Players Manchester United should target this transfer season

Players Manchester United should target this transfer season

Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United have had a remarkable season. The Premier League club finished 3rd on the points table. Also, the Red Devils were able to win silverware this season. The Old Trafford-based club won the FA Cup final against Newcastle United; landing the club their first trophy in over 6 years.

Manchester United are looking in formidable form. All their departments are firing in unions. However, there is one concern. The club is plagued with injuries to vital players at the wrong time. Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Donny Van de Beek, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and many others missed important games this season due to serious injuries. Ensuring these important players are injury-free is a huge challenge for Ten Hag.

To make matters easy for the club, Erik Ten Hag will be looking to bolster his squad with some new faces. There have been rumours that Ten Hag is looking to bring England star Harry Kane to Manchester United. Just imagine what would happen when this happens. The Internet would definitely break. Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane linking up to provide goals for Manchester United. A sight to behold!!!

Under Erik Ten Hag, Manchester United have definitely improved a lot. They have started playing attacking football and are looking a real threat to Premier League champions Manchester City. However, they can’t become champions until they develop a “champion squad”.

In this article, we will have a look at the top players Manchester United will be looking to target this transfer season.

Harry Kane | ST | Tottenham

Harry Kane becomes second all-time Premier League top scorer

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Tottenham Hotspur endured another season without a trophy. The last time Tottenham Hotspurs won any prestigious tournament was way back in 2008. Such a long time. However, Harry Kane, the current skipper of the England football team doesn’t want to rely on individual laurels. He has expressed many times that he wants to win trophies.

Numerous teams have expressed interest in him as a result of his achievements, but Manchester United is desperately interested in signing the England captain.

Manchester United are looking for a proper striker. Since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club, they have been left without a striker. Bringing Kane to the club will help fill that void. However, it won’t be easy. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also trying to get the superstar to sign for their team.

To bring Kane to United, the club must overcome his rumoured £90 million asking price, which is a barrier.

Market Value: €89.8M

Mason Mount | CM | Chelsea

Mason Mount next club odds: Manchester United odds-on favourites for Chelsea midfielder

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Another England star is on Manchester United’s radar. Once considered Chelsea’s star boy, Mason Mount has fallen out of reckoning in the Blues lineup.

With the Frenkie de Jong signing not going as per the plan, Manchester United will look to bring Mason Mount to the club. Mount’s contract with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2024 and the club would want to avoid losing him for free next year.

Although Mount’s form has dropped in the recent campaign, he has been a crucial player for the Blues over the past four seasons.

Bringing Mount to Old Trafford will strengthen United’s midfield. Imagine Bruno Fernandes, Mason Mount and Marcus Rashford; all three in unison in a match!!!!

Market Value: €68.9M

Illan Meslier | GK | Leeds United

Man United eye Leeds United's Illan Meslier as David de Gea successor - Football Today

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With David de Gea not being at his absolute best, Manchester United will be looking to bring in a world-class goalkeeper who can be the difference between the two sides during the game. Illan Meslier, who joined Leeds United in the summer of 2020, has been identified as one of the primary targets for Manchester United.

David de Gea is currently in talks to extend his contract with United willing to give £ 250,000 a week, a significant reduction from his current wage of £ 375,000 a week. The Spaniard has to accept a pay cut in order to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

Leeds United have been relegated to The Championship this season after having a disastrous season. And Meslier will be looking to play for a Premier League club. The deal looks solid with both parties getting what they want.

Market Value: €28.6M

Declan Rice | CDM | West Ham United

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One player that is on the list of Manchester United for long is West Ham United skipper Declan Rice. Primarily a centre-half, Rice has progressed to a midfield role at West Ham United. He has performed brilliantly to earn 7 caps for England and possibly even upstaging Eric Dier to a permanent spot under Gareth Southgate.

Still only 24, Rice has a glorious future ahead of him in the Premier League and is waiting to be swept up by a top side. United could be that club with a reported fee of around £70m.

Bagging the superstar’s sign won’t be easy as big clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal are after the superstar. Will United be able to sign Rice? Only time will tell.

Market Value: €62.5M

Kim Min-Jae | DF | Napoli

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Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae is making the headlines for his physical ability and strong man-marking skills. Manchester United will be looking to sign the Napoli defender. It is believed that United’s management has made it clear to the representatives of Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae that they are interested in signing him.

With former skipper Harry Maguire not getting regular game time, it is believed that he is leaving the club for Tottenham Hotspur. Min-Jae signing for Manchester United will be good news as it will help Ten Hag execute his style of gameplay with freedom. However, the Red Devils need to be wary of Chelsea who are also on the lookout for signing a good defensive option.

