Our next article in this series stays in Manchester. However, it is the red half of Manchester. Manchester United is one of England’s most successful clubs. Having won the Premier League a record 13 times, they have also had one of the best managers of the past 30 years. Sir Alex Ferguson won a record 38 trophies in his time […]
Our next article in this series stays in Manchester. However, it is the red half of Manchester.
Manchester United is one of England’s most successful clubs. Having won the Premier League a record 13 times, they have also had one of the best managers of the past 30 years. Sir Alex Ferguson won a record 38 trophies in his time at United and helped the club become a world giant. Players like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo helped solidify their status as one of the most successful clubs in the last 30 years.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired from the club in 2013, there has been a lot of turmoil. The club is currently on its 4th manager, having gone through David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho. Their current manager is former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored the winner in the 1999 Champion’s League final, has a tall task in front of him. Will he be able to succeed where all others have failed?
United are in a bad spot, having a bunch of dead weight on their roster. This is one of those issues that will require at least 3 years to fix. A lot of people have been focusing on the structure of United, mainly former player Gary Neville.
I agree with his arguments, as I think the only way for a club of that size to move forward is to overhaul their setup and bring in a sporting director. It seems like United buy players just to have big names, with players like Alexis Sanchez being paid over 300K a week to rot on the bench. Once they sort the back office out, they might be able to move in the right direction.
As far as transfers go, United are moving towards youth. They managed to snatch up Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Palace for 45 Million Pounds and Daniel James from Swansea. They let Ander Herrera leave on a free to Paris St-Germain, which might not bother a lot of United fans. I think they still need to sign a lot more players and sell the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian and Nemanja Matic. This will help free up some space on the wage bill to rebuild.
Their Transfer targets this summer are still available, although they aren’t cheap. Harry Maguire at 80 Million Pounds is outrageous. A massive gamble. He would cost more than Van Dijk and isn’t nearly as influential. If you want an expensive center back, just sign Umtiti from Barcelona. They could get him for 45-55 Million and once he is healthy, he will marshal the backline.
Another defender could be Nacho Fernandes from Real Madrid. Although he isn’t the first choice, he can play across the backline and has proven he is a solid defender. Real need to recoup money after spending almost half a billion, so he could probably be snatched up for about 35 million pounds.
United’s other primary target is Bruno Fernandes from Sporting. This would be an excellent signing, as Bruno can play across the midfield and in the attack. He was involved in over 50 goals last season, from midfield. I think United need to splash the cash on this one. They can also go out and take a gamble on Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague to replace Matic at the base of midfield. Who knows what will truly happen though, with rumors swirling of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Paulo Dybala coming into the erratic Red Devils side.
As it stands, Manchester United are in disarray. They need a serious backroom overhaul and they need to get signings through the door. Ole has a decent record so far with the club, but I think it will unravel towards the back end of the season.
My take is United finish 7th. They still have yet to bring in a serious plan of action, a proven manager, or sort out their backroom staff. Massimiliano Allegri is out of a job and United didn’t make a move for him? That shows you the state of this club. I’m sure they will be able to get some sort of balance, although with the season quickly approaching and no serious replacements, I am having my doubts.