Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to kick Manchester United on in 2020 and continue the club’s quest to getting back amongst the elite teams.
There will be more incomings and outgoings next year as the Norwegian continues to form a side that he believes can challenge for major trophies once again.
There will be some players at the club that could be playing for their long-term futures.
Here are three players that need to improve in 2020 to ensure they play a big part in Manchester United’s success over the next decade.
David de Gea
It has been a difficult 18 months for De Gea, which started with an error strewn World Cup.
His self-belief looks very fragile and there have been a number of high profile errors, which have cost United on too many occassions.
Hopefully the clean sheet at Burnley will do wonders for his confidence, but his inability to dominate his box and collect crosses can spread unnecessary panic through the team.
Solskjaer will be hoping that De Gea can rekindle his former unbeatable form which saw him win the Matt Busby Player of the Year award on four occasions.
With Dean Henderson continuing to impress on loan at Sheffield United, if the Spaniard’s vulnerabilities continue to be exposed for the remainder of the campaign his stranglehold on being the club’s undisputed number one could in be jepoardy.
United’s left-back spot is proving problematic as Shaw’s fitness woes and inconsistent form continue to be a cause for concern.
Shaw hasn’t kicked on since joining United from Southampton in 2014, he has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth.
At the age of 24, Shaw has a lot of football ahead of him, but at his current level, it is difficult to see Shaw being part of a backline that can challenge for major honours.
When he burst on the scene at Southampton his marauding runs forward made him a perfect replacement for Patrice Evra, but his attacking threat has significantly regressed during his time at Old Trafford.
Unlike Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Shaw doesn’t possess the same one v one defensive ability and often recklessly dives into tackles.
With Brandon Williams’ stock continuing to rise, Shaw is in danger of being overhauled by the club’s talented academy graduate if he continues to be riddled with fitness and form woes.
Solskjaer has stuck by Shaw so far, but the Norwegian may lose patience if Shaw’s stuttering form continues for the remainder of the campaign.
At the age of 27, Lingard is no longer that talented academy prospect who was coming through the club’s ranks.
There have been moments where Lingard shows his worth, but there are too many games where he goes missing.
Often deployed in the number 10 role, it’s Lingard’s ability to run in behind and the threat he brings on the counter attack, which makes him important to Solskjaer’s current side.
But he lacks the graft, guile and vision to cut defences open with clever intricate passes and that is what this current United side is lacking.
Regardless of Lingard’s form, Solskjaer is likely to seek reinforcements in Lingard’s preferred position.
Unless Lingard significantly improves his goalscoring contribution output, he could be starting next season as an impact substitute.
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