Football Insider has reported that Everton is interested in two Bolton Wanderers players. They are currently monitoring the development of Dennis Politic and Ronan Darcy.
Both Bolton youngsters have impressed in the opening stages of the season. Especially Politic.
It’s no surprise that they have gained attention from other clubs. However, if Everton wants these men, they will have to convince them that they will get playing time.
Dennis Politic is making the starting line up at the University of Bolton Stadium every week. Darcy has also been on the bench a lot and made appearances early on.
They are both a part of the Bolton squad who are trying to rebuild. Fans appreciate them. Politic also turned down advances at the beginning of the season from other clubs because of his chances with the Wanderers.
However, it’s looking likely that Bolton will be relegated to League Two next season. Both of these players are better than that level of football.
Here’s what they would offer Everton…
Darcy spent a loan period last year at Skelmersdale. He was asked to step up to first-team duties at Bolton in the early stages of this season.
The youngster may be open to new offers. Even if it is another loan spell. He scored his first senior goal early on and probably would score more if he got the chance.
While he would be a great option for a youth team with a Premier League side, he’s used to first-team football. I presume he would make a decision based off of Bolton’s future.
The 19-year-old Romanian has had 11 appearances so far for Bolton this season. He scored against Rochdale and Bradford in cup games.
When you watch him play, you wouldn’t believe he was still a teenager. He looks so experienced and confident on the ball.
Salford picked out his talent last year as he spent some time there. When he came back, he turned down offers to stay with the Trotters.
At the end of the season or in January, he could change his mind. Teams like Wolves, Aston Villa and Rangers have also shown interest. Everton will have to work fast if they want this talented man.
The Football Manc Cave is taking a look at Liverpool fans responses to Man City losing this weekend. As this opens up their chances of running away with the league title.
It may be early doors, however, it looks as though Liverpool are going to do everything in their power to stay top of the Premier League all season. A shock result at the weekend saw Man City lose 2-0 to Wolves. Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore worked brilliantly together to produce the final products and keeper, Rui Patricio had a fantastic game in which he worked extremely hard to keep a clean sheet.
This shakeup came as a huge shock to the top of the table as everyone expected this game to close the gap between Man City and Liverpool. A late penalty against Leicester City saw Liverpool take all three points from them on Saturday.
So when news came in of City’s loss on Sunday, it left Liverpool fans very happy, as you can imagine. They’ve been thanking Wolves fans via Twitter and also mocking City fans.
This now puts Liverpool on 24 points with 8 wins from 8 while Pep Guardiola’s side sits second on 16 points with only 5 wins from 8.
Manchester City had a good opportunity at the weekend to try and close the gap between themselves and Liverpool. Unexpectedly, they lost 2-0 to Wolves.
Wolves now sit 11th in the Premier League on 10 points and fans are extremely happy with how their team are performing at the minute. The game was looking like it was going to be a 0-0 draw in the closing stages, which also would have been a disappointment for City because they to match Liverpool’s form.
However, after many chances and a David Silva free-kick hitting the crossbar. Wolves managed to break, not once but twice and take all three points in the 80th and the 94th minute.
Adama Traore bagged both of the goals with Raul Jimenez assisting both. The pair took advantage of Man City’s defence both times as they worked as a pair to break them down.
It looked as if Guardiola’s defence were dropping too far down the pitch leaving a lot of space open for the opposition to break. Another key performer for Wolves who is worth mentioning is Rui Patricio. The keeper had an outstanding game and was constantly on his toes.
Man Utd will face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium after two disappointing results, which saw the club drop five points. With such a lack of squad depth and two crucial injuries, there is one starting eleven that will appease the fans regardless of the result…
Solskjaer has opted for very similar elevens in each game so far. It worked wonders in their 4-0 victory over Chelsea, who naively attacked the Reds, giving them the opportunity to make full use of their only plan – counter-attacking.
This didn’t work against Wolves and Crystal Palace because the two sides sat back and defended tightly. Leaving little room for Man Utd to counter attack, the were forced into dominating possession and having to wiggle their way through without any technical and creative players in the entire eleven. Besides Pogba who acted as a defensive midfielder and rarely found himself in attacking positions.
