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Man City needs Pep to achieve these 2 essential things this season

Man City was paving their way to success before Pep Guardiola sent his CV to the Etihad. Ever since their success has been astronomical. However, there are two things missing that he has to achieve this season…

Pep Guardiola has concocted a squad filled to the brim with the highest quality of players in European football. They have a stunning training complex in Manchester, a domestic quadruple under their belt and a clear structure from top to bottom.

Almost sounds like the opposite of Man Utd right?

But there are 2 things that their neighbours in Red have achieved throughout their history, that Man City need to match to be considered one of Europe’s biggest clubs…

Champions League

Guardiola has failed to get any real momentum in the Champions League for Man City. Despite mass amounts of success in England.

With the quality of their squad and the resources and funds put into it, Guardiola must do this justice with a Champions League trophy. Or, at least, a fantastic Champions League final for the fans to enjoy.

Man City have clearly mastered English football, with only Liverpool looking like chasing them down.

Next step… Europe!

Youth Academy

Man City’s squad majors in getting talent from other European clubs, at a fairly high price. Man Utd, on the other hand, has always had a tendency to either produce their own talent or purchase promising young players from other clubs. Something new manager Solskjaer is re-initiating.

Man City, for the sake of their development and world-status, must begin to follow suit. Glimpses of this is being seen with the likes of Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Nevertheless, having a flowing system of the academy to first-team could see Man City rule European football for the foreseeable future.

Man Utd need Solskjaer to achieve these 2 things this season

For long-term supporters of the Red Devils, not aiming for a Premier League title is a totally foreign concept. However, in current circumstances, projections for this season are significantly lower…

After an unbeaten pre-season and a 4-0 victory on the opening day of the Premier League season against Chelsea, many thought that Man Utd was back on the up.

However, it only took two or three games to see that all of the foreseeable worries fans had in summer were starting to materialise. In particular, Man Utd’s shambolic midfield, inexperienced attackers and questionable line ups and substitutions from their inexperienced manager.

Unless Man Utd swap squads with Man City, they will get nowhere near a title this season. And unless Man Utd swap squads with Leicester City, they probably won’t reach the top six either.

With this in mind, what targets must Solskjaer achieve this season to prove to the irate fans that the club is back on the up…

Utilising the youth

Solskjaer has promised to involve the fantastic Man Utd youth in his bid to find success with the Reds. So far, aside from the sporadic, last-ditched attempt to win games by bringing on Mason Greenwood, we haven’t really seen this.

By replacing under-performing players such as Jesse Lingard with Angel Gomes, Nemanja Matic with James Garner, Ashley Young with Brandon Williams, Solskjaer will have an excuse for not finishing in the top four, as well as pleasing fans with a ruthless rebuild.

A big signing

Solskjaer needs to prove himself worthy of backing from the board. Harry Maguire doesn’t really count, as his fee was recouped by the sale of Romelu Lukaku.

It is important for the fans and the team that Solskjaer receive the appropriate support from the ones who sign the cheques.

This will improve the starting eleven, the fan’s trust and Solskjaer’s determination to impress a board that believe in his philosophies.

These 2 Rochdale youngsters are guaranteed to cause Man City u23s problems

Rochdale has had an average start to the season, but certain performances from certain players show that they can cause their opponents an issue or two on their day…

Rochdale have won two, drawn three and lost one league game in EFL League One so far, leaving them in eleventh place. With regards to Rochdale’s usual form, things are actually on the up in Rochdale this season.

When The Dale beat Bolton 5-2 in the Football League Trophy, the weakness of their opponent doesn’t give much insight as to how Rochdale will cope with the competition.

However, some performances from their young players have given an insight as to what Rochdale could offer this season. These 2 youngsters, in particular, could see them surpass Man City u23s in the next round of the Football League Trophy…

Callum Camps

This 23-year-old local lad striker will be keen to put in a good performance against Man City u23s. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games so far in League One and is fast becoming one of competition’s most prolific forwards.

Aaron Morley

Morley, who is only 19, has become a first-choice midfielder for Barry-Murphy’s side. He has featured in 5 league games, scoring 2 goals and putting in some fantastic performances.

With Morley in the middle of the park and Camps up top, Rochdale’s attacking threat could be brutal over the coming years should they keep hold of these talents. Should they both feature against Man City u23s, they will most certainly cause their fellow footballing youngsters some serious problems.

3 reasons why Wigan Athletic must hold on to 17y/o despite interest from Liverpool & Chelsea

Liverpool and Chelsea, amongst others, will be watching Wigan Atheltic’s young English forward closely this season in the Championship…

Wigan’s home grown talent Joe Gelhardt has impressed scouts since making his senior debut in April of 2019. He scored his first senior goal against Burnley during pre-season, admitting that it was a “dream come true”.

