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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.

2 reasons why Man United Women should be excited for Dutch ace to start

On May 22nd, Jackie Groenen became Man United’s first overseas signing and she has us at the Football Manc Cave excited. So what can they expect from her?

If you’ve been keeping up with the Women’s World Cup, Groenen is a name that you may recognise as she’s just managed to reach the final. After the competition is over, she will have another task on her hands, that task being Manchester United.

Casey Stoney made her the first signing that Man United women have made from another country, as the team that was founded in 2018 consisted of all British players. Fans are already anticipating her Man United debut and here’s a couple of things to expect.

Experience

The Red Devil’s women’s side managed to gain promotion to the Women’s Super League at the end of last season and it will prove to be tough. One positive is that Groenen is no stranger to the Women’s Super League.

In 2014 she signed for Chelsea, in a year she scored 2 goals in 20 appearances. Now that she’s had a couple of years with other clubs, international games and the chance to grow as a player. She should be ready for a successful return to the WSL, which could be the difference for Man United’s campaign.

Goals

She may be a midfielder but you can expect her to find the back of the net occasionally and when she does, they’ll be screamers. After her spell at Chelsea, she signed for FFC Frankfurt. The 24-year-old scored 13 goals in 79 games for her club, she’s also netted 3 goals for the Netherlands in 53 caps.

I’m not saying she will be able to make a difference to the score in every match Man United play. After all, she will have to find her feet again as she returns to this tier of football. Although I can guarantee that when she does land a goal, it will be at a crucial time.

Groenen scored the only goal of the game in the Netherland’s World Cup Semi-Final against Sweden. It was a brilliant goal and I am praying she can produce a couple of the same against the USA in today’s final. On behalf of England, come on The Netherlands and come on Jackie!

Former Man City Striker Linked With A Move Back To England With Leeds United

Felipe Caicedo is supposedly being eyed up by Leeds United.

There’s been quite a bit of transfer gossip and news coming from Leeds the past week. It was revealed that Jack Clarke has been sold from the Whites to Tottenham for around £11 million. That sale now gives Marcelo Bielsa some spending money for the remainder of the summer transfer window.

It is now being said that Leeds are interested in Caicedo after his good spells in La Liga. The 30-year-old striker was at Man City from 2008 to 2011 and he only made 26 appearances in that time. He managed to score four goals for the Manchester side despite being on loan to different clubs for the majority of the time that he was signed to them.

His most recent career has been a little kinder to him as he has been with Espanyol from 2014 to 2017, where he got a better total of 93 games and a double-figure goal total of 19. Since 2017 he’s been at Lazio where he’s bagged 50 appearances so far and 11 goals. He has set a record for himself as he stands as Ecuador’s national team’s fifth highest scorer with 23 goals.

If the move goes ahead for Leeds, it’s fair to say that the striker should be able to find the back of the net often in the Championship as it’s an easier league for the 30-year-old to compete in. However, this exact same rumour also happened last year putting Caicedo at the centre of a transfer to Leeds but it never happened then so we will have to play this by ear.

In better news for Leeds fans, even though Jack Clarke has been sold to Tottenham, it’s now being said that he will be sent back to Leeds on loan next season. So you’ve sold a player, got the money from him to buy a replacement and then you’re getting him back for a season anyway. Pretty good going I say.

HOT PROSPECT: Tottenham close to signing Leeds Utd 18 y/o youngster

Leeds United player, Jack Clarke is close to moving to a premier league side.

It is said that Tottenham is interested in the 18-year-old. It looks as though a medical will go ahead for the youngster in order for him to transfer. Another piece of information that is rumoured is that a few of around £10 million has been agreed but it could rise with add ons if the deal goes ahead.

This would make the youngster, Tottenham’s first signing since January 2018. Alongside him helping Leeds get to a playoff position last season, I think he will be a great signing for Tottenham.

