How these three senior players ruined the Man United dressing room: report

Manchester United’s dressing room is reportedly in uproar over decisions made in the interests of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young.

The last thing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs is split squad particularly since his focus has been on trying to sign quality players this summer.

The Norwegian is trying to navigate through his first real transfer window given the January one passed during his caretaker role.

Now fully in charge of United, many are expecting Solskjaer to make big changes to what fans feel is an average squad.

However, it appears the former Molde man has bigger issues on his hand than purely on-field ones and he’ll be keen to solve them swiftly.

According to the Mirror, the Times report that the Red Devils’ dressing room are furious that Jones, Young and Smalling were all handed new contracts despite not deserving them.

This makes sense given that players such as Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, David de Gea and Marcus Rashford have all essentially been ignored.

The former Atletico Bilbao man has already confirmed he’ll depart when his contract expires this summer while the former Chelsea man seems set to do the same.

De Gea has turned down Manchester United’s latest offer due to their inability to match his wage demands while Rashford is said to be concerned over the club’s future.

Man United’s chase for Koulibaly takes a twist: report

Manchester United have reportedly been dealt a blow in their chase for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly in their bid to resolve their defensive woes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival hasn’t stopped the goals from opposition attackers flowing in and so the need to address their issues in the back are clear for all to see.

It’s believed the Norwegian’s main focus is to invest in the full-back positions but there’s a feeling for the need to partner Victor Lindelof with a capable centre-back.

Koulibaly is said to be their ideal signing due to his experience, leadership and obvious top talent which is why he has several suitors in the first place.

United’s chances of signing him are already pretty low, particularly with no Champions League football on offer but it appears as though it’s now near impossible.

According to Calcio Mercato, Correire dello Sport report that Napoli rejected Real Madrid’s €90m offer for Kalidou as they stick to their guns on his €150m release clause.

Given how the Italian side won’t even budge for the Spanish giant then it leaves the Red Devils with almost no chance of signing him.

Koulibaly’s €150m release clause is also a huge chunk of Solskjaer’s reported £200m budget and given the amount of players he still wants to sign, a deal is unlikely.

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Man United told they can sign this 19yo superstar for €120m: report

Benfica president Domingos Soares has made it clear that Manchester United can only sign striker Joao Felix this summer if they activate the teenager’s €120m release clause.

Man United are on the search for a new forward this summer amid doubts over Romelu Lukaku’s future. Nicolas Pepe, who scored 21 goals for Lille last season, is also on the radar after it was confirmed he would leave the Ligue 1 side ahead of next season.

Felix is an even brighter prospect: just 19-years old, playing a central role for a title-winning Benfica side, scoring 20 goals in his first season at senior level. He is a live wire, swerving and jinking his way into the box in a way which feels miles away from the lumbering presence of Lukaku.

Benfica’s president has given potential suitors, of which there are many, an ultimatum: pay the €120m fee or forget it.

United have a choice to make. Firstly, do they want to stick with Lukaku? If the answer is no, they must then ask themselves whether spending over £100m on a teenager from Portugal is a risk worth taking.

The goals dried up in miserable fashion towards the end of last season and Solskjaer, in response, must find the right profile ahead of pre-season.

Man United admirers of this Premier League midfielder, deal would cost £35m: report

Manchester United have registered their interest in signing Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye this summer, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must reinforce his midfield options after Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera both left the club in the space of five months.

Other targets so far have included Tanguy Ndombele, Declan Rice and Adrien Rabiot, although Man United’s emphasis appears to be on signing Swansea City winger Daniel James and securing a central defender.

According to the Liverpool Echo and Manchester Evening News, Everton want £35m for the midfielder. Man United are not willing to pay that amount and will jettison any potential move should Everton refuse to budge on their valuation.

For all the talk about full-backs and defenders and wide players, United’s arguably greatest long-term problem stems from midfield. Do you build it around Paul Pogba, or does he play further forward? Do you play with a pivot? A trio? Does Nemanja Matic remain first choice? Where’s the pressing energy going to come from? How do you achieve balance with Pogba and Fred in the same starting XI? Does the midfield look to dominate the ball or does it press?

Such a multitude of questions demands not just new personnel but indeed a whole strategy regarding how the midfield should look going forward.