Manchester United: Three key departments that need to be addressed this summer window

After recently being eliminated from the Europa League Semi-finals due to a defeat against La Liga side, Sevilla, Manchester United’s 2019-20 season comes to an end, where they finished 3rd in the Premier League. And in terms of the other competitions, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have reached the Semi-finals of the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, but have failed to show the required quality and crucial mentality to go onto reaching the final and end the season with some silverware.

When looking at the quality of the squad, it can quite comfortably be said that the Red Devils are in need of four to five players before they can think about challenging with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title. Of course, the money may not be there for the club to aggressively spend because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, where all football clubs have suffered with financial losses, but it should not be seen as an excuse to have a limited budget.

However, with the amount of money that Manchester United earn through TV rights and for achieving Champions League football along with the millions and millions of pounds that the owners have in their pockets, there should be no issues or problems in spending at least £150million this summer. If they go on to do so, the team will be able to at least aim to finish in the top four in back-to-back seasons, something that has actually not been completed since the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

With no further ado, here are the three important areas that United need to address this summer..


Since Luke Shaw has been on the sidelines with an ankle injury since the 1-1 stalemate at home to Southampton, the manager has had to settle with the likes of Brandon Williams and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who have not been able to show their potential or capability in the remaining games of the Premier League and Europa League. Some would argue that had Shaw been available for such fixtures, United would have possibly made it to the finals of the FA Cup as well as the Europa League.

Shaw has had his injury issues from time to time, but his absence has limited the side’s attack and productivity from the left-flank, as Marcus Rashford’s performances instantly dropped without his fellow countrymen in the team. On that note, it would make sense if Solskjaer was to send out Brandon Williams on loan whilst bringing in an experience left-back, who could provide competition or prove to be a reliable backup to Luke Shaw.

Left-back suggestions; Alex Telles, Alex Grimaldo, Lucas Digne.


Despite Nemanja Matic experiencing a small revival in the second half of the Premier League 19/20 season, both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United are still in need of an aggressive and consistent central midfielder. With Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba taking two of three spots in midfield, the side are in need of a number six or eight who can offer the much needed balance in the middle of the park, which had shown to be a rising issue in the final weeks of the league campaign.

Given that United will be taking part in the Premier League, Champions League and the domestic cup competitions, it is more than vital for the team to have enough quality and depth within the midfield department, something they have not had in a really long time. However, with only Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay available to take the third place in a three-man midfield, it is not enough to finish in the top four, let alone challenge for the Premier League or Champions League.

Centre-midfield suggestions; Boubakary Soumare, Marcelo Brozovic, Thomas Partey.


The final and most important area in the front three is all that remains now, the spot out on the right wing, which has been taken well in recent months by Mason Greenwood. However, the 18-year-old’s main position is as a number nine and it is too much to ask from him to be a creator and a direct winger, especially when United’s attack is predictable and one dimensional at the moment. Not only that, but with Luke Shaw on the sidelines, the side’s current fullbacks are Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who do not offer enough creativity and technicality in the attacking phase.

So, bringing in a right-winger is absolutely crucial for United, as both Marcus Rashford and Greenwood are regarded as two wide forwards rather than actual and natural wingers, which leads to the side’s key chances being created through the middle by Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. If the Red Devils were to bring in an individual such as Jadon Sancho or Ousmane Dembele, Solskajer would be in possession of a front three that are capable of literally creating and scoring at any time.

Right-wing suggestions; Jadon Sancho, Ousmane Dembele, Ismaila Sarr.

Manchester United ought to give Angel Gomes what he wants

After securing a loan for Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has some unfinished business at Old Trafford. Like most clubs across the world, Manchester United are working on their summer transfers, albeit with limited financial resources. Punters on betway98 online and other sports betting platforms are following closely to see how the events unfold for various teams. All clubs are working on ways to navigate through these unique times.

All the clubs have taken a significant financial blow from the temporary halt of sports activities. The shock is severe that the third richest club in the world, according to Forbes’ latest rankings, is facing challenges.

Ed Woodward, the club’s commercial chief, stated that business would not be “usual” in this year’s transfer market. This summer’s transfer window will stretch probably to October, but we might not see the big-money transfers that have become the norm in the recent years.

As a result, clubs have to be swift and efficient in the transfer market to get the best deals. One manager that has shown his qualities is Frank Lampard of Chelsea. After signing Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, he is closing in on Timo Werner. Chelsea seems to be doing well at the moment. He is building a squad that will be a choice for many betters on Betway88 and other sports betting sites.

Ole has had a tough time despite extending the stay of Ighalo until January, a move which could be described as a necessary one. The goal-scoring department has given the manager sleepless nights. Furthermore, the Red Devils fans are always demanding more.

When the news about Timo Werner broke last week, there was desperation among the fans for United to do something. Many are pushing the club to do whatever it takes to land a marquee signing like Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who has been under the club’s radar for a bit of time.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have another issue that they have to address within their ranks. Angel Gomes’ future has not been resolved yet. The Academy playmaker’s contract ends this month, and they are yet to agree on a contract extension since the talks have reached a deadlock. However, the club can still reach a decision that benefits both parties.

Gomes’ main concern is whether he will get enough playing time if he commits to the club for three years. This season he has been behind Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, and Andreas Pereira in the pecking order. His hopes were further dimmed by the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January. His arrival sparked life to a squad that had frustrated punters on betting sites like Betway88 due to United’s inconsistent form.

The silver lining is that Ole has shown his trust in younger players, particularly those from the Academy, as he looks to lower the average age of his squad. The manager could decide to give the young lad a chance ahead of the older players who have had the majority of the season yet failed to perform. The United boss has to get his priorities right for his attacking midfielders; otherwise, he could lose Gomes.

Other clubs are circling, and Manchester United are running out of time. It would be more painful to lose such a promising talent to rivals Chelsea who have shown interest in luring Gomes as a free signing. Luckily, United have until the end of June to sort out the issue.

The manager must be bold enough to bench Lingard and Pereira, or leave them out to make room for Gomes. This would solve the issue in such a way whereby all parties end up as winners.

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