Connect with us

jose-mourinho-old-trafford_3768137

Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side have been a treat to watch so far. The Red Devils have won all three of their Premier League games and are looking in a great shape at the moment. The Manchester club might be targeting the league title but they have the distraction of the Europa League this time around.

The Red Devils should take that competition seriously as winning it will give them a guaranteed spot in the Champions League next season. Jose Mourinho had stated that he will be taking no games lightly and would want to do his best in every game. The best way to ensure that is to have a good squad, something that United are blessed with at the moment.

The record Premier League champions have a lot of quality in their side and can field out two different XIs to deal with the rigours of playing in so many games.

Here is a look at their first XI which probably features their best players.

First XI

The goalkeeper has to be David de Gea. There isn’t any better keeper in England than the Spanish star and United have done well to hold onto him despite a continues interest from Real Madrid. Furthermore, the right-back for the side would be Antonio Valencia. The Ecuadorian has revitalized his form under the Portuguese and is now looking all confident to surpass the natural full-back, Matteo Darmian.

The central defenders should feature Chris Smalling, who was United’s best defender last season and Eric Bailly. The new defender moved from Villarreal and the Ivorian has constantly put in man-of-the-match performances for the side.

And last but not the least, Luke Shaw completes the defence as the left-back. The Englishman has recovered from a long-term injury and seems to be back at his best.

The midfield would have to feature the world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba. There are no doubts that the Frenchman has to start in every game for United and looking at the recent performances, he will most probably partner up with the Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian might not be a crowd favourite but he does provide a lot of cover for the defence.

fellaini 22

The trio playing ahead of the midfield should feature Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right, Anthony Martial on the left and Wayne Rooney. The England captain should be the main link with the solitary striker while the other wide men would be looking to cut in and support the attack.

The man to lead United forward has to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede has been excellent since the first game and should be a sure shot for the Golden boot if he continues playing in this vein.

Second XI

The second XI could be used for the cup games and the Europa League but even this side does have a lot of quality. The goalkeeper for the side would be Sergio Romero, the Argentine keeper. Even though Romero has not seen a lot of playing time, he still is a decent back-up keeper.

The defence would feature a centre-back pairing of Daley Blind and Phil Jones. While Blind has played a number of games this season, he deserves to be played in midfield. Jones, on the other hand, needs a little help if he is to fulfil his potential as a defender.

The right-back would be Matteo Darmian, the Italian is still trying to settle down in the Premier League, but we are pretty sure that he will cope with it eventually. The left-back for the side would be another Argentine, Marcos Rojo, thus completing the defence for this side.

darmian

The midfield would feature Morgan Schneiderlin, who hasn’t started a game for Jose Mourinho till date. The attacking aspect of the midfield would be looked after by Ander Herrera, who just can’t seem to get a game for the side.

The front four would feature a lot of youthfulness and a bit of experience. The striker leading the line would be the rising star, that is Marcus Rashford and he would be assisted by Juan Mata, playing just behind him.

The two wide men would be Memphis Depay on the right and Jesse Lingard on the left, though they can switch as and when required. Both players though need to perform this season if they are to cement a place in the starting XI of United.

United have a great squad to be honest and they do look destined for a trophy this season.

Article

Man United keen on landing Ligue 1 star for a fee of about £43million

Published

on

Moussa Dembele

Manchester United prepare £43 million bid for Moussa Dembele 

Manchester United are interested in Lyon striker Moussa Dembele (h/t Mirror)

According to Foot Mercato (h/t Mirror), United have identified the French striker as a target to replace the injured Marcus Rashford.

The 23-year old has enjoyed a stellar season for Lyon and has scored 15 goals and 1 assist in 28 appearances. (h/t Whoscored)

Dembele is expected to cost in the region of £43 and is also drawing interest from Chelsea.

The Red Devils had failed to replace the outgoing Romelu Lukaku in the summer and were extremely reliant on the young Rashford for goals.

Rashford has scored 19 goals and 5 assists this season. He is the club’s top scorer and the second top assist maker. United have lacked a cutting edge in the Englishman’s absence and had been playing through injury of late.

Solksjaer was forced to bring on the striker against Wolves which unfortunately led to worsening the extent of his injury.

Moussa Dembele

United currently lack a clinical player upfront. The result against Liverpool could have been different had Martial taken the chances afforded to him.

Lack of a plan?

United should have gone for a striker immediately after the signing of Lukaku. Rashford has had to play through injury and now finds himself out for 3 months.

The injury could also affect the youngster’s chances of making the England squad for the Euros. Rashford has made 201 appearances for United by the age of 22 and needs to be handled better to prevent him from burning out.

Prodigious youngsters such as Robbie Fowler and Micheal Own never got to reach the levels expected of them as they were burnt out and beset by injuries.

