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Time for Smalling to Go?

Chris Smalling was recruited by Sir Alex Ferguson to do one task: to replace centre-back Rio Ferdinand. A task proven impossible so far.

He was accused to be the main reason why United lose to city rival after his red card, but bounced back and show his best performance in 2015/2016 season. The performance rewarded by “Players’ Player of the Year” by the end of the season, but it’s all going down hill from there.

Now Jose Mourinho is set to partner Eric Bailly with Victor Lindelof, the Portuguese boss is reportedly will sell the English centre-back with several clubs are monitoring his situation.

It’s always sad to see a player leave. But after his performance last season, and the fact that he never reached the height we expected, I can’t see a reason to keep him.

Welcome to Manchester United Victor Lindelof!

It seems like Jose Mourinho has finally find a first choice to partner with Eric Bailly in the heart of his defense. Only 22 years old (Eric is 23), the Swedish center-back seems like a very good signing. His personalities, skills, and many more reasons.

Welcome to Manchester United!

Thank You Zlatan

The 35 year old Swedish superstar scored 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season including a double at the win over Southampton in English League Cup final. His last game for us was against Anderlecht in April where he was carried of on a stretcher with a serious injury which could keep him out until 2018.

Although he is reportedly included in the list of players being released by Manchester United, he will continue rehabilitation from injury at the club.

Who Man United Should Target in the Transfer Window

Last season was a very difficult one for Man United, and yet the Red Devils still managed to achieve a three-trophy haul and qualify for the Champions League. Like last season, Jose Mourinho’s squad is in some serious need of reinforcements if the club is to challenge on all fronts next season.

The plans of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Mourinho have already been stifled, reportedly, by Antoine Griezmann announcing that he’ll stay with Atletico Madrid. Without delving into who United may need to pursue if Zlatan Ibrahimovic or David de Gea leave, let’s look into what the team needs right now.

Attacking midfielder

Brazil and Colombia match at the FIFA World Cup 2014-07-04‘ by Danilo Borges (CC BY 3.0 BR)

The centre of midfield for Manchester United severely lacked an attacking spark throughout the campaign. Michael Carrick played a holding role, Ander Herrera would hunt down the opposition’s star midfielders and protect the defence, Paul Pogba played an all-round role but often became flustered when carrying the ball in attack, and Marouane Fellaini posed a physical threat but little more.

Manchester United need someone to carry the ball up the park, take on defenders, distribute the ball to the wings or over the top, and pose a consistent scoring threat. James Rodriguez of Real Madrid has been linked to the Red Devils and would be the perfect, if not very expensive, man to fill this need. Another way to go, if they could pry him away, is Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli. The Slovakian is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world and would be an excellent addition to the team.

Durable centre-back

Österreich vs Niederlande. Bild zeigt Virgil van Dijk (NED)‘ by Ailura (CC BY-SA 3.0 AT)

The defence presented one of Mourinho’s biggest challenges this season, mainly due to injuries. Despite this, the defensive corps available was enough to help David de Gea finish with some of the best stats in the league.
Manchester United are second-favourites at 10/3 to win the league next season in the football odds, but it is clear that this ensemble of defenders won’t be enough, and a strong defensive presence will be needed throughout the season. Someone who can defend well and stay fit for the vast majority of, if not the whole, season.

Virgil van Dijk is hot property this summer, and United could do with a defender of his skill. Thinking a bit more outside of the box, Danish giant Jannik Vestergaard, who stands at 6’6’’ for Borussia Monchengladbach, could provide a strong, clinical presence at the back and he has a favourable injury history.

Crossing winger

Wilfried Zaha‘ by James Boyes (CC BY 2.0)

Last season, Manchester United usually employed the cut inside manoeuvre for their wingers, but with a big target man like Zlatan Ibrahimovic – or any solo striker in Mourinho’s formation – crossing the ball in from the byline can only increase the attacking threat.

Right now, United have two players perfect for such a role, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, but one now plays at right-back and the other at left-back or as a utility winger, respectively. Having someone along the lines of Thomas Lemar, Felipe Anderson, or even ex-United player Wilfried Zaha up the wing would greatly help this deficiency that the team currently possesses.

With three players possessing these qualities, Manchester United would be able to fill in some of the team’s biggest needs. Who knows, if they sign the right players, the Red Devils may even become favourites to win the Premier League next season.

Without Judas There’s No Easter

We beat league leaders Chelsea 2-0 at home. Masterful tactics by Jose “Judas” Mourinho to keep Conte’s key players STFU for the whole game.

Ander Herrera is my man of the match. He kept Eden Hazard quite while assisting a goal for Marcus Rashford and create one for himself.

Not Good Enough

I’ve been saying this too many times but I can’t find any other words that perfectly describe this bunch of players, which probably the weakest team Jose Mourinho has ever assemble in his glorious career in football management.

If we see the results below, teams come to Old Trafford not to get batter, but to get point (s).

We’re not good enough.

How did José Mourinho turn Manchester United into the new Invincibles?

We have a good run of games, well, not always good but unbeaten nevertheless, in the premier league. But we’re currently 5th not at the top 2 where we usually belong. So we’re no invincibles, this is an overreaction.

Is Manchester United Jose Mourinho’s Biggest Test?

Seems like it.

United plays USA in the summer… Again

The club’s stocks owned mostly by Donald Trump supporting Americans so why would they play somewhere else?

No details yet but it is confirmed.

Sir Alex will Manage in Carrick’s Testimonial

Our very own Michael Carrick is getting a well-deserved testimonial this summer with Sir Alex Ferguson managing a side. Now I really wish I could be in Old Trafford that day.

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