Clarke has had 22 appearances for Leeds since 2018 and scored 2 goals. He is a versatile player who can play in both wing positions. He managed to get Leeds Young Player Of The Year in 2018/19. However, there was an incident in February when Jack collapsed on the bench against Middlesbrough. He was out for 5 weeks after this although it was later confirmed that the collapse was a result of a virus.

Mauricio Pochettino has nurtured some of England’s most talented players during his time and I am hoping that if this deal goes ahead that Clarke can become another great product of Pochettino’s management. Tottenham had a good last season and managed to finish 4th. However, I’m hoping they’ll be able to do even better next season after the deflating Champions League final loss, and not let it affect them too much. New players may bring that inspiration.

Man Utd needs a striker, does Sevilla forward tick all the boxes?

France Football has claimed that Man United are interested in Sevilla forward, Wissam Ben Yedder.

United are supposedly watching the 28-year old ahead of a summer move. This has all come to light after Lukaku has stated his interest in a move from Manchester. Could Ben Yedder be a replacement if he does leave? Maybe.

He also reportedly has a £36 million release clause in his contract and although he is one of the most feared players in La Liga, I don’t think he’s top of United’s list or at the top of their priorities.

The Red Devil’s and their fans are all disappointed with how last season turned out for them and a goal scorer could turn it around for them. Ben Yedder scored 30 times in 51 appearances in all competitions last season, although he has also said he would only leave with his current clubs blessing.

In response to his future, he said, I dream of playing at the highest level,  in the biggest clubs in the world and be next to world-class players. To see how far I can go.

I think he would be a good addition to United and with the determination he has for himself, he could drive Solskjær’s team forward next season. I just can’t see the Manchester side going for him as there are better options.

Is Leeds Utd a good move again for Man City’s youngster

Leeds United are supposedly in talks with Man City over a possible loan for Jack Harrison, but is he a good investment?

Leeds had the 22-year-old on loan last season, and are now meant to be interested in signing him on loan again for a longer period of time if they can come to an agreement. Harrison played 42 times across all competitions last season for Leeds and contributed four goals which helped them get into the play-offs.

With Jack Clarke looking to be signing for Tottenham soon, it looks like Leeds need a new winger and Harrison may fit that bill. Harrison spent his youth years with Liverpool and Manchester United before moving to America and joining Manhattan SC. While he was over there, he spent a year with New York City until he signed for City in 2018. He’s been loaned ever since with Middlesbrough and Leeds.

His former New York City teammate, David Villa described him as someone who, “has something important that only a few players have, when he has the ball at his feet, you get the sensation that something special is going to happen.”

This is one of the reasons why I think Leeds will be making a good investment in him. He’s young, got pace, the ability, experience and he’s already impressed them when he was on loan, so why not keep him on for a bit longer. I guess from a players point of view, he’ll just be happy to get the starts and if he’s getting them at Leeds, City will be watching him and he could be played more with the blues once his loan spell is over.

‘So if we play Japan every week we might get a decent season out of him’ ‘The problem is clearly Manchester’ Man Utd Fans React To Sanchez’ display

United forward, Alexis Sanchez grabbed one goal and an assist for Chile in the Copa America on Monday, but it’s divided Man United fans. 

The striker has recently revealed that he never felt as bad as he did after the Red Devil’s disappointing season. He only managed one goal in twenty appearances last season and now the reds could be willing to part with him if a club was to make an offer.

After his successful match the other night, it seems to have divided fans on Twitter. Some think he still isn’t good enough, some are blaming United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the player’s faults and lack of goals. However, then there’s some that are jumping to his defence…

‘Yes, I love this straight away to business 3-0’ Man United fans feeling optimistic ahead of their opening Fixture

A hot topic for next season’s Premier League is how will Man United will perform after a disappointing end to the 2018/19 season.

