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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can be proud with the statistics his players are putting in after working hard on their fitnesses during pre-season.

The legendary Norwegian has plenty to prove this season after a story of two halves during his reign in the last campaign.

Solskjaer’s era began superbly as his United stars embarked on a winning run and seemingly couldn’t do anything wrong.

However, matters soon took a turn for the worse with many attributing the baffling dip in form to a lack of fitness.

Reports soon emerged claiming Ole was shocked at his squad’s poor fitness with him recently publicly stating his desire to put them through their paces and it appears that’s now starting to pay off.

According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils’ stars have seen their high-intensity work increase by 50 per cent in comparison to when Jose Mourinho was in charge.

The total distance they’ve covered is also up 10 per cent while they’re trying to ensure they remain fit by taking part in gym sessions and injury prevention exercises that involve the hamstrings, groin and core.

Manchester United have won all three of their pre-season fixtures so far and it seems Solskjaer has taken this approach in his bid to overthrow his rivals in the upcoming campaign.

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Manchester United have reportedly made progress in their pursuit for Lille star Nicolas Pepe who will certainly add firepower to their side.

Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spent the past week complimenting his striker force including the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and even Alexis Sanchez, it appears he’s still keen to add another to the squad.

United signed Daniel James from Swansea earlier on in the summer but perhaps the lethal Norwegian is searching for a more proven player.

Pepe was outstanding in Lille’s charge to a second placed finish last season with his performances gaining interest from several top European clubs.

The Ivorian’s manager has previously claimed he would certainly be moved on this season due to his desire to leave yet no one has seemingly made a serious move, until now.

According to The Times, the Red Devils will use the sale of Romelu Lukaku to fund their pursuit of £70m valued Nicolas, though they will have to fight off the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton for his signature.

The obvious issue is that offloading the Belgian has proved trickier than initially anticipated with Inter Milan struggling to pay up for the fee Solskjaer’s side wants.

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Manchester United have reportedly finally agreed terms with Leicester City to complete a deal for Harry Maguire.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been chasing the talented Englishman’s signature all summer long and it appears there’s been an encouraging breakthrough.

United have desperately needed to improve upon an error-riddled defence and it seems they’ve turned to the towering centre-back to resolve their problems in the back.

Maguire was said to be keen on the transfer happening but Leicester’s stubbornness in negotiations risked the deal from completing.

The Red Devils and the Foxes were apart in terms of their evaluation of the 26 year old but now that’s no longer the case, it shouldn’t be long until he’s officially announced.

United finally agreeing terms on the £80m Maguire deal.
Mad amount of money to spend on him and Wan-Bissaka this summer but also very necessary

— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) July 21, 2019


The £80m price-tag is likely to split fan opinion as it is a lot of money for someone who has arguably not been tested at the highest level yet.

Some fans feel the money spent is far too much for a player like Harry and that better options exist in the market.

Others are adamant the former Hull man is the player to resolve Manchester United’s defensive woes for good and that the price-tag shouldn’t stop the club from signing him.

Either way, it appears executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has finally caved to Leicester’s demands and given the green light to splash the cash on Maguire.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that the knock sustained by Tahith Chong during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Inter Milan was nothing serious.

Chong, who came on for the last 30 minutes, gave a dazzling performance down the right-hand side during which he embarrassed Milan Skriniar – who has played in a World Cup final – to the point where the defender hacked him to the floor in quite dramatic fashion.

Victor Lindelof, meanwhile, came off earlier in the game and went straight down the tunnel.

Solskjaer told reporters in the aftermath that, while Chong was definitely okay, he would have to wait for Lindelof to be assessed before he knew the extent of the Swede’s injury.

Ole: “Victor we have to assess tomorrow. Tahith will be fine, it was just a knock. I don’t blame the defenders for trying to stop him.” #mufc [MUTV]

— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 20, 2019


Saturday’s victory in Singapore was the first time in pre-season that Solskjaer gave priority to certain players, allowing for the starting XI to play 60 minutes rather than just 45. You hope that Lindelof’s knock is merely just a consequence of the extra workload as opposed to anything more deeply rooted.

Alongside the imperious Axel Tuanzebe, Lindelof was as cool as ever before being forced off. Many United fans would want that pair to serve as Solskjaer’s first-choice centre back pairings – unless, of course, the club manages to sign Harry Maguire.

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he has no plans to send Mason Greenwood on loan, suggesting the player will have a role to play in the first-team in the upcoming season.

The sensational Englishman has scored two goals in three games in pre-season with his latest one stunning fans as he netted a superb effort vs Inter Milan.

