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The Glazers have reportedly narrowed down the potential options to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to just two names, but it may be a problem to lure either of the two potential candidates in.
The current Manchester United boss, according to Danny Mills, has committed a sackable offence by trying what many people would call a rather strange tactic within training.
And finally, Edinson Cavani may be used as leverage to secure the signing of Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
And then there were two
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure and what feels like the final part of his tenure as the man in charge at Old Trafford, reports claim the hunt for a potential replacement has been shortlisted to just two candidates.
Speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles has claimed The club are eyeing both Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino. Castles had stated: “They (the club) are putting out a message that they still believe in the cultural reboot, the kind of PR story that they’ve sold around Solskjaer. They, therefore, want a manager to fit that profile.”
Castles continued to say: “I think that reduces down to most likely a couple of names, one of whom they’ve been interested in for a long time, Mauricio Pochettino, who may become available because he did not want to be at Paris Saint-Germain this summer, he was ready to go back to Tottenham.”
It appears as if The Glazers would like a manager with Premier League experience and although both of the managers mentioned above have their weak spots or potential areas of criticism, either one of the potential candidates will certainly be an improvement from the current management!
Solskjaer’s sackable offence
When you hear ‘Solskjaer’s sackable offence’ it must be said, dozens of things come to mind. The Liverpool demolition, The City’s death by a thousand passes, the Europa League loss, the 6-1 to Spurs- the list is endless. But for former Man City and Leeds defender Danny Mills, it was what the Norweigan has recently tried regarding Jadon Sancho in training that’s sent him over the edge.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed in improving Jadon Sancho so far Writing in his column for Football Insider, Mills was left bemused at the former Cardiff City manager attempting to play Sancho as a wing-back. Mills stated: “You (Solskjaer) bought a winger who is going to create chances and score goals. Suddenly you’re going to play him at wing-back in an unbelievably leaky defence. That’s almost a sackable offence in itself.”
Mills continued his firm but fair analysis but saying: “Shall we put Cristiano Ronaldo at centre-half because he can head a ball? I think Ronaldo can head the ball better than the centre-halves at the moment so should they put him at centre-half? It’s more than a little bit ridiculous.”
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Cavani leverage for Kounde
With United’s defence looking shaky, to say the least, recent reports have suggested the club may look to add another defender into the mix as early as January and one of the names that have been linked with a move to Old Trafford is Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
According to Sports Mole, although Sevilla are allegedly not prepared to let the 23-year-old go in January, the Spanish side have been linked with a move for Edinson Cavani and United may look to exploit that interest by using the striker as a bargaining chip.
Cavani ’s contract expires in the summer and although he’s worked out to be a brilliant signing for United, if the club can use him to secure the signing of one of the most promising young defenders in Europe, it would certainly be a rare bit of savvy business from United.
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