Market Value: €25M

Final Thoughts

Manchester United is a strong club with good players and a terrific manager in the form of Erik Ten Hag. But they need new faces to win trophies. Do you think Manchester United should bring any other players to the club to once again become “Champions of Europe”? If so, comment down your answers in the comment box.

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Manchester United secure Champions League spot with an easy win over Chelsea

Manchester United has secured their Champions League qualification after an easy win over Chelsea. The Men in Red won the match by a comfortable margin of 4-1 at the Red Devils’ home ground.

Erik ten Hag stuck with the side that beat Bournemouth and took an early lead when Christian Eriksen sent over a free-kick from the left and Casemiro rose high to power a header past statuesque Kepa Arrizabalaga. Further, a brace by Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes sealed the game for the club. Joao Felix scored a stunning long-range goal for the visitors.

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Erik ten Hag was very happy with his team’s performance. In a post-match interview, he stated, “I think in this league, that’s a good base to be in the top four but, yeah, we want to compete for the title.” He further said, “The competition is tough, there are many teams with really good squads, good managers, so when you are in there, you did a good job and your team is playing well and performing well and for this moment this is the maximum but we want more.”

With the win, United moved up to third and two points above Newcastle United going into the season finale. Ten Hag’s side who have already lifted the Carabao Cup will be looking to lift the FA Cup. The Red Devils will be facing arch-rivals Manchester City in the final to be played at Wembley on Saturday, June 3rd.

Manchester United are currently third on the Premier League points table. The club has 72 points from 37 games. The Old Trafford-based club has one league game remaining; wherein they will face Fulham in a home game.

Marcel Sabitzer ruled out of United's campaign due to knee injury

Marcel Sabitzer ruled out of United’s campaign due to knee injury

Manchester United’s defensive cog Marcel Sabitzer has been ruled of the club’s rest of the matches as the Austrian has suffered a knee injury. The 29-year-old, who joined United on loan will be missing the FA Cup final and Manchester United‘s remaining matches in the Premier League.

“Everyone at the club is disappointed to lose Marcel’s services, as the Reds chase a strong finish to the season in the Premier League and FA Cup, and we are grateful for his contribution to our progress so far,” said a statement on United’s official website.

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It further stated, “Marcel has played an important role in the second half of our 2022/23 campaign, racking up 18 appearances and scoring three times, a cheeky backheel against Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final and a double in the Europa League last-eight first leg clash with Sevilla.

Sabitzer who was bought in to replace Christian Eriksen has impressed everyone with his defensive hold. He bolstered Manchester United’s hopes of a top-four finish and scored from the spot in the FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout win over Brighton that set up a showdown against rivals Manchester City on June 3.

This would be a huge loss for Manchester United who are missing their key players including Lisandro Martinez, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, and Raphael Varane.

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David de Gea howler costs Manchester United the game against West Ham United

Manchester United who were comfortably sitting on the third position in the Premier League have been dropped down from their position as the Red Devils lost to West Ham United at the London Stadium.

West Ham won 1-0 as Said Benrahma’s long-range strike went in as star goalie David de Gea missed the easy shot. De Gea let Said Benrahma’s hopeful shot from 20 yards slip over his glove to condemn Erik Ten Hag’s side to back-to-back defeats.

The defeat has left Manchester United in the fourth position, two points behind third-placed Newcastle United. Also, the Red Devils now lie just one point ahead of a rapidly advancing Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand.

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United boss Erik Ten Hag was seen being frustrated with the result. In a post-match interview, he commented, “Frustrating? Yes, I’ve seen it in the same way. I think we started well, dictated the game, created chances, didn’t take them and then one mistake.” He further stated, “Twice individual mistakes and you lose games. But it is what it is. Now we have a full week, we have to reset, reload and keep going.”

West Ham United manager David Moyes was happy with his team’s efforts. The former Manchester United boss felt that playing consecutive games within a space of three days was the major factor that contributed to his team’s win. In one of the post-match interviews, Moyes stated, “I feel a lot for Manchester United. They played Brighton on Thursday, they’ve had to play here on Sunday night. That two-day recovery… took the edge out of Manchester United tonight.”

Manchester United now have four games left. The Old Trafford-based club will look to put this loss behind them and make the most of the games ahead. Manchester United next face Wolverhampton Wolves on May 13 at Old Trafford.

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Man United reach FA Cup final after penalty shootout victory over Brighton

After getting knocked out of Europa League, Manchester United reached the FA Cup finals after winning the penalty shootout against Brighton. The Red Devils won 7-6 after having a 90-minute goalless draw.

