Much of the discussion surrounding Manchester United at the moment revolves around one central tenet – the fact that they still have Fred & McTominay playing in midfield – rather than superman and wonder woman. It is true that United strengthened in several areas that they did not necessarily need to over the course of a busy summer window. It is also true that they neglected to strengthen the widest, gaping whole in their entire team. But Fred & McTominay have become scapegoats for the fragility of a fairly flimsy team that almost certainly would be worse off without them.
The international break is over! John and Declan managed to escape Brazilian police to bring you this preview ahead of the weekend's matches, discussing everything Cristiano Ronaldo upon his return to Old Trafford, the debut of a fun new game called Phonebook, and a starting 11 of the best valued transfers of the summer window!
According to multiple sources, RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konaté is set to join Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, as the club look to end their search for a new centre-back. The French defender broke onto the scene with Leipzig at the start of the 2018-19 campaign, making 28 appearances in the Bundesliga as Die Roten Bullen finished third. Since then, Konaté's found minutes on the pitch difficult to come by, appearing in only 12 league fixtures in 2020-21 and 8 in 2019-20. In Liverpool's Round of 16 match-up against the Red Bulls in the UEFA Champions League this season, the Frenchman was absent for both fixtures. Upon hearing this you might be wondering...did they get the wrong man?
Leicester City spent the entirety of the 2019-20 season in the top four, only to miss out on Champions League football on the final day with a devastating defeat to Manchester United. With Leicester's recent 3-2 loss to West Ham United, the Futbol Masterminds examine the Champions League football race that appears to be tighter than ever before, with the Hammers and Foxes competing with the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea for a spot in next season's competition. The panel also discuss whether clubs should spend money on transfers or youth academies, what's been missing for Brighton & Hove Albion this season, and the upcoming Champions League fixture between Dortmund and Manchester City. Submit questions and follow the show @futbolmasterminds on Instagram, or on themastermindsite.com.
The first half of 2020-21 was not ideal for Manchester United by any stretch of the imagination. But in the final fourteen Premier League matches, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took Manchester United on an unbeaten run, culminating in a final day triumph over Leicester City to secure Champions League football and third place in the table. It was a finish worth celebrating and with Bruno Fernandes firing on all cylinders, Manchester United fans will be hoping for better times ahead. But another year gone by without Premier League glory, Solskjaer and co. would have been hoping for silverware elsewhere. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, they crashed out of every one of their cup competitions at the semi-final stage. So even with Bruno Fernandes and a powerful trio of attackers alongside him, the Red Devils will undoubtedly be turning their attention to the transfer market for new additions. Anything less than Premier League or Champions League glory is simply not enough to satisfy the Manchester United faithful's. Here is a Transfer Market Analysis of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United and who they can sign to achieve the dream of getting back to that level.
Although the past few weeks has seen a slight dip in form, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit the ground running with Manchester United in 2019. After taking over for Jose Mourinho at the end of December, Solskjaer has won 15 of his 22 matches, which equates to a win percentage of nearly 70%. But in nearly every position on the pitch, it is very evident that upgrades are needed. It is unquestionable that Manchester United need to freshen up their squad in the summer and they should look no further than these five players in order to do that.
As with every transfer window, many big names were on the move in 2017. Neymar's transfer fee smashed all kinds of records and was the story of the summer window, but many other clubs made intelligent signings who have been in stunning form to start the campaign. These are the nominees for the Best Signings … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Best Signing
Continuing to get their business done early, that is before the transfer window even opens, Borussia Dortmund have completed their second signing of the summer as Monchengladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud joins Thomas Tuchel's ever-growing side. The signing comes a month after Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak confirmed that he would be joining BVB on a free … Continue reading Mahmoud Dahoud Joins Borussia Dortmund
The 2016-17 Barclays Premier League has been exceptional as always so far and one of many exciting prospects of the new season is all the new signings that are catching the eye. These are the six best summer signings of the 2016-17 Barclays Premier League season so far! Idrissa Gueye If Leicester City were going to buy … Continue reading The Best Summer Signings Of The Season So Far
In the shocking news of the day, N'Golo Kante, arguably Leicester City's most important player last season as they won the Premier League title, has signed for Chelsea on a five-year £32 million pound deal. Chelsea announced the signing of Kante on their twitter page early this morning after negotiations had been taking place all … Continue reading N’Golo Kante Signs For Chelsea
Eric Bailly is officially Jose Mourinho's first signing in his reign as the new Manchester United boss. But who is Eric Bailly? Eric Bailly is a 22-year old Ivory Coast defender who has played the last two seasons at one of the best Spanish clubs in La Liga, Villarreal, under one of the best current world … Continue reading 5 Things You Need To Know About Manchester United’s New Signing Eric Bailly