Manchester United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have not had the best of 2020 since it started last week as evident by recent developments on and off the pitch.
Paul Pogba has always been the subject of topic at Manchester United and this year has not been different with many journalists hinting that the Red Devils are now open to the idea of selling him.
For the matters on the pitch, Manchester United have recorded just one draw and two losses from three games.
Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 at home in their first game of 2020 on New Year’s Day followed by the goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup third round.
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Their third game of the Year was the most painful as they were schooled by city rivals Manchester City in the first half of their Carabao Cup semi-final outing especially as they ran out 3-1 winners at the home of Manchester United.
Harry Maguire missed that Manchester City game because of a foot injury and the record signing for a defender from last summer will most likely miss the fourth game of the year which is the home game with Premier League newcomers Norwich City in the league on Saturday.
Phil Jones came in for him and had a cramp after the game but he’s expected to be fit for the Norwich City game.
Solskjaer gave the update immediately after the Manchester City game.
One ‘error’ made by Jurgen Klopp that worked for him
Liverpool have been blistering in great form for the past seasons and it is widely believed that manager Jurgen Klopp has been making the right decisions with his recruitment, choice of players for games, and substitutions.
That may not be all true according to a former Liverpool player Emile Heskey who claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s usage of Trent Alexander-Arnold at the right full-back position is not the best for the player.
In his analysis, the former Reds claims that Trent Alexander-Arnold is best as a midfielder and not a right-back, adding that at the right-back position, the player provided 12 assists in 33 EPL games, making him one of the most creative legs in the league. He is reported to have created 79 opportunities for his teammates and 17 of them are classified as big chances.
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No wonder, Trent Alexander-Arnold is being compared with De Bruyne in terms of crossing and passing ability. It is only the Man City midfielder that has created more chances than the Reds youngster.
Emile Heskey feels Trent Alexander-Arnold is very influential in the Jurgen Klopp team and he could be handed another role while younger players like Neco Williams, a 19-year-old Academy player could be made to replace him, having proved to be a prospect with his performance when he was subbed in during the Crystal Palace game that ended 4-0 last month.
Chelsea ready to offer £8m/y to beat United for highly-rated midfielder
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is very ambitious with his transfer plans and he is ready to leave no stone unturned to be able to compete in the coming season.
One player the Blues have pointed to as a transfer plan is Kai Havertz from German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Leverkusen but they have Man United to compete with to land the highly-rated midfielder.
A reliable journalist, Nicolo Schira has therefore revealed that the West London outfit are keen on winning the race for Kai Havertz and have initiated talks with the player’s agent over a possible deal.
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The journalist revealed that the Bleus team are willing to pay £8 million per year to win Man United in the chase and the club’s Director Marina Granovskaia is on top of the deal with constant contact with the player’s agent.
The 21-year-old is a highly rated central midfielder who can also play from the right-sided attacking midfield. He scored 12 goals and provided 6 assists for his club in the Bundesliga this season and 3 other goals with 2 assists in the Europa League.
Bayern Leverkusen have slammed a £70 million asking price on the player which will determine who will win the race but it is expected that negotiations will happen for a reduced fee.
Rio Ferdinand welcomes the ‘new Pogba’ to Man United
Former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Paul Pogba is now a new player after seeing a rejuvenated France international.
According to Ferdinand, Paul Pogba has been a different player since the restart of football, noting that it has really helped the team.
He stressed that Pogba is now playing like the player the Red Devils paid £89 million to buy from Italian Serie A outfit Juventus about four years ago, adding that his energy level has been incredible.
Rio Ferdinand therefore, claims that the new Pogba was born with the coming of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.
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He noted that Fernandes is the motivation the World Cup winner needed as he will not like to be outplayed in any way.
However, the perfect match of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes has helped the Red Devils form as they have been scoring a lot of goals since the restart of the season.
The Red Devils are now confidently pushing to secure a Champions League spot, hoping to displace Chelsea in the fourth position as they are just two points apart.
No doubt, fans will have to wait until the final game of the season before knowing the fate of the teams.
Paul Scholes faults Man United transfer decision on Haaland
English Premier League outfit Man United were linked with Erling Haaland in the January transfer window but failed to put a deal through.
The Red Devils failed to meet with the reported demand of German Bundesliga
club Borussia Dortmund and that messed up the deal.
Erling Haaland is one of the best strikers the world can boast of today which has been confirmed by the Red Devils legend Paul Scholes who gave a detailed analysis of the player.