However, this line-up could be effective against Southampton. At home, they will be bringing the game to Man Utd, allowing space in behind. But the eleven, regardless of injuries, need specific additions to the line-up in this fixture to allow creative and intricate football to take place, just in case the Saints set up for a draw.
How should Man Utd line up against Southampton?
So, what does this revolutionary eleven look like? Something like this…
It would be the perfect response from Solskjaer regarding the last two performances. The injury to Martial allow Rashford to play as a striker, James to play on his favoured left-wing and Greenwood to make a start.
Fans would be outraged to see Ashley Young make a start, as he, unfortunately, symbolises the mediocrity of the Man Utd of late. Bringing in 18-year-old Brandon Williams would demonstrate Ole’s ruthlessness and eagerness to rebuild the squad and give youth their opportunity.
Jesse Lingard would be a good addition to this squad, as a high-pressing system is likely to be seen. However, his form over recent years leaves little room to defend the Englishmen, as he tends to have no impact on the game. Fans have been crying out to see Angel Gomes play as a number 10. Seeing him in the squad, amongst other youngsters, will excite the fans and get them on board. The final result will mean less than the vision of the future Man Utd.
Although Scott McTominay has been a beacon of hope for Man Utd’s midfield, his last two performances have been poor. Fred needs to be involved soon to have any real impact season. He should play in a defensive, ball-winning role. Going on to relay possession to attacking outlets such as Pogba, James and Gomes.
Both sides have plenty to take away from their 1-1 result at Molineux. The game was predicted by all to be close, due to Wolves’ tactically astute manager and incredible form against the top six.
The game showed the strengths and weaknesses of each outfit as they muscled out a 1-1 draw. Wolves have been known to play a very defensive style, which was the case in the first half.
Man Utd held onto possession for the majority of the first 45, with Jesse Lingard playing a vital role in the way the side moves the ball around.
Hopefully, Solskjaer has noticed the following three things that were clear in Man Utd’s draw against Wolves…
Paul Pogba played too deep
Pogba was almost a centre back for the majority of the second half. When Wolves were in control of the pressing and attacking, Paul Pogba was playing very deep and didn’t progress forward enough.
With the quality he brings to the attacking threat, he is wasted as a defensive midfielder. Despite his strength and stature, the best of him is seen in the opponents half picking out his teammates.
Games are won and lost in the midfield
Man Utd failed their fans by not signing a midfielder in the transfer window. It is by far their weak spot and this was exploited by Wolves.
The best ball holders and passers on the pitch were the two centre-halves Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire. This meant that most of the possession was in and around the defensive lines, inviting the press from Wolves. However, Nuno was clever and didn’t allow the Man Utd counter-attack.
When a team uses this strategy, possession and playing through the opponents with a talented midfield is the only way to win the game. This is why Man Utd drew against Wolves.
Luke Shaw is the weakness
Wolves brought on Adama in the second half at 1-0 down. He ran rings around Luke Shaw, resulting in Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire moving to the left flank to support their teammate.
This left an enormous hole for Ruben Neves, one of the best midfield talents in the league, to showcase his skill and quality almost untouched.
Had Man Utd’s defence been that of last season’s, they would have seen a very embarrassing scoreline.
Gary Neville is being criticised for his relentless targeting of Paul Pogba after his penalty miss against Wolves at Molineux.
The Wolves v Man Utd fixture gave the fans, players and coaches plenty of positives and negatives to take away from the game.
For example, Man Utd’s defence looks incredibly solid and confident. However, Luke Shaw is a blatant weakness as he found himself in the back pocket of super-sub Adama. Daniel James has all the right ideas but needs more game time and confidence to become more clinical and consistent.
Martial and Rashford looked deadly, but with 65% possession and almost double the passes of their opponents, more chances need to be created.
