Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence in Gdansk will not have been enough to break the curse that has afflicted Manchester United for several years. Manchester United ends a new white season without the slightest title as the Europa League reached out to him. But Villarreal was more incisive during the endless penalty shootout which ended up smiling at the yellow submarine. A terrible failure for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who should not question his future with the Red Devils. Better, he should even be offered a contract extension. Still, the lack of trophies remains problematic for the Mancunian club and a reshaping of the workforce is inevitable.
The first victim would be David De Gea. According to the English press, the Spanish international goalkeeper, author of a catastrophic performance in the final Wednesday which has quite angered the management of MU, should relegate the Spanish to number 2 behind Dean Henderson during next season. Unless Jan Oblak, the Atlético de Madrid goalkeeper is recruited. A complicated operation in view of the amount requested by the Colchoneros. For the rest, OGS has already set its reinforcement priorities this summer. According to The Guardian, the Norwegian technician wants to strengthen in all areas of the game, namely to recruit a central defender, a midfielder, a striking winger and a number 9. And according to the tabloid, the targets are already identified and would cost more than 300 M € if they were all recruited.
First target, Pau Torres. The 24-year-old Spanish defensive rock, spearhead and pillar of Villarreal, is already on the shelves of many European clubs. Solskjaer would see in him the stabilizer of the Mancunian defense. Its value is estimated at more than 30 M €. In midfield, MU dreams of Declan Rice to bring density to midfield. The England international (15 caps – 1 goal), has a lot to do with West Ham’s revival this season and has no shortage of courtiers either. The finalist of the last Europa League has been following him for a long time and dreams of integrating Jesse Lingard to lower the rating of a transfer that could exceed € 60 million!
MU targets the Harry Kane – Jadon Sancho tandem!
But what is likely to make the fans salivate the most are the two attacking targets targeted by Manchester United. A tandem worth more than 250 M €, namely Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho. The first, one of the best strikers in the Premier League for 7 years (163 goals during this period) has clearly indicated his desires elsewhere to his management and is waiting to see which club is able to offer his services. MU will have to take out the checkbook to try to attract the England striker, who would bring incredible offensive power to the Red Devils. And what about Jadon Sancho, MU’s other summer offensive target. The English winger, who has scored 16 goals and delivered 18 assists in 38 games in all competitions, would inevitably bring a lot to the attack of the second in the Premier League. But again, it is very expensive and Borussia Dortmund will not easily let its nugget slip away.
On paper, the Manchester United short-list has something to seduce and would necessarily appeal to all current coaches, even those who coach the biggest European clubs. But in a difficult season for more than one title in a club far from displaying incredible stability, recruiting even half of the targets would be considered a success. It remains to know the real financial leeway of the band of Paul Pogba (The Sun speaks of an envelope of 175 M € to spend this summer) and especially its power of attractiveness, undermined in recent months by the absence of trophies and the open war between the supporters and the management of the club.