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When Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene in March of 2016, many Manchester United fans were heralding the arrival of their next goal-scoring legend. A local lad blessed with skill, speed, and devastating finishing ability, Rashford was the young, talented forward that Man United could build their future round, vanquishing the relative mediocrity that had enshrouded the club since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.

But the three and a half years since Rashford scored those two Premier League debut goals against Arsenal have seen Man United still mired in underachievement. José Mourinho came and went, unable to achieve significant Premier League success despite huge financial investment. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s arrival brought with it a boost in form, but that has simmered down in recent months and Man United have reverted to their underwhelming ways once more. 

Rashford has found himself unable to hit the heights his early form in a red shirt suggested he would. He seems a player struggling to find his footballing identity, not an out-and-out number nine, not a winger either – his skill set is one that seems hard to fully utilise in this Manchester United team. Anthony Martial, another young player who was tipped for great things in his early days at the club, has also struggled to establish himself as a recognised striker. Romelu Lukaku’s departure has left Man United in want of a focal point for their attack.

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With the team unable to hit the right notes going forward so far this season, it could be an opportunity for Mason Greenwood to make his mark in a Manchester United shirt. The young Englishman is highly regarded at the club and has already impressed in his few first-team appearances, scoring the winner in Man United’s opening Europa League game against Astana. UEFA europa league odds will place Man United as heavy tournament favourites, and Greenwood will be hoping to play his part in helping the club to achieve European success. With Rashford and Martial struggling for form and fitness, he may well have eyes on making a regular first-team place his own.

Greenwood is a skilful, talented player, comfortable with both feet, which makes him extremely versatile and allows him to occupy several different forward positions. However, it often happens that moulding such a multi-talented footballer into a jack of all trades can leave him a master of none. Rashford and Martial’s dip in goal-scoring form is arguably a result of being shifted to different positions too often, consequently losing the innate goal-scoring instinct strikers need. For Greenwood, perhaps he must focus his efforts on becoming an out-and-out centre forward. Solskjær will have to take responsibility for ensuring the youngster is afforded the chance to improve as a striker. 

There is a sense that performing well for Man United at such a young age can ultimately heap more and more pressure on a player as the years go by. Wayne Rooney is perhaps an example of this phenomenon, a player who looked a husk of his younger self towards the end of his time at Old Trafford. Rashford may be in danger of suffering a similar fate if steps are not taken to prevent such a decline, and Greenwood must be given the space and freedom to develop at his own speed, not to be cast upon the scrapheap after a few sub-par performances, or heralded as Man United’s future after scoring a few goals.

In an age where hyperbole and sensationalism run amok among football fans and media, what Man United arguably need most is tempered expectations, for the time being, to allow Solskjær to find his feet as a manager and allow the team to rebuild. If the pressure of representing England’s most successful club can be lessened, Rashford and Martial will be free to spread their footballing wings once again, and an atmosphere can be created where players like Mason Greenwood can blossom in their own due time.

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Finally, Man United Prepare Bid For 26-Goal Striker

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Former Premier League champions Manchester United have reportedly concluded plans to make a bid for highly rated Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.

This is according to a publication from ESPN which revealed that the Red Devils will make a bid for Erling Haaland as they try to finally replace Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United failed to replace the Belgian international after his transfer to Inter Milan in a £74m deal in the summer.

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The Red Devils have struggled for goals at times this season in the absence of Romelu Lukaku who has scored nine league goals in 12 Italian Serie A games.

Manchester United will have to fight off several clubs in the hunt to sign Erling Haaland.

Major European sides like Real Madrid, Barcelona, RB Leipzig and North London giants Arsenal have all been mentioned as possible transfer destination for Erling Haaland who has scored 26 goals in just 18 games in all competitions in the colours of his Austrian Bundesliga club.

Erling Haaland is the top scorer in the Champions League this season after netting seven goals from four games including a hat-trick against Belgian top flight side Genk on Matchday 1.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is next with six goals.

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Transfers: Preferred Destination For Top Man United Target Revealed

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Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland is one of the most sought after players in Europe after his sensational form this season and Premier League side Manchester United are one of the clubs on his trail.

Manchester United have a serious interest in the Norwegian international star but they could miss out on him as per the publication from the Daily Mirror.

It was revealed that Manchester United is not the preferred destination for Erling Haaland despite the presence of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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According to the aforementioned report, his preferred destination is Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the Molde manager before taking up the managerial job at Old Trafford in December 2018 and Erling Haaland was one of his players at the Norwegian club.

Erling Haaland left Molde the month after Solskajer left the club for Manchester United having been named as the man to replace Jose Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams albeit in a temporary capacity.

He was made the permanent manager at Old Trafford in March 2019.

Erling Haaland is one of the eight players on the transfer shortlist of Manchester United ahead of the resumption of the winter transfer window in January.

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Man Utd In Pole Position To Sign €100m Rated Player

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Fallen Premier League outfit Manchester United are reportedly in pole position to sign in-form Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland next summer.

This is according to the publication from Norwegian media outlet Dagbladet.

It was revealed that Manchester United are the frontrunners for the signature of the player that could set them back financially to the tune of €100m.

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already assigned trusted scout Simon Wells to monitor the development of the player.

Erling Haaland worked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while he was the manager of Norwegian top flight team Molde.

