Certain moves in January, the list to watch as your club goes in the transfer market, our prediction so far

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Newcastle could do as many as 10 new signings in January if they are successful in their bids for new recruits. Several Man Utd players are seen as targets so is Everton left back Lucas Digne. Man Utd on the other hand could be next for Erling-Braut Haaland.

Man City looks certain to let Ferran Torres leave with a deal approved by the player but according to Fabrizio Romano not yet agreed with the buying club FC Barcelona.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with exciting new chance in football management, results and experience speaks for it self

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will grow from his experience in the last three years at Man Utd. His time at the club shows that he was trusted for so many reasons after moving into this position firstly being seen just as an interim manager.

The goal for Solskjaer was probably not to be the boss for the future but given the time and confidence he had his eyes on a trophy which he was close to on many occasions.

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The evil stats on Maguire, Man Utd in heavy decline, Solskjaer losing grip

Harry Maguire was signed to be the leader in the Manchester United defense and he has not yet convinced the fans of the club that he is worth £80million. What a fee to pay for a player that has experienced three relegations with Hull City and Wigan Athletic, been playing under seven managers in the passed four seasons and not really yet made his mark 100% at international level.

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We all know that England came close to a World Cup final with Maguire in their mid, but they failed in that Semi-final v. Croatia, and didn’t either bring home the bronze being defeated by Belgium. Not able to win against Holland in the Nations league semi’s and of course bringing home a bronze medal in a penalty shoot out against Switzerland, but in all England should win against the Swizz any day of the week.

At Leicester City both Claude Puel and Craig Shakespeare had to leave their jobs, depending on Maguire as a leader in defense, not really being able to win those key battles and run the back four with confidence and the leadership needed to be a top class defender, talking Champions League final material. That is what you pay £80million for, not a mediocre Premier League defender.

Maguire has “eaten” five managers in four seasons counting Steve Bruce, Mike Phelan, and Marco Silv at Hull, Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel at Leicester City, and those stats don’t lie, and the £80million defender has never been part of a team higher than 9th in the Premier League, and struggled with relegation at Hull City and Wigan Athletic, also relegation fear at Leicester City.

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One other act to look at is that Maguire also have been in teams that are often seen losing form and going on long and poor runs during a season. And his habit of ending in relegation battles might be a scary act to look at, often being the player in those teams to be holding the leadership in defense.

Not at all a bad defender, but in real a player that has not yet managed to jump those hurdles that a top class defender needs to jump, with the demand and expectations shining through at Old Trafford.

When building a winning team at the level you like to compete and win, you need a fine mix between players previously being winning those trophies you like to get your hands on, if you don’t have that experience you have to find it, and again a few talents from your own ranks and a steady group of players that are able to play two games a week without getting injuries.

Easier said than done, but not all managers in football have the abilities of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp and to see OGS in competition with them is a bit unfair as he is not equipped to be in that league of managers. Sadly Manchester United fans are totally lost in their talk of football, as they alse were 50 years ago seeing the same scenario appearing when Sir Matt Busby left his job and as Sir Alex moved upstairs.

This is a copy tale of what happened back then and the story looks to repeat itself. Wilf McGuiness and Frank O’Farrell both failed, not winning domestic trophies, impatience and decline was not dealt with in the right way, Tommy Docherty, at that time a proven manager, took the party down to the 2nd tier.

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When Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down six years ago, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Robin Van Persie and Patrice Evra were all on the wrong scale of 30 and with Marouane Fellaini being the only summer signing, totally unexpected, and not a player that in any way could replace Scholes, who was a player that never got replaced.

Manchester United were always a 4-4-2 team under Sir Alex, and the partnership up front was a very vital part of that formation. It’s a pattern that we seldom see in today’s game with teams adapting to other styles and in the last six season no one has won the Premier League playing 4-4-2 anymore.

