Despite their powerful attack, Liverpool could only reach the titles when Van Dijk and Alisson landed. With MU, too, to conquer major titles like English Premier League, coach Solskjaer must have a stronger defense
MU dream of the English Premier League
Until the English Premier League was suspended due to the influenza pandemic Covid-19, Liverpool was still the team with the best defense. After 29 matches played, the team of coach Jurgen Klopp has conceded only 21 times, better than the remaining 19 teams. This is the platform to bring the No. 1 position with 25 points more than the team behind Man City. Remember, “Green Man” still owns a better attack with 68 goals, compared to 66 goals of Liverpool.
That shows the defense is the foundation for a team to be able to aim for the big titles. The same with MU. Although in the period 2006 – 2009, MU had super attacking players in the squad such as Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov … but what brings success to Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, that is the certainty of the duo. Rio Ferdinand – Nemanja Vidic, as well as the firmness of goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
The positive signals in the period of January and February show that MU can set greater ambitions for the English Premier League 2020/21 season. But to achieve that ambition, “Red Devils” need solid defense and more comprehensive than the present.
Buy Barca star, Maguire has fulcrum?
This season, the number of goals conceded by MU has decreased significantly compared to the previous season. Up to the end of the 29th, MU has conceded only 30 times, the team with the fourth best defense in the league after Liverpool (21 goals), Sheffield United (25 goals) and Leicester City (28 goals).
Since the arrival of Harry Maguire, MU’s defensive ability has been significantly improved, including ball and ball. However, Maguire partner Victor Lindelof shows that he is not on the same level as the English center-back. Swedish “Ice Man” is becoming an Achilles heel in the “Red Devils” defense. Meanwhile, Eric Bailly just kicks the match, although a talented center-back but too sensitive to injury.
Therefore, the Daily Mail quoted internal sources of MU affirming that the priority of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to improve the defensive ability for the Old Trafford team through the transfer route in the summer of 2020. Despite the negative effects that the Covid-19 flu pandemic is bringing to world football, the strategic planners at MU are still quietly planning for a return in the English Premier League 2020/21 season.
Accordingly, Samuel Umtiti is said to be the No. 1 candidate to become a partner beside Harry Maguire. Fortunately for MU, the host team Barcelona is also planning to liquidate this French central defender. In fact, the Catalunya football team is having difficulty in terms of salary.
Barca’s salary bill for the 2017/18 season reached 487 million euros. For years, Barca has always been the highest paid team in Europe, not even any other team in the old continent reached the 400 million euros salary threshold.
Therefore, the most important task for the Barcelona leadership is to liquidate the stars that are no longer in the plan. According to Sport, the list that Chairman Bartomeu and Barca management board approved up to 8 players will be liquidated in this summer market. And Umtiti is one of them.
Meanwhile, MU is also following developments in the Nou Camp to be able to “strike” in time. In addition, Juventus, Bayern Munich or Arsenal also want to buy Umtiti, once the 2018 World Cup champion is determined to leave.
However, the “Red Devils” are taking advantage of the ability to spend both on transfer fees and wages for the French central defender. And if the prospect of Umtiti and Maguire side by side where MU’s defense comes true, this will be a good sign for the “Red Devils” fans.
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