Somewhat suddenly, Manchester United’s overall outlook feels far brighter. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a magnificent job at bringing the feel-good factor back to the club, although there is much work ahead.
It all starts in the transfer market. Perhaps a lack of investment is eventually what cost Jose Mourinho his role as boss. United need to right those wrongs, they need to back their man.
This summer has to be a positive one, although with a squad that is ageing in some places, the money has to be spent wisely. On Match of the Day last night, Martin Keown has had his say. Although he feels United ‘aren’t too far away’ he did single out one problem position; right-back.
‘We know he [Solskjaer] will be given money to spend,’ Keown said on Match of the Day, per The Metro. ‘Central defence is certainly a position, Herrera hasn’t signed his contract in midfield, perhaps a midfielder, and definitely a right-back.’
‘Ashley Young is getting on in years so definitely a right-back. They’re not far away.
‘This is a team in the quarter-finals of the Champions League so it’s not wholesale changes but it’s going to be expensive.’
He’s right. Diogo Dalot has promise but it looks as though Solskjaer sees him playing further up the field rather than as a right-back at this stage in his career. Somewhat like how Gareth Bale started out.
That whole right-hand side has been the weak link this season, and although Ashley Young has done well for he most part, perhaps it’s time to move on. The legs just aren’t what they used to be and I’ve no idea what happened to his once brilliant crossing ability.
I look at someone like an Aaron Wan-Bissaka. He’d be absolutely perfect for United although he definitely won’t come cheap. The Englishman has been outstanding for Palace this term and he’s only just getting started.