Manchester United are preparing to face Manchester City when the Premier League resumes at the beginning of October. Erik ten Hag’s men have won their last four games in the league but will face a stern test against the reigning champions.
Meanwhile, acclaimed transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reckons Cristiano Ronaldo would have been a great option for Bayern Munich this summer. Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid are interested in Marcus Rashford.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Manchester United transfer stories as of September 20, 2022:
Cristiano Ronaldo would have been a great option for Bayern Munich, says Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano reckons Bayern Munich missed a trick by passing on the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
The Portuguese was desperate to leave Manchester United before the end of the window and offered his services to clubs around Europe. Bayern Munich were afforded the opportunity to take him to the Allianz Arena but opted not to invest in the 37-year-old.
However, it now appears that the decision has come back to haunt them. Having allowed Robert Lewandowski to move to Barcelona in the summer, the Bavarians have struggled to win games this season. They are fifth in the Bundesliga standings with three wins in their opening seven games, and the pressure is building on manager Julian Nagelsmann.
In his column for Caught Offside, Romano said that there are no plans to replace Nagelsmann yet. However, the Italian said that Bayern are missing Lewandowski.
“Bayern are very clear on their position – they are protecting Nagelsmann with the whole board, and they are denying all the rumors about other managers. At the moment, this is not changing. It’s normal that any club would miss a player like Robert Lewandowski,” wrote Romano.
Romano added that Ronaldo would have been a great replacement for the Polish striker.
“I think Cristiano Ronaldo was a great option for them to replace their top scorer, but I understand their traditional policy on transfers is different,” wrote Romano.
The Portuguese has one goal from eight games across competitions for the Red Devils this season.
Atletico Madrid interested in Marcus Rashford
Atletico Madrid are interested in Marcus Rashford, according to Fichajes via Caught Offside.
The English forward has three goals and three assists from six games across competitions this season for Manchester United. He’s in the final year of his contract, although the Red Devils have the option of an additional year. The player was linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, but a move never materialised.
Los Rojiblancos are monitoring Rashford’s situation with interest. The La Liga giants have taken note of his resurgence under Erik ten Hag and believe he could be a fine addition to their squad. However, prying him away from his boyhood club would be no walk in the park.
Former Manchester United manager was not in the running for the Brighton job, says Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano has said that former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not a candidate for the managerial position at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Seagulls recently appointed Roberto de Zerbi as the successor to Graham Potter, who joined Chelsea earlier this month. Solskjaer was rumored to be in the running for the hot seat at the Amex Stadium.
However, in his column for Caught OffsideRomano said that De Zerbi was the only man for Brighton.
“It’s inevitable that plenty of managers will be linked with a job when an opening becomes available, but I’m not convinced by the recent rumors about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being one of the candidates for Brighton. I’m told the only man wanted by Brighton was Roberto de Zerbi, the real main priority,” wrote Romano.
The Italian added that Solskjaer needs a clear and long-term project to return to management.
“I have no information on Solskjaer and talks with Brighton. The situation is really quiet around Ole as of now. I’m sure he would be a good call for many Premier League clubs, but he needs a clear and long-term project,” said Romano.
Solskjaer parted ways with the Red Devils last year.