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A Lukaku Replacement - 10 Options

With the Europa League final done and dusted, we are only one match away from completely immersing ourselves into the summer transfer rumour mill. We all have a decent idea of what is going to happen but if the past is any indication then, as usual, there will be plenty of last-minute moves that will surprise the footballing world.
The latest rumour is that Lukaku has agreed to take a pay cut to force a move to Inter. The big Belgian has spoken about his desire to move to Italy even before the season ended and now it seems like it might finally happen. After two polar opposite seasons for Lukaku, he has come under a lot of criticism for various reasons like missing sitters, his weight, and so on.
I'd still like to give him one more season to prove himself but if he wants out, I'll hold the door open for him. However, his exit adds the additional responsibility of replacing him with a top striker. Here is a list of the strikers that we could replace him with. This list consist…

Daniel James - The Giggsy Alternative?

After what turned out to be a very poor season, the summer transfer window has finally begun. It is time to ship out the deadwood and bring in new players. This window is particularly important for Manchester United as it is one for rebuild under our new manager - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. We need a minimum of five top signings to be anywhere near the best teams in the world. Solskjaer and especially Woodward will be scrutinised hard this summer because of everything that has happened over the season.

Considering that, while we were waiting on names like Sancho, Ndombele, Wan Bissaka etc to join, Manchester United have reportedly struck an agreement to sign Swansea's Welsh winger - Daniel James. With everyone wondering who exactly is he, let's take a look at what he can bring to our club.

Who is Daniel James?
Daniel James is a 21 year old, Welsh left winger. He currently plays for Swansea and had a great season with 5 goals and 10 assists. He featured in the game where Swansea too…

Could De Ligt be the solution to United's defensive miseries?

It is no secret that Manchester United have been crying out for a commanding centre back. It’s coming up to five years since the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and United still haven’t found sufficient replacements for either of the two. Of course, it’s not easy to replace arguably one of the greatest centre back partnerships in Premier League history, but it should not take this long. Not at a club of Manchester United’s stature. But perhaps this summer, finally, this will change.
19-year-old Matthijs De Ligt has been on the radars of European footballing giants for a few years now, but this season, the Dutch international has cemented himself as one of the world’s finest defenders, warranting an imminent big-money move. 
De Ligt was part of the 2017 Europa League final when United faced Ajax. Back then, he was a promising 17-year-old that was already anchoring Ajax’s defence alongside Davinson Sanchez. Today, two years later, when you look at De Ligt, it seems like it’…

Axel Tuanzebe a leader United may already have?

Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe has enjoyed another excellent season on-loan at Midlands side Aston Villa and has helped guide them into the Championship play-offs. The 21-year-old defender has been a mainstay for Villa this season and helped them finish fifth in the Championship and as a result, his side takes a 2-1 lead into Tuesdays 2nd leg play-off against local rivals, West Bromwich Albion.
Tuanzebe, who has played 25 times for the Villains this season was sidelined for a short spell due to injury in December, however, he managed to come through it and regained his place and helped push his side into the playoff picture. Featuring mainly as a right-sided centre-back, Tuanzebe is very strong in his tackling and uses his 6'1" frame to his advantage in the air. In the Championship this season, he has been successful in 52.07% of his aerial duels and showed great leadership despite his young age.
The English international has also got a very impressive tackle success…

A Director of Football will be Manchester United's signing of the summer

Manchester United fans must be very glad that the season has finally come to an end. For me, this is the worst season I have had to bare in the short life span I have lived on earth as a Manchester United fan. I was alive during the days of Moyes but never in my life have I seen Manchester United players as satisfied with losing as they were this season.
This season has highlighted that the biggest part of the problem at United lies with the board and the players. Jose Mourinho wasn't backed by the board as they claimed the squad were good enough to challenge. From what we have seen, finishing second last season was a huge huge miracle for Manchester United.
Enter Director of Football We have endured the past seven years being controlled by a board whose executive director is an investment banker. From what has been seen, Ed Woodward's focus has been mainly getting sponsors and endorsement deals from companies. He has grossly neglected and mismanaged the footballing side. Due …

Manchester United 2018/19 Season Review

Manchester United’s 2018/19 season has (thankfully) come to an end on Sunday evening, and those last two performances of the Red Devils’ campaign really summed up everything that has been wrong at the club over the last nine months.

