Martial, De Gea, Lindelof enjoying for his or her locations in Solskjaer’s plans


By the tip of the 2020-21 season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have turn out to be Manchester United‘s longest-serving supervisor since Sir Alex Ferguson. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all tried and did not win the membership’s 21st title and no matter occurs between now and Could, it stays Solskjaer’s key ambition.

Since taking on from Mourinho in December 2018, the Norwegian has reshaped the temper and the tradition within the dressing room, and after years of bouncing out and in of the Champions League locations, he appears set to guide United to back-to-back high 4 finishes for the primary time since Ferguson retired in 2013. However the subsequent step is to win the league and this summer time’s switch window is one other probability to repair areas of the squad which want an improve.

Solskjaer believes he already has numerous items in place, however he has made no secret of his want to strengthen the crew on the finish of the season as he appears to shut the hole with champions-in-waiting Manchester Metropolis.

How does the squad form up when it comes to match for Man United’s future targets?

Key gamers

There aren’t many untouchables in Solskjaer’s squad, however Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford are as shut because it will get. Fernandes has been phenomenal since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020, and there are already United followers who imagine he must be captain. In little greater than a 12 months, he has elevated the crew into one thing near title challengers; he simply wants a couple of extra higher gamers round him.

Solskjaer has invested closely in Maguire — each when it comes to the £80m price paid to Leicester Metropolis in 2019, and handing him the captain’s armband so quickly — and he’ll stay a key a part of the crew subsequent season. Rashford, in the meantime, has confronted some criticism for his performances this season, however is simply 4 targets shy of final season’s tally. One other 5 earlier than the tip of marketing campaign and will probably be his finest season in entrance of objective. He is beginning to generate the numbers to again up the expertise.

Supporting solid

Solskjaer can level to numerous gamers who’ve improved this season, and he’ll hope it continues as United attempt to shut in on Manchester Metropolis. Luke Shaw is in his finest kind since becoming a member of from Southampton as a teen, whereas Aaron Wan-Bissaka is beginning to look extra comfy going ahead, including extra targets and assists to his recreation.

In midfield, Scott McTominay and Fred have been requested to play in loads of large video games and have proved they’re precious choices. McTominay, particularly, has added much-needed targets from midfield this season. Up entrance, Mason Greenwood is getting again to his finest after a gradual begin to the season whereas Solskjaer wish to preserve Edinson Cavani for an additional 12 months after the Uruguayan’s optimistic impression, each on the pitch and off it.

Enjoying for his or her locations

Solskjaer put loads of religion in Anthony Martial to be his first-choice striker at first of final season, and the Frenchman repaid it with 23 targets in all competitions. However he is struggled this season — partly due to damage and an early suspension, but additionally due to his personal kind — and has managed simply 4 league targets in 20 video games. United want a striker who repeatedly reaches 20 Premier League targets and Martial is operating out of time to indicate he’s succesful.

A robust finish to the season would assist erase a number of the doubts and likewise assist cement Solskjaer’s summer time switch plans. Sources have informed ESPN that whereas there stays robust curiosity in Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, there’s a rising feeling that a longtime striker is perhaps a greater choice.

There are query marks, too, over who ought to companion Maguire on the again. Victor Lindelof is inconsistent whereas Eric Bailly has struggled with accidents and Solskjaer would ideally like a left-footed centre-back so as to add stability to his crew.

David De Gea additionally has a combat on his palms for the goalkeeper place, however extra due to competitors from Dean Henderson somewhat than a major dip in his private kind. Henderson, 23, signed a brand new long-term contract at Outdated Trafford in the summertime however is determined to be No.1 — at United or someplace else — so he can start to power his means into the England crew.

Issues to resolve

The largest difficulty dealing with Solskjaer as he begins to plan his squad for subsequent season is the way forward for Paul Pogba. The Frenchman will enter the ultimate 12 months of his contract over the summer time and, based on agent Mino Raiola, has no plans to signal a brand new one. United have not given up hope of convincing him to increase his deal, but when Raiola is correct, Solskjaer and government vice-chairman Ed Woodward have two selections: get a price this summer time, or enable him to stroll away without cost in 12 months’ time.

Solskjaer will need him to remain, notably after watching his uptick in kind in January, but when he leaves, the plan for the summer time will should be readdressed.



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