We take a look at Manchester United’s plans and priorities in the summer transfer window after another growing season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
What positions are Man Utd targeting?
Sky Sports News Northwest reporter James cooper writes: “Center-back position has been a problem for several seasons now with no outstanding contender to start alongside Harry Maguire, so I’d like to think that will be resolved.
“It will also have a ripple effect on central midfielder positions and United may well be looking for a player who reduces the need for a double pivot and frees Paul Pogba to speak.
“Pogba’s immediate future, with one year off his current contract, is a live issue with United’s goalkeeper options and the fate of Jesse Lingard.
“I would expect one goalie to come and another to leave and the player swap agreements may also give Solskjaer a bit more flexibility.”
What do the stats say about Man Utd?
Manchester United have won a league-high 31 points after dropping positions in the Premier League season, 11 more than any other team. But United’s salvage powers don’t marry a side desperate to end what will be a nine-season wait to be crowned champions next summer.
Match control and clean sheets must increase if United’s ambitions are to be realized, and so too does their dependence on Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani.
What the director said
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on plans for the summer: “If you want to take up the challenge with them, we need to strengthen our team … We want to take the next step and we may need a few more to strengthen The team There are many, many things to consider when forming a team.
“… I can’t say that we don’t sign a forward. We are building, we are working for a better team. We are the first three two years on the rebound but we are nowhere where we want to be. So we are. , I hope we end up with a stronger squad when we start next season and be more consistent and challenge those in front of us. “
What should Man Utd do this summer?
Sky Sports News ” James cooper writes: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke of ‘fine tuning’ this summer rather than wholesale changes with a suggestion that there will be a major signing, accompanied by a few other new faces.
“Finances were an issue last summer and a year of football in the midst of a pandemic hasn’t made the economy any easier at Old Trafford either, so I don’t expect a huge injection of cash so that everything suddenly goes well.
âHaving extended Edinson Cavani’s stay in Manchester and with high hopes for the continued development of Mason Greenwood, it would be a surprise if one of the Harry Kane or Erling Haaland arrives at Old Trafford. That doesn’t mean they weren’t reviewed, they did, but Manchester United have other areas to strengthen and their cash transfers can only expand so far.
âRaising funding for player sales or freeing up large chunks of salary upon departure would, once again, provide more flexibility and Solskjaer and his recruiting team also remain admirers of Jadon Sancho.
âThe key to what Manchester United want to do, in a context where fans are clamoring for big names despite the impact of COVID, is to close the gap on Manchester City and prepare for a real Champions League tilt at the end of the day. next season. This is the first transfer. window for the club’s new recruiting structure as well and they can expect to be busy in the coming weeks. “
Neville: Can Man Utd attract Kane?
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville on Man Utd’s chances of signing Harry Kane: “Manchester United has Anthony Martial, they have Jesse Lingard, they have Daniel James … Could they be players, with a sum of money, who could encourage Tottenham to do something? thing?
âI think it would appease a lot of the fan base. There is one element of the fan base that won’t let go of this, but if they sign Raphael Varane, Kane and Jadon Sancho it will cost a lot of money. but it’s the kind of thing that will calm a lot of fans and create incredible excitement at Old Trafford.
“Kane never said in this interview with me that he wanted to leave. I think he’s at a point in his career where that’s a point of reflection.”