Manchester United are leading the chase for Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho is one of United’s targets this summer. Image: teamtalk.com

ESPN reports that Manchester United are the leading candidate to capture Borussia Dortmund winger and England international Jadon Sancho who is presently being pursued also by Liverpool and Chelsea.

The 20-year-old winger has been the subject of many rumours linking him to several clubs. Borussia Dortmund wants €130 million for Sancho who has scored 14 Bundesliga goals this season. Dortmund would like to see Liverpool and Chelsea challenge United so that way it would create an auction for Sancho’s signature.

The ESPN article goes on say that United could significantly improve their chances of signing the youngster if they can qualify for the Champions League for next season. They can also put together a lucrative financial package and offer him guaranteed first-team football next season.

Jadon Sancho is one of the young best talents in world football and it will be great if manchester United could secure his services. United tried to sign him last season I believe, but were unsuccessful. They would get a 20-year-old player that can play on either wing and is accurate with his crossing. He can score goals as evidenced by his 14 goals so far this season.

He would be a welcome addition to the right or left-wing depending on where Solskjaer wants him to operate. He has amazing pace and has good on-on-one skills so he can get past his markers.

The fact that he already plays for the English national team is a plus where his international experience is concerned. He already has experience starting in games for Dortmund in the Champions League and that is an advantage as well. I hope United will be able to sign this great talent.

United’s move for Jadon Sancho may be ruined by coronavirus

Jadon Sancho (Image: Max Maiwald/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The Mirror reports that Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are among some top clubs that could reduce their spending because of the coronavirus.

Top officials at some of the major English clubs believes that there could be a backlash from the public at spending what some may see as obscene amounts of money on new players when the next transfer window opens. This perception could hurt United’s pursuit of £120 million-rated Jadon Sancho. The winger plays for Borussia Dortmund, and is an international for England.

The virus has caused widespread devastation to economies around the world, and working-class football fans are obviously facing serious financial problems caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Many people believe that football will be under intense scrutiny when the sport returns.

There have been conversations in some football circles as to how it will be perceived if clubs emerged from the pandemic and immediately started paying huge transfer fees for new players.

A club administrator told Mirror Sport: “It won’t be a good look if after all that’s happening clubs immediately start paying huge transfer fees for new players.”

“I would imagine that conversation is already being had at many clubs who were planning on substantial investments in the market during the window.”

“Paying over £100 million for a player when the world emerges from the Covid-19 crisis would seem to be inviting trouble.”

“What the transfer window will look like when it does operate again is anyone’s guess but you can be certain clubs will be treading cautiously.”

“We could even see this being the moment that the transfer market is recalibrated with many in football believing it’s lost all sense of reality in the last few years.”

“Players salaries in the future may also come under review by some clubs as football counts the cost of an unprecedented shutdown of the sport.”

Do you believe that many people will have this perception of football? Should the top clubs reduce their spending on players? Tell me in the comments section.

Man Utd is pursuing Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar is a target of United. Image: metro.co.uk

ESPN.com reports that Manchester United met with representatives of Thomas Lemar in the past week. The French midfielder wants to leave Atletico Madrid because their style of play doesn’t suit his qualities and he hasn’t been playing much either. Lemar is 24, and he was one of the shortlist of targets after he had an excellent 2016-17 season with Monaco.

The French international has more than three years left on his contract, so United will have to pay a large sum of money to secure his services. His left foot and creativity are attributes that United like. Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodwood and his team will be in contact with a lot of agents and players soon.

I am happy to see that Ed Woodward is taking the initiative to meet with representatives of other clubs this early in the process. Especially now that the coronavirus issue provides United and other clubs with the opportunity to pursue players. Thomas Lemar would be a welcome addition to the squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that he needed three players this summer in order to be title contenders this next season. Although Lemar is a very good player, he wasn’t on my wishlist of players. The players that I would like to see United bring into the squad are: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), and Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

I would love to see Wilfred Ndidi at Old Trafford too. But he is a key player for Leicester just like James Maddison and I think that it may be quite tough to sign him from the Foxes. Maddison has been one of our targets for a while now, but Leicester never budged in selling him to any team. So I think that Ndidi and Maddison wouldn’t be players that I would see ending up at Old Trafford.

Another player that I would like to see at United is Ruben Neves, who I think is a real talent, but I believe that he’ll stay with Wolves. Wolves has done a great job of holding on to their big stars and they continue to add to their team. He’s so important to that team that if Wolves were to sell him it may not be that easy to replace him at an affordable price. He is one of the players that makes Leicester tick in midfield. He’s influential in his overall play.

Who do you think are the players Ole should sign for next season over the summer? Let me know in the comments section.

