The year 2022 comes for Manchester United at a very delicate stage. After sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December, the Red Devils have made decent progress under interim manager Ralf Rangnick. Here are a few key areas where Manchester United should decide to work on in the year 2022:
What to do With Surplus Players:
Manchester United have used 25 different players in the Premier League this season. However, there are several other players in the squad who have been continuously overlooked. Youngsters like Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga have struggled to get any sort of involvement with the first team.
More experienced players like Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Tom Heaton, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek etc also have barely featured. Players like Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani are also reaching the final stages of their contract. In order to free up space for new signings and build a better squad for the future, it is important for the Red Devils to move out certain players, either temporarily or permanently.
What to Change Off the Field:
Manchester United have a complex working structure at the club. This is likely to get even more complicated when Ralf Rangnick takes up an “advisory” role after his stint as interim manager. The first step of the clean-up process will have to be hiring a new manager.
The Red Devils have been linked to a wide range of names with contrasting styles; from Ernesto Valverde to Mauricio Pochettino to Zinedine Zidane. It is important that they decide on a solid long-term option, as it would help them sign the appropriate players too.
Moreover, John Murtough is the Director of Football, Darren Fletcher is the Technical Director and Matt Judge is responsible for the club’s transfer negotiations. It is necessary to develop an organised hierarchical structure to ensure decisions are taken by competent persons and proper accountability.
Who to Target in the Market:
In the year 2022, be it the summer or winter transfer window, Manchester United need to sign a player in the position that they have forever required reinforcements in – midfield. In a window where they spent over £100 million on transfers, the Red Devils failed to sign a defensive midfielder who could anchor-play and shield the defenders.
United are not short of quality options, however. West Ham United’s Declan Rice has been linked with a move to Old Trafford time and time again. Outside the Premier League, Edson Alvarez, Konrad Laimer, Bruno Guimaraes, Boubacar Kamara, Aurelien Tchouameni are all options that would automatically improve the side.
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What to Improve On the Field:
Manchester United register only 1.79 Shot Creating Actions per 90 minutes. They conceded 2.16 Shots every 90 minutes. With players like Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, Scott Mctominay, Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani etc. who are adept in the air, the Red Devils should look to work better from dead-ball situations. Set-piece coach Eric Ramsay and manager Ralf Rangnick both understand the importance and potent of set-pieces.
Other teams like Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have been very good at using set-pieces and/or defending them. Set-pieces are becoming more and more important in the tactical orientations of teams. In order to keep up with the changing times, United must modify their approach radically.
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