The Red Devil’s only managed a 6th place finish with 66 points. The reds need to aim for around the 80-90 points to even be in with a chance of getting back into the title race as their rivals, City, won the league and finished on 98 points. Liverpool managed 97 points and Chelsea finished on 72 points.

Hopefully with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trying to build his team, United will be able to return to their old ways and fans will be celebrating again. With that being said, Premier League fixtures were released today and it’s been revealed that United will open their campaign by playing Chelsea at home on Sunday the 11th of August.

The following week they will travel to Wolves but it’s the opening game that has fans talking on Twitter this morning…

Two Replacements For David Silva Man City Should Be Looking At This Summer

It’s been revealed this week that David Silva could be leaving Man City pretty soon. 

The City midfielder is set to get his testimonial next year to mark a decade of his services at the Manchester side. The 33-year-old signed for the blues in 2010 for £26 million, he has since won four premier league titles, two FA Cups and four league cups with City.

After all the success, it is believed that Silva has always wanted to end his football career exactly where he started back at Las Palmas. He started his youth career on the island of San Fernando and not only does he want to go back for himself, but he would also love to bring up his son, Mateo, in the same place he grew up.

With this being said, who should Pep Guardiola look at in case he needs a replacement sooner rather than later? 

Youri Tielemans 

The Belgian midfielder is currently on loan from Monaco to Leicester City. The 22-year-old has made 13 appearances for Leicester and managed 3 goals in that time. He would be a great young replacement for City and, it would be a great move for the midfielder as a permanent move rather than a loan. Pep may have some competition on his hands though as it is believed that United are also looking at him. 

Phil Foden

I know what you’re thinking. Does he already play for City? Yes. But the 19-year-old has only managed 18 appearances since 2017, he’s bagged one goal too in that time but he’s never been the first choice with such a strong midfield already existing.

Maybe now that a position has opened up, he may get a look into and be the next big thing. He’s spent all his youth at City and he also holds the record for the clubs youngest goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League. Investing time in the youngster would also be cheaper than investing in other options. 

Two alternatives to Wan-Bissaka for Manchester United

With both senior right backs at Manchester United leaving the club, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will have opportunity to really put his stamp on a new look Manchester United side ahead of the coming season.

If you believe the rumours, the red side of Manchester have been hotly pursuing Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka identified as the long term heir to the right back position at Old Trafford. However, gone are the days when United had the pick of who they wanted in the English Leagues, and Palace have reportedly already turned down a big £40 million pound offer for the young Englishman.

Wan-Bissaka is contracted at Palace until 2022 and the London side seem to be holding out for roughly £60 million pounds.

With Solskjaer in charge, Manchester United are reportedly changing their transfer policy, instead of paying out for megastars. The club are apparently looking for young British talent that they can nurture and build their own ‘galactico’s’ out of, evidenced by the signing of young Welshman Daniel James from Swansea City.

After possibly being priced out of a move for the Palace right back, we took a look at some alternatives for the ‘Red Devils’ to fill the right-back role…

Keiran Trippier

Trippier doesn’t exactly fit the model of ‘Young’ but the Tottenham right back and England national team starter is reportedly available for around £35 million, saving Manchester United £30 million for a man with heaps more experience playing in the Premier League, Champions League and for the national side.

The Spurs full-back did struggle for game time last season but did impress playing for England. Trippier is from Manchester so could perhaps be persuaded to move back up north.

Nathanial Clyne

We could easily have filled this spot with Thomas Munier, who it is reported United are looking at, however, if they look close to home they could save themselves a lot of money.

Clyne is never going to take Alexander-Arnolds spot at Liverpool, but while out on loan at Bournemouth last season Clyne proved that he still has what it takes to be a Premier League player. With young Diego Dalot already at United, Clyne brings experience to the position that could be much needed in bigger games.

Unless Trent gets injured at Liverpool, Clyne isn’t going to play, so perhaps could be available on the cheap. With the right assurances about game time and the chance to get himself back into England contention?

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