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Bringing in a world class winger first, then a striker the following year would be the way I would build the squad. I feel like it's the better option to maintain balance and build chemistry in the squad, which we finally seem to be doing.

Ideally Cavani stays fit from here on in, sticks around for one more year and rotates with Greenwood for the plan to work best.
This. But what it really comes down to is whether Ole believes in Martial and Greenwood at CF. If yes, then let’s forget about Haaland who’s beyond our reach anyway. But if Ole doesn’t believe in Martial and Greenwood at CF and if we think we can bring in Haaland we have to do everything possible to bring him in.

That said, I just can’t see why Erling would be interested in United, as things currently stand.
 

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Contracts don’t tell young players what role they will play in the team (or how many minutes) That would be an insane way to run a football club. At a stretch an established star might get some kind of commitment re minimal games but that would be unusual. Making the same commitment to an unproven 20 year old would be utter madness.
Maybe im playing too much FIFA but discussions between player and club certainly include what type of role they will be looking to play.

Haaland and Bellingham are recent examples and I personally believe its the reason we dont have both today.
 
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I’d rather splash out on a DM then sign either.. the double pivot is the main reason we’re so dog rough to watch. Getting a proper DM means we can play with 2 8s & not leave that gaping hole in the middle.
 

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I’d rather splash out on a DM then sign either.. the double pivot is the main reason we’re so dog rough to watch. Getting a proper DM means we can play with 2 8s & not leave that gaping hole in the middle.
It really is an odd and often mentioned myth that we can somehow sign one player that can do the work of both Fred & McTominay.
 

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Not sure how Liverpool are seen as the more attractive option.

Kane is coming up to 28. We'd get ripped by Levy and have no onsale value. Definitely not for me.
Liverpool due to their previous seasons. He may see it as a bit of a blip, and with Klopp in charge it does bring that extra bit. But it depends on them getting Champion's League as well as keeping him.

I'm not sure you would be looking for onsale value with Kane. It would be more like Van Persie, but more expensive and, I think, younger. You would have a peak striker, who is capable of creativity and tons of goals. He, along with Fernandes, are the best players in the Premier League. A flip of the coin who should get player of the year, to be honest.

You are looking at a player with 29 goals and 16 assists. He tops both goal and assist charts in the PL, which I think will be a first if he manages to keep it. Even Henry didn't manage that. If City do get Haaland, I actually think Kane is the only player who could actually raise our level enough.

Rashford - Kane - Greenwood

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Greenwood had shown last season that he can do well as a RW + we've got Diallo as well. I'd say lets go all in for Haaland.
 

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We should have got Sancho last summer and Haaland or Kane this summer. That's how you get back to the top. Instead, we bought four players last summer of which 3 hardly ever played all season and one who wants to leave even though we gave him the 7 shirt, that not the way.
 

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  1. Sign Sancho
  2. Make Greenwood striker
  3. Rotate Martial
  4. Either extend Cavani for added depth or sign someone like that for an experienced goalscorer/added depth
Then rotate Rashford/Sancho/James/Amad as the wingers with Greenwood occasionally there if needed.

Also in terms of realism and ignoring that IMO Sancho is most suited to us and our current needs than any player around. Haaland and Grealish are both unrealistic price wise, with Grealish being a weird signing from a profile/our need perspective.
Agree with all of that. I think we'd get really good chemistry with that, too. I'd be willing to bet Mason and Jadon would be two peas in a pod.

Beyond that, though, our attack is so one-sided that opposition sets up to anticipate it. We'll get a lot more joy all around with Sancho on the right. James is a viable backup to him, but not a first-XI guy (go ahead, crucify me, but I do think he's proven himself good enough for our bench).
 
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Liverpool due to their previous seasons. He may see it as a bit of a blip, and with Klopp in charge it does bring that extra bit. But it depends on them getting Champion's League as well as keeping him.

I'm not sure you would be looking for onsale value with Kane. It would be more like Van Persie, but more expensive and, I think, younger. You would have a peak striker, who is capable of creativity and tons of goals. He, along with Fernandes, are the best players in the Premier League. A flip of the coin who should get player of the year, to be honest.

You are looking at a player with 29 goals and 16 assists. He tops both goal and assist charts in the PL, which I think will be a first if he manages to keep it. Even Henry didn't manage that. If City do get Haaland, I actually think Kane is the only player who could actually raise our level enough.

Rashford - Kane - Greenwood

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Asked and answered.

Huge fee for someone nearly 28... 3 or 4 good seasons hopefully.

