Manchester United’s preseason has not got off to the perfect start according to their manager Jose Mourinho. It’s not through lack of proper planning and facilities but rather down to many first team players being on vacation after the World Cup. New signing Fred has only just joined the squad while Diogo Dalot is out injured. The only new player to have featured for Mou is Lee Grant, signed as third goalkeeper from Stoke City. To top it off, the club is yet to make a marquee signing and fulfill their manager’s wishes of an additional two signings. No wonder Mou is being grumpy!
Keep in mind the transfer window ends before the EPL starts this year. No English team will be able to buy players once the league starts but foreign teams will be able to buy players from the EPL teams.
As usual, Manchester United have been linked with almost every quality player there is out there. The biggest name so far is Gareth Bale. The Welsh forward could complete Mourinho’s attack by taking the right flank berth which has long been without a permanent tenant. Juan Mata, Lingard, Martial and Rashford have all been tried in that position but it’s clear Mata lacks the pace to fulfill that role, Lingard is more effective when closer to the center while Rashford and Martial, the inconsistent duo, prefer to play from the left or upfront. Mourinho loves specialists and Bale would fit that description. Ed Woodward has treated his manager to a world class player during each the last two transfer windows with Pogba and Lukaku. Bale could be the third.
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Should that fail, Willian from Chelsea or World Cup finalist Ante Rebic have been linked with the vacancy. It’s tough imagining Chelsea parting with another top player in favor of their mancunian rivals but you never know with the Chelsea board. Nemanja Matic was much more important for his team 2 seasons ago than Willian was last season but Chelsea still agreed to transfer the Serb to ManUtd.
Another name being linked with Manchester United is Harry Maguire. After his heroics at the World Cup, the Leicester City center back is in demand. Mourinho could let go of some of his defenders and sign the Englishman. Eric Bailly would be the best center back to partner him at Old Trafford. Lindelof and Smalling would then deputize. If Maguire is signed, it does not bode well for Jones and Rojo.
Should Maguire not arrive at Old Trafford, Toby Alderweireld might be considered. The Belgian is reportedly unhappy at Spurs after being frozen out of the team when making his comeback from an injury last season. He’s shown at the World Cup that he still can play at the highest level, regardless of his previous injury. Another one to keep tabs on.
Lastly, there is a new Brazilian star at Old Trafford this season. Not a new signing per se but very impressive nevertheless. You guessed right! It’s Andreas Pereira! The Brazilian midfielder, fresh from two successful loans in La Liga, has been one of the positives of Manchester United’s US tour so far. Having been an offensive midfielder in Spain, he is being played deeper as a number 6 in preseason. We can only assume Mourinho will have him in his plans, probably as Carrick’s replacement. Andreas should give the established United midfielders a run for their money.
Overall, United are well stacked but a couple of world class signings will take them to the next level and help them challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.
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