After the arrival of Daniel James, the Frenchmen’s position looks in jeopardy.
Manchester United have kicked off the transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got his first signing of the season. Ole would be happy to see the first signing coming quickly as he plan to overhaul it’s squad. The Norwegian already stated his desire of adding young players. Ole has successfully brought in Wales international Daniel James this weekend from Swansea.
Wales international James, a winger, is expected to play a secondary role at Old Trafford and may have to sit on the bench for the most part of the season.
Because of the inexperience in the Premier and young age, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made it clear that Anthony Martial will not be sold this summer.
That is according to journalist Duncan Castles, who believes that Solskjaer himself would have no problem with the Frenchman leaving the club this summer.
Perhaps Solskjaer would like to move Anthony Martial on having seen the drop in his performance after he got his new contract,” Castles told The Transfer Window podcast.
“Although, we’ve seen it reported elsewhere that at least one of the Glazers does not want Martial to be sold and I would suspect Ed Woodward would be in the same camp as he has always had a great reluctance at selling any of his own signings.
“Daniel James, talking to scouts in the game, big surprise that Manchester United are going for him and they don’t see he has the range of abilities or the likelihood of developing into a Champions League winner.
“He played for Swansea in a very attacking team. They were renowned for being extremely positive under Graham Potter, who’s now obviously moved to Brighton to change their style.”
Castles has warned United that James is far from being a complete player, and it will take time for the 21-year-old to hit form.
He continued: “In a very attacking team in the Championship, he scored just four goals and made nine assists, which isn’t a bad number of assists but still not the numbers you’d expect of a player who’s being taken from the Championship to be put into a squad that has aspirations of playing in the Champions League and should have aspirations of challenging for a title.
“Obviously Ed Woodward likes signing players who he believes will increase in value, who can be at the club for a long time, and Daniel James obviously fits both of those categories.
“I find it a surprising move. I believe one of the clubs in the Premier League who were looking to sign Daniel James was Brighton. And with all respect, there’s a big difference between Brighton and what they’re looking for to improve their squad and what Manchester United should be looking for to improve their squad.”
The likes of Sanchez and Lukaku are expected to leave the summer. Considering that, United should protect the likes of Martial and Rashford and should play them regularly.