Manchester United, like the rest of the world, are currently waiting to see how the coronavirus crisis plays out. But, while the Red Devils won’t be playing any Premier League matches anytime soon, they still have plenty of work to do. Express Sport now takes a look at the things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club’s coaches and hierarchy should work on at the current time.
Pogba and Fernandes partnership
Paul Pogba is set to return to first-team training having spent time with Michael Carrick away from the rest of the squad.
And, now the France international is nearing full fitness, Solskjaer can work on a partnership between the World Cup winner and Bruno Fernandes.
Fernandes has enjoyed a stunning start to life at Old Trafford, scoring six goals and registering three assists.
And the prospect of him playing alongside Pogba in the middle of the park will certainly excite supporters.
Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred have all done admirably in the absence of the 27-year-old.
But Pogba’s return should give United a new dimension, particularly with Fernandes in their ranks.
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Tie down Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo also joined United in January.
And, like Fernandes, the Nigeria international has impressed throughout his brief time at the club.
The 30-year-old has found the net four times from eight matches – and Solskjaer has hinted he’d like to take him to the club permanently.
So United should get onto that as soon as possible.
Ighalo’s loan deal expires at the end of June but with the season up in the air, the Red Devils should act swiftly to ensure he stays.
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Sort Angel Gomes future
Angel Gomes’ contract expires this summer.
And, so far, United have failed to tie the 19-year-old down to a new contract.
However, the Red Devils should now spend the downtime sorting the teenager’s future and ensuring he stays at Old Trafford.
Chelsea and Barcelona are both eyeing Gomes amid uncertainty over the playmaker’s future.
And United should act with haste to ensure their talented teenager doesn’t jump ship for a new challenge elsewhere.
Make early transfer enquiries
It’s common knowledge that United want to sign Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish when the transfer window reopens.
So it would do them no harm to get the ball rolling now.
Of course, no agreement will be reached for either player anytime soon.
But United should at least make tentative enquiries so they can be in a better position to sign the duo come the end of the season – whenever that is.
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