They has been plenty of talk about Louis van Gaal’s transfer targets for Manchester United’s midfield and defence, but in attack they could also run into trouble.
Robin van Persie has told Sky Sports that he has been dealing with knocks and injuries and playing with the pain for almost six years now.
The Manchester United striker was speaking after a recent injury scare in the final warm-up match against Wales. However, he has declared himself fit for the Netherlands World Cup opener against Spain.
He suffered a lot of setbacks during his time at Arsenal, during his eight years in North London he only made 194 appearance for the Gunners.
But it was in his final season with Arsenal and his first with United where we saw van Persie involved consistently, playing in all 76 league games over the two seasons.
However, under David Moyes last season the Dutchman gave his worst season for appearances and goals since the 09/10 season, with 21 appearances and 12 goals. (Squawka)
There has been transfer speculation linking Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez with a move to La Liga or Serie A and if he isn’t replaced United will struggle.
IF Chicharito was to leave, then that would put a lot of pressure on a 30 year-old, injury prone player who will struggle to play 38 games.
I can’t see Louis van Gaal being dazzled by Danny Welbeck’s skill and eye for goal enough to put faith in him and that means moving Wayne Rooney out the number 10 role and disrupting the midfield three.
OR. They could look to bring in another striker, Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata has said he will be leaving, as has Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic.
There are two totally available and suitable back-up options for Robin van Persie and neither is likely to cost top dollar.
Man United veteran snubs extension and demands immediate transfer
Ashley Young rejects one-year contract extension offer
Veteran star Ashley Young has rejected a one-year extension on his contract at Manchester United. (h/t Sky Sports)
The 34-year-old’s contract at United expires at the end of the season and the player looks likely to leave in the summer. Inter Milan are said to be interested in securing Young’s services (h/t Sky Sports).
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is keen to keep the player at Old Trafford. Young is one of the leaders in the United dressing room and has the versatility to play in multiple positions.
Antonio Conte has been a long term admirer of Young and even tried to sign him when he was at Chelsea. Conte is ready to offer the play an 18-month contract at Inter with a considerable pay rise.
Young joined United in the summer of 2011 and has gone on to make 261 appearances for the English giants.
He took over as captain from Antonio Valencia at the beginning of this season.
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Young is keen on moving to Inter immediately rather than waiting for the summer (h/t Daily Mail). He has been left angered by United’s refusal to sanction the deal in January.
United are in the midst of an injury crisis and losing Young would deal a harsh blow to whatever little chances we have this season.
Solskjaer eyeing massive summer rebuild and wants five new players at Man United
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes squad rebuild in the summer
After the 3-0 thrashing at Barcelona that saw Manchester United bow out of the Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side need a huge overhaul in order to return to Europe’s elite.
Solskjaer has restored the Reds’ confidence and overseen a vast improvement in results since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, giving our team mighty hope of a top-four finish in the Premier League. But five defeats in seven games have served as a reality check to our gaffer that this team is miles away from challenging for the title and Europe’s top prize.
United’s patchy league form means uncertainty remains over a top-four finish and Solskjaer will have to pick his squad’s mood up after our chastening defeat in Spain. But he admitted after the humbling defeat at Nou Camp that he is facing a “rebuild” at Old Trafford before our club starts challenging for trophies again.
Solskjaer wants five new faces ahead of 2019/20
And the Norwegian tactician wants to strengthen every area of the pitch in the summer with two new defenders, two midfielders and a forward, reports the ESPN.
The ESPN claim Solskjaer will be given significant funds during the summer transfer window to rebuild the squad and will also be allowed to spend from the cash generated by player sales.
Kalidou Koulibaly has been a primary target for Manchester United for a few months now – and he is included in the shortlist. Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is a target as well, while young English talents Declan Rice, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jadon Sancho are also being monitored by United. Saul Niguez has been a key player for Atletico Madrid for a few years now and is also includes in the list, adds the report.
Whether Manchester United can secure these targets is a debate for the future but it’s safe to suggest that we are in dire need of a major restructure.
£150m clear-out at Man United – Here’s who could be sold this summer as Mourinho looks to raise funds
Manchester United have signed Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant this summer but Mourinho reportedly wants to add a couple of players to complete his squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign. And to help Mourinho enhance his spending prowess in the transfer market, United are keen to clear out talent worth £150m.
Anthony Martial offers United the best opportunity to get a substantial amount of funds and our manager is also willing to let go of the Frenchman, whose career at Old Trafford has stalled in the last couple of seasons.
But as per Manchester Evening News, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward doesn’t want to offload Martial as he believes the Frenchman has bags of potential. Woodward wants Martial to stay at the club and intends to activate a one-year option on the player’s contract.
The report claims Ander Herrera and Juan Mata could also get the axe this summer as the duo has just a year remaining on their contracts. If the Spaniards are sold, we could hope to get more than £50m in this transfer window.
However, Mourinho has other areas to boost his budget, having already sold Daley Blind to Ajax earlier this month. Matteo Darmian is considered surplus to requirements and will be sold if our club finds a suitable buyer.
There remains a chance Darmian could be used as a makeweight for Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic, who has interested our gaffer again, claims Manchester Evening News.
Meanwhile, Mourinho wants to add another central defender to our squad, with Leicester City’s Harry Maguire reportedly emerging as a leading target. But it is unlikely to see our Portuguese manager buy a defender without selling one this summer.
Real Madrid ask Manchester United to pay £175million for Raphael Varane
According to Spanish website Mi Otra Liga, Real Madrid have told Manchester United how to sign Raphael Varane at the end of the season.
Varane has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window. The Frenchman has been in very good form for Real this season, forming a solid centre-back partnership with captain Sergio Ramos.
According to Mi Otra Liga, Varane was tipped to join the Red Devils last summer but the move didn’t materialise due to United’s strained relationship with Real Madrid. Instead, Jose Mourinho chose to sign Victor Lindelof from Benfica ahead of the start of this season.
Since signing for United, Lindelof has struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League. As a result, talks of a summer move for Varane have resurfaced, reports Mi Otra Liga.
The report says that Real Madrid have told Mourinho that he must either pay Varane’s release clause or forget about the deal.
Should Mourinho decide to pay the defender’s release clause, United have to cough up a huge £175million that would make Varane the second-most expensive player of all time after Neymar, the Spanish website claims.
Mourinho would be aware of Varane’s potential as he signed him from Lens back in 2011 when he was in charge of Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old Varane would definitely solidify and add much-needed experience to United’s back-line alongside Eric Bailly as we aim to challenge for the title next season.