Victor Lindelof sunk the decisive penalty at Wembley Stadium as United reached a record-equalling 21st FA Cup final. The first 12 spot-kicks of the shootout had been scored before Solly March stepped up.

For United, Casemiro, Dalot, Sancho, Rashford, Sabitzer, Weghorst and Lindelof registered their names on the scoring sheet. In comparison, Brighton’s Mac Allister, Gross, Undav, Estupinan, Dunk, and Webster converted their penalties successfully. Solly March missed the target to lose the match.

Erik Ten Hag was much impressed with his team’s effort despite missing many first-team regulars. In a post-match interview, Ten Hag said, “On Thursday I saw a team I didn’t recognize but today we went back to usual. I could see determination and resilience. We fought for every yard and competed in every battle. We had good chances.”

Ten Hag also took the time to praise both Victor Lindelof – who scored the winning penalty – and De Gea – who was Manchester United’s best player. Speaking about Lindelof, the manager said, “He is quite cool when it comes to penalties and he’s quite cool in general. I thought Victor and Luke Shaw played brilliantly. They had great co-operation with Casemiro.”

Manchester United is having a great time. The club, this season has performed brilliantly under the leadership of Erik Ten Hag. After winning the Carabao Cup, the Old Trafford-based club is comfortably placed in the 3rd position in the Premier League.

Manchester United will now face Manchester City in the FA Cup finals on June 3 at Wembley Stadium.

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Sevilla knocks Manchester United out of Europa League

Manchester United have been knocked out of Europa League after losing 5-2 on aggregate in the second leg of their quarter-final clash against Sevilla.

Following the first-leg draw, there was all to play for in the second leg in Spain. The hosts got off to a dream start after a horrific piece of play by United goalkeeper David de Gea and Harry Maguire saw Youssef En-Nesyri find the back of the net. Loic Bade made it 2-0 from a corner at the start of the second half. De Gea then gifted the third to En-Nesyri. The Spaniard came out of his line to clear a long ball, only to give it away. The Moroccan striker scored his second of the night by lofting the ball into an empty goal.

Manchester United, who were without several key players, including the suspended Bruno Fernandes and the injured Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane were criticized heavily by head coach Erik Ten Hag. In a post-match interview, the Red Devils manager said, “We have to do better, that’s the demand. We were not composed, not calm.”

He further added, “We have shown on so many occasions good things, but tonight we weren’t ready for the game. At this level, playing for Manchester United, you have to be ready for every game.”

Manchester United will next face Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final on 23rd April at Wembley Stadium.

Aleksandar Mitrovic handed a 8-match ban following misconduct with referee

Aleksandar Mitrovic handed an 8-match ban following misconduct with referee

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has been handed an 8-match ban after pushing referee Chris Kavanagh during Fulham’s FA Cup defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford last month.

Mitrovic was subsequently charged with violent conduct, as well as with using “improper, abusive, insulting and threatening” language towards Kavanagh.

Following a hearing by an independent regulatory commission, it was revealed that Mitrovic would be banned for a total of eight matches, with the striker also receiving a £75,000 fine.

The Serbian striker served the first game of his suspension in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth and will now miss Fulham’s next seven top-flight matches.

Fulham’s head coach Marco Silva was also shown a red card during the defeat to United, and he will serve a two-game touchline ban after being charged with improper conduct and using “abusive and insulting” language. A further £40,000 penalty was issued against Fulham for failing to control their players.

A spokesperson from Fulham informed that they will appeal the sanction. He further said, “We note the decision of the independent regulatory commission to sanction Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marco Silva. Our current intention is to appeal both sanctions, however we will await the written reasons before confirming our final position.”

Is Jose Mourinho really the special one?

Is Jose Mourinho really the special one?

José Mourinho is renowned for his extreme arrogance and unwavering confidence, which has enabled him to become one of the most successful football managers in the world. He is a master of harnessing arrogance and using it to his advantage. Arrogance can be a powerful tool in the pursuit of success. It can provide inner strength, inspire followers and give one an edge over the competition. When used properly, it can lead to great accomplishments. 

José Mourinho has achieved great success throughout his career. He rose to prominence with FC Porto’s victories in the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League and has continued to be one of the most influential figures in world football ever since. He managed big clubs like Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Tottenham and is now plying his trade with Rome in Italy. But why is the Portuguese manager called ‘The Special One’? Let’s have a look at it. 

Why is Jose Mourinho called ‘The Special One’? 

