Manchester United are still feeling the sting from their Europa League final defeat, but it’s now time to start looking forward.
United lost in a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out after David de Gea missed the crucial spot-kick, denying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to lift his first trophy as United boss.
The manager will now be looking ahead to a busy summer, with the transfer window scheduled to open wide on June 9 and we’ll have every angle covered at the MEN.
The transfer rumour mill has started to pick up the pace with United linked with several players already. As well as the usual names of Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane, a sensational return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford continues to be touted.
Meanwhile, several United players will link up with their national teams this week ahead of the summer’s European Championships.
Peter Shilton defends David de Gea after ‘disrespectful’ criticism for Villarreal defeat
“With penalty shootouts you need a bit of luck,” Shilton told the ipaper.
“Some goalkeepers are better than others or luckier. I think it’s a bit disrespectful to say to a goalkeeper ‘look you’ve played the whole 90 minutes or whatever but you’re not good enough to save a penalty’.
“Jordan Pickford faced four at the last World Cup and didn’t save any and then the fifth one the fella [Carlos Bacca] gave him a chance and he saved one. At Euro ’96, David Seaman saved one against Spain and then didn’t save any out of six against Germany. That’s how penalty shootouts are.”
United want to send four youngsters out on loan transfers
United will look to secure loan moves for youngsters Ethan Galbraith, Dylan Levitt, Matej Kovar and Di’Shon Bernard next season.
MEN Sport understands the young quartet are among those in the United Under-23s squad under consideration for loans, as the club looks to kick on with many players’ development this summer.