October 22, 2021


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Manchester United ‘have medical pencilled in’ as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prepares for signing

Manchester United have a medical for Tom Heaton pencilled in for this week, it has been claimed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bolster his side at all levels in this summer’s transfer window. And the veteran isn’t the only player in the Norwegian’s sights as he looks to win the Premier League title next term.

David de Gea remains at the club, despite the likes of Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain all being linked with the Spain international.

Dean Henderson is also at Solskjaer’s disposal, with the England international showing glimpses of his best form last time out.

United are in talks with Lee Grant over a new contract while they also have Matej Kovar and Nathan Bishop showing good promise behind the scenes.

Done, completed and here we go confirmed.

“Official announcement expected in July.

“Re: Sancho, negotiations still ongoing.”

United are signing Heaton to provide competition for both De Gea and Henderson, who were unable to achieve consistency last term.

And, up top, United haven’t ruled out a Hollywood return for Cristiano Ronaldo – who is still going strong at the age of 36.

Speaking to Ladbrokes recently, former Red Devils star Wes Brown expressed a belief that just three signings were required for Solskjaer’s side to challenge for the Premier League title next term.

“I’ve definitely seen an improvement at Manchester United in the past 12 months or so,” he said.

“On their day they can beat any team in the world, I just think they struggle to perform in the games where you’d expect them to win.

“Sometimes I think we were guilty of being a little bit short in midfield and the back-line has changed quite a lot throughout the season. Normally you have your two centre-halves set in stone and you build from there.

“Ole should be looking at three key areas where he can strengthen the first-team, and that’s with a new centre-back, a midfielder and a striker.

The club needs to lose a few players as well, and I know that’s sometimes easier said than done, but they’ve got to make some room for new arrivals.

“They definitely need a strong midfielder to come in and play week-in and week-out.

“I thought the club managed alright last season up-front but I’d still say they need a big name up there – especially for when someone like Anthony Martial isn’t fit.

“Whenever one of our attackers got the slightest knock, we really struggled. You’re looking around at the bench and thinking ‘where’s our Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?’ That player who can make a difference. There just needs to be a bit of strength in depth in that area.

“I probably went to every home game last season, and I have to say it was really disappointing at times.

“Away from home the team were fantastic, like they were playing with no fear, but at home they seemed to really struggle.

“We never really got our rhythm going; but if that changes, then it’s a completely different story. You’d hope the return of fans has a positive impact in those results at Old Trafford next season.”