Manchester United are looking to start a new era under manager Erik ten Hag next season. The Dutchman has taken charge of the first team this summer and is likely to make a few changes to the squad.
Meanwhile, Alex McLeish has advised the Premier League giants to sign a new striker this summer. Elsewhere, Steve McClaren is planning to change the culture at Old Trafford.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Manchester United transfer stories as on June 23, 2022:
Alex McLeish advises Manchester United to invest in new striker
Former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has advised Manchester United to bring in a world-class striker this summer. The Red Devils are yet to make an addition to their squad this summer. The club are engaged in talks with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong.
However, speaking to Football Insider, McLeish said that a new striker should be a priority at Old Trafford.
“The recruitment has been criticised over the last 10 years or so. What Sir Alex Ferguson would do and what he was good at was picking great strikers. He always said you are only as good as your strikers. He would organise his defence, get a couple of ugly guys like me and Willie Miller, then he would get guys who scored goals,” said McLeish.
“Mark Hughes, Van Nistelrooy, Dwight Yorke, there was a colossal amount of strikers who got goals for Man United. If you sign a striker who will get you 20 in a season, then you are close to winning a Championship or close to being in the Champions League.”
Steve McClaren planning to change culture at Old Trafford
Speaking on the McClaren Performance podcast, McClaren said that any player not willing to comply with the standards could be offloaded.
“These are the things that we need to do, things like we all need to connect with each other. Games are won Monday to Friday; if you get Monday to Friday right, games are won on Saturday. Each and everyone has to bring energy. Pochettino talks about creating the culture; if no one brought energy he got them out (at Tottenham); they had to bring some kind of energy to the group,” said McClaren.
“You have to be ready, have to be ready to train; you have to be ready to play, ready to impact as a sub; you have to react. A lot of people now, body language arms up in the air, you’ve got to react to get that ball back, win that ball back, whatever situation; react quick don’t think about it.”
“When I first went to Manchester United, there was hardly any rules, but what they did; they did the right things, and if they didn’t do the right things, they owned it, and they suffered the consequences and accepted the consequences. And I think if you’ve got those non-negotiables around that, then you can’t go wrong.”
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