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Manchester United January transfer window plans receive significant boost – Manchester Evening News, Manchestereveningnews.co.uk

Manchester United January transfer window plans receive significant boost – Manchester Evening News, Manchestereveningnews.co.uk


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When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next tries to sell hisUnitedproject to a potential signing, the week of September 16 might feature highly in his pitch.

In the space of 48 hours United have confirmed two long-term contract renewals, with key players showing their faith in the Solskjaer revolution by putting pen to paper.

David De Geais undoubtedly the most significant, given he could have walked away for nothing next summer and had his pick of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, but for United’s long-term plans the new five-year contract for Victor Lindelof is jus t as essential.

United now have a defense of De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof,Harry Maguireand Luke Shaw who are all contracted until at least 2023 and all either in their prime or with their peak years ahead of them. Throw in the promising 21 – year-old Axel Tuanzebe as first reserve at center back and 20 – year-old Diogo Dalot at right-back and United’s defense is beginning to look very promising indeed.

On such foundations, and the long-term commitment of those players, can successful teams be built. Any player wondering whether a move to Old Trafford would be a wise one should see De Gea andLindelofsigning new contracts and think that, perhaps, the good times really are on their way back to United.

Quotes attributed to players on signing a new deal are always going to be positive , but both De Gea and Lindelof spoke glowingly about the future for United, about how the club can return to the very top. It’s clear both want to be a part of that.

While there is always significant reward in winning trophies, there is also a place in the pantheon of this club for those players who commit to returning United to the top both domestically and on the continent.

That is a major selling point in itself and it’s a challenge that De Gea and Lindelof have accepted by penning new deals.

After his contract was announced, De Gea said: “Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again,

Victor Lindelof has signed a new five-year deal at United

Two days later, Lindelof added: “I’m still young and know I can improve further but with the help of the boss and his coaching staff, I believe that only good things are ahead for this great club. “

Those comments are a significant rubber stamp for whatSolskjaeris trying to achieve at the club, even if results on the pitch will be the ultimate judge of the success or otherwise of that project.

It was noticeable that both Lindelof and De Gea also vowed to reward the supporters for their patience during barren times.

“My aim now is to help the team to win trophies and repay the fans for their unrivalled support,” said the Swedish center back.

De Gea said: “I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.”

Solskjaer is attempting to bring unity to Old Trafford, a ploy that was behind some of his decisions this summer when he let experienced players leave. He knows the “rebuild” he has commenced will take time, but the decisions of De Gea and Lindelof this summer can help show prospective signings that the club is back on the right track.

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