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Answer to Man United’s vulnerable defence? Mourinho should waste no time in signing this two-time capped Brazilian wall

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Manchester United should go all out to sign Pablo in January

According to the Sun, Bordeaux’s Brazilian centre-back Pablo is the latest defender to be linked with a move to Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho weighs up his options ahead of the winter transfer window to add substance to his leaky backline.

Reports claim that Mourinho has set his sights on the Brazilian and United will have to break the bank to sign him as the 27-year-old is contracted to his current club till the end of 2020-21 season.

A youth graduate of Ceara, Pablo played for Gremio, Avai and Ponte Preta in his earlier days before moving out of his homeland to join Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux in 2015. He struggled for consistency and found it difficult to acclimatise to the style of play prevalent in France in his debut season.

He moved out on loan to Corinthians for the majority of the 2016-17 season and helped the club win the Brazilian Serie A and Campeonato Paulista. Following a successful loan spell, the Brazilian returned to Bordeaux fitter and stronger than before and cemented his place as a first-team regular.

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Pablo has hit the ground running this season as well, making 13 appearances in the Ligue 1 and playing every minute of Bordeaux’s campaign in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League. The Brazilian has made eyeballs turn with his consistently impressive performances in the French top flight, establishing himself as a rock at the back for his club.

Pablo, who has been capped by Brazil twice this year, has impressive numbers for a centre-back. He is a defender with a sound technique which allows him to run comfortably with the ball at his feet and pass it around to his teammates with ease. He has averaged 39.9 passes per game with an accuracy percentage of 85.4, including 4.5 successful long balls per game. As evident from the numbers, Pablo has a good range of passing, both short and long, making him a perfect fit for Jose Mourinho’s style of play which necessitates the defenders to play long balls forward to link-up with the target man up front.

The Brazilian is a decent tackler but it is his superior game reading ability and aerial prowess that makes him the defender that he is. Standing at 6ft. 2 inches, Pablo has just the perfect height for a centre-back and his ability to read the trajectory of the aerial balls to perfection, makes him a genuine asset to the backline.

He has the tendency to move further up the pitch at times to cut the passing lanes, not allowing the opposition to sneak in that penetrating pass behind the backline. In fact, Pablo has averaged 1.1 interceptions, 1.2 tackles, 2.6 aerial duels and 7.5 clearances per game this term in the Ligue 1, figures which speak volumes of his all-around ability as a centre-back.

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To put things into perspective, the Brazilian can be a perfect solution to Manchester United’s defensive woes. The Red Devils have shipped as many as 29 goals from 17 games this season, a dismal defensive record given that they had only conceded 28 goals all throughout the season last term.

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Injuries and lack of consistency at the back have been the primary cause of United’s undoing this season and Jose Mourinho needs to find a solution to that if the Red Devils are to challenge for a top-four finish this season.

That said, United should break the bank to sign this twice-capped Brazilian from Bordeaux to stabilise their porous and vulnerable backline.

 

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Manchester United can move on from Matic by signing this 23-year-old German midfield prodigy and here’s why

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Manchester United Opinion: Why Man United should go for Julian Weigl?

According to a report from the Daily Star, Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the club hierarchy to offload star midfielder Paul Pogba so he can reinvest the funds in improving the squad.

Pogba, 26, has refused to commit his future at Old Trafford in recent weeks and admitted last weekend he was contemplating a ‘new challenge’, amidst interest from Juventus and Real Madrid. Manchester United have maintained their stance of not selling the World Cup winner this summer but the Daily Star claim Solskjaer is ready to sanction a move.

The Red Devils have only given the Norwegian manager a summer transfer kitty of £100million to spend after failing to qualify for the Champions League, the report adds. They hope to make Aaron Wan-Bissaka their second signing of the summer following the arrival of Daniel James from Swansea City. But Solskjaer knows he needs many more players to complete his squad for next season and is ready to sacrifice Pogba to bolster the funds available to him.

Pogba, who is valued around £140m by United, is keen to leave Old Trafford this summer and challenge for major honours elsewhere. So, Solskjaer will be keen to sign a midfielder to replace the Frenchman. In fact, the 46-year-old tactician would need at least a couple of midfielders having lost Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini since joining the club in December.

Back in January 2018, the Independent claimed United were interested in signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl. However, a move didn’t materialise then and Weigl stayed at Dortmund.

The German midfielder’s form has taken a slight dip in recent times, resulting in him falling down the pecking order last season under Lucien Favre. He managed only 25 appearances across all competitions, predominantly playing in central defence. Even if Weigl has struggled in the last 18 months or so, United must rekindle their interest in the 23-year-old this summer.

Once regarded as one of the finest midfield talents in the world, Weigl could be the perfect replacement for Nemanja Matic, who has looked somewhat past his best for the Reds. The Germany international is also an exceptional passer of the football and is very comfortable in possession, whilst excelling when breaking up opposition’s play. He has plenty of energy and always looks to pass forward, making him a perfect fit for Solskjaer’s style of play at United.

