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The current season could even leave the 'Red Devils' out of the next Champions League
A season that may only be remembered for having eliminated the favorite in the Champions League knockout series, Paris Saint Germain. Besides that? Not much. This is how 2018-19 Manchester United is defined, in which it will not win anything, it played terrible, it went through change of coach and could even stay out of the coming edition of the Champions League, when occupying the sixth position of the Premier League missing a day to dispute.
Leer en español: Manchester United: ¿Cómo mejora tras esta decepcionante campaña?
In conclusion, the billionaire Old Trafford club suffers a sports crisis, even from last season, when they started the differences with the former coach, the Portuguese Jose Mourinho. The most prestigious club in England remains anchored in an archaic style, with little creative and ambitious players, and it is difficult for them to reverberate laurels. The first matches after Mourinho, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as coach, cheered the fans, but with the passing of the matches they lost the spirit.
As Fichajes remarks, a disadvantage superior to 20 points with respect to Manchester City and Liverpool sends a hard message to the leaders of the United, that must react for the next campaign. The first point should be to reinforce the squad with elite players, not with overvalued players or in the final stretch of their careers. In fact, they need a technician with more experience and ambition than Solskjaer, but that will not be possible since the Norwegian has renewed his contract for three more seasons.
"I agree that Manchester United should never be seventh, despite the phenomenal investment of Everton and the great improvement they have made over last season," explained, for example, Mourinho himself on day 14, shortly before being fired.
In that same statement, compiled by Besoccer, the controversial coach added "I do not think Everton -sixth in the standings- will finish ahead of United at the end of the season, I think that everyone knows that there are six teams that must be in the first six of these teams, two are going to be out of the 'top 4.' Last season were Arsenal and Chelsea," added Mourinho.
In turn, Gary Neville, former teammate of Solskjaer on the team and European champion with the 'Red Devils' in 1999, was also critical of the squad for the very poor performance.
"Ole had to go and apologize to the fans, I've already said it often, if you have weeds in the garden you have to cut them. There is that weed in United, it is attacking the foundations of the club and we have to face it" explained the former player , in another article by Besoccer.
Neville delved into the issue and even offended the fans, compared to the current Manchester City Pep Guardiola. "I saw Manchester City, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne ... They are, by far, better players than United has in the locker room and they also work twice as hard."
Neville closed with the following: "I do not need to say names, everyone knows who they are, they are in the newspapers and social networks and if they do not work and do not have the attitude to wear that shirt they will have to leave".
Movements for the next campaign
A day to ensure presence in the Champions League and that hypothetical classification will be key to the investment of the team and to build a competitive set in Europe. Otherwise, it is likely that there are no large investments and, worse, it will be much easier for the controversial Paul Pogba to leave, who, by the way, is looked for insistently by Real Madrid.
Depor said that beyond the 'bombing' they want to give in Old Trafford with a figure like Neymar, there are nine others chosen, including defenders, midfielders and attackers. The Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, is the name that stands out among the defenders. Even though its clause of 100 million euros seems very high, United is willing to try its best to sign him.
A perfect stranger, but with great season as the young Nikola Milenkovic, Fiorentina, is the second name that stands out. The third name is that of Steven Bergwijn of PSV Eindhoven, then Cengiz Under of Roma, who would bring speed to the ends, something necessary in modern soccer and what the club has lacked after the divorce with the Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia.
A player of great technique, but that came to less, the Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, who is currently in the Chinese League after his time at Atletico Madrid, is another possible name, said Pasion Fútbol. Another aspect that the English should evaluate very well is those who will pass out: Pogba, Juan Mata, Valencia himself, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera, among others, who have had a fairly discreet season if we are subtle.
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Translation from "Manchester United: tras decepcionante campaña, ¿cómo mejorar para la 19-20?"