Heavy Liverpool defeat could end Solskjaer’s Man Utd reign – Paper Round
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United future and the fees Barcelona still owe for Philippe Coutinho feature in Tuesday’s Paper Round.
Liverpool L and out for Ole?
- Parker: 'Sacking Solskjaer would change nothing at broken United'
- Van Persie questions Solskjaer's reaction to Newcastle defeat
- Rashford: You can’t hide in football, we haven’t been good enough
Paper Round’s view: This can’t last much longer, surely. Can anyone really see Solskjaer sitting in the United dugout come May 2020? It just so happened that Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge of United was against Liverpool last December. Oh how the Liverpool fans would love to send another United manager packing once more – although perhaps they’re quite enjoying United under Solskjaer…
Barca still owe £84m for Coutinho
Paper Round’s view: The anatomy of a modern transfer. Rarely is a fee paid wholly and this summer saw the rise of loan deals with a view to buy in the future. It all revolves around balancing the books and adhering to Financial Fair Play, but will it eventually get too messy? Only time will tell.
Everton to rival United for Dembele
Lyon's French forward Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Angers SCO on August 16, 2019 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern FranceGetty Images
Paper Round’s view: Throw more money in and all your problems will disappear, won’t they? Both Everton and United are on torrid runs and while reinforcement up front would help address the issue, it would be far from the perfect fix.
Palace want Bats back
Paper Round’s view: What (and where) exactly is Batshuayi’s level remains up for debate. He struggled at Valencia but had more fortune at both Borussia Dortmund and Palace, and it’s likely he’ll need to move again in search of first-team football. Especially with Abraham in such a rich vein of form.