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Man United board concerned about four Ole Gunnar Solskjaer players ahead of Leicester clash

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Manchester United are concerned four players may have hit their ceiling under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.

The Norwegian is under pressure ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester having seen his side fail to win four of their last six matches. But he still retains the backing of the club’s dressing room.

Manchester United went into the season with high hopes.

After landing Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively, they had boosted their squad substantially.

And United then further improved with the dramatic deadline day signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned to Old Trafford after 12 years away.

In the short time since, however, the Red Devils have struggled.

They’ve failed to win four of their last six matches, losing to West Ham, Young Boys and Aston Villa while also drawing against Everton.

And The Athletic say some concerns exist that four United players’ developments have stalled under Solskjaer’s watch.

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One is Anthony Martial.The France international was tipped to be a future Ballon d’Or winner when he signed in 2015, when Louis van Gaal ruled the roost.

But while he recently scored against Everton, the 25-year-old has struggled for consistency over the past 18 months.

Martial appeared to be coming good after his exploits in the 2019/2020 campaign, when he netted 23 times across all competitions.

Yet that number dropped to seven last season and he’s struck just once since the start of the new campaign.

United are also concerned Fred and Scott McTominay have ‘hit a ceiling’, despite Solskjaer regularly advocating the pair.

And they also fear Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s development has stalled, too, with the former Crystal Palace star enduring a tough start to the campaign.

While that’s the case, however, United don’t plan on making a managerial change.

And the players themselves want Solskjaer to succeed, with the Norwegian yet to win them a trophy since taking over from Jose Mourinho nearly three years ago.

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United chief John Murtough was recently asked about the club’s patchy form.

And he insisted Solskjaer was central to their plans for the future, saying: “We’re aiming for consistency and continuity in recruitment.

“We have a full process in place, making sure we’re planned in what we do.

“Squad development is never-ending and constantly evolving. We’re sitting down with Ole and we’re talking about future plans in terms of where the squad will go and how we think it will develop.

“We want to balance squads with the right profile in terms of positions and in terms of age.

“The current squad has good balance with young, exciting players coming through, and those in the middle in the prime of their careers.

“And then you’ve the more experienced group – we can learn a lot from them, and they’re already having an impact on some of the younger players.

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“We want a squad that can challenge today but also in the future as well.”

And Murtough also called for calm, too.

“The Premier League is one of most competitive leagues in the world – players in from abroad and other leagues tell us how different it is – but we are 100 per cent up for this challenge,” he said.

“We believe that we’ve got the talent and the character within the squad to succeed.

“One thing we do is just keep control – emotionally we don’t get carried away, we don’t deviate from our plan.

“Ole and the staff are very focused on that.

“We don’t get distracted by what’s said on social media, which can sometimes create fervour and hysteria. It’s part of the modern game, but we’re very focused.”

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Report: Arsenal now really Keen to sign ‘Astonishing’ attacker who scored more goals than Gabriel Jesus last season

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According to But Football Club, Arsenal want to sign Bayer Leverkusen and France winger Moussa Diaby before the transfer window shuts.

The Gunners are looking for a new wide player. Raphinha was high on their wish list and Mikel Arteta tried really hard to bring him in. The Brazilian, however, joined Barcelona for £55 million (Sky Sports) instead, and Arsenal have now apparently turned their attention to Diaby.

Arsenal really keen to sign Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen

Diaby is one of the finest players in the Bundesliga.

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The 23-year-old France international scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions, which is a truly sensational return for a wide player.

His performances have caught the eye of a number of clubs, including Arteta’s Arsenal. The report claims that Diaby ‘strongly appeals’ to the Gunners boss, who is really keen to bring in a new winger before the window shuts.

The ‘astonishing‘ winger has come out and claimed that he wants to stay at Leverkusen this season, while the German outfit are keen to retain his services too.

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However, the report claims that if an offer in the region of £59.2 million arrives, they will let him go.

Arsenal don’t intend to pay that figure, but the report claims they will try to negotiate a deal for a lower fee.

Diaby still has three years left on his contract at Leverkusen.

Diaby really is a sensational player.

31 goal involvements in a single campaign for a 23-year-old wide player is a truly sensational return.

