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Manchester United title chances ranked if Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek complete transfers

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Manchester United are being linked with big-money moves to sign Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek this summer.

 

Manchester United stilll won’t have enough to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table if they sign both Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek in the summer transfer window. That’s the view of former Scotland international Don Hutchinson, who believes the main problem facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the future of Paul Pogba.

Donny van de Beek

United have been trying to rebuild ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

It’s been six arduous seasons for fans with the club finishing in the top four only twice with another battle on their hands to make it this year.

But there have been some promising signs under Solskjaer this past season, particularly with signings such as Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes.

The new trio have settled into life quickly at Old Trafford with Fernandes in particular providing that spark from midfield to link up with the attack.

Still, they have been a long way off runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool this campaign, who currently sit 37 points ahead of the Red Devils through 29 games.

Sancho

There is some optimism that United might be able to close that gap if they’re able to sign their top targets this summer – with a few even suggesting they could challenge for the title as early as next year.

Sancho remains the club’s top target while Van de Beek has emerged as another midfield option.

And while Hutchinson believes both signing would prove excellent business for United, he doesn’t think that would make them instant title contenders.

Paul Pogba

“They’ll be closer,” he said on ESPN FC.

“I love Van de Beek, he reminds me of Frank Lampard with goals from midfield and Sancho could be a world beater.

“I think they need a little bit more than that.

“The dilemma and fascination with Man United at the minute is what’s going to happen with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

“Are they going to be playing as a pair? Is Pogba going to be sold on?

Bruno fernandes

“I think they need more than them two but it would be an unbelievable start.”

United currently sit fifth in the table, three points adrift of Chelsea in that final Champions League spot.

They return to action on June 19 when they take on Tottenham, who could move within one point of Solskjaer’s side with a win.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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