Borussia Dortmund for the services of Jadon Sancho back in March. To no avail. As the executives of the German club assured that the winger was not for sale in summer.

Sancho has made his way into the England squad, bagging himself two goals in a 5-3 win against Kosovo. More than that, his performances have shown no signs of shyness, lack of confidence or ill-form. The forward three of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho would make the people of England wish another World Cup was just around the corner.

Could Sancho edge out Rashford

This is interesting, as it looks as though Sancho could begin to shove Marcus Rashford out of the starting eleven. And should Sancho have become a Man Utd player in summer, the same could have happened at Old Trafford.

Daniel James has looked immense so far this season, he is a lethal weapon on the left-hand side. To even more of extent, Jadon Sancho has mastered the right-hand side, leaving Anthony Martial as the new number 9 in the centre of the attack.

These three players seem fairly consistent in their work-rate, quality and talent, despite their tender ages.

However, Marcus Rashford hasn’t quite lived up to expectations just yet and is very hit-or-miss with his performances. Quite to Man Utd’s bemusement, new signings such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James have exploited the lack of work-rate and quality in the rest of the team. Bringing in Jadon Sancho in summer would have multiplied this ten-fold.

Man Utd keeping a close eye on exciting midfielder ahead of January

Manchester United are looking to hijack another talent from Leicester City. Just like Harry Maguire, signing this player would completely change this Man Utd squad.

Solskjaer needs midfielders as soon as possible. There appears to be a giant hole in the centre of Old Trafford that Paul Pogba is failing to fill on his own.

But this problem could be solved as early as January. According to reports, Man Utd are keeping a close eye on Leicester City’s James Maddison, a very talented midfielder who has worked his way up the leagues throughout his short career so far.

The 22-year-old got seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League last season and created more chances than any other player in the competition.

Having chances created from the midfield is where Man Utd’s weakness is. Which is why they have failed to break down the compact defences of Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton in their recent three games, where the Reds only picked up two points.

Is Maddison the key to unlocking Man Utd

Having a creative genius like Maddison in the squad will also act as a catalyst in improving the form of Daniel James, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. This forward three are very capable strikers when supplied correctly.

However, Man Utd have a very similar player in their ranks already. A player which fans are begging to see on the pitch more often. Angel Gomes is a natural number ten, his entire game is built around supplying forwards with passing in-behind the defence.

Introducing Gomes against compact defences is the only way Man Utd can survive this season, without making a big transfer for a big midfielder in January. And hoping that they can rectify in the second half of the season.

Furthermore, having the regular option of both Maddison and Gomes could transform Man Utd’s midfield from mid-table quality to top-four quality.

Another crucial signing Man Utd have missed out on

Inaki Williams opens up about Man Utd contacting him regarding a move to Old Trafford, just before the striker signed a nine-year deal with Athletic Bilbao…

Man Utd missed out on yet another transfer, Inaki Williams. A forward who favours the right-wing, but can comfortably perform across the front three positions. This is very similar to Man Utd’s current set-up of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James.

The versatility of the 25-year-old striker fits well with Solskjaer’s desired mould. But the player’s loyalties to the club he calls home is what hindered the opportunity to sign him.

Is it a measurement of Man Utd’s downfall that they failed to attract a forward player who has never contributed to more than 17 goals in a single league campaign?

With rumours of Man Utd’s keen interest in 19-year-old Bundesliga superstar Jadon Sancho, perhaps it was for the best that Williams remained at Athletic Bilbao. As this may have disrupted Man Utd’s chances of sealing their best signing since Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, the speedy forward Inaki Williams could have served well as a rotational forward player. A role that Lukaku would not accept, hence his departure.

Should this of been the case, and Man Utd signed Williams before going on to sign Sancho, their forward firepower including Martial, Greenwood, James and Rashford would be absolutely terrifying. Certainly one of quickest forward line ups in European football.

Until Man Utd sign at least one midfielder and a right-winger, their squad is arguably on par with that of Leicester City’s. Making this season a very difficult one. But Solskjaer has assured the public that Man Utd are taking their time in signing the right players with the right mindset.

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 must get one of these 3 midfielders in January following released funds

Man Utd fixed their defence in summer, with two fantastic transfers. But after the departure of Ander Herrera with no replacement, their midfield is looking like the bane of their bid for top four. If Man Utd want any chance of Champions League football next season, they must sign one of these three midfielders in January…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s promise to rebuild the squad looked like a smokescreen due to the state of the squad after the summer transfer window. But after offloading many “non-fan favourites” to Italian clubs, things looked on the up once again. Now, reports are suggesting that Solskjaer and Woodward have met to discuss the reinvestment of the £75million sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

Perhaps the Man Utd board are beginning to take the club’s legacy seriously.