Paul Scholes faults his former club for missing out on a striker with such quality in the winter window, insisting that no amount was too much for the young land.
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The United legend stated that he has properly watched the 20-year-old in the restart of the season and is surprised any team can claim to seek a bargain of any sort for his fee.
He noted that Erling Haaland is a good and young player who is an “out-and-out goalscorer”.
In giving a detailed analysis of Erling Haaland, Paul Scholes stated that he is quick with a good pace and that gives him a good presence to score goals.
The Man United legend hopes that Man United will be able to land the striker in future but hinted that they will have to pay big to make that happen.
Solskjaer to have first brawl with Ed Woodward, see why
There could be some skirmishes at Man United between manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club’s chief, Ed Woodward in coming days.
It is reported that the United boss is ready to confront Ed Woodward to discuss issues of the summer transfer window.
The Norwegian manager is keen on the coming summer transfer window as he expected to add depth to his squad. He wants to be sure that he is on the same page with the club hierarchy, reason why he would be meeting Ed Woodward in the coming days, according to reports.
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However, there are fears that there could be unease between Solskjaer and Woodward if an agreement is not reached.
Since taking over at the Old Trafford in 2018, Solskjaer has been able to sign 5 players but that has not helped the team to meet the target of competing for titles.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that more is needed to be done to be able to achieve his dreams at the Old Trafford.
A major concern is the Man United defence that must be equipped to be able to compete for titles and that is expected to be the target for Solskjaer when the summer window is opened.
Contract termination: Antonio Valencia returning to Europe?
The contract of former Man United captain Antonio Valencia with LDU Quito has been terminated.
The former Red Devils player only left the Old Trafford about 12 months ago after having 339 appearances at the Old Trafford before returning to his homeland of Ecuador with LDU Quito.
The Coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world has affected the club and its finance, they will no longer be able to meet with the contract agreement with Antonio Valencia, reason why it was terminated.
Valencia played 28 games for LDU Quito, scoring one goal and providing two assists before the latest development.
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The club made it known that the decision was reached after mutual talks with the player over the issue.
Antonio Valencia is now a free player who still seek to continue his football career, even at age 35 as there are no expectations that he would retire anytime soon.
It is, therefore, believed that Europe will be his next destination and will be available in the summer transfer window.
Hopefully, EPL clubs will still come begging for his signature.
Major concerns about his fitness would be his only barrier to getting a new club as he has not played for the past four months.
Diego Forlan to help United with this big transfer decision
Manchester United are considering the signature of Uruguay starlet Facundo Pellistri and are hoping to be helped with advice by Diego Forlan, reports claim.
The Athletic, as quoted by Metro, claims the Red Devils are soon to make a bid for the 18-year-old in the coming summer transfer window.
It is believed that Forlan has firsthand knowledge of the highly-rated winger, especially now that he is a coach at Penarol.
Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to benefit from his relationship with Forlan as his former teammate to make the best decision for the club.
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The young player is valued for £10 million and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to meet the price after being impressed by scouting reports and evidence.
Man United boss is hoping to be fast to get ahead of Man City and Real Madrid who are also interested in Facundo
Reports also claim that Facundo Pellistri already has an English passport which is a boost for Man United as there will not be any itch having him travel to England to seal a deal with Man United.
Facundo Pellistri is expected to join the ranks of young talents in Man United should a deal for him succeeds.
Mourinho slams Arsenal, issues damning threat
Tottenham manager has blasted Arsenal for a post he claims to be mocking his side.
The North London outfit suffered a defeat against Sheffield United and Arsenal posted on their Facebook page, highlights of their FA Cup win at Bramall Lane last weekend, with the caption: “It’s not easy beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.”
The Portuguese boss feels offended with Arsenal’s post and claims their North London rivals do not have any success to celebrate, hence have no moral right to mock his team for suffering a defeat.
Mourinho told Sky Sports that if the Gunners were top of the league or fighting for top four, they wouldn’t enjoy the problems of others.
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He noted that Arsenal are not in a better position than his team in any way but stressed that he is not sure the person behind the post is the club manager, Mikel Arteta or any of the players but one of the club media team.
The former Man United boss, therefore, issued a threat ahead of their North London derby clash on July 12, stating that “we will be waiting for them”
Tottenham will be playing their game against Everton later on Monday but there is no doubt that Mourinho already has the game against Arsenal in mind.