But despite all of these lessons learned and improvements made, Gary Neville had only one thing to talk about after the game…
Gary Neville used his post-match analysis time to talk about Paul Pogba taking the penalty over Rashford. He makes fair and reasonable points about how the penalty taker should be decided in the dressing room and not on the pitch. But this conversation could have been five minutes long.
Neville’s constant criticism of Pogba has raised many eyebrows, particularly since the ex-Utd man isn’t perfect himself…
Uncalled for racial abuse
Paul Pogba received racial abuse on social media after his saved penalty that lost the Reds two points. People have made accusations that Neville’s monologues of Pogba’s shortcomings have incited this horrendous behaviour…
The likelihood is that Gary Neville did not want these repercussions. But merely targets Pogba due to his status as a world-class player. However, the persistent criticism remains unjustified, as there are eleven players with the World’s most prolific badge on their chest, not just one.
Some are waiting for Neville to address the issue…
Racism in football or anything at all is totally unacceptable by today’s standards.
But setting that part of the overall issue aside, there is still cause for concern with the amount of criticism aimed at Paul Pogba for his penalty after the 1-1 draw against Wolves…
…when there are so many positives, negatives, improvements and moments of brilliance to talk about instead.
A tough game for Man Utd was expected against Wolves at Molineux, and a tough game is what they got.
Wolves and Man Utd faced off at Molineux in a highly anticipated match-up. Had Wolves been spared Europa League football this season, many would place a bet on them finishing in the top 6.
The game proved to be a tight matchup as momentum and confidence swayed between the two sides throughout the game.
Man Utd controlled the game in the first half an hour, having well over 65% possession and seemed to be in total control of the game. A well-worked and beautifully struck goal from Anthony Martial backed up the new number nine on the back of his shirt. But if he wants to be up there with the best, he needs to be the man who digs Man Utd out of tight games like this one, to help them clinch a win.
Solskjaer’s defence is very solid until shaken. A ricochet off the post and into De Gea out of immediate danger resulted in the Reds looking scrappy and disorganised for far too long. Gaining and keeping composure is something this side has to work on.
Man Utd played the ball around their own half, and in some instances played some fantastic football out of the back. However, Wolves used Man Utd’s tactic against them by pressing and enticing errors.
Whether it be a statement of Wolves or Man Utd, both teams appeared evenly matched. Wolves had the aforementioned ricochet whilst Paul Pogba missed a penalty for Man Utd. Either way, the game was as tight as we all expected.
Did Solskjaer make some bad decisions?
Solskjaer’s approach has been questioned. After half time, Wolves manager Nuno opted to bring on the strong and pacey Adama who turned the game on its head. Man Utd had no answer other than relying on their strong defence to keep out as many goals as possible.
Jesse Lingard, who had been running the game in and around the opponents half, was subbed off for Juan Mata, who made no impact. Mason Greenwood replaced Dan James, who also looked threatening throughout the game, and couldn’t find time to get into the game.
Man Utd were the more dominant side overall. With 65% possession and 652 passes compared to the opponents 352, the Reds failed to do anything in the final third.
Adama stopped his side from losing
Playing down the right flank, Adama proved too much for Luke Shaw. This resulted in McTominay and Maguire edging towards the left-back position to provide support, leaving massive holes in the midfield. This is where the game slipped away from the Red Devils. Their defence is lacking quality as is, even more so when their midfield isn’t in the mid-field.
Expected. Wolves are a fantastically solid side against the top 6. They have the squad, the manager and the ability to finish top 6 this season. I suppose the true victor will be crowned when they face off at Old Trafford…
Solskjaer’s Man United has been unable to beat Wolves in his two fixtures at Molineux. However, he didn’t have this forward option last season…
Wolves were a stick in the mud for the top 6 last season. A chart on Reddit shows the Wanderer’s results in a mini-league versus the top 6, where Wolves place 3rd on thirteen points compared to Man Utd who placed 7th with seven points.
Solskjaer heads to Molineux for his second Premier League fixture of his first full season in charge. But this time feels different for fans and players alike.
After Man Utd’s 4-0 victory against Chelsea, the red side of Manchester is starting to buzz once again.