With funds available in January, and Man Utd in dire need of a new midfield, Solskjaer should target one of the following midfielders, if not all of them…

James Maddison

Man Utd might have to look over at their sixth place competitors Leicester City once again. Having already signed Harry Maguire from the club in summer.

Their attacking midfielder James Maddison created more chances than any other player in the Premier League last season. Which is exactly what Man Utd are lacking quality in.

Furthermore, the 22-year-old fits in with Solskjaer’s requirements of being young, hungry and clued up on English football.

Luka Modric

Man Utd has no commanding midfielders. The 34-year old’s contract is up come to the end of the season and can replace Nemanja Matic as the experienced talent to run the midfield.

Despite being a senior player, and not exactly fit the mould of a typical Solskjaer target. Having one of the world’s best midfielders to help out for 18 months whilst the manager perfects the squad can cause little to no harm.

Florentino Luis

Man Utd scouts have been enjoying the watch of Benfica’s defensive midfield maestro Florentino Luis. Having a competent defensive midfielder is crucial to this Man Utd side as Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay does not excel under the pressure of this role.

Having a natural, young talent guarding the back four, will allow Pogba and McTominay to flourish in their preferred positions of an advanced box-to-box midfielder.

Are Man Utd smart or crazy to set their sights on Everton’s number 1

David De Gea is currently stalling on a huge contract, leaving Man Utd considering options for his replacement. Their eyes have gone towards England international Jordan Pickford, but is there an ulterior motive behind this signing?

Man Utd fans are well-aware of David De Gea’s dedication to the club. For many years he kept the side afloat whilst making a name for himself as one of the world’s best between the sticks.

However, being such a talented player and a lucrative name in the industry, David De Gea will want to bag some big trophies before the end of his career. And most admit that this is unlikely with Man Utd.

De Gea’s new contract would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper, at £350,000 per week. But is stalling in case the Red Devils once again fail to achieve Champions League football, which would knock that wage down to £263,000 per week.

As a result, Man Utd are considering options for his replacement, and according to reports, Everton’s Jordan Pickford is the most likely candidate.

Jordan Pickford

Despite Pickford being a great English talent, it is no insult to say he is leagues below the calibre of David De Gea.

Man Utd’s prize possession goalkeeper would leave the club on a free in summer, making the club lose out on a potential world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

Setting their sights on the Everton goalie may well be a money-saving ploy, as opposed to losing De Gea for free and replacing him with an equally priced goalkeeper.

This is not a shock to Man Utd fans, who regularly feel robbed when assessing net spends after the ins and outs of a transfer window.

On the other hand, Pickford gained 14 clean sheets in the Premier League last season and is a quality performer for his national side. With Man Utd’s improved defence, perhaps they can afford to have a slightly less astute keeper between the sticks at Old Trafford.

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

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.

3 reasons why 15m signing is fast becoming a shrewd bit of business by Man Utd

After arriving from Swansea for only £15million, fans spoke of Daniel James as a substitute player who would merely be ‘one to watch’. Four games into the Premier League and James is the only one people are watching in the Man Utd squad…

Daniel James has 3 goals in 4 Premier League games for the Red Devils, with two of them being stunning strikes that the likes of Marcus Rashford or Raheem Sterling would receive ample amounts of praise for scoring. He also scored a similar goal off the left-hand side for Wales in their 1-0 win over Belarus.

Onwards and upwards

Not only is the young Welshman tucking goals away, but his unmatched pace provides options for Man Utd, which they haven’t had in recent years. As his confidence and skill continue to grow, his final third production of shots and crosses will only increase, adding to the danger of Man Utd’s threat.

A lot to learn in little time

The 21-year-old Welshman will have a tough season ahead of him, though. With Man Utd having a bottom-half of the table midfield, particularly in the absence of Paul Pogba, chances to pick out the winger will be few and far between. This means that we will see the best of him, Rashford and Martial when Man Utd have a strong midfield.

Showing up the others

However, in the meantime, James will be compared to Rashford and Martial who are both earning over £200k per week but offering significantly less to the squad than James is doing. This will increase the criticism for the rest of the lads who are under-performing, giving Solskjaer more of an idea of who is cut out for the job at hand.

For a £15million signing to defy the odds and become the Reds’ most prolific and outstanding player, in a time where they lack quality and threat. This alone makes the little Welsh speed-machine the steal of the season. Or even, the steal of Man Utd’s recent transfer history.

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