Revolving Door: Man Utd Set For Busiest Ever Summer Transfer Window


Revolving Door: Man Utd Set For Busiest Ever Summer Transfer Window

The moans and groans that were so audible at Old Trafford on Saturday during Manchester United’s uninspired 2-1 triumph over West Ham came from multiple sources and points of frustration.

Many of the whines were released in response to the erratic passing and bewildering decisions made by United players in possession, while one corner of the ground added their own key to the harmony when unleashing their ire at the match officials.

However, the most ominous tones were the melancholic laments of a support united in a horrible, shared moment of clarity.

“We’re still f*****g miles away”.

That was the stark truth staring the watching masses in the face at Old Trafford on Saturday, as Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and the rest of United’s misfits were shanking passes and falling over their own feet against West Ham.

With 4 defeats from 6 and a spate of worrying team and individual performances, the thin veneer of positivity restored by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2019 has been cracking and separating at an alarming rate in recent weeks.

The good news is however, that the Norwegian is just as aware of United’s malaise as the club’s beleaguered fanbase.

Last week, Solskjaer said:

“It’s going to be survival of the fittest or survival of the best. That’s how ruthless we have to be. We need players here who are going to be able to take us forward.”

Those words suggest that the baby-faced assassin’s weapon of choice this summer will be an axe, and that plenty of heads at Carrington will be rolling during what looks certain to be United’s most important summer window in a decade.

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Clearing the Deadwood

Manchester United Alexis Sanchez

Solskjaer’s overhaul of the playing staff at United started as early as January, when as interim-manager he approved the sale of Marouane Fellaini to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng.

In many ways, the awkward Belgian was the personification of everything that had gone wrong at United post-Ferguson, and his exit hinted at a long-overdue shift of direction at the club.

Long-serving Ecuadorian and club captain Antonio Valencia was informed that his time was also up at United, and the veteran full-back will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires in the summer.

Fringe players Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly (Bailly to Arsenal – 2/1 with Betvictor) are all almost certain to be shown the door too, while Spanish workhorse Ander Herrera is close to inking a free transfer to PSG.

The perennially ineffective Juan Mata (Mata to Valencia – 6/4 with Betvictor) could also follow his compatriot out of the club, while Romelu Lukaku’s agent has been making noises about a possible move away from United for the bumbling Belgian.

United supporters aren’t likely to be fussed about any of the names on the long list of probably departees, and in truth, many of them are concerned that the club isn’t been ruthless enough.

For the majority of those fans, the new deals handed out to Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Ashley Young since December heightened fears that the club will never cold-blooded enough to weed out the deep-rooted mediocrity.

The over-paid and drastically underperforming Alexis Sanchez is also seen as a priority problem that needs fixing, and there is hope that the Chilean’s ejection could restore some sensibility to wage demands elsewhere at the club.

The Old Trafford decks look set then, to be cleared and stripped back to raw wood. But with the number of outgoings conceivably hitting double figures, how many replacements are likely to arrive?