Before pre-season began, many anticipated the dazzling academy product would impress but would later be sent on loan to develop further.

However, it seems Greenwood’s performances have convinced Solskjaer to think otherwise, although it could have something to do with Romelu Lukaku’s potential departure.

The Belgian has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan all summer and his goals will need to be replaced with perhaps the 17 year old a candidate to do so.

Solskjær: "Mason [Greenwood] has never been on my mind to send on loan. We have to keep him here. He’s ready to be involved in the first team." #mulive

— utdreport (@utdreport) July 20, 2019


Mason’s inexperience is a little concerning but he’s had a meteoric rise so far so there’s no reason to doubt his talent just yet.

Hopefully once the competitive season begins he can keep up his performances and stamp his authority on the starting XI.

Ole clearly loves Greenwood so that works in his favour but if he stops working hard, it’s likely he’ll quickly fall out of the starting XI.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka treated Manchester United supporters to another superb defensive performance during the club’s 1-0 pre-season win over Inter Milan in Singapore.

The 21-year-old, signed from Crystal Palace for £45m last month, gave a display of pure defensive grit and also linked up nicely with Paul Pogba, who will clearly benefit from having him there for diagonal balls out wide next season.

His most notable asset, which evinced great cries of appreciation from the 55,000 United fans in the ground, was, of course, those tackles: time and time again, he was there, sticking a leg in to steal the ball away from winger Dalbert.

Wan-Bissaka’s numbers from the game paint the picture of what was a truly dominant performance in the sweltering Asian heat.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first half vs. Inter Milan by numbers:

100% tackles won
90% pass accuracy
1 chance created
1 interception
0 goals conceded

Looks to have settled in nicely. pic.twitter.com/AqwwD3pIuA

— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 20, 2019


It is not often that thousands of Singaporeans chant the name of a right-back from Croydon – especially when the likes of Paul Pogba and David de Gea on the pitch.

But such is the storming influence of Wan-Bissaka. In these early days, when fitness levels are not so great, it is the 21-year-old whose imperturbable strength and superhuman elasticity that has stood out. There is a feeling of something new, something better, developing here. It’s almost like we’re watching a proper right-back.

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has singled out Axel Tuanzebe for praise following the 1-0 win over Inter Milan.

The legendary Norwegian watched on as his side ensured their winning run continues in their third pre-season fixture so far.

United’s opposition was a step up from their previous friendlies against Leeds United and Perth Glory but their domination continued.

Inter were lucky to have not lost by more while the likes of Tuanzebe ensured they wouldn’t have any luck scoring either.

The powerful Englishman enjoyed a successful loan spell at Aston Villa last season and it appears Solskjaer is keen on keeping him on board this time around.

Solskjær: "He's [Tuanzebe] got a future at #mufc, of course he has. Today was a test for him, we know he can play at that level, that's why he didn't pay against Leeds. Axel is the future of this club." #mulive

— utdreport (@utdreport) July 20, 2019


The academy starlet was as solid in his defending as ever and given how he still has potential to grow that gives him a big advantage over the likes of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling.

In fact, if Axel remains at Old Trafford this season then it raises the question marks over many of the club’s defenders’ futures.

Ole is already said to be keen on Harry Maguire and should that transfer successfully occur, that will mean he will have seven players capable of playing at centre-back.

It will be interesting to see who the former striker keeps and who he moves on but it Tuanzebe can rest assured after being rightfully praised.

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Manchester United fans were clearly thoroughly pleased with Mason Greenwood’s match-winning performance vs Inter Milan as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men made it three pre-season wins out of three.

The dazzling youngster’s confidence is evidently growing each match and it was his stunning effort that saw his side win 1-0 against the Serie A giants.

The sensational academy product would’ve been excused for taking things slowly in his first pre-season with United but instead he’s taken it by storm.

Greenwood’s ability with both feet was in full show as he controlled the ball with his right foot before curling it into the net with his left.

Though many initially felt he would get minutes sparingly next season as he adjusts to senior football, it could now be argued the 17 year-old star is ready for first-team football.

vs. Leeds United
vs. Inter Milan

17 years old. Mason Greenwood. Remember the name. #mufc pic.twitter.com/nC33F3GSZX

— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 20, 2019


Inter Milan just can't handle Greenwood. It's as simple as that. So much confidence for a 17 year old. #mufc

— Aditya Rathod (@aditya_reds) July 20, 2019


Good run out for the lads. Comfortable win. And another goal for Mason Greenwood who should now start every single United game for the next 15 years #FullTimeJay

— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) July 20, 2019


If United can look after Greenwood in the same way Ferguson did with Giggs/Scholes then he can be as good as they were, as he has the tools for the job that they had!

