There have been many big games and big moments for Solskjaer’s side this season. The Manchester derby being the most recent of these. But this week poses a few different challenges for the boss and how he comes out the other side will shape United for seasons to come. Let’s have a look at the next week for the club.
On the Field
This week Manchester United have two huge games coming up. On Thursday they will travel to Italy for the second leg of the Europa League tie with AC Milan. Following this, on Sunday United face Leicester in the FA Cup Quarter Final.
Let’s look to Thursday. If United win they will advance to the quarter finals of the competition, having knocked out one of the strongest teams in the competition. United are already one of the competition favourites and with key players due back, it’s a huge chance for Solskjaer’s men to grab a trophy.
Sunday will present a new challenge. Leicester are in fantastic form after beating the historically bad Sheffield Utd at the weekend. Both teams will be up for it and with it being a one tie affair, we hope for excitement. United should still be the favourites, with Leicester having so many injuries as well.
Off the Field
This week it is being reported that Ole will meet with the new members of the board as well as Matt Judge and Ed Woodward. This meeting will be to discuss the upcoming transfer window and who the comings and goings for the club will be. It is being reported that Ole wants to target four positions in particular to close the gap to Manchester City next season. These positions are centre back, right winger, right back and a “lights out” striker; someone who regularly puts chances away.
Now like every transfer window United are being linked to every player under the sun. Every United fan knows that a window where Haaland, Sancho, Kounde and Rice come in, is unrealistic and is more akin to that of FIFA career mode. If United were to get one of these players, along with cheaper options it would be hard to see the window as a failure.
There is also speculation that United will sell players to afford a splurge on talent. The two names Ole wishes to discuss at length about leaving the club is Anthony Martial and David De Gea. Now to say Martial is out of form would be like saying lockdown is getting dull. The Frenchman has struggled for form this season. Worse, he has shown somewhat of a lack of effort following the arrival of Edinson Cavani. De Gea is another story. The Spaniard is facing tough competition from Dean Henderson to be United’s number 1 next season. With his high wages and PSG interest, the temptation to sell is there.
The next 7 days will be imperative to United’s season. If United were to crash out of both competitions this week it would be hard to see the club being able to keep hold of Paul Pogba. Pogba is closing in on the last opportunity to get a big move. If we show no progress as a club, the World Cup winner may seek a way out of the club. United in short have to win both on Thursday and Sunday. Progression in both competitions gives the club a great chance to win a trophy. It also loosens those purse strings of the powers that be for the summer. If United can keep Pogba and bring in a few extra players there is a real chance for a title challenge next season.