Manchester United prepare for their season opener against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday 7 August at Old Trafford. New manager Erik ten Hag has had a decent pre-season and is looking forward to his first taste of Premier League football.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness believes the Red Devils should do everything in their power to keep Cristiano Ronaldo. Elsewhere, Eric Bailly is close to joining AS Roma this summer.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the top Manchester United transfer stories coming August 5, 2022:
Graeme Souness advises Manchester United to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at all costs
Graeme Souness believes Manchester United should fight tooth and nail to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at the club. The Portuguese is keen to leave Old Trafford this summer in search of UEFA Champions League football.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Souness said the Red Devils should have looked into the situation long ago.
“I would have tried to nip it in the bud beforehand. I would have gotten in front of him as soon as possible. We all know how the game works, his people and Jorge Mendes would have spoken to the clubs and asked.” could they afford it,” said Souness.
“I don’t think he put himself on his feet and said he wanted to leave without anything happening in the background. It seems there’s someone else out there for him, but they’re not ready to put their hand down.”
Souness added that United have every reason to stick with Ronaldo.
“From a United point of view, try to keep him. There’s an argument that he’s the greatest player to ever kick a football; his stats and longevity suggest it. I’d keep him. He doesn’t shoot any Goals against the big ones.” teams; the game goes a bit past him and he plays the width of the penalty area, but he scores goals,” said Souness.
“We all know how important goals are to the cause as you may not be playing very well but when you have a goalscorer you look like a completely different team. Goals are everything and it’s the toughest job in football. I would do anything to keep him.”
Eric Bailly approaches AS Roma
Eric Bailly is close to reuniting with former coach Jose Mourinho at AS Roma this summer, according to Calciomercato via The Hard Tackle.
The Ivorian defender has lowered the pecking order at Manchester United in recent seasons. The arrival of Raphael Varane last summer hurt his chances of breaking into the first team.
Bailly’s situation has deteriorated since Ten Hag signed Lisandro Martinez last month. The Ivorian wants to leave to play regularly and Roma are ready to offer him an escape route from Old Trafford. The Serie A side are finalizing the final details of a €8m loan deal.
The Red Devils won’t be happy with Dean Henderson’s comments, says Alex McLeish
Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish believes Manchester United will be least happy with Dean Henderson’s recent comments.
The England goalkeeper joined Nottingham Forest on loan this summer. In a recent interview, Henderson publicly criticized the Red Devils for not installing him as number one ahead of David de Gea. He said the club promised to install him as number 1 but failed to deliver on their promise as Henderson only played three games all season.
Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish said Henderson can’t be compared to David de Gea just yet.
“Well, you don’t want to do that; that would be my advice. Apparently he has an agent running him; he has friends and family who will say things. He is visibly frustrated with the situation and wants to make it public. Man United won’t be too happy with that,” said McLeish.
“I think he just wanted to get rid of it. Obviously we still have a little way to go before we can compare him to De Gea because he hasn’t played week after week. He has a few hurdles to overcome before he gets that place at Man United.”
Henderson is ready for his Nottingham Forest debut against Newcastle United on August 6.
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