After the transfer window, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put pressure on seven players.
With his summer purchases, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put pressure on some of Manchester United’s players.
Manchester United have “definitely the strongest” group Paul Pogba has played in at Old Trafford, but the club’s summer business, which included the signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo, has increased the burden on seven of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players. Express Sport takes a look at the Red Devils’ key players.
Dean Henderson was expected to be appointed No. 1 for the current season, with speculation that if he was not Solskjaer’s first-choice shot-stopper, he could reconsider his future.
After acquiring Covid, the 24-year-old academy graduate has yet to play this season and has just recently returned to full training after conquering his sickness.
In his absence, rival David de Gea has re-established himself as the number one goalkeeper, making a stunning double save against Wolves.
That means Henderson will have to remind his manager of his worth anytime he sees the field again, but he appears to be in line for a lot of bench time this season. With De Gea on contract until at least June 2023, with the option to extend for another year, Henderson’s United future could be on the line this season.
Raphael Varane was introduced into the team for the first time this season in last weekend’s triumph over Wolves at Molineux, replacing Victor Lindelof as Harry Maguire’s centre-back partner.
Because of the Frenchman’s pedigree and the fact that Maguire is the club captain, the two will start the vast majority of games against one another, demoting Lindelof and Eric Bailly to third and fourth-choice stand-ins.
Both players have had mixed results throughout their time at Old Trafford, and at 27 years old, they will be eager for more playing time. They have a major task ahead of them to show that Manchester is the best place for them to attain their goal.
Only injury will see them return to the United team for an extended period unless they can really take their chances in cup competitions and when the XI is rotated for lower league encounters.
United spent the entire summer trying to sign Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, but the England international ultimately declined.