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Man Utd options after Upamecano decision as Neville identifies transfer need

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Here is your Manchester United morning digest for Sunday, February 14.

United options after Upamecano decision

Bayern Munich are seemingly set to sign Dayot Upamecano in the summer. MEN Sport understands that United are eager to recruit at the centre-back position, but now they will have to look beyond the RB Leipzig man.

With that in mind, Dominic Booth has highlighted five different players United could sign at centre-back in place of Upamecano.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is a potential option. The 22-year-old has been in excellent form for the Spanish side.

Two Premier League options in Ben White and Andreas Christensen could be considered. MEN Sport reported in December that United have scouted White and are admirers of the young defender.

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The final options include Ibrahima Konate, Upamecano’s partner at Leipzig, and Dan-Axel Zagadou at Borussia Dortmund.

You can read Booth’s full analysis here.

Neville’s goalkeeper doubts

Gary Neville doubts whether United can win the Premier League with David de Gea and Dean Henderson as their current goalkeeper options.

“Your goalkeeper, to win a league, has got to be exceptional,” he told The Webby and O’Neil YouTube channel when asked what Solskjaer’s number one transfer target should be this summer to build a title-winning team.”

On Dea Gea and Henderson, he added: “So you think about goalkeepers and we have to start asking questions about David de Gea.

“You have to start asking questions about him because the mistakes are coming now, I wouldn’t say thick and fast, but they’re coming more regularly and they cost points and the game-winning saves are coming less, in my opinion, the one-on-one saves are coming less. I think that has to be a question that Ole has to answer.

“And then there’s the question of Henderson. Are we saying Henderson is going to be the number one for Manchester United?

“What I would say now is, if Pep Guardiola or [Jurgen] Klopp came into Manchester United in six months’ time, they would bring a new goalkeeper in that would remove all doubt as to whether he was great or not.

“That might be tough on the boy Henderson, but I think to chance it, to gamble on winning the league. You’ve got to get your keeper right? So that’s the first question: is the keeper right?

“And I would say that David de Gea, in the next four or five months, I wouldn’t leave him out until the end of the season. I’d keep him in – although there is a point to say: ‘do you find out about Henderson in this last three months of this season? Do you find out whether he’s top-notch?’

“So there is a case for that, but I think David de Gea deserves to finish the season as number one and prove that he can get back to that level he was at before.”

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Arsene Wenger’s title prediction

Arsene Wenger believes that Liverpool can no longer catch Man City in the Premier League title race, adding that Pep Guardiola’s team are too far ahead to falter at this late stage.

City beat Spurs on Saturday to move seven points clear of Leicester City with a game in hand. United can move to five points behind City with a win over West Brom on Sunday but will have played a game more.

When asked if Liverpool are in the title race, Wenger told beIN SPORTS: “No, I don’t think so. Man City is 10 points ahead, has one game in-hand, they look to be on a run and I don’t think with 14 games to go, you can catch 13 points against a top team.

“I’ve never seen it, 13 points. If it was eight to nine, yes, but if Man City win their game in-hand, 13 points – it’s impossible.”

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