The international break is getting closer to its start, as the European national teams will begin the November break with matches on Thursday. In the meantime, we will be taking a look into things that have been happening in and around Manchester United.
Here are the important news we decided to talk about.
Nemanja Matic Getting Closer To Departure
It looks like after months of rumours the date of Nemanja Matic’s departure from Manchester United is approaching fast. According to Wednesday’s report from The Telegraph, the Serbia international is eyeing a move away from Old Trafford, possibly as early as the January transfer window.
This has not been an easy season for Matic, with him falling behind Scott McTominay and Fred in the midfield pecking order. He is thought to be ready to leave the club after two and a half years since arriving from Chelsea in the summer of 2017. However, it is interesting to find out about this report that Matic was seriously targeted by AC Milan and Inter Milan in the summer transfer window, but the club decided that he should stay for longer.
It was a difficult situation in terms of personnel for Man United, with Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera leaving before him without ever getting replaced with the new signings. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was apparently reluctant to let Matic go for those reasons, but now he could be getting the chance to leave after all, with the club looking for ways to actually get some money from the deal. If Matic was to stay for the entirety of the season, then he would be able to just walk away without the transfer fee for Man United.
Injuries have played a part in the meantime and Matic has not featured since the goalless draw away to AZ Alkmaar over a month ago. He has attracted interest from a number of clubs but Italy still appears to be his most likely destination.
Scott McTominay Gets The Goal In The End
Manchester United have been granted a goal three days after their last match, as the second goal the Red Devils scored against Brighton and Hove Albion was not given to Davy Propper as an own goal, but was actually reassigned to Scott McTominay. The Premier League panel decided that this was the midfielder’s goal after all.
New Recruitment Analyst
Manchester United have appointed Neil McIlhargey as their recruitment analyst, it was announced today. McIlhargey previously worked for Rangers as head of analysis, as well as having roles at Brentford, FC St Pauli and Watofrd.
We still do not know how much this will mean for Man United’s approach in recruiting players, but it feels like a step in the right direction. If anything, it is good to see United are thinking about the analytics department, after many bad decisions in the market in previous years. Hopefully this will help the club become consistent in their pursuits in the market, in regards to the squad’s overarching needs.