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Man United hero Andy Cole tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his main problem – ‘It hurts me to say’

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Manchester United legend Andy Cole believes the problem at his former club is clear.

Cole says there is undoubtedly a huge amount of talent among the United squad but building those players into a successful team is the hardest part.

United are sixth in the Premier League table ahead of today’s clash against rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are already eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea but could cut that gap with victory today.

United spent big in the summer in signing Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, as well as the sensational return of Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Cole believes the squad is disjointed and it is extremely difficult to get the best players on the pitch at the same time.

“I think at the moment, it hurts me to say, I think it’s a bit of round holes, square pegs,” Cole told Premier League Productions.

“We’ve got loads of talent, and I mean loads of talent, but how do you try to fit all that talent in?”

Former England forward and United fan Lianne Sanderson says there has been a scattergun approach in the transfer market from the Red Devils.

And she says the signing of Donny van de Beek epitomises that.

“I think Manchester United have made really poor decisions in the last five to 10 years that are affecting us now,” Sanderson said.

“You look at the signing of Donny van de Beek – why did we get him from Ajax if we were never going to play him? Why did we do that? What kind of decision is that?

“I don’t think he’s a bad player but everyone now thinks he’s not good enough for Manchester United because he comes on for two minutes, he’s not getting any minutes.

“What kind of decision is that? Why did we get him? And that goes back to what is the philosophy of what we’re trying to do?

“Because you can’t just get players and throw them in there and expect them to perform.

“There has to be a plan of where Sancho’s going to play, why did we get Sancho?”

Ahead of the visit of Liverpool, Solskjaer has been firm in his stance that United must catch their rivals soon.

Solskjaer said: “You have to make sure you are better than them and in the last four years they’ve been tremendous and we are in truth chasing them.

“The last four years, the results, we have been behind them. Now we’ve begun to take steps but the next big step is to be above them because we were above them last season.

“But that’s history and hopefully this season we can achieve something better.”

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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