Old Trafford Could Be Busy This Summer
By Dan Tracey
With Manchester United missing out on qualification for next season’s Champions League, the focus will be on the rebuilding job that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to carry out and with the transfer window now open, it is set to be a busy summer at Old Trafford.
The most recent attention has been on whether or not Paul Pogba decides to swap Manchester for Madrid and although he will potentially be the highest profile departure from the club, he certainly won’t be the only one either.
With United limping towards the end of the campaign and finishing in sixth, it is apparent that there is an underlying issue at the club and arguably it is one that stops and starts with a group of players who no longer are wearing the badge with pride.
The signings of Chilean midfielder Alexis Sanchez and Belgian hitman Romelu Lukaku are the perfect example of this and it will come as no surprise, that they are also being linked with a move away from the North West in the off-season.
Their departure may end up resembling something of a large financial hit, but at the same time it might turn out to be the best thing that happens to United and from there, the Red Devils can embark on writing a new chapter in their storied history.
Not only that, but it is not necessarily doom and gloom as far as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is concerned and even though United will be playing their European football on Thursday nights, they still are an attractive proposition in terms of new signings.
So much so, that agents are queuing up to offer the players on their books and this is a point that Solskjaer referenced recently, as the Norwegian was quoted in saying:
“You’d be surprised how many players’ agents have been touting their players, telling us that their players would love to be a part of Man United in the future.
While even though United have had a very bad season by their very own lofty standards, it only needs a bit of tweaking under the boot, to then get this red engine firing on all cylinders again and more importantly some young talent joining their ranks.
That’s not to say that they should necessarily be buying every teenager under the sun, but if they can change their transfer policy from one that resembles a lack of long-term thinking, to one that sees them spend their money more wisely, then a revival of fortunes will not be all that far away.
They only have to look at what Tottenham have achieved under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino, to see just exactly what can be done, when a group of players buy into the message that they are being told.
With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that the Argentine has been coveted by the Old Trafford hierarchy and although they may not be able to land him, the next best thing would be building a squad capable of its own footballing legacy in the next few years.