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Food for thought – Offering this midfield star a new contract should be the way to go for Man United

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Manchester United should definitely hand Ander Herrera a new contract

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have begun talks over a new deal for Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera. The former Athletic Bilbao midfielder has been linked with a return to the Spanish club but he has also reiterated his desire to stay and fight for his place (h/t Sky Sports).

He has made just 2 starts and 4 substitute appearances for the Red Devils since the season started. Herrera has also made just 1 start in the Champions League but United are struggling to get points this season. Jose Mourinho’s side is currently placed 8th after picking up just 20 points from their opening 12 games.

The manager has come under increasing pressure to perform over the last few weeks and though United did pull off a couple of comeback victories, the performances are yet to be better. Jose Mourinho did bring in a number of players in the summer of which none have managed to make a significant impact.

The arrival of Fred probably meant the end of Ander Herrera and though the Brazilian has clocked more time under Mourinho, he too has barely managed to impress. The likes of Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba have all played more minutes than Herrera but it would be wise for United to hold onto him for the foreseeable future.

There’s no denying the Spaniard is a hardworking and determined footballer. He has often cut a frustrated figure in the last few matches but that is only due to the below-par performances from the club as a whole. Herrera is constantly shouting and trying to raise the atmosphere around the club.

The Spaniard has also shown that is he is capable of functioning in any role the manager wants him to occupy. Though Herrera was poor as a third centre-back against Tottenham Hotspur last month, it’s his attitude that requires praise. His work rate and ability to hassle other midfielders is what makes him stand out. The 29-year-old is also capable of dictating play and popping up with goals himself.

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Manchester United have a number of players who will be without a contract at the end of the summer but they should definitely hold onto Ander Herrera. Jose Mourinho cannot rely on the new signings since they are yet to settle completely into the league. And Herrera is a Premier League proven star and they should hold onto him.

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Forget Douglas Costa – Man United’s best bet to solve right-wing woes would be to sign any of these 3 explosive attackers instead

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Manchester United Opinion: 3 wingers United should look at instead of Costa

According to a report from Le10 Sport, Manchester United are one of the host of European clubs interested in signing Juventus star, Douglas Costa.

Last month, the Brazilian winger, 28, sparked rumours of a move to Manchester United by liking a story on Twitter that claimed the Red Devils were preparing a summer move for him.

Douglas Costa has endured a frustrating season in Turin as manager Max Allegri has preferred other forwards to the Brazilian. The 28-year-old, who has a contract at Juventus until the summer of 2022, has managed only a single goal in 17 Serie A appearances.

The Metro claims Costa could fetch upwards of £60million, but for a player that has struggled all this season and will turn 29 in September, the fee is huge and United can certainly do much better than investing on the Juventus winger.

That being said, here are three players the Red Devils should consider instead of Costa this summer.

1. Suso (AC Milan)

United have faced problems on the right wing for some time now and should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer get appointed as the permanent manager of the club, he should address the problem this summer itself.

AC Milan star Suso would be perfect for Solskjaer’s United. The Spaniard has starred for Milan this season with five goals and eight assists in 26 Serie A games.

Suso’s pace, direct running and dribbling skills would add an extra dimension to United’s attack. The diminutive 25-year-old has all the attributes to flourish under Solskjaer.

2. Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)

PSV Eindhoven star Hirving Lozano has been on Manchester United’s radar in recent weeks.

The Mexican has been in sublime form in the Eredivisie, scoring 19 goals in all competitions thus far. He was excellent in the World Cup last year and has backed his 19-goal debut season in the Netherlands by producing the same figures again this term.

Lozano is a speedy winger and his passing, vision and creativity could be an invaluable asset for United on the right wing. His goalscoring return also shows that he can be clinical in the box. Undoubtedly, the Mexican star has the potential to be a world class player in the coming years.

3. Cengiz Under (AS Roma)

Cengiz Under joined AS Roma in the summer of 2017 and has since become one of the most importantly players of the club. He is rated very highly in European football, having already been involved in 15 goals so far this season, despite missing around a dozen games for AS Roma.

The young Turk can play on either flank and has the ability to play as a false 9 as well. The 21-year-old will surely prove value for money for United if they can convince Roma to sell him to.

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With him, the Red Devils will have a natural right winger who has the ability to run at players, beat them with ease and provide crosses in the box. With his close control and exceptional dribbling skills, Under will be a top acquisition for Solskjaer’s side.