Paul Cook appears to be entrusting the youngster with a role at the club. Gelhardt came on off the bench in a 0-0 draw with Barnsley in hope that the could of clinched the winning goal.

With teams such as Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton and Leicester circling around the striker, here are three reasons why Wigan should hold onto him for time being…


Putting a 17 year-old striker with little game experience on the market will not fetch a heavy fee. If Wigan believe that Gelhardt can go on to be one of the brightest talents in England football, they should let him prove himself at the Championship level. This could bolster his price, going from well under £5million to well over £40million should he continue improving and learning over the next four years.

Wigan’s form

Last season, Wigan finished 18th with 51 goals scored in their first season back in the Championship. This season, they find themselves in 22nd place, with 4 points from 6 games with 4 goals scored. Wigan need ten to twenty goals more than last season to see an improvement, and to move up to the middle of the table. As it stands, introducing Gelhardt to the first-team action seems to be their best method of achieving this.


Wigan have been out of Premier League action for a long time now. But, undoubtedly, their aspirations are to one day return. Without intense funds, they have to hold on to their home grown talent and then utilise it. If not, they risk becoming a stagnant feeder club for top English sides.

Ruthless Solskjaer starting to shine through as Man Utd continue to rid ‘deadwood’ with latest outgoing

Solskjaer has been heavily criticised after his comments about being “ruthless” last season, as very little had changed. Until recently…

Although few players came in, as expected, Solskjaer is making moves to chop down the ‘deadwood’, as deemed by the fans.

Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez have both been shipped off to Inter Milan. Chris Smalling has gone to Roma on loan after Solskjaer told the long-serving defender that he is not part of his plans. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Nemanja Matic have all been dropped from the regular starting eleven. And now, the invisible man Matteo Darmian is looking at a return to Italy, with Parma being deemed the suitors.

All of these players have been criticised for their lack of talent or motivation to be successful at Man Utd. But until these players are replaced, fans should sit on fence about whether the steps being taken are to improve the squad or to improve the companies income.

How will Man Utd cope this season?

The movement of senior players out of the squad indicates that Solskjaer is going to be heavily reliant on Man Utd’s homegrown youth. Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and James Garner have all remained within the ranks for the season ahead.

Brandon Williams is a fantastic 18-year-old left-back in the Reds’ academy. He is being considered by fans as the best Luke Shaw replacement after he went off injured against Crystal Palace.

With injuries to Martial and Shaw already, the squad looks extremely thin. The squad lacks depth, quality and experience. But if Solskjaer is to be believed, they are fit, hungry, motivated and hard-working. Is that enough to get a top-four spot this season? If they do pull it off, Solskjaer will begin to be taken seriously in the world of football management.

Another Man Utd on his way out has Solskjaer’s vision starts to pan out

Man Utd is open to letting one of their seven senior defenders leave this summer…

Fans of the Premier League have already had the ups and downs of the transfer window. But clubs in Europe can still purchase players from English clubs until September 2nd. The MEN have reported that Man Utd are willing to let Marcos Rojo leave the club, with the likely destination being Fenerbahce, though other clubs are interested.

Solskjaer has seven senior defenders in his squad. The Norwegian manager, according to his recent team selections, favours Axel Tuanzebe as the substitute defender whilst power couple Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof start the game.

This leaves Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and the currently injured Eric Bailly left out of the squad entirely.

Is there a plan behind the offloading of players?

By removing Romelu Lukaku, Mason Greenwood has a spot on the bench. Discarding Alexis Sanchez allows Tahith Chong or Angel Gomes to battle for a spot. Reducing the number of defenders gives Axel Tuanzebe the first-team action he deserves.

Solskjaer appears to be offloading players that take up spots for the hungry young talents at the club.

In true Man Utd fashion, they are giving their academy graduates priority over players brought in for a large fee and wage.

Man Utd fans should be extremely excited about the progression of their club. Solskjaer is determined to make his mark on the club and the team.

In the opening week of the Premier League season, Man Utd had the youngest team. Mourinho was heavily criticised for dismissing the youth and playing slow, pragmatic football. Solskjaer’s approach has been the polar opposite.

Before the season began many speculated that Solskjaer’s position as the manager would collapse before Christmas but the recent improvement says otherwise.

Could we be seeing the second coming of the class of ’92? The coming years under Solskjaer’s reign will say it all.

Forget De Gea: Here’s two GK Man Utd should be looking at to replace Spaniard

Man Utd’s world-class goalkeeper is stalling on a £350,000 per-week contract, leaving the Reds to consider options should worst come to worst…

Fans of the Reds are still waiting for confirmation that David De Gea will remain at the club for many years to come. But they could be waiting longer expected.

