Andy Cole has boldly stated that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to be a ‘very good salesman’ in the transfer market to convince star players to join Manchester United over rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
Premier League champions Liverpool signed Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota last week, while City have bought Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake this summer. United’s only significant summer purchase has been Donny van de Beek for £40m.
So far, United have failed in their pursuit of their top target, Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho, and former United striker Cole insists Solskjaer now has a job on his hands to persuade players to join the new generation at Old Trafford.
‘When Manchester United were dominating all the best players wanted to come to Man United and they wanted to come for a reason, because they had the opportunity of winning and that’s what it’s about,’ the 1999 treble winner told Goal.
‘When you don’t have the opportunity to win you’re not going to say you will go to Man United if Liverpool or Man City are interested. Instead, you’re going to go to one of those clubs where you can win things.
‘To convince players at the peak of their playing career to join a club and a project that will take two or three years, you’ve got to be a very good salesman.’
United failed to meet Dortmund’s £108m asking price for Sancho and a move now appears unlikely to materialise before the October 5 transfer deadline.
Cole questioned if ex-City youth-team player Sancho is actually keen to return to Manchester, given he is yet to formally force through a move away from the Bundesliga.
‘Sancho hasn’t made any fuss about trying to force a move to United. If he was doing that I would turn around and think this kid really fancies going,’ Cole said.
‘From the outside looking in it looks like he thinks “yeah, I will get on with things at Dortmund, I’m not really fussed about it.” So does he really want to come? Previously when people have wanted to come, the player has said “I want to go.”‘
Another player from the treble-winning team under Sir Alex Ferguson, Gary Neville, has also been critical of United’s failure to land their top targets this summer.
‘You see Liverpool getting a player for £40m, £25m, you see other clubs do it,’ Neville told Sky Sports.
‘[Timo] Werner is quite cheap compared to some of the prices of players you see in the market and United always seem to have to pay top dollar and the people at the club will not like that, almost as though they are easy pickings. And there is a suggestion of that.
‘The problem is, they have to find a way to get deals done and they can’t get deals done efficiently.
‘And it is negligence not to get the squad in place, they have had six months since March when lockdown was on being able to deliberate, do zoom calls, connect with agents, move things into place.
‘There is no excuse really for not getting your transfers done before the start of the season.’
Thomas Partey is ‘exactly’ what the Gunners need to take them to the next level – says Avram Grant
Thomas Partey will prove to be the ‘perfect’ signing at Arsenal, according to former Ghana boss Avram Grant.
Grant worked with the midfielder during his stint in charge of the Black Stars from 2014-2017 and believes the £45million deadline day acquisition is a shrewd one from the Gunners.
He told the Sun: ‘I’d ask the Arsenal fans to give him a few weeks just to get used to English football, because it is still played differently in the Premier League to anywhere else, even if there are more foreign players now.
‘But he will prove a good signing, perfect for what Mikel Arteta is trying to do. When you need him to hold the ball up, he can do that and he is a great fit for what Arteta is trying to make his team.
Ex-Chelsea boss Grant, added: ‘He is a central midfielder, who will win the ball and play the right pass forward and can see the pitch, tactically disciplined as well and committed to his team.
‘And he will make a big difference to Arsenal, just like he did at Atletico. He is a really good signing, just what they needed.’
Atletico Madrid signed Partey, 27, when he was just 18 back in 2011 and he went on to become a key player in Diego Simeone’s side after successful loan spells.
And his consistency at the heart of midfield will be a godsend to Arteta, who was desperate to strengthen that area of the pitch for Arsenal.
‘Thomas doesn’t tend to have good days and bad days because you know every match what you will get from him, which is his best for the team,’ Grant said.
The Gunners have dangerous options in attack and have developed a steeliness to their defence under Arteta but midfield is the area with question marks.
Partey is a statement signing for the north London side after they triggered his release clause on transfer deadline day and will be a huge boost in the club’s pursuit of a top four place this season.
Grant’s assessment will be music to the ears of Arsenal fans wondering how Partey will settle into the side. He could be handed his debut against Manchester City after the international break on October 17.
FIFA’s ban on Kwesi Nyantakyi reduced to 12 years
The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has reportedly reduced the lifetime ban on former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi.
According to Ghana-Kumasi-based Nhyira FM, CAS has reduced the lifetime ban imposed on Kwesi Nyantakyi to a period of twelve years.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was banned from involving in football related activities for the rest of his life after captured in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas number 12 video expose engaging in unapproved dealings which was against FIFA code of ethics.
He was stripped off his position as member of the FIFA Executive Council and CAF first vice president as well as his position as the President of the Ghana Football Association.
But Ghana-Kumasi Base Radio StationNhyira FM is reporting that the ban has been reduced to twelve years after Kwesi Nyantakyi appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS)..
GFA appoints Professor Joseph Mintah as Director of Coaching Education
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has appointed Professor Joseph Mintah as the new Director of Coaching Education.
A statement from the Ghana FA reads, ” The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is delighted to announce that Prof. Joseph Kwame Mintah has been appointed as the Association’s Director of Coaching Education for a period of two years”
“Prof. Joseph Mintah who was recently attached to the National Teams Department as a psychologist comes to the new role with depth of experience in Coaching and Physical education”
“He holds a Doctorate degree in Education (Sport Psychology) and a Master of Arts Degree in Physical Education from the University of Northern Iowa, USA”
“The former Black Stars Team Psychologist holds an Elite CAF Instructors “A” License Certificate from the Confederation of African Football (CAF)”
“He served as an Interim Assistant Coach of the Ghana Black Stars during the 2014 CAF Qualifiers and was Head Coach of Ghana Premier League side, Cape Coast Mysterious Dwarfs from 2010 to 2014”
“In addition to his on field coaching experience, Prof. Mintah is currently the Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology Education, College of Education Studies, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast Ghana.
“He played for the University of Cape Coast men soccer team between 1986-1990 after previous stints with Mysterious Dwarfs FC, Venomous Vipers FC, Diamond Stars FC and Hafiz Stars FC”
“Prof. Mintah will be a vital member of the GFA Technical Directorate working with the Technical Director to shape the technical direction of the Association.
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