Manchester United restarted our 2019-20 Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night.
The point, followed by Chelsea’s 2-1 come-from-behind win away to Aston Villa on Sunday means that we are now five points outside of the Champions League places with eight games to go.
We are next in action on Wednesday when we host a Sheffield United side who have drawn 0-0 to Aston Villa and been hammered 3-0 by Newcastle United since the restart.
Three points for us would be huge in our battle to finish in the top four as well as damaging the Blades’ hopes of European football qualification themselves. Chris Wilder’s side are only two points behind us before we meet midweek.
Chelsea are next in action at home to Manchester City on Thursday. Pep Guardiola’s side may be doing all they can to delay Liverpool being crowned champions.
Champions League football would be huge for us next season, both financially and being able to attract world class players. And it’s no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bring in a new centre-back before the 2020-21 campaign either.
Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this year and reports in Italy today are stating that we are the only club to have made a request for the defender so far.
As per Gazzetta dello Sport, they say we ‘assess the defender at no more than €80m’, whilst the Serie A side value the 29-year-old at €100 million (£90m), and ‘not a penny less’.
Napoli won the Coppa Italia via a penalty shootout versus Juventus last week, so Kalidou Koulibaly could think he’s done all he can for the club and look for pastures new this summer.
Gino Gattuso’s side are back in league action tomorrow evening when they travel to Hellas Verona, some 12 points outside of the Champions League places with 12 games to play.
Manchester United landing the centre-back this summer could simply come down to whether we qualify for the Champions League or not…