£80m signing to change things at Man United, Rashford fires Premier League warning, £100m man ‘ready to lead’ United attack after transfer
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Jamie Redknapp has told Manchester United fans that the signing of Harry Maguire is the start of a transformation at Old Trafford.
United headed into the transfer window seeking to do record-breaking deals in order to get the club back inside the top four, and although only a few players arrived, they spent over £140 million on Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bassika and Daniel James.
But it is the signing of Maguire that has pleased many United fans as the back-line needed sorting out, as the current crop at Old Trafford have simply not been good enough, for simply too long since the departure of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
United probably paid too much for Maguire in Redknapp’s opinion, but that figure can be overlooked in light of the attributes the 26-year-old will bring on and off the pitch.
“It seems like there is something fundamentally wrong with that dressing room,” the Sky Sports pundit said.
“There are too many players who don’t feel that passion to play for Manchester United.
“By signing someone like Maguire – a warrior, someone who wants to win and knows the game, is technically sound and a good defender – you can start to change that whole process that has been going on over the past two years.
“Make no mistake about it, £80m is an awful lot of money for a defender – it’s astronomical. It’s too much money, but United have got a really good defender that will hopefully change the dynamic.”
Marcus Rashford has claimed that ‘things are now back to normal’ at Manchester United after a period of uncertainty with the club.
United are regarded as one of the biggest clubs in the game and have been one of the most dominant sides in world football for many seasons, but since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson as head coach, there has been too much uncertainty surrounding the club.
A few bosses have arrived, a few players have come and gone, which has led to the clubs inability to get back inside the top four and maintain their challenge for that Premier League title. But there is a belief that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could get things right this year, especially after United went unbeaten in the pre-season.
In the eyes of Rashford, a structure is now in place at Old Trafford to allow the club to succeed, and despite praising both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho for the role they played in starting his career, he feels Solskjaer strikes the perfect balance.
Rashford said: “You learn different things under different managers. The time under Van Gaal, it was perfect for me at that time to have a manager like that, he was patient with me and gave me time to learn the game. It wasn’t too much information thrown at me.
“Then under Jose I feel like we all understood the game a bit better, especially defensively. And now under Ole we’re trying to combine the two, and at the same time he knows the club for what the club is so he can spread his own messages too. For me it’s like it’s back to normal, and that is the most important thing.
“We didn’t have much stability – I think it’s easily done – whether it was the team, the squad, or the manager, the staff. There was never much solidity, and I think it’s tough to play under those circumstances. But the structure seems to be in place so we can concentrate on ourselves and push forward.”
Marcus Rashford has told Manchester United fans that he is ready to lead the attack this season now that Romelu Lukaku has left the club.
After months of speculation and rumours, United and Inter Milan finally managed to come to an agreement for the Belgian striker on deadline day after he admitted that he wanted to leave Old Trafford and seek a fresh challenge in the game.
That did not leave United with much time to make a move and secure the services of a world class striker, despite being linked with the likes of Mauro Icardi and Robert Lewandowski, meaning The 22-year-old Rashford will get more time as a central striker after the departure of Lukaku.
And even though Rashford has admitted that he is ready to lead the United attack, he says his consistency needs to improve.
He said: “Personally I think last season was up and down for me, and for the team as well. We had a good spell in the middle, and the beginning and end were not the best. It’s about a consistency, and it’s the same for me as an individual.
“I think positionally my role will be the same, a bit here and a bit there, left, centre, right, and for me that’s the ideal way. Obviously with the characteristics of the other forwards, it suits and we compliment each other.
“For me it’s not about being in one position, it’s about having freedom as a three to be together, and rotate where you see fit. It’s just important you fill the positions defensively, so without the ball we need to fill the three positions, but with the ball we can go wherever we want.”
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