José Mourinho’s iconic nickname, “The Special One,” dates back to his arrival at Chelsea in 2004. During his first press conference, he declared that he considered himself a “special one,” and the name has stayed with him ever since. “Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m a European champion and I think I’m a special one,” the great Jose Mourinho said. Before his time at Chelsea, José Mourinho was not as widely known in the football community despite his impressive accomplishments with FC Porto, including a Champions League title in 2003-04. After this success, his star began to rise, and he quickly became one of the most sought-after managers in the world. 

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José Mourinho has earned his famous moniker, “The Special One,” through a combination of his tactical acumen and excellent managerial skills. He boldly proclaimed himself as such in his first press conference with Chelsea, creating a buzz in the media ahead of his first season in the Premier League. José Mourinho’s nickname, “The Special One,” has become even more valid during his time as manager of Chelsea, where he became the most successful coach in the club’s history. His tactical genius and managerial skills helped him reach new heights and truly live up to his arrogance. 

José Mourinho achieved remarkable success in his first two seasons as manager of Chelsea, winning back-to-back Premier League titles and setting the record for most points in a Premier League-winning campaign (95). He displayed incredible talent as a tactician and manager, cementing his status as “The Special One.” Since his first spell at Chelsea, José Mourinho’s success in the Premier League has been mixed. His second stint with the Blues was not able to match the heights of his initial tenure, and his spell at Manchester United encountered several difficulties. Jose Mourinho was also sacked from his job at Tottenham after he failed to achieve the club’s set expectations. 

Is Jose Mourinho the special one? 

Very often there comes a character who changes the whole meaning of the game. Jose Mourinho can be considered one such game-changer. From giving Chelsea a name in world football to getting the better of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, Jose Mourinho did it all. He even went on to win a treble with Inter Milan. Adding to that, Manchester United won their last trophy under the management of Jose Mourinho, which was back in 2017. Jose Mourinho came to Roma and helped them secure UEFA Europa Conference League in 2022. 

José Mourinho has solidified his status as one of the greatest football managers of all time. He is just the second manager to win five major European titles, joining Giovanni Trapattoni in achieving this feat. Among his honors are two UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, and the recently won UEFA Europa Conference League. 

Jose Mourinho signs the same Premier League star for a third time

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Jose Mourinho’s takeover of La Liga from Pep Guardiola is one of the solid reasons why he should be considered the “Special One”. José Mourinho had a successful three-year tenure at Real Madrid, winning the Copa del Rey in 2011, La Liga in 2012, and Supercopa de España in 2012. During that time, he also set a new club record of 32 consecutive match unbeaten streak in the 2011 – 2012 season. 

In 2019, Jose Mourinho voiced his displeasure about the fact that people questioned his coaching abilities in England, and thus why he adopted the title of ‘The Special One’. 

“When I gave my first press conference I was asked if I was ready for the Premier League,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I thought: ‘What? I just won the Champions League and you are thinking that I am nobody?’ “So, I went a little bit aggressive by saying I am not one from the bottle, I am a special one. But then, bang, it stayed. No problem.” 

In October 2015, Jurgen Klopp was asked if he would follow in Jose Mourinho’s footsteps and call himself the ‘Special One’ when he joined Liverpool as manager, reigniting the attention around this title. In contrast, Jurgen Klopp referred to himself as the “normal one” instead of the “Special One”. 

Jose Mourinho has taken back his claim 

However, in 2022 Jose Mourinho admitted that his reputably renowned label of “The Special One” no longer applies, referring to it as an “old story”. When questioned concerning his potential to forge another noteworthy performance before the Europa Conference League final against Feyenoord at the Arena Kombetare in Tirana, Jose Mourinho responded that the “Special One” narrative was now a thing of the past. 

‘When you have more maturity and stability, you think much more about the people and less about yourself. ‘I can just do what every coach can do and try to help the team. ‘I don’t believe in magical moments. This is not the moment of one individual, it is the team, the players, and the staff. ‘Does each new achievement mean more than the previous one? It does. But there is nothing special to be done, just be us.’ 

In his 23rd season as a manager, Jose Mourinho is still unsure of when he will be retiring due to a piece of advice given to him by Manchester United’s legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. In March 2013, during his time as Real Madrid boss, Mourinho was summoned to Ferguson’s office at Old Trafford before a Champions League encounter and forewarned of what was to come.

‘It was Manchester United vs Real Madrid. Before the game, Sir Alex Ferguson invited me to his office,’ he said. 

‘I asked him, ”What is it like, boss? Does it change? Does it change over the years?”. He said, ”Forget about it. Nothing changes. It is the same up until the very last day”. 