Man United are favourites to sign Umtiti

United are pursuing Samuel Umtiti according to ESPN.com and Sport. Image: forbes.com

Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, and the Red Devils are in pole position to sign the French defender.

That’s according to ESPN.com and Sport both reporting that Barcelona wants to sell the defender in the summer who has struggled to get regular playing time this season. United are hunting for a new centre-back with Chris Smalling’s future that is unclear at the moment, who is on loan at AS Roma.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly have been linked with the Old Trafford club for quite a while, Umtiti is most likely a cheaper option compared to Napoli’s star defender. Coach Quique Setien is willing to give his blessing on the Frenchman’s departure in order to raise funds.

United has long been linked with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester City’s James Maddison and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. This is the first time that I have heard about Manchester United pursuing Samuel Umtiti. We’ll have to wait and see if this is true.

He is a good solid player although his form hasn’t been the best this season. Part of it was because of injury and then he also had to deal with competition for his place from other players that plays in his position. As a United fan I am just interested in us obtaining an excellent centre-back, and one that won’t be too expensive. I am looking forward to whatever players United sign this summer.

What do you think of Samuel Umtiti? Do you think that he’ll be a good fit for United? Please tell me what you think in the comments section.

Nemanja Matic gets one-year contract extension

Nemanja Matic got a 1-year contract extension with Manchester United. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

ESPN.com reports that Nemanja Matic has obtained a contract extension that will keep him at the club for another year. Manchester United triggered an option in the Serbian’s contract that will keep him at United for an additional 12 months.

The 31-year-old has had a resurgence in form in the second half of the season, and has been rewarded with a contract extension because of his good form and hard work to get himself back to his best. Matic was able to re-establish himself in the squad after there were injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay and this enabled him to obtain more playing time.

At the start of March, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told a news conference: “He will stay here. Yeah, 100%. We have agreed with him so he will stay.”

His leadership and experience has been invaluable during the challenging times with United’s injuries and poor form this season. I am happy for him I hope that he’ll continue to be an important asset for the team in the future.

Congrats Nemanja!!

Fernandes named Premier League Player of the Month

Bruno Fernandes won the Premier League Player of the Month award. Getty Images.

According to ESPN.com Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes was named as the Premier League Player of the Month for February because of his sensational form since joining the Reds in January.

The 25-year-old midfield maestro has beaten Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) and has made an immediate impact on the United squad ever since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon.

I am happy for Bruno because he has put his down and has worked hard ever since he came to the club. His class, skillful attributes, and his personality are winning combinations that makes him a top player. I hope that he wins many more Player of the Month awards and also wins some Premier League Player of the Year awards also along the way.

Congrats Bruno!!

Solskjaer says that Pogba will stay with United next season

Solskjaer says Pogba is staying next season with United. shuutershock.com

SkySports claims that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that Frenchman Paul Pogba will remain at the club next season. There has been speculation earlier this summer and even recently that Pogba would leave to return to his former club Juventus, or he would go to Real Madrid.

But the United boss is adamant that the Frenchman isn’t going anywhere and he’ll be at the club next season. Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent revealed to the media earlier this year that there was a real possibility that his client Pogba would leave United. He painted a narrative that the Frenchman wasn’t happy at the club and wanted to leave because United had failed to match the ambitions of his client.

Also relations between United and Raiola had become strained. Raiola went to social media and and stated: Pogba is neither his nor Solskjaer’s “property”after the United boss had previously said: “Paul is our player and not Mino’s.”

But Raiola later recanted his comments, by saying he would “reach out” to the United boss and insisted there is no bad blood between them. I never believed that Pogba was interested in leaving when these comments from his agent were revealed earlier this year. Because I would always see football websites or the newspapers say otherwise.

Pogba himself came out on a few occasions and said that he’s happy being a Manchester United player and he wanted to stay. Solskjaer has also reiterated that his star player was happy at the club and that he was staying.

Mino Raiola has sparked controversy with his comments. gettyimages.com

I would like to see Pogba stay, but the problem is right now that Bruno Fernandes is doing an excellent job presently in central midfield. The midfield quartet or quintet depending on the formation of Fernandes, Fred, McTominay, Pereira, Mata, or James or Matic, Would Pogba disrupt that chemistry that Fernandes has with his teammates?

Let’s see how Solskjaer will reintegrate Pogba back into the squad. I believe Ole will make it work. Obviously one or two people would have to drop to the bench and lose some playing time. Also Pogba has been so inconsistent and has been injured so often and for prolonged states of time that do we really need him now that we have Fernandes? Ole and his staff would have to solve those issues.

