GRIEZMANN TO UNITED?
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann might not make it to Old Trafford during the summer as many claim. The Spaniard spoke about the rumoured move to Old Trafford to TVE Telediario de La1. He said:“I am always asked the same question and I am pretty sick of it, but like I always say, I am very happy here. I have learned a lot over time, I have the best teammates and a top coach. So I m doing very well here and there is no reason to go.”
The response would be disappointing to Man United fans who would have hoped that the French striker would agree to a move to Old Trafford, especially to help them get the goals – at one stage he was odds on with NetBet to make the move, but that has drifted since. United have struggled to get the goals – which has been a huge impact to their seating in the sixth position.
There are rumours that United could turn to Alexis Sanchez or Robert Lewandowski during the summer as alternatives in case the Greizmann deal falls apart. However, both players are also not likely to move to United.
In spite of being unbeaten in 19 games, United are struggling in the league, with Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Man City and United all competing for 3 spaces. Liverpool look to have turned the corner, and are set for a third place finish, with Tottenham Hotspur second behind Chelsea, which leaves the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal fighting it out for the last remaining spot.
With games coming thick and fast for United (they play 11 games in April – an average of a game every 3 days), Jose Mourinho will have his work cut out tryingto keep all the players fresh and ready to go – and he will have to decide whether to save his best players for the Europa League, or to continue to battle for the 4th spot in the Premier League. Their hopes lie with a victory at the Europa League – which would be a second title and would provide them with a Champions League spot.
Many have blamed Mourinho for splashing the huge sum to sign Paul Pogba but the club legend Rio Ferdinand says that Pogba would deliver.
“We’ve seen glimpses of what he can do. It’s now about him putting it together consistently, over 90 minutes and a whole campaign. I’m certain that will come,” Ferdinand said. He agreed that more should come from a player worth £90 million but asked for more patience from the fans.