Man Utd will be facing a defensively sturdy and well-drilled Wolves. They tend to play a possession-based style, as “Ole ball” will see the Red’s forwards chased it down relentlessly.
There is a very specific forward line that can undo the Wolves defence, it goes a little something like this…
Lingard’s natural athleticism gives him the ability to press defenders aggressively and force errors. Fairly similar to undisputed Man Utd legend Ji-Sung Park.
He will drift wide right as Rashford drifts wide left with Martial central, giving space in the attacking midfield for Pogba and/or McTominay.
Lingard will be imperative to way Man Utd press and tire out their defence in order to strike late-game.
These 60/70 minute substitutions will be the Reds clutch the game…
Dan James and Juan Mata
Introducing Dan James towards the end of the game against Chelsea finished the Londoners off. His goal came from a Paul Pogba run towards the box as James’ unmatched pace overlapped him, received the ball, and scored.
With Wolves being tired out by a very fit Man Utd, facing a fresh Dan James would be their worst nightmare.
With Mata introduced, there will be slightly less emphasis on pressing and more picking out passed into the final third. Passes that Dan James will be itching to get on the end of.
Throughout Summer, Juan Mata signed a new contract at Man United, leaving fans concerned about his age and ability. Jesse Lingard’s juvenile personality and lack of consistency gain him negative attention. Dan James has been thoroughly doubted due to coming from a Championship level squad. But all three players will play a huge role in a Man Utd victory over Wolves.
Solskjaer’s Man Utd will be looking to avoid a repeat of last season where the Reds failed to beat Wolves and lost twice at Molineux.
After winning every single game of pre-season, the Red Devils marched on into the Premier League season with a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford over top four competitors Chelsea.
Solskaer’s team selection spoke volumes by dropping Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic from the starting eleven. Having five academy graduates in the starting eleven and two on the bench tells you what direction Ole is steering the club in. The risk was worth the reward as the Reds thumped a very naive Chelsea.
Will Solskjaer go back to relying on experienced players or allow this winning formula to develop?
Most fans will want to see a very similar eleven walkout on Monday at Molineux. Scott McTominay is quickly becoming a fan favourite, covering more ground on the pitch than any other player against Chelsea and playing a large role in the slick passing from the back, he could be the answer to Man Utd’s midfield mayhem.
Pereira’s position of the interchanging attacking midfielder/right-winger appears to be up for grabs. The Brazilian failed to impact the game on the ball but impressed with high-pressing and an assist for Anthony Martial.
The defence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw is looking like one of the best defences in English football. Chelsea managed to find themselves in some good positions. However, this may well be a result of the defence being brand new.
Anthony Martial is becoming much more instinctive as a number 9. He is more aggressive, vocal and attentive than ever before as he leads from the front. Having Marcus Rashford in and around him, challenging for that number 9 spot, Man Utd fans could see a lot of goals this season.
Wolverhampton Wanderers recently won a two-legged Europa League qualifier 8-0 on aggregate against Pyunik. But when the final 4-0 win takes place four days before a big game against Man Utd, it might not bode too well.
Top players such as Diego Jota and Leander Dendoncker amongst others featured in the victory and could get exposed by a very fit Man Utd come the Monday fixture.
On the flip side, Wolves are a team full of confidence. Alongside Everton and Leicester, Wolves are a team looking to put pressure on the top six. Beating Man Utd at home would be a good way for Wolves to show the league that they mean business.
Solskjaer is likely to go in a similar direction as he did against Chelsea. It appears he has given his side an identity and a philosophy to follow. His apparent trust in youth has allowed for the starting eleven to be stronger and more exciting, with two forwards who are eager to score.
Wolves could pick up a point against a less than clinical Man Utd. But the retrains of the Europa League will likely impact the squad and Solskjaer as ensured that his squad are one of the fittest in the league.
A 1-1 or a 2-1 victory for Man Utd would be safe judgement. Wolves will hold out for a draw, or a win if they find themselves 1-0 up. But the form of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will definitely prove to be a challenge for Wolves.