5/2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already faces new top-four challenge at Manchester United

There were a few wry smiles on Wednesday night as Manchester United supporters watched Arsenal fall to a humbling defeat in the Europa League final. The emphatic loss at the hands of Chelsea not only earned Arsenal’s infamous ‘Unai’s at the Wheel tweet’ more circulation, but it also ensured that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side wouldn’t be the only fallen...

Manchester United might have found Victor Lindelof’s central defensive partner

Manchester United have a summer of rebuilding on the agenda, as Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plan for an overhaul ahead of much desired improvement next season. The current first-team squad needs investment, with various managers contributing to making signings over the course of a short period since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. Upgrades are required in numerous areas...

The Manchester United player whose future hangs on crucial summer

A player who made just six league starts last season for Manchester United looks likely to be handed a major opportunity this summer and one more year at least to prove himself. It is both a statement of fact and an indictment of United’s recent plight that this is true of Andreas Pereira. That’s no real slight on the...

Why Manchester United have not signed anyone in the transfer window yet

If it hasn’t already, the Manchester United Twitter account might want to tick every box listed under ‘mute notifications from people’, as well as the quality filter. Any post from United is greeted with ‘announce De Ligt’ or ‘announce James’ and next week, if they are linked with someone they might or might not sign, their name will replace...

Manchester United might have changed their transfer plans after signing announcement

On the morning before Manchester United’s trip to Fulham in February press releases were handed around the press room in the Jimmy Murphy Centre at Carrington. Was this confirmation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent appointment? A new David de Gea contract? Old Trafford stadium expansion plans? We receive the copies and glance at the sheet. This was a bit...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets Manchester United players new challenge this summer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his Manchester United players weren’t as fit as he would have hoped when he took over from Jose Mourinho in December. “We were tired towards the end, that’s for sure. We’ve addressed that issue before, we’re just going to take one step at a time… We depend on everyone being sharp and fit,” Solskjaer said...

How Manchester United’s transfer relationship with Mino Raiola has changed

In a recent photograph of Mino Raiola he is sandwiched between Gerard Nijkamp and Adriaan Visser, the technical director and chairman of Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle. They are listening and leaning in as the agent holds court. Five years ago, Nijkamp said it was ‘great’ Raiola would grace PEC with their presence and he ‘really understands football’. Raiola has...

Gary Neville sends Manchester United transfer message

Gary Neville insists Manchester United should not be worried if they miss out on high-profile players because it also happened under Sir Alex Ferguson. United have been incessantly linked with the Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, who claimed at the weekend he has still not made a decision on his future. Although United admire the Dutch defender they have...

Manchester United sent Matthijs de Ligt transfer warning

There’s a video of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt at Ajax’s victory parade that will get Manchester United fans excited. “What’s more important is that we’ve shown what Ajax is about, what Amsterdam is about, what we stand for and that is attacking football,” the 19-year-old said. Of all the names being linked with United this summer it is...

Manchester United have the chance to give Sir Alex Ferguson what he wants

It was an odd atmosphere at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Not only did Manchester United win convincingly in front of a happy home crowd, but this was a stadium packed full of supporters who witnessed a team which embodied all of the mysterious ‘United DNA’ we continue to hear about. Indeed, it must be said that a charity...