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Sunday, March 23
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has snubbed Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira for a reason
- The United manager is excited at the prospect of playing Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba together
- The Red Devils face a problem when it comes to signing Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho this summer
- Stay tuned throughout the day as Express Sport brings you all the information regarding United
Bruno Fernandes praised
ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno has lauded Bruno Fernandes for his stunning star to life at United.
Moreno said: “This was a poorly-structured team, a dysfunctional team, do you know what a poorly-structured and dysfunctional team needs? They need a focal point.
“They need a guy that you can rely on, that ‘Do you know what? Give us some direction’.
“And so what he has done is he has provided a natural outlet for everybody on that team where you say ‘Okay, if we’re in trouble, you give it to him, he’s going to figure out the rest for us’.
“Once we give it to Bruno Fernandes he has an idea as to what he wants to do with the ball, he can read the play, he can see the passes, he can execute those passes, he can join in the attack.”
Pogba holds Coutinho key
Manchester United are unlikely to sign Philippe Coutinho if Paul Pogba stays, ESPN pundit Julien Laurens has claimed.
“I guess a lot of it would depend on Paul Pogba and what is going to happen with him because if you keep Pogba and you have Bruno Fernandes, there’s no room anywhere for Coutinho,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
“Not even in a front three above Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the midfield three because I just don’t think that would work.
“If Pogba goes and you think that maybe Coutinho can drop a bit deeper and play in the midfield three, then that may work.
“But even as a front-three player, wide on the left or wide on the right, I still don’t think that’s his best position.
“For me a team has to be built around him and has to play for Coutinho all the time.”
Solskjaer snubbing duo
Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira have both been regularly snubbed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent times.
And The Sun say that’s because the Red Devils manager felt they needed taking out the firing line.
Both players have struggled for United this season with their performances often seeing them targeted by fans.
And Solskjaer has spared them from further upset by regularly leaving them on the bench or out of the squad entirely.
The report adds that the United manager is likely to sell the pair, too, when the transfer window shuts.
United coronavirus problem
United want to sign Jadon Sancho, while Harry Kane is also in their sights.
But the Red Devils are worried about spending big on the duo because of what message that would send out at a time where the coronavirus crisis is causing uncertainty around the world.
One club administrator said: “It won’t be a good look if after all that’s happening clubs immediately start paying huge transfer fees for new players.
“I would imagine that conversation is already being had at many clubs who were planning on substantial investments in the market during the summer window.
“Paying over £100million for a player when the world emerges from the Covid-19 crisis would seem to be inviting trouble.
“What the transfer window will look like when it does operate again is anyone’s guess but you can be certain club’s will be treading cautiously.”
Grealish prediction made
Aston Villa hero Darius Vassell believes Jack Grealish will leave the club this summer amid interest from United.
“I always get asked about Jack Grealish’s situation. I want him to stay through supporting Villa – he’s one of our own,” he told Stadium Astro.
“But he’s so good now, where could he end up if he went to a better team with better players? Is it right to hold him back? If you look at history, you’ve got Gareth Barry and James Milner who left for City. Top quality players went on to bigger and better things.
“So I think it’s a matter of time. He’s so good, how can other teams not be tempted to come in and steal him?
“I don’t like saying it but he’s got to go at some point. Unless Villa get new owners and are buying the best players, go and get the most for your career.
“I don’t think Villa fans would blame him – he’s played his heart out and done brilliantly. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be surprised.”