Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves a holiday – but he must also know that he’ll barely have time to get the sunscreen on before his mobile starts ringing
But firstly, he’ll be tuning into tonight’s Champions League Final, for many reasons.
Number one – the clash between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain and their superstar players is a reminder of what we Reds expect and frankly demand, ASAP.
He’ll be able to benchmark the respective line-ups against his United starting eleven.
We want to be at the top table, and there is absolutely no reason why we should not be again – competing and winning the world’s elite competitions such as the Champions League.
Solskjaer will be able to see what damage world-class forwards such as Lewandowski, Gnabry, Mbappe and Neymar can do.
Di Maria, like Lukaku, didn’t really cut the mustard at Old Trafford for a variety of reasons, but who is to say Lewandowski wouldn’t have done the business – and remember he was linked with us not so many years ago. How the Germans keep producing teams like the Bayern machine takes some believing.
Once the final, which I do think could be a classic, is out of the way, then next on Solskjaer’s agenda is what Ronald Koeman will be up to now he’s got his dream job managing Barcelona.
On that front even if Messi does become available my advice is simple: don’t! I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole for this magnificent player is on the wane.
It’s clear that players are going to leave Barcelona, and these are the sort of transfers that Ole must target if we are going to be competitive in the Champions League next season.
We then need to get the goalkeeper situation sorted so that it doesn’t drag on all summer, sign better defenders, and it would make my day if United can get the Jadon Sancho deal over the line … even if it does cost us a mind-blowing £120m.
Then he has the Pogba situation to ponder between dips in the sea! The latest is that he could be staying; well, if he does we need MUCH more consistency. You never seem to get ten decent games out of the fella who should look across the park at the form of Fernandes – a brilliant signing who like Cantona before him has acted as a catalyst inspiring those around him.
Once he’s sorted that out he might just get a few minutes to take in the rays before the Premier League season kicks off with us hosting Crystal Palace on September 19 -after us Reds have been given permission to recharge our batteries with what should have been the opening fixture at Burnley postponed until later in the campaign.