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Weigl is vastly experienced, regardless of his tender years, and he would bring real quality competition to the central midfield department at Old Trafford. The 23-year-old should be the perfect player to partner Scott McTominay in central midfield next term, with Fred and Andreas Pereira having done very little to warrant a starting berth.

Verdict

At the age of 23, Weigl is still young and in the developmental phase of his career. His form has been patchy in the last couple of seasons at Dortmund, but that should not deter United in splashing the cash to sign him ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

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Man Utd’s £50m pursuit of this 21-year-old playmaker starring for PL rivals would be a solid move by Solskjaer

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Manchester United Opinion: Why Man United should sign David Brooks?

According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United are eyeing a £50m swoop for Bournemouth playmaker David Brooks.

The Wales international, 21, joined Bournemouth last summer in an £11.5m move from Sheffield United on a four-year contract. He enjoyed a fine debut campaign in the top-flight last season, scoring seven goals and assisting seven times and was awarded with a new, long-term deal in March.

David Brooks is the latest name to be linked with Manchester United, who are expected to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wholeheartedly in the summer transfer window after a disappointing sixth-placed finish last term. The United manager is plotting a major rebuild of his squad with a particular focus on signing young, exciting and hungrier British talents.

Before signing off for the summer, Solskjaer said he wanted all of his new signings on board and ready to start training when the squad returns on July 1. Yet, the Red Devils have just made one signing so far in the summer transfer window, with Daniel James joining the club from Swansea City.

With Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku declaring their desires to leave Old Trafford this summer, David De Gea out of contract next summer and yet to sign a contract extension and the likes of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia have released by the club, further additions of the requisite quality are the need of the hour.

Things must change thick and fast for United and they must not hesitate in splashing the cash to sign David Brooks from Bournemouth. The Welshman impressed in his debut season with the Cherries and could be the player to improve United’s attack next season.

A technically gifted and tactically versatile player, the 21-year-old caught the eye with his work-rate, energy and versatility—playing in the no.10 role, out wide and in a deeper midfield role. That’s exactly what makes Brooks so valuable, as the 21-year-old can fill in at any attacking role very effectively. The no.10 role allows him to assert his creative dominance on the field, helping link the play with midfield and attack.

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The ex-Sheffield United man is excellent from dead-ball situations and has a hammer of a left foot with which he can score long-range screamers. He is only 21 and is a very exciting talent, who has massive potential to develop.

Verdict

Manchester United have a rich history of nurturing young talents into world beaters and Brooks—a boyhood Red Devil—might see this as an opportunity to help the club take back to where they belong. Even if Bournemouth aren’t willing to let go of the Welshman, Solskjaer and co. must do everything possible to lure him away to Old Trafford.

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Manchester United offering a new deal to this 22-year-old England U21 star would get them a successor for De Gea

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Manchester United Opinion: Man United must offer fresh terms to Dean Henderson

According to a report from Mirror, Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is set to agree on a new deal after an impressive loan spell with the Sheffield United. The report also claims that the England U-21 goalkeeper will be loaned back to the Blades for the upcoming season.

Impressive performances with the Blades and the Three Lions

Henderson played a great role behind the Blades’ promotion to Premier league in the recently concluded season.

In the long run, the 22-year-old kept 21 clean sheets, the highest by a Championship goalkeeper and have conceded only 41 goals.

Furthermore, his contribution for the Three Lions team turns out to be nothing short of greatness as he put up a stellar display against France in Euro U-21 competition. Despite ending on the losing side, Henderson pulled off a series of fine saves and also denied an opposition’s penalty.

De Gea’s uncertain future at Old Trafford

It has been that kind of season for United’s No 1, David de Gea, not only in terms of his lacklustre performances on the field but also with his wages issues with the club.

The Red Devils are reluctant to meet his high wages demands thereby allowing the 28-year-old to have second thoughts about his future. The ex-Atletico Madrid man’s contract at Old Trafford ends next season, with PSG and Real Madrid tracking his situation.

Is Henderson the right one to succeed De Gea?

The Spaniard’s situation has forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sort out the replacements and the names like Gianluigi Donnarumma, Jasper Cillessen emerged on the wishlist.

Even, the Norwegian manager has tabled the idea of promoting Sergi Romero, who has been serving as United’s second string shot-stopper for years.

And United don’t have to look outside while they are having an option off the shelf named Henderson. The English youngster holds every trait to succeed De Gea as he has already shared a glimpse in his previous loan spells and with the Three Lions U-21 side as well.

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My Verdict

Henderson has been depleted with the first team chances owing to his subsequent loan spells at various English clubs since his move to Old Trafford.

And the Red Devils sending him out on another loan spell while he is at this zenith doesn’t sound wiser. If there is a player who needs to inherit De Gea, then it has to be Henderson.

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