Huge fee for someone much younger (who's outscored Kane this season?)... 3 or 4 good seasons and either renews or we sell/get huge fee.

Covid impact on our finances. If we're spending big money on a player, the club will take resale into account. It's a business?
 

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  1. Sign Sancho
  2. Make Greenwood striker
  3. Rotate Martial
  4. Either extend Cavani for added depth or sign someone like that for an experienced goalscorer/added depth
Then rotate Rashford/Sancho/James/Amad as the wingers with Greenwood occasionally there if needed.

Also in terms of realism and ignoring that IMO Sancho is most suited to us and our current needs than any player around. Haaland and Grealish are both unrealistic price wise, with Grealish being a weird signing from a profile/our need perspective.
Agreed
 

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Short debate on BT following tonight's game.

With Rashford becoming the first player since Rooney to score 20 plus goals in consecutive seasons, Scholes said we need someone else in our team that can do that. He said we should go and get Haaland.
 

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I’d rather splash out on a DM then sign either.. the double pivot is the main reason we’re so dog rough to watch. Getting a proper DM means we can play with 2 8s & not leave that gaping hole in the middle.
It really is an odd and often mentioned myth that we can somehow sign one player that can do the work of both Fred & McTominay.
Because single DMs in a 4-3-3 don’t exist?
This is what I’ve been saying for over a year, a pure out and out defensive midfielder allows us to play Fernandes and Pogba in the same team even in the biggest games. We struggle creating because neither McTominay or Fred are creative players and in reality play together because it’s the closest we can play to a defensive base as Matic neither has the stamina or even ability anymore to do it alongside Pogba.

I know some will say “a defensive midfielder doesn’t unlock Pogba” but as seen this season Pogba CAN play in a two man midfield and be disciplined yet creative with Fernandes further forward, the problem was that everything went through our left hand side because we offer nothing from the right or this season nothing through the middle.

Short debate on BT following tonight's game.

With Rashford becoming the first player since Rooney to score 20 plus goals in consecutive seasons, Scholes said we need someone else in our team that can do that. He said we should go and get Haaland.
It’s all good Scholes saying that BUT it isn’t the same time as when Scholes played for us, we don’t have that pull anymore and we’re now just one of a number of options in England rather than THE option.

If Cavani stays and we sign Sancho then we’d have Greenwood, Martial and Cavani for one slot up front whilst having Sancho, Diallo and Pellestri on the right with Greenwood also there in a worst case scenario. We have zero balance up top so signing Sancho at a time when we may be able to get him for £50 million with Dortmund most likely missing out on CL football next season and needing more than ever to sell is clearly the way to go.

Going out and signing Haaland doesn’t change the fact that low block teams will still be a struggle to break down and Haaland isn’t the type of striker to just create out of nothing, Haaland and Mbappe remind me in a lot of ways of RVN and Henry and Haaland is much more RVN than Henry in that he needs chances created for him.

Signing Sancho gives us attacking options from both sides as well as Fernandes and Pogba through the middle which in turn creates far more space for let’s just say for arguments sake Greenwood up top who we know is already said to be the best finisher at the club, us just going out and buying a striker because they score lots of goals is serious tunnel vision as they still need the chances created and that’s where we struggle and Sancho isn’t so much a winger and much more a wide playmaker in a similar way Hazard is.
 

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It’s all good Scholes saying that BUT it isn’t the same time as when Scholes played for us, we don’t have that pull anymore and we’re now just one of a number of options in England rather than THE option.

If Cavani stays and we sign Sancho then we’d have Greenwood, Martial and Cavani for one slot up front whilst having Sancho, Diallo and Pellestri on the right with Greenwood also there in a worst case scenario. We have zero balance up top so signing Sancho at a time when we may be able to get him for £50 million with Dortmund most likely missing out on CL football next season and needing more than ever to sell is clearly the way to go.

Going out and signing Haaland doesn’t change the fact that low block teams will still be a struggle to break down and Haaland isn’t the type of striker to just create out of nothing, Haaland and Mbappe remind me in a lot of ways of RVN and Henry and Haaland is much more RVN than Henry in that he needs chances created for him.

Signing Sancho gives us attacking options from both sides as well as Fernandes and Pogba through the middle which in turn creates far more space for let’s just say for arguments sake Greenwood up top who we know is already said to be the best finisher at the club, us just going out and buying a striker because they score lots of goals is serious tunnel vision as they still need the chances created and that’s where we struggle and Sancho isn’t so much a winger and much more a wide playmaker in a similar way Hazard is.
Good post!