A season-long effort with periods that saw Manchester United dominate the English Premier League whilst maintaining first-position at times ended in disappointment. The EPL 2020/2021 season concluded with their rivals Manchester City claiming the domestic title and Manchester United finishing twelve points behind them in second place, but where did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go wrong? City is expected to add more elite players to their team. So, ahead of the summer transfer window, we’re previewing some key players that could assist the Red Devils in dethroning Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City squad.
Jadon Sancho: Borussia Dortmund – Refined Winger
Jadon Sancho joining Manchester United might be old news for some, but it’s the one transfer rumour at Old Trafford that doesn’t seem to go away.
Sancho is again being linked with a move to United this summer; having come so close to finalising a deal last season, can the red side of Manchester seal the deal twelve months on? The attacking midfielder has enjoyed another successful season in Germany, securing sixteen goals and 20 assists for Borussia Dortmund.
This Wednesday was the official opening of the EPL transfer window, and twelve weeks from now, all the debate will be settled. United are hunting for a minimum of three signings across the following months. Although their focus is on acquiring a centre-back, adding a new midfielder/striker is not out of the question.
Step in Jadon Sancho, who Borussia Dortmund demanded £108 million for last season in a deal that ultimately fell through due to the high asking price. But if United are serious this time around, their signature should find the contract sooner rather than later.
London-born Sancho could draw even more attention with the European Champions kicking-off this weekend, and Chelsea and Liverpool have already shown interest in signing the hottest young winger in world football.
Kieran Trippier: Atletico Madrid – Aaron Wan Bissaka Replacement?
Signing the likes of Kieran Trippier could be viewed as a gamble like online casinos simply because he isn’t getting any younger. With that said, the 30-year-old right-back is coming off his first primary trophy-winning season with Atletico Madrid winning the La Liga title.
Many optimists were wary of Trippier’s move to Madrid after departing from Tottenham Hotspur in 2019, but he’s become one of Madrid’s key defensive players in hindsight.
As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to improve his defence and makeup for the loss of Aaron Wan Bissaka, Trippier could well be the ideal solution for those plans and make his return to the Premier League at right-back for Manchester United.
Trippier has told England teammates that he’s ‘keen’ on the chance of player for United, despite the vital role in helping Atletico Madrid’s La Liga triumph.
The defender’s contract in Spain isn’t set to expire until 2023. Still, Manchester United execs are confident that a bid of £15-£20 million would be more than enough to persuade Atletico into selling the English international.
Declan Rice: West Ham – Midfield Upgrade
Declan Rice impressed all scouts during his 20/21 campaign at West Ham, assisting the Hammers to a Europa League finish those critics weren’t expecting.
Rice made 35 appearances under the tutelage of David Moyes’ and was seen acting as the captain for West Ham for most of the games he played. The 22-year-old is one of England’s brightest young players, with a versatile style that allows him to play as a defensive midfielder and a centre-back.
OFFICIAL: Mason Mount has won the 2020/21 Premier League Academy Graduate award ahead of the likes of Reece James, Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, and Luke Thomas.
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With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanting to improve his midfield area, upgrading Fred and Scott McTominay’s positions could be rather fitting for the likes of Declan Rice. The problem for United could be the asking price; Moyes’ has admitted that Rice would cost upwards of £100 million, breaking the West Ham transfer record and forcing United to break the bank.
Other players such as Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Villareal’s Pau Torres have also been linked to an Old Trafford move. However, with the transfer window still available for another twelve weeks, a lot can happen between now and then.