— Brian McClair (@BrianMcClair13) July 20, 2019


Mason Greenwood is going to have a big season. Such a natural finisher. Love it.

— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) July 20, 2019


Don't want to go overboard or anything but I reckon Greenwood is the best player in the world ever. #Baller #MUFC

— Manchester United (@UTDWorldwide) July 20, 2019


Some supporters were concerned with the lack of goals in the squad should Romelu Lukaku leave to Inter Milan but that’s probably a long forgotten matter now.

If Mason can continue his meteoric rise, he could potentially help replace the Belgian with the help of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and maybe Alexis Sanchez as well.

Whatever the future holds for the versatile attacker, at the moment it’s clear he deserves to be given a chance to continue to impress in the first-team.

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David de Gea N/A – Had nothing to do against an impotent Inter Milan side playing its first game of pre-season.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7 – Once again sensational. So solid positionally, and simply impossible to get past. Produced a series of perfectly timed tackles.

Victor Lindelof 6 – Another smooth, solid display. Looked uncomfortable with a couple of crosses but was largely in control, even producing another marauding run into midfield. Came off with an injury.

Axel Tuanzebe 6 – Made a couple of rash interventions early on but grew nicely into the game, handling the ball with good maturity.

Luke Shaw 7 – A very good return from a slight injury. Defended smartly and bombed down that left-hand side, almost teeing up a tap-in for Marcus Rashford in the first-half.

Nemanja Matic 5 – Too sluggish again. Did not pass the ball forward enough and found himself caught in possession a few times.

Paul Pogba 7 – The Frenchman is so crucial to this Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set-up. Nobody else passes forward so incisively and with such ambition. Released a number of counter-attacks with one swish of the foot.

Jesse Lingard 6 – An improvement on his display against Leeds United. Bombed forward down the middle with ferocity, looking to slide the ball to onrushing teammates. Ran out of team in the second-half.

Daniel James 5 – Did not really make an impact on the game aside from occasionally linking up nicely on the right with Wan-Bissaka and Paul Pogba. Looks more comfortable on the left.

Anthony Martial 6.5 – Looked slightly lost in the No.9 role to start with, often surrounded by Inter Milan defenders, but was the only one to display serious attacking intent after the break.

Marcus Rashford 5 – Does not look comfortable out wide. Attacked with intent but always seemed slightly awkward cutting in from the flank. Decision-making in the box was not up to scratch.

Substitutes

Tahith Chong 7 – Came on and brought with him spellbinding energy, tearing down the flanks and almost claiming an assist.

Mason Greenwood 7 – In an otherwise drab second half, Greenwood once again shone. Scored a superb curling effort in a crowded box to break the deadlock and nearly scored another moments later. Such a natural finisher with either foot.

Ashley Young 6 – The veteran was booed when he came on, and also whenever he touches the ball, but his performance was actually not too bad, with the Englishman sending in a few dangerous crosses.

Diogo Dalot 6 – Enjoyed quite a few touches on the ball out on the right. Did not have much defending to do.

Fred 6.5 – A promising return to action. Looked very sharp on the ball considering this was his first outing of pre-season.

Andreas Pereira 6 – Good energy to his play but lacked the finesse to create chances in the final third.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that some Manchester United players would play more than 45 minutes against Inter Milan on Saturday.

As per tradition in pre-season, Solskjaer used the opening two tour matches against Perth Glory and Leeds United to field two completely different starting XIs for either half.

This is geared towards optimising the general fitness levels of the group, but with only three weeks until United meet Chelsea at Old Trafford, Solskjaer will start to have to make decisions.

Ole: “We’ll give players, some 45, some 60-70. It’s another stepping stone. We’re not planning to swap all eleven this time.” #mufc

— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 19, 2019


The good thing is that both Solskjaer and his players have a clear idea of the attacking blueprint being fleshed out on the training ground by Mike Phelan, Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick. This was not the case during that miserable pre-season tour of last year under Jose Mourinho, who genuinely seemed so angry to the point of not caring about tactics at that stage.

Under Solskjaer, the demands are clear, which should make selecting players clear – ones who fit the principles of Ole-ball: a fluid 4-2-3-1, full-backs providing width, high pressing and fast counter-attacking play down the middle with Paul Pogba as the final difference, midfielders like Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard joining attackers in the box.

In this sense, Solskjaer has to be ruthless. Those who he believes in must receive a large majority of the minutes on offer ahead of Chelsea on August 11.

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