A Premier League title tilt must be on the cards for Manchester United next season.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the Red Devils on target for a top three this season, but better things are always demanded at Old Trafford.
The campaign will be their eighth since their last top-flight win in England – a truly astonishing fact given the club’s dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Man United, however, could transform this summer and get in shape for a huge attempt to lift the trophy that has been hinting at them since 2013.
A new striker is essential to propel them forward, it is essential that the pressure be lifted on Bruno Fernandes to score and create.
“For us it’s about improving as a team,” the midfielder told talkSPORT when asked about United’s progress.
“Of course we want to win trophies, we want to win everything that concerns us. At the moment, we are not at that level this season.”
So what should United do to challenge their rivals Man City at the top of the Premier League table? talkSPORT.com takes a look.
Defeat Man City vs. Erling Haaland
The Norwegian prodigy is a goal machine for Borussia Dortmund with 34 Bundesliga goals in 37 appearances at just 20 years old.
With his agent Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge both starting to travel to Europe and talk to football clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona about good deals, we feel like he might be moving clubs. this summer for a huge price, although it’s available for just £. 68 million next summer.
City and Premier League rivals Chelsea are also interested in Haaland – who wouldn’t be – but Man United may well be in the best position to watch them all.
Edinson Cavani could leave the club after just one season in the North West, while Anthony Martial’s goal-scoring record is simply not good enough after scoring just four Premier League goals in 17 starts.
They need it, and if there’s one club that hasn’t been financially devastated like others by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s United, so they can afford it too.
City boss Pep Guardiola is refusing to talk about a possible transfer at the moment, but he doesn’t have the Haaland connection that Solskjaer already has.
The United boss was an international teammate of the player’s father, for Norway, while Solskjaer coached the player while in charge of Molde in their home country.
You would suggest it looks good for the Red Devils even though it costs a huge fee, over £ 100million.
David de Gea ditch
“I have a choice between two better goalkeepers and of course both want to play as much as possible – it will be decided on the basis of merit,” Solskjaer told MUTV recently.
Dean Henderson and De Gea are currently fighting to be No.1 at Old Trafford, but with the latter with such big salaries, it’s no surprise he can leave this summer.
Sometimes it’s hard to see a player of Spanish quality leave, but financially it makes sense, especially if the club are bidding for Haaland.
The fact that Henderson, a local and potential England No.1 star, is already in clubs should also make it an easy decision.
Finding a club can be tricky but his talent should allow him to win another top team.
Keep Paul Pogba
With a goal and an assist in his last three games at Man United since returning from injury, it’s fair to say that the Frenchman is establishing himself against at Old Trafford.
Things haven’t been easy for Pogba since returning to the club in 2016, with transfer rumors following him since returning from Juventus.
But there is no doubt about its quality and in a summer when the pandemic is likely to create a much smaller transfer market, it makes sense that the Red Devils are making the most of Pogba rather than risking a change. ‘actors in a vital area of the field.
Bring back Jesse Lingard
Eight games, six goals and four assists. The England international is living his best life on loan at West Ham.
The Hammers will do everything possible to hang on to Lingard but, as above, the impact of the coronavirus on finances could prompt United to keep the 28-year-old.
He has played for Manchester United before and there is no reason why he cannot relaunch his career at Old Trafford next season. He won’t lack confidence, that’s for sure.
Is that enough for Manchester United next season?