Manchester United face a huge task of keeping French midfielder Paul Pogba beyond this summer as reports claimed that the former Juventus star is wanted by top European clubs.
It is believed that the Frenchman is a prime target for 13-time Champions League winners Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane continues his overhauling process ahead of next season.
It was also speculated that Juventus are eyeing a possible move for the player, who they sanctioned his £89.3m switch to Old Trafford in 2016.
Considering the intensity of rumors surrounding Pogba’s future, the Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no better option than to begin his search for the Frenchman’s possible replacement.
Many youngsters have been tipped as Pogba’s perfect replacement but there’s no need spending big on any of them because Solksjaer already has a perfect man for the job.
Scott McTominay seems the perfect man to replace Pogba following his magnificent breakout season under Jose Mourinho two seasons ago. The Scottish youngster made his first-team debut for the Old Trafford outfit during 2016-17 season but his best season was in 2017-18.
Despite Mourinho’s unexpected call on McTominay to replace Pogba due to the manager’s outburst with the Frenchman last season, the United academy product stood his ground against well-established midfielders in the League.
He went on to feature in many high-profile matches for Jose Mourinho’s team and he justified the trust imposed in him by the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager.
However, his game-time drastically reduced at the second half of last campaign as a result of Mourinho’s dismissal after a run of unimpressive results.
Mourinho’s successor Solskjaer reinstalled Pogba into the team’s starting line-up, which automatically pushed McTominay down the pecking order for the rest of the season.
With the Scott’s obvious quality, quest for fame and his solid partnership with Nemanja Matic at the middle of the pitch, it won’t be a surprise should the Norwegian manager decide to deploy the youngster in Pogba’s place next season.
Arsenal to contend with Man United over signing of quality defender
Manchester United are expected to be in contention for Juventus defender Merih Demiral when the transfer window reopens in January.
Though the Red Devils upgraded their defensive unit when the captured Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bisaka’s services prior to the start of the season, they haven’t been too solid at the back of the pitch.
The Premier League giants have 12 conceded goals, and Solskjaer is set to make some changes to the list of defenders at his disposal.
According to Italian media Tuttosport (via Football-Italia), the Norwegian tactician has set his eyes on the Turkish defender with a view of luring him to the Theatre of Dreams in the winter.
However, Solskjaer will need to contend with Arsenal manager Unai Emery in the race for the 20-year-old. It is believed that the Gunners manager is impressed with the report he got from his scouts who monitored the youngster’s performance against Iceland on Thursday.
The under-fire Arsenal manager has seen his defenders conceded 17 goals in 12 Premier League matches this season, a record which has led to fans displeasure.
The Spaniard is equally linked with a move for Demiral’s services as part of his plans to improve his defence in the second half of the campaign.
The same source further revealed that Serie A side AC Milan are equally keeping a close tab on the player’s situation under Maurizio Sarri, and they hope to beat the two Premier League giants to his services.
Demiral is finding regular game-time too hard to get under Sarri who prefers Leonardo Bonucci, Danielle Rugani and Matthijs de Ligt.
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It will be unfair to say that Manchester United’s attack hasn’t improved since the return of Anthony Martial from injury, but that won’t stop Solskjaer from adding more firepower to his front-line in January.
The manager has already revealed his desire to sign one or two ‘right’ players in the next transfer window, but it is yet to be seen who are the perfect player he’s referring to.
In the meantime, British media The Mirror are suggesting that two attack-minded players — Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland — are topping the manager’s transfer wishlist ahead of the winter transfer window.
Both players have been awe-inspiring for their respective clubs and their performances have attracted Solskjaer’s attention.
Sancho, 19, has become an integral part of Borussia Dortmund since he left Manchester City two seasons ago but he could return to the English League sooner than expected.
The lively winger is heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and the Mirror revealed that the Red Devils have set aside a huge £100m to get him amid interest from Real Madrid, Liverpool and Barcelona.
The same source also claimed that RB Salzburg in-form striker is second on Solskjaer’s list and the manager is read to spend at least £85m on his compatriot.
Haaland’s fame is on the rise due to his exploits for his Austrian side this season, and Solskjaer is expected to convince the youngster — who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season — into signing for the Red Devils in January or in the summer.
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Having scored six goals in two matches, it is safe to say that the Red Devils attacking department is back its best (at least for now).
The Red Devils converted three of their shots on target against Brighton in Sunday’s match-day 12 fixture which ended 3-1 in favor of Solskjaer’s men.
The victory took them to the 6th position in the League standings with 16 points as they hope to qualify for next year’s Champions League competition.
Despite the newfound run of form, the Red Devils manager isn’t taking anything for granted regarding the upcoming transfer window as he is targeting some reliable players who will improve the quality of the team.
Valencia’s Jose Gaya is one of the players linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams as part of Solskjaer’s desire to improve the quality of play at the left-back position in the second half of the season.
Luke Shaw’s injury has obviously created a huge vacuum at the left side of United’s defence and the Norwegian tactician is willing to add the youngster to his team as backup to the English star.
According to Deporte Valenciano, the Old Trafford outfits are monitoring the player’s display for the Spanish side this season and they’re likely to launch a bid for his services in January.
This means either Ashley Young or impressive Brandon Williams could be loaned out to interested suitors in the winter in order to create a space for the Valencia star at Old Trafford.