Solskjear dilemmas, will he handle the pressure after draw against Burnley

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to wait and see if he is getting the chance to become the next permanent manager of Manchester United, but will he handle the pressure in the games coming up.

Solskjaer has until the game against Burnley managed to pick up all points possible, and also going through to the next round of the FA Cup. The away win against Tottenham was a bit lucky, but his team at The Emirates performed in a way we all could see had the right balance and blend.

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The rest of the games has been “must wins” and so was the match against Burnley, but he gambled with a number of players and the structure wasn’t right. Many says that he cannot play the same 11 week in and week out, but surely, why can’t he do that.

Lukaku, Mata and Sanchez and possibly Bailly needs to play and cannot sit the games out, and just be preparing for substitute appearances. But why can’t Solskjaer gamble on this and then if players are getting tired, if you can see it  during a game, just make a change.

The team selected in the first game against Cardiff was a well balanced team, and with the players that really should be out there. Lucky in the draw, with both Lukaku and Sanchez not present, so the team gave it self.

After a great run and some amazing games, you get away with a draw at home to Burnley, but we believe that what happened the first 15 minutes of the game, seeing a Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd team coming under and then trying to come back, battled and chased, and in the end avoided a defeat.

The questions are, and should be addressed,

  • Will Solskjaer have to play his best 11 in every game to win?
  • Can he make changes during a game if his best players gets tired?
  • Does Man Utd need luck or are they clever enough without it?
  • They are in the same position as they were, 6, what next?
  • FA Cup against Chelsea, can Solskjaer rest his best players?
  • Different players, needs different systems, will he have to change?
  • Mata, Lukaku and Sanchez should they be randomly picked?
  • Valencia, Fred and other fringe players, what about them?

Arsenal in a hurry to do signings before the January window close

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Unai Emery could consider adding a couple of players to his squad, with the injuries of Koscielny and Socratis it might be a possibility that one or two new players could come in just before the close.

Nothing has happened so far, and the rumor Ivan Perisic is in the air, with a possible move out for Mezut Ozil, but if he would join Inter Milan is a quesiton not answered.

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Other players to be mentioned are Denis Suarez and Christopher Nkonku. Hector Bellerin was joined by Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis in the injury room, all expected to be out for a longer period.

So why Emery is looking for reinforcement up front and in midfield at this moment is difficult to understand. Would rather see a few loans of experienced players happening. So who could come in on short notice.

Gary Cahill has been linked with a move to Fulham or West Ham, and also Crystal Palace has been seen as a new destination, but with Arsenal short of quality central defenders, we would not rule out Cahill as a target, just hours before the window shots.

As we speak Suarez looks close to his possible Arsenal move and heading to The Emirates for his supposed medical. Not confirmed yet but the 25 year old previous Man City player could be the next big move happening at Arsenal.

Christian Bailly of Manchester United is another name listed as a possible transfer happening as he is seeking a more permanent playing situation than the one he now is experiencing under new caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

We will just wait and see if Emery will do any deals either in or out, the only move registered so far is Emliano Martinez who has left for a loan spell at Reading.

Recent Liverpool transfer update, anything going on at Anfield

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Jurgen Klopp will today be preparing the game v. Leicester, and so far in the window things have not been seen as a busy transfer window, if you look at players coming in.

So far not a single player has been signed, and probably the window will close too fast for Liverpool to do any business, and as we have seen, everything seems fine at Anfield going into the match v. Leicester.

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Nathaniel Clyne and Dominic Solanke are both gone to Bournemouth, Clyne on loan and Solanke on an undisclosed deal. Reading have also secured the move of Ovie Ejaria, coming in on loan.

Jurgen Klopp seems over confident at the moment, laughing and playing those so called mind games, but is he really doing that, not sure. Pep Guardiola must have felt the pressure yesterday, being defeated by Rafa and his Newcastle.

The fact that a window will be closed and you are staying at the top of the table not making any shivering decisions that could upset the squad balance which looks well and under control at Anfield at the moment.

Timo Werner is a player that has circulated in the media as a possible target, but would rather see this happening in the summer, than just hours before a window close. Leipzig would probably not let their best player leave in a January window.

The chase is on for one of the most talented forwards in Europe and Liverpool will see competition from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid, even Man City could be laying in line for a possible move.

Nicolas Acevedo is another name from todays Liverpool Echo update. The youngster, still only 19, is seen as a prospect, according to the local newspaper. Acevedo is already a Liverpool player, being with the Uruguayan primera team, named as the one we like to think of as Liverpool.

The name James Rodriguez is one also figuring in the press as a possible Liverpool target. The Columbian international, offensive midfielder, is of course hot property as major clubs in Europe are monitoring his current situation at Bayern.

 

 

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