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The Red Devils lost 2-0 to Cardiff at Old Trafford on the final day of the season – and many fans snubbed the flops on their traditional lap of honour.
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- Helen Rowe-WillcocksMay 16, 20197:34 am
MANCHESTER UNITED are closing in on Daniel James, according to rumours.
The Swansea winger has been strongly linked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side and it is believed that he could be one of the club's first signings this summer.
- Joshua JonesMay 15, 201911:35 pm
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is eyeing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele in his summer revolution, writes Mike McGrath.
The ex-Celtic striker, 22, is on Manchester United's hitlist in a £40million move as part of Solskjaer's attempt for a younger, hungrier squad for next season.
Solskjaer is targeting talent to develop and an end to the marquee signings of the post-Alex Ferguson era at Old Trafford.
United are among the Premier League top six interested in Swansea winger Dan James but have not made an official approach yet.
They are also looking at Lille winger Nicolas Pepe to bolster an attack that dramatically misfired in the final two months of the campaign.
The Norwegian's priority is getting fresh blood to revamp a dressing room that failed to function after an initial upturn in results following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in December.
Dembele would offer an option as a No9 should Romelu Lukaku depart – his agent has publicly stated the Belgium striker is considering his options.
Lyon signed Dembele a year ago and the France Under-21 star has scored 20 goals this season, with 14 in Ligue 1 – he was also given games in the Champions League.
- Joshua JonesMay 15, 201911:01 pm
HE was supposed to be Ed Boy — but Woodward is now the one who is being closely monitored at Manchester United, writes SunSport's Neil Ashton.
Executive vice-chairman Woodward — one of the most powerful figures in world football — should command instant respect.
But Woodward is feeling the heat, with owners the Glazers scrutinising his performance after their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
United are outsiders again, failing to make Europe’s elite club competition and finishing a staggering 32 points behind champions Manchester City.
Woodward, already on his fourth managerial appointment, is on trial. He needs a good summer.
United’s haphazard approach to transfers, with Woodward squandering fortunes on a squad of under-achievers, has put him under pressure.
He is a public figure — but his football acumen is being privately questioned by United’s demanding American owners.
Woodward loves the limelight, the notoriety that comes along with being able to hire and fire some of the biggest names in world football.
There is also a responsibility to match the expectations of United supporters after years of sustained success under the power axis of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill.
Woodward has come up short. He has had enough time to learn the ropes, to become adept at spotting and negotiating with top-class footballers.
It is not his bag. Woodward has failed to modernise United after ticking off another year without winning the Premier League title.
- Joshua JonesMay 15, 20198:10 pm
JOSE MOURINHO says he could not care less about Pep Guardiola overtaking his trophy haul.
The ex-Manchester United boss has won 25 trophies as a manager, but Manchester City pipping Liverpool to the title saw the Catalan coach move ahead of him on 26.
Pep can stretch his lead over Mourinho further by winning the FA Cup against Watford on Saturday.
Mourinho, 56, fully expected to win more than the Europa League and League Cup during his two-and-a-half years in the Old Trafford hot seat.
But the Special One insists he would still be ahead of Guardiola if he had not managed so many clubs.
When asked if it annoys him that he is now behind the City boss, he told L'Equipe: “No, no, this reminds me that I'm there with 25 titles.
“When I won the Champions League with Porto and Inter, if I had stayed the following season, I would have played the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup, the national Super Cups, and I would have had 31 titles.
“Maybe I'm not so focused on the numbers!”
- Joshua JonesMay 15, 20197:42 pm
MANCHESTER UNITED are eyeing a £50million double swoop for Crystal Palace pair Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick Van Aanholt.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to overhaul his defence this summer with a pair of full-backs are a particular demand.
Bissaka, 21, is high on all the club’s shopping list, but the Eagles are desperate to hold onto the highly-rated defender.
United’s interest in the England Under-21 star is well documented but their admiration for Van Aanholt could raise a few eyebrows.
Despite Luke Shaw being crowned Player of The Year, Solskjaer wants an experienced Premier League operator to provide genuine competition for the left-back position.
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