Manchester United have turned their Premier League season around but after being eliminated from the Champions League and Carabao Cup, they’re left with two trophies to win: FA Cup and Europa League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for his first trophy as Manchester United manager. If he doesn’t win one this season, he knows the pressure will build and losing to Man City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals (again) was a kick in the teeth.
That said, Man City were the better side on the night and deserved to reach the finals where they will face Tottenham Hotspur who almost forget what it’s like to win a trophy. Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho meeting in a final for the first time since the Copa del Rey in 2011.
Over the coming months we will learn how close Manchester United are to challenging Liverpool and Man City for the Premier League title. I feel we are some way off yet but with extra recruitment who knows?
The defence is a huge concern to me, as it was in the summer but perhaps even more so now. Getting a corner kick against United is as good as a penalty on some days and proper defensive order is needed at the back.
Harry Maguire has not looked like an £80m centre-back, while Victor Lindelof has hardly covered himself in glory either. That centre-back pairing should be a thing of the past if Eric Bailly can stay fit and there are several others who need to be sold as well. And, if you think you know who United will be buying in the summer, check out signupbonusoffers.co.uk and put your gut instinct to the test.
The likes of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have no place at United anymore. It’s clear that Solskjaer doesn’t have either of them part of his plans for the future.
If one report is to be believed, United have already identified some potential targets for their quest to find a new centre-back.
The Manchester Evening News reported last month that Manchester United are considering moves for the likes of Ben White, Raphael Varane, and Dayot Upamecano. However, as stated in the MEN article, deals for the players may not be pursued until the summer if the price is not right.
We’ve not seen much movement in the winter transfer window and I don’t expect that to change.
United must address their defensive situation in the summer and, on top of that, a defensive midfielder would be a big bonus.