Rumors are starting to flow now that the domestic competitions have come to an end. Players have a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen next even if Euro 2016 hasn’t started yet. We will see a lot of players being linked to Manchester United who will be making moves depending on who the manager is. With that in mind, no move would seem to outrageous and no transfer would seem too expensive for us to dismiss from the beginning. Now that the FA Cup has been won in dramatic fashion with a stunning winner from Jesse Lingard it seems like the news has instantly moved onto who will the manager be now. A comment that LVG made as he got on the team bus on Sunday morning seems to be grabbing the headlines, where he responded to a Sky Sports News reporter’s wishes of “Good Luck” with an “it’s over” reply which the club later said was in response to the fact that the season is over. Jose Mourinho remained silent when questioned in London yet apparently his agent is coming to England in the next 48 hours – perhaps a coincidence or could he be coming to sort out a contract for Mourinho.
Out of the most recent rumors seen in the news, Ibrahimovic’s arrival looks like the most interesting. The Sweden international ended his last season at PSG with a whopping 38 goals. Sure, it is the French League and not the Premier League but still. The thing is that playing in the Europa League might not be enough motivation for the 34-year-old striker who is very likely to join a club that will offer him one final shot at the Champions League. There’s also the money. Why spend an enormous amount just on his salary when you can invest that in let’s say Rashford’s salary and another longer-term player acquisition. When it comes to seeing Ibrahimovic join Manchester United, the lack of Champions League football will likely prove too much of a barrier although reportedly the Swedish striker has said he would like to work with Mourinho at United.
One other rumor presented by Metro says Alvaro Morata has been bumped up the transfer list and is now a top target for United. Honestly, his lack of efficiency in front of goal is worrying. Why would you spend £24million on a striker who, despite being talented, averages no more than 15 goals per season? Again, United seem to have the attacking line needed to tackle next season. Forget about Ibrahimovic, Morata and even Lukaku who was also linked to United. It will be interesting to see if the manager (whoever he is) focuses on Pogba, Pjanic, Gotze or any other play maker who can help players like Rashford, Martial, Lingard and Depay truly develop and shine.
The question which will be asked in all quarters until perhaps former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirms his next managerial assignment is “who is going to manage Manchester United next season?” Hopefully the speculation ends quickly and let’s enjoy the fact that United (under Louis van Gaal) came back in fine fashion to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2004.