David De Gea’s contract would see the vice-captain goalkeeper receive £350,000 per week. Through social media, interactions with fans on on-pitch celebrations, it is evident that the Spaniard is in love with the club. So what is holding him back from signing the contract?

Man Utd has a 25% wage decrease when the squad fail to achieve Champions League football. Should the Reds fail to make the top four or to win the Europa League, his £350,000 per week would fall dramatically to £263,000.

De Gea is likely holding out until January where clubs can make formal offers to take him for free at the end of the season, as his one-year extension was triggered this summer.

Should Man Utd lose out on David De Gea, who can fill his boots between the sticks for the Reds?

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson, 22, is a Man Utd player who returned to Sheffield United for a second loan spell this summer.

He made a name for himself in the Championship last season with the Blades as he helped the team gain promotion with 21 clean sheets. He proved himself enough to be selected for England’s under-21 2019 UEFA Euro Championship.

The Englishman has voiced his confidence in his ability to start for Man Utd. Solskjaer clearly believed in the youngster as they refused to sell him in summer but allowed him to be re-loaned to Sheffield United, the newcomers to the Premier League.

Should Henderson prove himself at a Premier League level this season, he could be in contention for first-team football with Man Utd next season.

Samir Handanovic

Handanovic, 35, is Inter Milan’s 6 foot 3 goalkeeper who is one of the world’s best in his position.

With regards to the aforementioned Dean Henderson, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer evidently favours the production of youth talent, meaning that Man Utd’s next long-serving goalkeeper may well come from within their own ranks.

At 35 years old, Handanovic could serve as a short term fix behind a very sturdy Man Utd defence in order to allow their youth to grow and be ready for first-team football.

2 exciting Man Utd prospects that you simply need to keep tabs on, could be worth big money

With a lack of depth in Man Utd’s squad, youngsters will likely be called up at some point this season. Should it be an injury, lack of form, or fatigue, Solskjaer has promised youngsters game time, and two players, in particular, should be high on his list…

Manchester United have always been praised for their academy. How the club has harnessed and integrated their youth over time has been a large part of the club’s success.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will likely continue Sir Alex Ferguson’s project of turning youth players in the starters. We have seen this already against Chelsea, where Man Utd had five academy graduates on the field and two on the bench.

Two youngsters, in particular, both need and deserve game time this season. If not for the future of themselves, then for the future investment they will bring to the club’s wallet.

Angel Gomes

Gomes, 18, is one of England’s best young prodigies. His goal against Tottenham in pre-season and his legacy in the youth academy shows all the signs of a world-class player in the making. Gomes could easily be the next Jadon Sancho. A young English talent who isn’t the first choice, moving abroad and finding success.

Gomes has a very continental style of play and could fix any league ranging from German, English, French and Spanish. His close control, dribbling ability and low centre of gravity make him akin to Lionel Messi. Could we see this youngster move to Barcelona for £100million in the coming years? The concept is not unlikely.

Ethan Laird

Laird is an 18-year-old full-back who has been extremely impressive over recent months in the academy. At under-16s level, the right-footed defender played left-back and bagged himself 22 goals in that season.

Having an attacking full-back who can work on both sides is becoming more and more important in modern football. Despite the demand not being high just yet, the future demand could result in a huge fee from a top club for this versatile and well-drilled defender.

2 exciting Man City prospects that you simply need to keep tabs on, could be worth big money

Manchester City has the greatest quality and depth of any side in the Premier League. Even the youngsters are being hailed as future superstars, including two in particular…

Since 2008, Man City have been meticulously planning for the future. Now, in 2019, we’ve seen it paid off.

However, Man City have been purchasing players left, right and centre and have had many a different eleven for the fans to connect with.

This is begging to become less prevalent as Man City spend less and supply their own talent more often.

Jadon Sancho was one who was part of the Man City academy before moving to Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and being hailed a £100million player.

The Football Manc Cave introduces two prolific youngsters that will get Man City tonnes of trophies, cash, or both.

Phil Foden

Foden has been constantly praised by Pep Guardiola and has been referred to as the most talented player the Spanish manager has ever worked with.

Foden is a product of Man City’s youth. Is Guardiola overexaggerating the production of his academy or is Phil Foden going to be the greatest midfield the world has ever seen?

It is yet to be discovered. But the youngster has this season to seal a starting eleven spot as David Silva moves on in less than a year’s time.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

The 22-year-old full-back joined Man City in 2016 for a fee or around £1million.

This may be one of the smartest deals ever made by the club, as the Ukrainian is now seen at left-back on a weekly basis.

Quick, attacking, young full-backs fetch a sweet penny. Should the youngster’s form continue, he could be looking at a big £60million move to a European club in years to come.

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.

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