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Centre Back Options for Manchester United

As Sir Alex Ferguson said "Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles" and for Manchester United to be challenging for titles again, we need a flawless backline. We need a defence that'll do the job 35 out of 38 times a season. With games coming thick and fast as the season progresses we'll need serious reinforcements especially with Phil Jones and Eric Bailly being very injury prone, we'll need to consider signing a new centre back. We could, of course, look at the academy and give Axel Tuanzebe chances but if there's a long term injury to either one of Victor Lindelof or Harry Maguire, it'll be far too much pressure on Axel to expect him to play 90 min games in that duration which is why we'll have to look to the transfer window. There are two ways of looking at this singing - as a Lindelof replacement or as a back-up centre-back. I'll take a look at three potential options to fill in that position and rate the possibility of the signing ou…

Ultimate Ex-Manchester United XI

Manchester United has had some fantastic players over the years and have won trophies and the hearts of the Old Trafford faithful during their time at the club. However, after they depart the club some players flourish just as much and sometimes even more. This is the ultimate former-Red XI that are still playing and for this lineup, I'll do a 4-4-2 formation.

Not many good options out there really but Ben Foster at 37 is still performing exceptionally for Watford and despite their poor defensive record he has been outstanding this season and has been so since joining the Hornets. He may not have had the best time at Old Trafford but is certainly the best of the bunch of ex-United 'keepers.

Honorable Mention: Tom Heaton

Rafael had some great moments at Manchester United as he won 8 trophies at the club and 169 appearances during his seven year stay. However, in Louis Van Gaal's first season at United, Rafael was displaced by Antonio …

Transfer Watch: How would Jude Bellingham fit in at United?

Birmingham's breakout star Jude Bellingham, 16, still comfortably qualifies to be profiled as part of our Academy Watch. But, the English midfielder's career is taking off on a totally different trajectory.

Playing at youth level for his club must feel like an age ago to Bellingham. Everyone at Birmingham was aware of his talent at the end of last season as a promising 15-year-old but nobody could have really predicted the impact this kid would soon have on the first-team proceedings. Bellingham broke into the Blues senior team at full steam this year.

The teenager has played 32 matches in the Championship this season, notching up four goals and three assists; contributions more than appropriate for a midfielder his age. Bellingham's preferred position is centrally. He's the kind of midfielder who wants to put his stamp on possession. His energy and fearlessness allow him to go into tackles and win the ball back for his team all while being dynamic enough to get attac…

Academy Watch: Shola Shoretire

A club like Manchester United is widely known for playing free-flowing, attacking football and winning trophies. As a result of that, the academy often tends to be a little top heavy in favor of talented forwards.

In this week's Academy Watch, we will take a look at arguably one of the most exciting U18 players in the world. 16-year-old Shola Shoretire began knock on United's U18 team's door as a 14-year-old after being a constant standout in the lower age groups, and despite being significantly undersized — he's been able to consistently show flashes of brilliance.

Age: 16
Date of Birth: 2/2/2004
Nationality: English
Position: Forward
Preferred Foot: Right 

Career Stats
Manchester United U18 — Apps: 17 | Goals: 1 | Assists: 3
England U16 — Apps: 2

Shoretire is very much one for the future, and likely not the immediate one. But with that said, who knows in football, right? The nifty forward is still around a year away from the age at which Mason Greenwood's name began to …

Top 10 Free Transfers for 2020 Summer

My heartfelt condolences and well wishes to all impacted by the Coronavirus. Maybe it is sometimes required to try and take a breath away from all the negative news and feedback and chat about some Football matters. One of the busiest periods of any football season is the summer break transfer season. For football fans, transfer windows are a sight to behold: elite football clubs around the world jostling to lure a superstar to their backyard, the will-he-won't-he situations, and all the deadline day drama. This season has proven not to be anything close to “normal” many leagues are in serious doubt of being resumed and or completed as COVID-19 has literally brought the entire world to a standstill.
The idea of a talented player available for free in the transfer window is the stuff dreams are made of, but such dreams are now commonplace in the football world. This season too, quite a few players are entering the final years of their contracts and unless their parent clubs decide …

Manchester United 2019/20 Squad Ranking

Coming up with new discussion points can be quite challenging at times like this; when there is no football to be seen on the horizon. But, internet trends sure can help sometimes.

Tier lists went through the typical viral hype phase before cooling off as of late, but that's no reason not to do one on the current Manchester United squad. It has certainly been an up and down season so far for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men. Nobody knows whether it will get finished or not, but United have looked in pretty good nick recently. They've been winning, keeping clean sheets and getting the fans on board.

One of the biggest outtakes from this season has been the fans finding an identity within the team again. Debates regarding the manager aside, it felt like the fan base — for the most part — was fully committed and behind the team.

We also witnessed another solid transfer window. And with United still in the running for Top 4 and two trophies, it's quite safe to say that this sea…

Saul Niguez or Thomas Partey - The Missing Midfield Puzzle Piece?

With the world grinding to a halt due to the Coronavirus, the imminent future of football remains unknown. That hasn't stopped the transfer rumours coming thick and fast as Manchester United have been linked with everything that moves. News coming from Old Trafford is that the recruitment team are still hard at work and working on new signings around the clock. The Jadon Sancho rumours have been surfacing over and over again but most of the sources are either tier three or four journalists. Either way, we will be signing a proper right-winger this summer and that's incredible news. 
With that spot potentially getting fixed, the next area we need to focus on is central midfield. We are one injury away from giving Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira game time. Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay will be a really good midfield but it lacks that killer instinct that most title contenders have. With plenty of names getting thrown around, one that has…

Van Gaal's FA Cup Winning Side, where are they now?

Louis Van Gaal had a trialling period at Old Trafford with his debut season showing promise with a fourth place finish and some sparkling form in the latter stages of the Premier League with strong performances against City, Liverpool and Spurs. While a trophyless first season, Van Gaal splashed the cash in the 2015 summer window for Darmian, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Memphis and Martial but struggled to get the team going. Poor form, sluggish and boring performances and a massive injury list throughout the season caused many problems for Van Gaal as Jose Mourinho was constantly linked with the Dutchman's job since his dismissal from Chelsea in December 2015. Despite all of this Van Gaal guided his team to their first FA Cup final in nine years and aimed to win their first since 2004. Manchester United came up against Crystal Palace who had knocked out four Premier League sides including a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane but had only won twice in their last ten Premier League matc…