United finished sixth in the Premier League and concluded the season by amassing one point (out of a possible six) against two sides that have already been relegated. A dire draw away to arguably one of the worst sides in EPL history in Huddersfield, followed by a 0-2 loss at home in the final game of the season against Cardiff, in what ended up being a wasted opportunity to leave the fans with the hope of a whole re-scaling at Manchester United in the summer transfer window. 
After coming second in the league last season, despite being lightyears behind champions Manchester City, United entered pre-season far from where they left off in the 2017/18 campaign. The constant negativity from former manager Jose Mourinho, and the apparent conflict between the …

Cardiff City vs. Manchester United - Match Analysis

Manchester United's disappointing season came to a fitting conclusion as relegated Cardiff went out with a bang, giving their former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plenty to think about. A campaign that started with the divisive Jose Mourinho ended with a shambolic 2-0 loss to a side relegated with a match to spare, leaving United an eye-watering 32 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's brace was the difference as Cardiff beat United for the first time since 1960 - quite the way for Neil Warnock to bow out in what he expects to be his last top-flight match as a manager. But as the visitors celebrated, ex-Bluebirds boss Solskjaer was left reeling on an afternoon that highlighted just why there will be personnel changes at Old Trafford this summer. United have regressed since the Norwegian started his reign in December with a 5-1 win in the Welsh capital, but there did appear to be a dollop of fortune about the decision that saw Mendez-La…

Manchester United vs Cardiff City Preview

At last this torrid season is over and Manchester United can sort themselves out over the summer. The final game of the season is at home to Cardiff and really, United need to win big to at least begin to get back on their feet. Here's all you need to know:

Teams: Manchester United vs Cardiff City
Location: Old Trafford
KO: Sunday 12th May 15:00 GMT
Managers: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Neil Warnock
Referee: Jonathan Moss

What form are both teams in?
Manchester United have not won a game since beating West Ham and have most recently drawn twice against Chelsea and Huddersfield which led to the Red Devils missing out on Champions League qualification for next year. After last week's disaster, only a win will do.
Form: LLLDD GF: 2 GA: 11

Cardiff have had a tough season and after being relegated at home to Crystal Palace and have only won four times in 2019 but the last time they have done so was mid-April against Brighton but still could not manage to overtake the Seagulls in a race to a…

Huddersfield vs. Manchester United Player Ratings

Another disappointing for Manchester United as they draw even with an already-relegated Huddersfield side. Here are the player ratings:

David De Gea (7/10):
The Spaniard looked himself today, and made a few saves on the day. Didn't look nervous like he has in recent matches. One of United's few bright spots in the match.

Ashley Young (4/10):
Really running out of things to say about this man. Shows almost no composure on the ball and constantly gives the opposition possession. Terrible crosser of the ball (baffles me as to why he takes corners), and even though he's captain, he's definitely not a leader.

Phil Jones (4/10):
Almost gave Huddersfield a goal with a forced pass that didn't need to be made. Had an opportunity to give us the winning goal and absolutely ruined a good chance to win the game.

Victor Lindelof (6/10):
The Swede looked as calm as ever, and probably had the most composure on the team besides maybe McTominay. Good on defense and started off some of …

Huddersfield vs. Manchester United - Match Analysis

Manchester United’s top four hopes have finally been buried after getting inevitably delayed for several weeks — as United came away from already relegated Huddersfield with a stalemate 1-1 draw. 
Once again, as has been the case for the past few games, United looked livelier and showed more intent to respond to the critics early on — but that intensity faded with every minute of the game. 
The visitors looked promising going forward at times, and were in total control of the game when they got rewarded with the opening goal in the 8thminute. 
A series of attacks saw United eventually break the deadlock following some tidy one touch build up play initiated by Juan Mata. United ended up losing the ball during that sequence, only for it to be given straight back to them due to a Huddersfield error which saw Scott McTominay take a clever touch onto his left foot and rifle a low driven shot into the net. 
The hosts goalkeeper, Jonas Lossl, arguably could have done better with that effort…

Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United Preview

With two games left to play Manchester United know that their Top Four hopes rely on both Arsenal and Chelsea dropping points as well as winning both games against Huddersfield and Cardiff. The first of which is against already relegated Huddersfield Town, here's all you need to know:
Teams: Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United Location: John Smith's Stadium KO: 5th May 14:00 GMT Managers: Jan Siewert and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Referee: Lee Mason
What form are both teams in? Manchester United are in torrid form and have not won a single game since beating West Ham 2-1 and not won away from home since beating Paris Saint-Germain in what seems like an age ago. Most recently a home draw to Chelsea summed up the squad's lack of fitness and energy as their impressive first half performance was not matched in the second half and Chelsea controlled the second period.  WLLLD GF:3 GA:11

Huddersfield Town are already relegated and their form shows it. They have not won since the end of Fe…