Because right now Fernandes owns Pogba’s job in midfield. The Portuguese star has many of the same attributes that Pogba possesses, and if they were to play alongside each other they’ll only be in each other’s way. Their style of play is similar, and their decision-making with the ball could sometimes mimic each other. But all in all I do think that having a fit and inform Paul Pogba can only be beneficial to us.

Report: Lask 0 United 5

Manchester United were victorious in their 5-0 win against Austrian Bundesliga opponents Lask Linz in the first leg of their Europa League match in the round of 16.

Daniel James (right) celebrates scoring against Linz. firstreportsonline.com

Odion Ighalo, Daniel James, Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira all scored on the night, and United got another clean sheet. The game was played at Linz’s stadium with no fans because of the coronavirus. The closed doors environment certainly seemed strange, but that was never going to be a problem for United.

The Reds started the game positively and came close to scoring on some occasions. But they finally achieve the breakthrough when Ighalo produced and extraordinary goal in the 28th minute. Bruno Fernandes supplied a great pass to the Nigerian, and he juggled the ball on the edge of the box before unleashing an incredible strike.

Then it was James who added a second after the break. Ighalo assisted with the second goal when he passed to James, who then powered home a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. Juan Mata grabbed the third when Mata found Fred in midfield and then he returned the pass to Mata, and he finished superbly past keeper Alexander Schlager in the 82nd minute.

Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira (right) celebrates scoring his side’s fifth goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match at Linzer Stadion, Linz. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)

The final two goals came in injury-time when subs Greenwood and Pereira added their names to the scoresheet. Tahith Chong put Greenwood down through the left and he smashed a wonderful shot that bounced off both posts before hitting the net. It was Pereira’s turn, and the Brazilian took a powerful drive from 25 yards out, and Schlager somehow allowed the ball to slip through his hands.

United had a fantastic victory in which we not only got a clean sheet, we scored multiple goals and we kept driving forward in pursuit of more goals even into injury-time. I love that hunger and desire that Sir Alex Ferguson always talked about, and that was on total display today against a Linz side that were outclassed by United.

Preview: Lask Linz v Man Utd

Manchester United’s tie against Lask Linz will be played behind closed doors on Thursday. Phil Jones was involved in the team’s training sessions before the Reds flew out to Austria.

David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Nathan Bishop and Kieran O’Hara who is loan from Burton Albion were also present. The notable absentees were Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, but that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily ruled out of the travelling squad. Lee Grant, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford were also still missing.

Ole is due to hold a press conference from 18:00 GMT, when the manager will hopefully provide an update on the squad and our injured players.

Training Squad: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Nathan Bishop, Kieran O’ Hara; Eric Bailly, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan- Bissaka, Brandon Williams; Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Angel Gomes, Daniel James, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira; Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, and Odion Ighalo.

The venue is Linzer Stadion and will be played at 17:55 GMT. In the US it will be televised from 1:55pm. You can see the match in the UK on BT Sport 2. You can get live commentary of the game from MUTV. The referee is Arthur Soares Dias.

Solskjaer worked his plan to perfection against Man City

Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford last Sunday was a case of Ole using an effective strategy and tactics that got us the victory.

Anthony Martial. skysports.com

From the beginning of the game to the end United would sit back deep and look to hit on the counter-attack. A few things that I liked was that the United players would try to win the ball back especially after they lost it in their half. Our players were quick to get back on defense when City was on the attack or counter-attacking against us.

We were compact and well-organized defensively and even in midfield. I also liked that practice of us closing down the City players high up the pitch in their final third, and we also closed them down in the final third of our half also. We kept City honest and we made them play into our strengths.

United is mostly a counter-attacking team because of the type of players we have so we are set-up that way. Part of the reason also why we played on the counter-attack for most of the season is because a lot of our players were injured. So we would try to defend deep and counter-attack and that sometimes led to goals for us that would help us win games.

Now that we have Bruno Fernandes that is creative and can score goals himself has turned our fortunes around. Odion Ighalo has scored goals for us and I believe he’ll continue to do so as the season goes on. He has made a positive impact just like Fernandes so far.

Scott McTominay. bbc.co.uk

The goals from Martial and McTominay were fantastic goals and both players have grown a lot this season. They are showing more maturity and are looking more consistent. Especially in the case of the French striker who has been inconsistent at many times for Reds and who either looked disinterested or was non-existent in games.

So far he has 16 or 17 goals this term, and I believe he has broken his own goalscoring record for most goals personally for him on one season. I can definitely see him to getting 20 goals and more this term.

Martial has the talent to score 20 to 30 goals a season only if he would apply himself more to his craft and show more determination and focus. Because he all the tools in his skillset to be a great striker one day. I would like to see the Reds win the Europa League and hopefully the FA Cup this season. That would be a wonderful way to end a season of strife and turmoil.