Leicester City, Manchester City and Chelsea are the winners since 2012-13, and they are performing totally different and the same to be said about Liverpool, but it’s really not the system in itself that counts, the players are.

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Jose Mourinho demanded money to be able to build, but with fans turning against his buys Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, and also against him, after taking the team to an FA Cup final and ending runners-up in the league, winning away against Juventus you start to think, are they all insane and totally left out of reality.

We have seen major clubs like Manchester City, Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers being relegated to League One level, something we thought was impossible, and when you see what type of players Manchester United are linked with at the moment you get scared seeing Mandzukic and Maddison being lined up, both are so far behind Lukaku, Sanchez and Pogba in ability, so you start to get scared. Maddison has not yet made his England debut, needs at least 40 caps before being on a level close to Pogba, so we just have to wait and see.

OGS is flirting with different systems and to mix that with changes in a line-up is like going to war with yourself. He is acting as a novice at the moment. if you have players dominant as he had at Molde you can do this, but with a team full of reserves and youngsters it’s a failing project.

Stay thru to your system, slot in players when you get injuries, don’t move your best players around. If you do as OGS has done now, you start thinking is this really Manchester United and how can anyone be allowed to destroy a team in this way. We just have to wait and see what happens, but this is not going forward in the best way possible, despite Man Utd still being in all competitions going forward.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed Manchester United manager, why?

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As Gary Neville predicted, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would during the international break get the permanent contract signed and that happened. Solskjaer has signed a three year deal and can prepare for life in one of the top jobs in football.

His tally of wins is phenomenal and to lose to Wolves in the FA Cup can be a great blessing in disguise. Manchester United might have failed in all three, going forward, but with only two competitions to compete in, it will be possible to get the rest needed to find the perfect end to the season.

He has given players freedom and showed that he trusts them in their choices on the field and of course a number of his wins especially away to Arsenal in the FA Cup and the fantastic achievement in Paris is enough to secure the job, and winning those games predicted for Manchester United to win makes them a clear candidate to finish top four which is probably most important.

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The job is to really shape the squad and get the best players in. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown at Molde that he was capable of finding talent and bringing players forward, selling them, staying in the top and be competetive. Of course, as Man Utd, Molde was a team just like Man Utd, fighting in the top, despite having a few set backs, as Man Utd have experienced. “Ollie” managed to fix those problems and getting the ship back on track after a terrible start, so he can do this and has the quality to turning things around.

The key for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is getting the best of those he have and not be to eager to change too much, something very different to Norwegian football. In his first reign as manager of Molde, Solskjaer showed some of the same skills as he has done at Man Utd, taking Molde to the top, with no such previous experiences.

He has also pinpointed talent an brought them in and really being able to get this balance perfect and build new teams over and over. This is of course at a much lower leavel. The gap between Man Utd and Molde is huge, but the Norwegian club is a major club in Norway and has been in Europe and Solskjaer’s experience from that competition should not be faulted.

In Norwegian football you have much more rotation in squads and you must be able to bring in the right talent at the right time, something Solskjaer did in the best way possible, being able to balance the logistic of the squad and keeping the team in the top.

Of course if you look at previous people trying to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson, there are high expectations, but in a way with a legendary status as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has among fans, staff and the fact that he has been a coach at the club in the past. He has the DNA and Manchester United in his blood and that certainly is a help.

So this is why the new man has been appointed and hopefully he will be able to take on the challenge. Solskjaer is 46 years of age, no youngster anymore. Sir Alex Ferguson was also 44 when he took over at Old Trafford. Sir Matt Busby was only 35 when he took charge, so he age should not be to worry about.

So why has he been appointed at this point,

  • Results are fantastic
  • Previous experience from winning Championships
  • He’s got Man Utd in his blood
  • Smiling and always positive
  • His work at Molde should not be faulted
  • Able to prepare next season in the best way possible
  • Still in whit a lot of compete about
  • Fans love him

We wish Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all the best in the new life as manager of Manchester United.


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