Solskjaer left Molde for Manchester United in December 2018 to replace Jose Mourinho as the Red Devils manager and Erling Haaland followed in his footsteps by leaving the Norwegian club.

Haaland left Molde for current club Red Bull Salzburg during the winter transfer market earlier this year and has grown to become a key player for the Austrian champions.

His impressive form for Red Bull Salzburg has led to the interest of a lot of the major teams on the European football scene.

Apart from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United, the Spanish La Liga duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keeping tabs on the player.

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Finally, Man United Set Sights On January Deal For 26-Goal Striker

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Premier League side Manchester United are said to be targeting a January deal for Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haaland who has painted European football with goals this term.

This is according to the publication from the Daily Mail which claimed that Manchester United are plotting a move for the player in January with the incentive of sending him back to Red Bull Salzburg on loan for the rest of the season.

Red Bull Salzburg have already slapped an asking price of €100m on the striker as per Tuttosport and the Red Devils won’t have much problems meeting that transfer fee.

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Erling Haaland is no stranger to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and their relationship could prove crucial in the scheme of things.

The player is the son of former Leeds United and Manchester City player Alfe-Ing Haaland.

The Norwegian international has already expressed his desire to play in the Premier League having pointed out that he loves English football.

Erling Haaland has scored 26 goals in just 18 games in all competitions for Red Bull Salzburg including five hattricks.

He is also the leading goalscorer in the Champions League group stage this season with seven goals in just four matches.

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Crystal Palace Identify Replacement For Aaron Wan-Bissaka

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London club Crystal Palace have identified the replacement for Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka according to the publication from the stables of Football Fancast.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka left Crystal Palace to join Manchester United in the summer but the Eagles are yet to replace the English right-back.

Crystal Palace received around £50m for the transfer of Aaron Wan-Bissaka who was their first choice right-back throughout the last campaign.

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Joel Ward played second fiddle to Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back throughout last season and he has been promoted to first-choice this season in the absence of the new Manchester United signing.

The Crystal Palace defender sustained a groin injury in the last league game, a 2-0 away defeat in the London Derby clash with Chelsea, and that has left the Eagles short in that area.

Utility defender Martin Kelly can play as a right-back, left-back and as a center-back thus making him the only cover for Joel Ward at Crystal Palace at the moment.

Crystal Palace are in the market for a new right-back and they have identified Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash as the man for the job though fellow Premier sides Southampton and Everton are also interested in him as confirmed by the aforementioned report.

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Premier League Duo On Man United Transfer Shortlist

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Two Aston Villa players are reportedly on the transfer shortlist at Manchester United ahead of the January transfer window.

This is according to the publication from the stables of the Birmingham Mail which revealed key Aston Villa players Scott McGinn and Jack Grealish are being targeted by the Red Devils who are keen to bolster their squad after an underwhelming start to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

Manchester United have already lost four league games this term and that has seen them drop out of the race for the Premier League title, while their Champions League hope is hanging by a thread.

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The Red Devils are nine points off the last Champions League spot presently occupied by champions Manchester City.

In addition, they are 18 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool.

Manchester United have drawn up an eight-man transfer shortlist and both Jack Grealish and Scott McGinn feature heavily.

Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has been a key performer for the team this season though he has missed the last three games with a calf injury.

He scored four goals and also provided four assists in 12 games in all competitions before the injury.

On his part, Scott McGinn has scored three league goals for Aston Villa this season.

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How Frank Lampard Fuelled Transfer Speculation Revealed

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has fuelled transfer rumours linking the Blues to a summer move for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell after his activity on Instagram.

Ben Chilwell posted his man-of-the-match award from the England game with Montenegro on Instagram and the post was liked by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to further fuel transfer speculation that the club legend is a big fan of the Leicester City defender.

England international Ben Chilwell was in superb form for the Three Lions as he provided a hat-trick of assists during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro which ended in a 7-0 win for the Three Lions.

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The result ensured that England booked their spot at the 2020 European Championships next summer and Ben Chilwell is on course for a place in the 23-man squad to the tournament.

Ben Chilwell was named the man-of-the-match at the end of the Montenegro game played at the Wembley Stadium.

Former Chelsea midfielder and current Blues boss Frank Lampard is said to be targeting him as the long-term left-back at Stamford Bridge at the expense of current recipients Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso.

Ben Chilwell is a key player for Leicester City who are in the hunt for the Premier League title.

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Man Utd Unveil Eight-man Transfer Shortlist Ahead Of January Window

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Premier League giants Manchester United have drawn up a transfer shortlist ahead of the upcoming winter transfer market in January.

This is according to the report from ESPN which said that eight players are on the shortlist.

Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland is one of the best players in European football this season and he headlines the said list of transfer targets.

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He has scored 26 goals in 18 games in the colours of Red Bull Salzburg this term including a return of seven Champions League goals in just four games.

Erling Haaland is the son of former Manchester City and Leeds United star Alfe-Ing Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is also on the shortlist.

The £100m-rated player has three goals and six assists in nine league games this season.

Others on the list include West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice who can also play as a center-back, Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and club teammate Scott McGinn.

Aston Villa midfielders Jack Grealish and Scott McGinn were instrumental to the promotion of the Midlands club to the Premier League at the end of last season.

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and Lyon forward Moussa Dembele complete the transfer shortlist.

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