Man United to sign their next great midfielder or Fellaini Mark II?

first_img 6 Click the arrows for some of Manchester United’s possible midfield options this summer.With the pursuit of Arturo Vidal seemingly no closer to ending in his arrival at Old Trafford, and transfer deadline day approaching, can the Red Devils avoid ending up with Fellaini Mark II?Which midfielder would you like United to sign this summer? Comment below… Man United need to sign a top class midfielder – Click through the slideshow to see the midfield targets Van Gaal might sign – Manchester United’s defeat to Swansea has led to claims the club will spend big in the coming weeks in an attempt to address their deficiencies – and in particular, a light midfield – but the Red Devils should be wary. The Manchester side have made a habit of ‘panic buys’ in the recent past, over-spending on the wrong player, and a hastily bought new midfielder in particular could quite easily end up being another Marouane Fellaini. One buy that wouldn’t have came in a panic was Arturo Vidal, who the club had been looking at for some time, but just as David Moyes’ interest in Thiago Alcantara cooled last summer, so it seems the pursuit of Vidal may be scuppered by his age (27), injury history and low sell-in value in relation to a possible £40m fee. United need to look to alternatives, but can they avoid a Fellaini mark two? Click through the gallery above to see the midfielders United can target. 6 Luiz Gustavo – signed by Van Gaal before – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – One slightly different option could be Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo, who Van Gaal brought to Bayern Munich back in 2011. Gustavo is a pure defensive midfielder with the energy necessary to cover the entirety of the pitch, and would free up Ander Herrera and Juan Mata to focus entirely on creating goals. As a bonus, he can also fill in at centre back. Kevin Strootman – Van Gaal’s Dutch linchpin – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – The injury that ruled Kevin Strootman out of the 2014 World Cup means his importance to Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands outfit has been somewhat forgotten in recent months, but the Roma man was the heart of the Oranje prior to his physical troubles. The playmaker is exactly what United need, happy either creating or scoring goals and, above all, capable of controlling a game. The Italians won’t let him go without a fight. 6 6 6 Jordy Clasie – the ‘Dutch Xavi’ – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – Given Van Gaal’s faith in young players, one wildcard suggestion could be Jordy Clasie, another of his Netherlands World Cup batch. The Feyenoord man has somewhat exaggeratedly been hailed as the ‘Dutch Xavi’, but what is certain is that Van Gaal used him five times in World Cup qualifying, as well as twice at the tournament proper. Likely to be more easily available than Strootman, United may need to act quickly nonetheless, as Porto are also keen. 6 Miralem Pjanic – Strootman’s team-mate – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – If Van Gaal can’t bring in someone he knows first hand, then an alternative could be Kevin Strootman’s Roma team mate Miralem Pjanic. The United manager will likely have had a chance to watch him first hand at the World Cup, and the Bosnian’s quality on the ball would certainly be an asset for the Red Devils. Axel Witsel – the acceptable Fellaini Mark II? – While there is a scarcity of quality midfielders available at the highest level, one man who could perhaps be tempted to move is Zenit’s Axel Witsel. At 25 the Belgian is approaching his peak years, so a chance to test himself at a higher level could be too much to ignore. Witsel marries all the qualities United need, with strengths both on and off the ball, and as a bonus, his understanding with Marouane Fellaine could even revive the other Belgian’s career.last_img read more

Report: Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0

first_imgArsenal 3 Bournemouth 0: Sanchez given frosty Emirates return after Welbeck inspires victory Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 00:03 10/9/2017 DannyWelbeck - cropped Getty Images Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal beat Bournemouth 3-0 and Alexis Sanchez returned to Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Alexis Sanchez returned to a mixed reception as Arsenal eased a tense Emirates Stadium with two first-half goals in a 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.Sanchez was back on club duty, having seen his push for a move to Manchester City fall flat before the transfer deadline amid a miserable international break with Chile, and made way for Alexandre Lacazette in the starting XI, before emerging to a mixture of cheers and jeers in the second period.A 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool a fortnight previously and uncertainty over Sanchez’s situation had seen Arsene Wenger come under pressure just months into a new two-year contract, but his players rediscovered their groove to comfortably dispatch Eddie Howe’s strugglers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Danny Welbeck nodded in with Arsenal’s first attack and laid on a second for Lacazette, before finishing again himself after the break.FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-0 BournemouthDanny Welbeck scored twice and set up Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in a comprehensive victory #ARSBOU— Premier League (@premierleague) September 9, 2017Wenger had talked up his side as title contenders before kick-off and the reaction on the pitch was promising – even if it would be unfair to evaluate the accuracy of the manager’s claim against a Bournemouth outfit that scarcely looked like landing a blow.Howe’s men remain in the bottom three after four defeats this season, while Arsenal move onto six points ahead of a tough week which sees Cologne visit London in the Europa League before Wenger takes his side to champions Chelsea.Arsenal’s nerves were settled by a goal within six minutes, the recalled Sead Kolasinac making the difference with an incisive run and cross on the left to tee up Welbeck for a close-range header.Asmir Begovic parried Granit Xhaka’s low strike clear as Kolasinac made progress again, before the goalkeeper saved brilliantly from a Mesut Ozil free-kick.Xhaka then failed to keep his 20-yard effort down after Lacazette’s fine hold-up play as Arsenal continued to pile the pressure on the floundering visitors.And Lacazette deservedly doubled the hosts’ lead shortly before the half-hour mark with a cool finish high past Begovic from Welbeck’s pass.Enjoying life at your new home, @LacazetteAlex ? #AFCvAFCB — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 9, 2017 Lacazette could have scored again 10 minutes later when Begovic hurriedly hacked a clearance against Welbeck, but the former Chelsea man smothered the subsequent shot before accosting Tyrone Mings for a shoddy back pass.While Bournemouth were slightly fortunate to escape a penalty award as Adam Smith handled Ozil’s volley, the visitors regrouped at the break and initially threatened as Jermain Defoe crashed a header against the post.But Welbeck’s 50th-minute goal – fired hard and low across Begovic from the left-hand side of the area – ensured Arsenal would cruise through the remainder of the second-half.Ozil thrashed wide and Welbeck lifted a delicate right-footed just beyond the left-hand upright, with Wenger then introducing Sanchez from the bench 15 minutes from time.The Chilean could not get on the scoresheet despite one stoppage-time effort – well saved by Begovic –  but sections of the home fans chanted his name throughout the closing stages. KEY OPTA STATS- Arsenal have won their last seven Premier League games at the Emirates, their longest such run at home since April 2015 (nine successive wins).- Alexandre Lacazette became only the second Arsenal player to score in his first two home Premier League games for the club, after Marouane Chamakh in 2010.- Bournemouth have become only the ninth team to lose their opening four games to a Premier League season, though four of the previous eight have managed to avoid relegation.- Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in four Premier League games this season, having scored just two in 16 appearances in the competition last term.- This was only the second time that Danny Welbeck has both scored and provided an assist in a Premier League game for Arsenal, with the other being at Aston Villa in September 2014.- The Gunners have won by at least a two-goal margin in all four of their previous home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions. read morelast_img read more