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Manchester United welcome neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday after an embarrassing loss to Everton last weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to apologise to Manchester United supporters on Sunday after his side registered one of their worst performances of the season in the 4-0 mauling at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park.

The Red Devils have now lost four out of their last five matches in all competitions and face a difficult task of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League, which would seal their place in next season’s Champions League.

We have to quickly dust ourselves from the horror show at Everton and be ready against City, who are battling Liverpool for the Premier League title this season.

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Antonio Valencia remains out injured while Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly could return to the United’s squad on Wednesday.

Luke Shaw has completed his two-match suspension and is available for selection.

Probable Manchester United XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

David de Gea (GK)

De Gea has not been at his best this season yet he remains our first-choice in goal. He will look to put in an improved performance after a poor outing at Everton.

Ashley Young

Ashley Young

Ashley Young (RB)

Dalot royally struggled to cope up with the Everton attackers, so we could see Solskjaer go with the experienced Young at right-back.

Chris Smalling (CB)

Despite conceding four goals against Everton, Smalling has been very solid at the back.

Victor Lindelof (CB)

Lindelof struggled at right-back at Everton but he is expected to start in his preferred role at central defence on Wednesday.

Luke Shaw (LB)

Shaw’s suspension in the last few games saw United lack quality and width down the left. Now available, the defender will walk straight back into the starting XI.

Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic (CDM)

Matic was really poor in the 4-0 defeat to Everton but there is no one better in our squad to do the job of shielding our backline. Hence, he could get a chance to redeem himself.

Scott McTominay (RCM)

McTominay has impressed amidst United’s woeful run of form of late. The team needs freshness and bite after the Everton bashing and Solskjaer should go with our academy star in the engine room against City.

Paul Pogba (LCM)

There’s no better game than the Manchester derby for Pogba to prove his class. He needs to step up and guide our team to a positive result on Wednesday.

Alexis Sanchez (RW)

Sanchez will be raring to make a mark and prove his detractors wrong when United meet City.

Alexis Sanchez scores for Manchester United

Marcus Rashford (LW)

Rashford’s form has dipped massively but Solskjaer trusts our academy kid and could hand him a start ahead of Martial on the left.

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Romelu Lukaku (ST)

Lukaku didn’t enjoy a happy return to Everton at the weekend but he’ll aim to put things right against City at Old Trafford.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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

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