‘That is why I keep saying I cannot believe I am 59 years old. I cannot believe I have a 22-year career as a head coach. I cannot tell you when I am going to stop because I cannot visualize it. ‘The passion doesn’t change.’ 

List of trophies won by Jose Mourinho in every club he managed

Trophies won with Porto 

  1. Primeira Liga 2002-03
  2. Taca de Portugal 2002-03
  3. Supertaca Candido de Oliveira 2003
  4. UEFA Cup 2002-03
  5. Primeira Liga 2003-04
  6. UEFA Champions League 2003-04

Trophies won with Chelsea 

  1. Carabao Cup 2004-05 
  2. Premier League 2004-05 
  3. FA Community Shield 2005 
  4. Premier League 2005-06 
  5. Carabao Cup 2006-07 
  6. FA Cup 2006-07 
  7. Carabao Cup 2014-15 
  8. Premier League 2014-15 

Trophies won with Inter Milan 

  1. Supercoppa Italiana 2008 
  2. Serie A 2008-09 
  3. Coppa Italia 2009-10 
  4. Serie A 2009-10 
  5. UEFA Champions League 2009-10 

Trophies won with Real Madrid 

  1. Copa del Rey 2010-11 
  2. La Liga 2011-12 
  3. Supercopa de Espana 2012 

Trophies won with Manchester United

  1. FA Community Shield 2016 
  2. Carabao Cup 2016-17 
  3. UEFA Europa League 2016-17

Trophies won with AS Roma 

  1. UEFA Conference League 2022
Arsenal crashes out of Europa League; knocked out by Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal crashes out of Europa League; knocked out by Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal are out of the race for Europa League. The Premier League leaders were knocked out by Sporting Lisbon FC in penalties after the second leg was drawn 1-1.

Having already drawn the first leg 2-2 in Portugal, the Gunners fielded a strong XI that made an impact instantly. Granit Xhaka, the skipper of Arsenal, gave the home team the lead in the 19th minute at Emirates Stadium. For Sporting, Pedro Goncalves scored a stunning goal to level the scoreline. Goncalves’s audacious goal was reminiscent of David Beckham’s long-range chip for Manchester United against Wimbledon that launched him to superstardom in 1996.

Both the teams tried their level best to get the upper hand. But the game was forced to penalties. In penalties, Martin Ødegaard, Bukayo Saka, and Leandro Trossard got their names on the scoresheet. While Gabriel Martinelli’s penalty shoot was saved by Lisbon’s goalkeeper Antonio Adan. For Lisbon, all their players were successful in penalties. Hence, ensuring their team’s successful path to the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was disappointed with the team’s performance yesterday. He said, “A huge blow obviously. There were moments in the first 75 minutes where we weren’t at our level. We gave every ball away and we didn’t have the capacity to take the game. Arteta further added, “We had big chances to finish the game. We have to look at ourselves and why we were not good enough to go through.”

Arsenal hasn’t won a European trophy since lifting the Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1994 and their wait will go on for another year. But the Gunners would gladly swap Europa League success for a long-awaited Premier League title.

Manchester United

Liverpool hand Manchester United their biggest defeat in Premier League history

Manchester United has been handed a shock defeat. After winning the Carabao Cup and knocking Barcelona out of the Europa League, the Red Devils have suffered their biggest defeat in the Premier League. Erik Ten Hag’s men suffered a 7-0 loss against Liverpool in a Premier League fixture on Sunday.

The match started on a positive note, with both the clubs making aggressive runs at the opposition’s goal. However, it was Liverpool who landed the first blow with Cody Gakpo’s stunning curling kick within a few minutes of the half-time whistle.

The scoreline was 1-0 at the end of the first half. As soon as the second half started, all hell broke loose for the Red Devils. Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez made a tap in not allowing Manchester United to settle. Minutes later, Cody Gakpo scored his second goal to give a comfortable 3-0 lead for The Reds.

Making matters worse for the Old Trafford-based club, Mohammad Salah, who had a pretty average season in terms of goals, scored two quick goals to take the scoreline to 6-0. Roberto Firmino, who came as a substitute, put his name on the scoresheet to make it 7-0, handing Manchester United their biggest defeat in Premier League history. The shock Liverpool loss at Anfield was their worst result in 92 years.

Erik Ten Hag was furious with the team’s performance against Liverpool. “It’s unprofessional,” ten Hag said. He further added, “As a team, you have to stick together. And that is what we didn’t do. And that was a surprise for me. I haven’t seen this from my team. I don’t think it’s Manchester United. So it’s really bad and poor.”

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