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Antonio Valencia would be better off exiting Man United and joining any of these 3 PL clubs instead – Here is why

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Premier League Opinion: 3 summer destinations for Antonio Valencia

Manchester United have always paid keen attention to the transfer market and have a fairly dependable record of landing the players that they target. One such success story from the days of Sir Alex Ferguson was former Villarreal man Antonio Valencia.

The Ecuador international was brought in from Wigan as an alternative for the outgoing Cristiano Ronaldo, who made his switch to Real Madrid in the same window. But considering the heights that Ronaldo reached from there, Valencia replacing him effectively was instantly ruled out.

Now 33, his contributions over the years have been unquestionable and he remains the captain of the club even though his opportunities in the league this season have been few and far between.

With just 5 Premier League games under his belt this season, it would be no surprise to see him look for a move away. 

Reports arising from Sky Sports are suggesting that the Ecuadorean full-back is nearing his final months at Manchester United as his agent has confirmed that he will not be staying at the club beyond the end of the season when his current contract expires.

Here are 3 clubs who could benefit from signing the veteran in the upcoming summer window: 

Southampton 

The departure of Cedric Soares to Inter Milan earlier this season has hit the Saints team quite hard. Despite young Yan Valery’s resurgence in recent weeks, the addition of an experienced head will only aid Ralph Hasenhuttl’s cause.

Cedric Soares

Antonio Valencia still has quite a bit to offer in an attacking sense and considering that Valery is still a teenager, bringing the Ecuadorean in could prove to be brilliant as he can compete with the youngster for the starting spot while also mentoring him for the years ahead. 

West Ham 

Ryan Fredericks’ Hammers career has been hindered with injuries and while their move for Pablo Zabaleta last season was seen as a blunder, it actually worked charms for them as his experience really showed in their overall play down the right. 

Pablo Zabaleta

With Zabaleta now seemingly running out of steam, Valencia could be a good option to replace the Argentine as the Ecuadorean still has the stamina and physical capabilities to perform at the top level for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. 

Arsenal 

Despite the fact that this move is probably a long shot, Arsenal are one of the clubs in the Premier League who desperately need a massive overhaul in defence as individual mistakes and the injury to Hector Bellerin have hit them quite hard this season. 

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With the defensively unreliable Stephan Lichsteiner and Carl Jenkinson as the only alternatives, it is essential for Emery to bring in a replacement and a short term solution could be to move for Valencia who, despite his age, is still far superior to the aforementioned alternatives in terms of footballing quality.

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Man United should go all out to beat Tottenham £50m pursuit of this explosive 18-year-old PL starlet

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Manchester United Opinion: Why Ryan Sessegnon will be a top fit for United

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Tottenham are plotting a £50million summer swoop for Fulham teenage prodigy Ryan Sessegnon.

Ryan Sessegnon, 18, is out of contract at Craven Cottage in 2020 and has not agreed fresh terms, with Tottenham one of the European clubs considering a move for him. The likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are also monitoring his situation closely, adds the report.

Sessegnon has struggled with the step-up to the Premier League football this season as Fulham lie in the relegation zone. Yet, Manchester United should step up their interest and beat the likes of Tottenham and PSG to the 18-year-old’s signature.

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of the need for the club to recruit “quality players” in the summer to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

The Norwegian was brought in to replace Jose Mourinho in December until the end of the season, although he is widely expected to become their next permanent manager after winning 14 of his 19 matches in charge.

But after being lauded for his impact since replacing Mourinho, the painful truth for Solskjaer is that his Manchester United team’s latest performance in the 2-1 defeat at Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals was undoubtedly the poorest as anything they have produced under the Norwegian tactician.

The defeat was not only an eye-opener for the 46-year-old but also a rude reminder about United’s apparent lack of squad depth. United will need to strengthen this summer if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season and reinforcing the defence has got to be Solskjaer’s priority.

Competition for Luke Shaw at left-back is indeed required and Sessegnon will be an ideal fit for the Red Devils. Even though Sessegnon has excelled in an advanced role on the left for Fulham, but has been exposed a lot of times defensively.

Solskjaer would certainly have a challenge on his hands to improve the defensive facets of the 18-year-old’s game. Sessegnon has plenty of pace to burn, energy, agility, crossing abilities and willingness to work tirelessly throughout the game. He is also a very good passer of the ball and his game-reading abilities belie his age.

Verdict

Despite his obvious flaws and a lukewarm debut season in the Premier League, Sessegnon remains a precocious talent. It has been a challenging season for the teenager and the Cottagers in the Premier League but it’s well worth recalling that he is a young talent who will be better with experience.

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Thus, United shouldn’t hesitate to go all out for Sessegnon in the summer as he can certainly develop under the watchful eyes of Solskjaer.

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