Man Utd: Solskjaer reacts to Edinson Cavani's wonder goal
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Manchester United are considering a move for River Plate star Nicolas De La Cruz, according to reports. The 24-year-old has played in all three of Uruguay’s matches at the Copa America so far. And Edinson Cavani has supposedly recommended his compatriot to the Red Devils board.
Manchester United are set for a busy summer transfer window.
A deal for Jadon Sancho is finally on the verge of completion, four years after the Red Devils first expressed interest in the forward.
United are accelerating plans to land Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, with talks over a blockbuster transfer currently ongoing.
Eduardo Camavinga, Kieran Trippier and Declan Rice have also been linked with the club as they look to win the Premier League title.
And, now, TNT Sports have claimed United are interested in River Plate star De La Cruz.
It’s claimed Cavani has suggested the signing of his compatriot to the club’s board, having been impressed while on international duty together at the Copa America.
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De La Cruz is wanted by other European clubs and would command a fee of between £13.7million and £17.2m, money that would make him one of River’s biggest-ever sales.
United have made a habit of signing South American players in recent years – and the 24-year-old could now be the latest to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
They paid £52m to land Fred back in the summer transfer window of 2018, when Jose Mourinho was at the helm.
And Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri all joined 12 months ago from PSG, Porto and Penarol respectively.
While United are focused on incomings, several players could leave the club this summer as they look to change things up.
Donny van de Beek has been linked with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Arsenal in recent weeks having failed to kick on since arriving from Ajax last summer.
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Though Solskjaer has regularly praised the Netherlands international, he doesn’t seem to be in Solskjaer’s thoughts for the future.
Nemanja Matic has been tipped to reunite with Mourinho at Roma, having previously played under the Portuguese at both United and Chelsea.
The Red Devils are looking to offload Phil Jones, while the likes of David De Gea, Dean Henderson, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly have all been linked with potential departures.
Regarding incomings, former United star Wes Brown thinks just three fresh faces are needed if they’re to win the title next time out.
“I’ve definitely seen an improvement at Manchester United in the past 12 months or so,” he said.
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“On their day they can beat any team in the world, I just think they struggle to perform in the games where you’d expect them to win.
“Sometimes I think we were guilty of being a little bit short in midfield and the back-line has changed quite a lot throughout the season. Normally you have your two centre-halves set in stone and you build from there.
“Ole should be looking at three key areas where he can strengthen the first-team, and that’s with a new centre-back, a midfielder and a striker.
“The club needs to lose a few players as well, and I know that’s sometimes easier said than done, but they’ve got to make some room for new arrivals.
“They definitely need a strong midfielder to come in and play week-in and week-out.
“I thought the club managed alright last season up-front but I’d still say they need a big name up there – especially for when someone like Anthony Martial isn’t fit.
“Whenever one of our attackers got the slightest knock, we really struggled. You’re looking around at the bench and thinking ‘where’s our Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?’ That player who can make a difference. There just needs to be a bit of strength in depth in that area.
“I probably went to every home game last season, and I have to say it was really disappointing at times.
“Away from home the team were fantastic, like they were playing with no fear, but at home they seemed to really struggle.
“We never really got our rhythm going; but if that changes, then it’s a completely different story. You’d hope the return of fans has a positive impact in those results at Old Trafford next season.”
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