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An expert believes Man Utd ‘missed a trick’ by failing to land Atletico right-back Kieran Trippier.
The English national team player is approaching a Premier League return this month, but with Newcastle instead. According to BBC Sport, the Magpies have agreed on a fee of DKK 12 million. GBP plus additions to sign Trippier.
The 31-year-old looks to be the first signing of the new era in St James’ Park. The transfer will also see Trippier reunite with Eddie Howe as the pair worked together at Burnley.
Man Utd have long been admirers of the defender. Many predicted that they would sign him as a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who can sometimes be found lacking in the attacking third.
About Wan-Bissaka, former striker Gabby Agbonlahor said (via HITC): “When I see Man Utd, [Cristiano] Ronaldo must be so frustrated from the right side. I love Wan-Bissaka defensively – but he can not cross a ball.
“There was an incident [against Wolves] where he knocked the ball with his left foot and fell over and crossed it out of play.
“He just’s not good enough for United’s service.”
Agbonlahor then talked about Trippier potentially forming a solid partnership with Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.
“I do not understand why Man Utd let Trippier go to Newcastle? He would be perfect,” he added.
“Put him on the right side. Imagine how many goals Ronaldo and Cavani would get from that service.
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“Wan-Bissaka is not a modern back, especially not in a modern team. So for me, United have missed a trick with Trippier. “
While Ralf Rangnick chooses between Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot, Trippier will aim to keep Newcastle in the top flight.
The Tyneside club is in 19th place in the table, having won once in 19 matches.
Man Utd stars ‘waited’ Conte to attend
Meanwhile, a report from The sun claims that United players expected Antonio Conte to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjær, not Rangnick.
Of course, Conte now leads English rivals Tottenham. But he was a free agent, while Solskjær was under pressure in October.
The report states United stars openly called for the Italian to be brought in. Therefore, they may be disappointed with the club’s lack of action and as a result miss the manager.
About the team spirit added a source: “The players have their own cliques, one of which makes the others feel like they have to go up to a level when it is the whole team that is fighting. The players are demoralized.
“This is deja vu from previous years where it went wrong. Fans probably think the players are not fit enough to put Rangnick’s plans into action.
“It’s so untrue. Some players have just lost that ability and desire. In addition, there is a belief within a section of the squad that some players are selected regardless of their views. So everything is a complete chaos.”
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