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Even Gabriel Jesus, who is viewed as the answer to Arsenal’s goalscoring woes, didn’t score as many goals as Frenchman last season.

Arsenal’s backup winger at the moment is Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian, on his day, is unplayable, but sadly for Arsenal supporters, those days have rarely ever occurred over the last three years.

Diaby would be a massive upgrade over Pepe, but whether Arsenal can lure him in remains to be seen.

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Report: Star ready to join Man United now wants £33.7million contract

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The latest reports in the media are anything to go by and Adrien Rabiot’s mother-agent, Veronique, is proving to be a difficult negotiator.

Last night, we covered a story (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport) claiming that the French international has demanded a three-year deal worth £25.4million to move to Old Trafford.

This morning, as per Corriere dello Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils have agreed a fee worth 17-18 million euros with Juventus but the dilemma is that the agreement with the player is still missing.

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Ten Hag contacted Rabiot to convince him to join Man Utd which is why the midfielder became willing to negotiate personal terms.

However, Veronique now wants a four-year contract worth 40 million euros (£33.7million) for his son and the negotiations have slowed down.

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Manchester United’s midfield department is in desperate need of reinforcements and Ten Hag may end up losing out on signing Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea.

The last big signing for the central midfield was done back in 2018 when Mourinho splashed the cash to lure Fred from Shakhtar. The Red Devils must act fast to strengthen things in the center of the park.

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Rabiot is neither as creative as Pogba nor as versatile as De Jong. However, he has experience of winning big titles with PSG and Juventus and even with France. So, in all fairness, he would be an upgrade to McFred.

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Man United pushing for Pogba replacement in more ways than one

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Manchester United may be about to take on another troublesome Frenchman, having just gotten rid of one.

The departures of Paul Pogba and others this summer have left new manager Erik ten Hag with a bare cupboard in terms of midfield options.

United have turned to Juventus outcast Adrien Rabiot, who is available for £15 million, after failing to secure Frenkie de Jong, the Ten Hag’s top transfer target, from Barcelona.

Rabiot, 27, isn’t particularly popular at Juventus and hasn’t replicated the form that established his reputation during the seven years he spent at PSG before that.

But it isn’t just on-field sluggishness that has harmed the reputation of a player who was once regarded as France’s golden boy.

Off-field squabbles and indiscretions, not only by Rabiot but also by his formidable mother and agent Veronique, have earned him a reputation as a difficult customer in the game.

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However, Ten Hag and United are becoming increasingly desperate. Despite the club’s insistence that their interest in Rabiot was firm prior to Sunday’s season-opening loss to Brighton, the timing appears to be a reactionary move.

And Rabiot’s rap sheet contains numerous items that could cause United to live to regret their decision.

Rabiot was on the verge of breaking into the PSG senior squad after graduating from their academy in 2012.

Rabiot was supposed to travel to Qatar with the team for a mid-season tour, but his mother insisted on accompanying him.

Veronique, Rabiot’s uncompromising agent, enters the picture. After his father, Michel Provost, suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him with locked-in syndrome, she took over his career. Michel is paralysed but fully aware.

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Her insistence on accompanying the tour caused friction, and Rabiot was eventually loaned out to Toulouse.

Even stranger, she allegedly insisted on attending all of their training sessions while there.

Two years later, Rabiot was on the verge of leaving PSG after Laurent Blanc demoted him to the reserves.

Veronique was waiting for Blanc as he left PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility one evening.

‘You can’t treat him like that. ‘I’m not going to agree to that,’ Blanc was told, presumably forcefully.

PSG had no choice but to call in security, but the confrontation appeared to work.

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Rabiot’s contract with PSG was renewed – and on better terms – not long after he failed to secure a move to Roma.

France’s hopes of adding the European Championship to their World Cup glory last year ended when they lost on penalties to Switzerland in the last-16.

Afterwards, an extraordinary video emerged of Veronique confronting Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, after the PSG striker missed the decisive spot-kick.

It is thought she said: ‘It is embarrassing how he struck that, for a player of his level. He hit it too lightly, I hope you are going to scold him.’

Apparently during an earlier discussion, Veronique told Wilfried his son was ‘arrogant’, has a ‘big head’ and gets ‘too much protection from the press.’

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