Man United News and Transfer Talk: Bailly, Rojo, Rooney, Schweinsteiger, Jones

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The off-season is here, but the silly season is in full effect. With Manchester United linked to approximately 17,832 players in the 2019 summer transfer window, there is always a lot to talk about regarding transfer narratives.

We also have some on-the-pitch news and notes, regarding former players, to cover in this segment too. Thus, we begin there with another Major League Soccer reunion of two former Red Devils, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney.

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Schweinsteiger’s Chicago Fire (4-5-6, 18 points) and Rooney’s D.C. United (7-4-5, 26 points) played to a wild 3-3 draw in MLS regular season action last night. Given how the Fire have been mediocre and residing on the postseason bubble thus far in the 2019 campaign, whilst D.C. are leading the Eastern Conference, this road draw was essentially a win for Chicago.

Neither Schweinsteiger nor Rooney scored in this match, but both contributed assists. The German set up Francisco Calvo’s scoring strike in the final moments of the match that salvaged a point for the Fire.

Meanwhile Rooney assisted on Ulises Segura’s goal just before halftime.

Moving on to current players, it was thought that central defender Eric Bailly, the team’s very first acquisition under Jose Mourinho, was on his way out this summer. According to ESPN however, the Ivory Coast international is set to be handed a fresh opportunity to establish himself.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give Bailly, as well as Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo, a chance to solve the centre back crisis from in within. That is definitely not something most United fans want to hear, and neither is the next sentence.

According to the report, Solskjaer has cooled on pursuing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly or Leicester City’s Harry Maguire as an exterior upgrade at the position. While that sounds disappointing, neither player was really likely to come over to Old Trafford anyway.

Solskjaer reportedly prefers to try and solve the issue in-house, and well, you know how that was worked out lately. Then again, you also know how much of a failure the club has been in the transfer window when it comes to this problem too.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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  1. i think for me united under Solskjaer, he should give a second chance eric baily , i see a situation where you sell him and later united regrets. he needs time to prove himself im telling baily on his day we all know his a monster for every striker in this world he just needs time to settle that man his a top top player . dont sell him please united will make a great mistake ever

  2. Chris Arnfield says

    Just when United fans thought they had seen the last of the silly season, we hear this nonsense.
    In other words, the Glazers are not prepared to pay for a new defence, instead, plunging us back into Keystone Cops territory with Fatman and Boy Blunder aka Jones and Smalling, along with with Red card specialist Rojo, and walking defensive disaster, Bailly.
    Just who are United going to sign, seeing as they appear to be shedding their best players, whilst keeping the very ones who caused such a disaster last season?

  3. Ozuzu Vitalis says

    The idea of keeping jones and rojo is what i can’t really fathom. I can understand that of smalling and bailly. There is no way united will go into the next season without bringing a cultured and worldclass centre back to partner either lindelof or bailly at the back. if they fail to do so, finishing 6th again in 2020 will be a miracle.

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