Manchester United have already learned from their mistakes from Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard


Manchester United and their post-Sir Alex Ferguson transfer deals have thrown up plenty of head scratchers.

Without putting a stop to things, Ángel Di María and Alexis Sánchez are two that come to mind there.

Yet while those big-money additions couldn’t quite match the hype and, all things considered, ended as United failures, it’s two revival decisions that punch a club in the stomach that has always prided itself on having a magnificent academy system. .

United have already lost Paul Pogba on a free transfer once and, a decade after his move to Juventus, which was actually sanctioned by Ferguson, they face that prospect once again as the Cup winner Mundo continues to attract the interest of PSG and other great European successes.

Barring any activity in late January, Jesse Lingard is ready to follow. In that case alone, I would expect it to be for East London or the North East, rather than the Parc des Princes. Of course, there is a chance that Pogba, in particular, could be talked into staying depending on how Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent successor steer the good ship United.

A change of course would be welcome there, but mistakes have been made and they would simply plug the cracks in that regard.

As the clock ticks down to Monday’s 11:00 p.m. deadline, the pain — or downright bewilderment — of allowing two academy graduates to exhaust their contracts, in one case for the second time, has returned to the forefront. palaestra. But there are some signs that United have learned from those two glaring mistakes.

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Had they been sold in the summer, United could have been seeking £50m in cash for the pair.

Manchester United have protected themselves with a one-year option for Marcus Rashford.

Of course, that remains a speculative figure and once again, particularly with Pogba, he and his agent Mino Raiola had all the aces. It was in their interest to reject extended deadlines to keep options open. No matter how you view Pogba’s second coming, he will be a man in demand.

Lingard was also in control and in many ways fell short after adding borrowed numbers at West Ham, even Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud to call them his own.

Given the impending exodus that awaits in what should be a summer of trade for United, you can bet countless fans have already scoured the four corners of the internet to see where other players stand on their contracts.

In that sense, there is unanimous evidence that United have seen mistakes in the Pogba and Lingard situations.

Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford are among the first-team players out of contract in 2023, along with Fred, David de Gea and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo. Although players have one-year extension options.

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At that stage, De Gea will be 32 years old and Ronaldo 38. Fred will also have turned 30.

United could then see it as an opportunity to cash in on De Gea and Fred, provided they have a succession plan in place. Who knows with Ronaldo. I should still be hitting the goals…

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Ultimately, those three players have options to extend. Meanwhile, when it comes to Shaw and Rashford, they’ll be at their peak and, in that sense, at the peak of transfer value. For them, it is United who can activate their extensions, or get paid before they get to that point. Lessons learned, but not forgotten.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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