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In the off-season where some players went out on international duty, whether it is with the European Championships or with the Copa America in South America, the Red Devils were actively pursuing players to put them back on the pinnacle of English football. During the months of June and July, United wasted no time by agreeing to an €85 million ($100 million) deal for 21-year-old winger Jadon Sancho.
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A Word from the defender’s entourage is that he would like to “try something new” and feels “disrespected” by the offer Real has put on the table. They also state that a deal is close to being agreed to see that personal terms, agent fees, and bonuses are already worked out. A defense with England’s best defender Harry Maguire partnered with France’s best defender and there is a nightmare for attacking players.
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He as well as Varane are entering their last year on their respective contracts, however, it is the defender looking to be a Red next season. Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is trying to orchestrate his removal from the Old Trafford outfit to clubs such as Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and PSG, which is proving difficult because of the financial issues the clubs face. Ole would love to keep Pogba to go along with Portuguese “magnifico” Bruno Fernandes, but we should see resolutions in the coming weeks.
Going into the new season, United are genuine title contenders because of the acquisitions that they have made so far, and if they can make the others which they are linked with completing (Trippier, Varane, Camavinga, Rice) and keeping their core players together. Bruno Fernandes, the Portuguese midfielder had an outstanding season last term scoring 18 goals and registering 12 assists in the league. Such a fruitful campaign can only get better seeing it was only his first full season in England.
Others who Ole would be looking at to kick on next season would be Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, and Luke Shaw. “El Matador” (Cavani) scored an audacious chipped effort versus Fulham in the final home game of the season to go along with his other 16 goals. Greenwood had 12 goals, Martial underwhelmingly had 7 goals and 5 assists, Pogba had 6 goals and 6 assists, and Luke Shaw created 84 chances and had 6 assists.