Dembele is an excellent player who will be an asset to United. But considering the position the club is in, it can be considered to be a step back for the Frenchman if he joins them.

The fact that the clubs has been linked to the player only after Rashford’s injury and not in spite of it reeks of a lack of long term planning.

More Manchester United News

Manchester United look at alternatives for Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes transfer to Manchester United at the risk of collapse
Manchester United are keen on signing Marcos Llorente

Dembele already has experience of playing in England for Fulham and Celtic. The 23-year old made 64 appearances for Fulham,with 2 of them coming in the English Premier League.

Continue Reading

Article

Man Utd to look at alternatives after refusing to sign this £68.24m star

Published

on

Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United look at alternatives for Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United are looking at alternatives for Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes. (h/t Manchester Evening News)

Fernandes has been linked with a move to the Red Devils since last summer and appeared to be in a strong position to sign the player in the January transfer window.

But the club now seem to have backed out of a deal citing Sporting’s sudden increase in the player’s valuation to £68.24 million.

With the clubs appearing to be unable to agree on a fee, United are considering Leicester City’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish as alternatives.

Bruno Fernandes

A better fit!

Both Maddison and Grealish have been critical to their team’s fortunes this season at different ends of the table. It can be argued that either of them would represent a better fit for the United midfield than Fernandes.

Maddison has been one of the Leicester’s stars as they push for Champions League qualification whereas Villa would be 4 points worse off at 19th if not for Grealish’s goals.

Both the players have experience of playing in the English top-flight and will not need a bedding-in period.

Fernandes does have better numbers than either of the player. But then Grealish and Maddison have performed at a higher level in the English Premier League.

Paying over the odds will not help United in the long term. It sets a precedent with other clubs likely to hold them for ransom.

More Manchester United News

Bruno Fernandes transfer to Manchester United at the risk of collapse
Manchester United are keen on signing Marcos Llorente
United skipper Ashley Young agrees to move to Inter Milan

The 2-0 loss to Liverpool highlighted the gulf in quality that now exists between United and the Premier League elite.

A massive rebuild is required in the coming windows as the Red Devils look to close the gap to their arch-rivals. Rather than overspending on foreign players who present an element of risk, United can look at domestic alternatives. As Liverpool have shown of late, there is quality available if you are willing to look for it.

Continue Reading

Article

Man United keen to reinforce midfield with this 24-year-old La Liga ace

Published

on

Manchester United are keen on signing Marcos Llorente

Manchester United are keen on reinforcing their midfield by signing Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente. (h/t Manchester Evening News)

The 24-year-old who plays for Atletico Madrid has impressed at the Wanda Metropolitano following his move from city rivals Real Madrid.

Llorente has made 17 appearances for Atletico this season , with a majority of them coming off the bench.(h/t Whoscored)

Marcos Llorente

Having started just 3 La Liga matches this season, a loan move to United could be of interest to both parties.

The Red Devils are currently short of players in midfield after the injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

Llorente is an assured passer of the ball and can play in central midfield in both a defensive and a holding role.

He is also an aggressive ball winner and will add much-needed energy in the United midfield. At 6 feet tall, Llorente is also an imposing presence who can deal with the physical aspect of the Premier League.

More Manchester United News

Manchester United are interested in Wolves striker Raul Jimenez
Ashley Young rejects one-year contract extension offer
Barcelona willing to sell United target Samuel Umtiti

The Spaniard came through the Real Madrid academy and has made 22 appearances for the Los Blancos.

He was a part of the Real Madrid squad that won the UEFA Champions League in 2018.

Continue Reading

Article

Man United veteran agrees to move to Serie A side for £1.3million in January

Published

on

United skipper Ashley Young agrees to move to Inter Milan

Inter Milan have agreed on the transfer of Manchester United captain Ashley Young for £1.3million in the January transfer window. (h/t Guardian)

The 34-year-old will undergo a medical on Friday prior to signing an 18-month deal with the Italian giants.

Young will join up with former United teammates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez as Antonio Conte’s side aim to win their first Serie A in 10 years.

Ashley Young
Ashley Young

Antonio Conte has been a long term admirer of Young and even tried to sign him when he was at Chelsea. United were initially reluctant to sanction the player’s move in the middle of the season.

With the player keen on the switch and the prospect of losing him on a free in the summer seem to have convinced the United hierarchy to cash in on the veteran in the January transfer window.

Young joined United in the summer of 2011 and has gone on to make 261 appearances for the English giants.

The veteran, who started off as a winger has predominantly played at full-back for United the previous few seasons.

He took over as captain from Antonio Valencia at the beginning of this season

More Manchester United News

Manchester United are interested in Wolves striker Raul Jimenez
Ashley Young rejects one-year contract extension offer
Barcelona willing to sell United target Samuel Umtiti

United are 5th in the league, 5 points off Chelsea in fourth ahead of the match against arch-rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Continue Reading