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3 possible candidates for the Bayern job

Bayern München have sacked manager Niko Kovac following their 5-1 loss away to Frankfurt on Saturday. But who should replace him?

Bayern sit forth in the Bundesliga and top of their group in the Champions League so it has been in no way a failure of a season. With this in mind, who ever replaces him won’t have the biggest job on their hands to turn the Bavarians fortunes around. 

Arsene Wenger

The former Arsenal Premier League winner is one of the favourites to take the job. After spending twenty-two successful years at the Gunners, the seventy-year-old has spent the last few years being a pundit. But the mastermind that lead Arsenal to a whole season unbeaten could go back into management with one of the best teams in Europe.

Max Allegri

A more realistic and probably conventional option for the Bundesliga champions is Max Allegri. After being sacked in early 2019 by Juventus, Allegri has been without a job which is surprising considering his known quality. Allegri started his managerial career at Serie D side Aglianese and has never ventured out of Italy but with more experience of modern football and a more nailed down football style, he would be a much better acquisition. 

Jose Mourinho 

The Champions League winner is the bookies favourite to take the job but he has also been linked to the Arsenal job if Emery gets the sack. The former Manchester United man has publicly implied that he is looking for a job and Mourinho would fit the bill at the German club well.

 

Who ever takes the job has a great platform to build from. Bayern sit just four points behind top spot which isn’t a big deficit to make up over the rest of the season. Add in the form of Lewandowski and the arrival of young defenders Pavard and Hernandez and you’ve got some very big players with a bright future.

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4 signings that could turn the fortune for Manchester United next season

Since Solskjaer took over as caretaker Manager at Old Trafford, United have looked a totally different side in contrast to what they were under Jose Mourinho , playing the brand of football that was always associated with Manchester United. Even though they have had a slump off late against Arsenal and against Wolves in the FA Cup, it is still believed that Solsjkaer is the front runner to take over the permanent job in the summer. The heroics against PSG in the Champions League adding more positives to his claim to take over the Job.
However, the recent loses against Arsenal and Wolves have indicated there are certain departments that need reinforcements and here we look at Four players who could change the fortune next season for the club if Ole was to sign them:

  1. Adrien Rabiot :

United need a Central defensive midfielder as Matic is already in his 30’s and in Rabiot , they can have someone having quite similar traits and who plays in a quite similar position for PSG which Ole has been opting regularly for United. He can even act like a deep lying playmaker, allowing the likes of Herrera and Pogba to play higher up the field.
Rabiot is a top class talent and very young, however the only problem with him could be his attitude, shown by his rejection to play for France and also a fractured relationship with PSG. But, knowing how Solsjkaer nurses young talent, this could be a fresh start for the young Frenchmen, and with his contract running out his summer, it could be a bargain for United.

2. Alex Grimaldo :

     The la Masia graduate, currently playing for Benfica , may have struggled to get into Barcelona first team, but he has now developed into one of the best young left backs in the continent. He is a versatile, technically gifted full back who can be deployed in midfield as well like David Alaba or Joshua Kimmich. Manchester United need a left back to cover up Luke Shaw , because in Ashley Young they don’t really have a specialist to compete with Shaw in the position and Grimaldo could be another astute signing for the Red Devils.

3.    Jadon Sancho :

    United have failed to have a natural right winger for many years now , with both Mata and Lingard  having tendencies to play more off the middle and drift inside. In Jadon Sancho they could have a long term solution for this problem. He has been absolutely brilliant for Borussia Dortmund this year and United could utilize the width he provides on the right side for their attacking play.
He might not come cheap, but with his immense talent and age, United could be ready to pull the trigger in the transfer market for this young English sensation. 

4. Kalidou Koulibaly :

One of the primary problems that United have failed to rectify is a world class player in defense and koulibaly could prove to be just the player they need to sort out all defensive fragilities. Considered as one of the best ball-playing center-backs in Europe, his raw pace and power make him a daunting player to go up against. He is a natural leader, always vocal on the field and can contribute in improving other players playing around him in the defensive line. At 27, he will be entering his peak years and with his experience and leadership qualities, he could prove to be an inspired United signing.

Should Jesse Lingard be a regular starter for Man Utd?

Manchester United have thrived this year, despite being second place in the league. And one of the stars has been Jesse Lingard, who, as a Manchester United fan, has been at the club all of his life. He came through the youth set-up, got the odd start in the first team and now has established himself as a great talent and asset for José Mourinho.

In 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson said, “He is 19, came through our youth system and is built like Jean Tigana was for France. But he never got into the limelight until he was about 24, and I think that’ll be the same for Lingard.”

That quote proves, if ever any more proof were needed, that Sir Alex Ferguson was a football genius. He got it spot on with Lingard, who has already scored eight goals this season.

The fact that United’s attack is so destructing, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and even Paul Pogba, and Lingard is still fighting and doing extremely well for minutes proves that he is the talent that can do excellently for his boyhood club.

He scored the winner at the weekend against Chelsea, in a crucial game which saw United claim second place, and it is fair to say that without Lingard, United would not be anywhere near where they are now, especially with the race so tight for the Champions League places, and the fact that he has offered so much in goals, assists and most importantly work ethic.

Having a fan on the pitch is always a bonus, and Mourinho is seeing that Lingard is a great bonus to him with his sheer determination, running around the pitch and work ethic. Therefore, it is clear to see that Lingard should definitely be a regular starter, or at least super-sub, as he was on Sunday, for Manchester United.

Could David Moyes be reunited​ with this Premier League midfielder?

West Ham United have turned their fortunes around under David Moyes since he took over from Slaven Bilic back in November, but with the club sitting just 2 points above the relegation zone and the fact that it is the Scots first transfer window in charge of the club he will be looking to bring some of his own players into the club.

There have been reports that the club had a £5m bid for AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter rejected this month, a position that Moyes is obviously looking to strengthen in. With that in mind, the club could turn their attention to Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Marouane Fellaini – The Belgian midfielder is believed to be considering his future at Old Trafford, despite being offered an improved contract by the ‘Red Devils’, and manager Jose Mourinho wants him to stay at the club.

With West Ham in the market for a midfielder and the fact that David Moyes has worked with Fellaini at both Everton and Manchester United, could he take him to the London Stadium?

Fellaini has come off the bench most of the time this season and has had to play second fiddle to the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera but with Moyes looking to strengthen his midfield, he could well be seen as a first choice at West Ham alongside Mark Noble.

West Ham fans would you take Fellaini at the London Stadium? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…

Can Man Utd still win the league?

After Manchester United’s historic 2-1 loss on Saturday away at Huddersfield Town, many are believing that the fire power that started at Old Trafford this season has died down and whether the Red Devils can compete against City and others such as Tottenham and Chelsea for this season’s title.

United are currently without Pogba and Fellaini and are seriously missing them. They haven’t won without either of them and due to this, their city rivals are five points clear at the top of the table. When they come back from injury, the midfield of Pogba and Matic, or even Fallaini replacing either of them, will be one of, if not the toughest test that a team would have to face this season.

Worries with other teams is that Manchester City look unstoppable, not playing at their best and only winning 3-0 at the weekend against Burnley, which is like dropping points for the Citizens at the minute. The moment to see what Pep Guardiola’s team is made of is to see how they react when they start dropping points. Other teams such as Tottenham are showing fight as well, overcoming their Wembley demons and proving themselves ready for when the gap of five points becomes narrower.

However, United are still major title contenders. It’s only October, they have Jose Mourinho, they have  serious squad, and still have injured players such as Pogba, Fellaini and Ibrahimovic to come back. They can win the league, but from now on it will be a serious fight until May.