Manchester United have been under much pressure and public scrutiny in the last couple of weeks. With fans organizing a “walk-out” to protest against the management of the club by the owners, the Glazer family, and their executive chairman, Ed Woodward. To the very shocking deadline day signing of Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo. With the immense pressure over at Old Trafford, it seems the club is gearing up to rebuild over the summer and starting early.
New reports suggest United are looking to sign Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu. Salisu, currently players for La Liga side Real Valladolid. United will have to battle Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for the defender as the clubs have also expressed their interest.
The Real Valladolid center-back came to limelight after impressing through the academy. So far, the 20-year-old has made 24 appearances this season and was called up by Ghana last year. Valladolid, have been trying to get the defender to sign a contract extension which sees him make roughly around €12 million. But new reports suggest the defender is open to a move away from José Zorrilla especially since they aren’t doing so well in La Liga this season.
Real Valladolid’s sporting director Miguel Angel Gomez told Pucela Fichajes via Sport Witness:
“Salisu perceives the love of the club because we have made three contracts in thirteen months. He knows that he is an important player and that we would like to proceed with that renewal, but today there is a standstill.”
Meanwhile, rumors have it Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be out of a job after the season if United fail to finish in top flight. England manager Gareth Southgate is reportedly on the top of the list as a leading contender to take over as Manchester United Boss. It is reported that Southgate may take over after Euro 2020.
United’s reportedly agreed to give Solskjaer the benefit of the doubt and believe that with time, he can reform the club and put things into gear. As Solskjaer tries to turn around the club’s fortunes, it is expected he will be given at least one more summer transfer window to bring in the players he needs.
United are currently at seventh place with 35 points, six points adrift of Chelsea who they will face after the winter break on February 17. With Fernandes and Ighalo likely to start, United are looking for a boost to help them finish in the top four this season.