Next Man Utd manager facing same problem Mikel Arteta has at Arsenal


Manchester United may have progressed in their search for a new manager, but Ralf Rangnick’s replacement is currently set to inherit a problem Mikel Arteta is also facing at Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta has a conundrum to solve in his squad this summer

So much attention has been paid to the Manchester United dugout that many have completely negated the frontline.

Erik Ten Hag has seemingly emerged as the frontrunner to replace Ralf Rangnick in what has been the first sign of real progress in the Red Devils’ pursuit for a new permanent manager. Conversations have mainly gravitated towards the Ajax boss’ preferred formations, whether he has the nous to navigate Manchester United back to the echelons of the Premier League or if Harry Maguire is really the player to lead the Reds.

But an even more significant problem is currently on the horizon for United and the next manager, whether it is Ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino or anybody else for that matter. In fact, it is an issue which is currently set to blight the pre-season preparations of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

And just like other potential issues with United’s current crop, it will become even more exacerbated the longer they are without a permanent manager ahead of next season. The Reds, and their new manager, are currently facing the prospect of starting the pre-season without a single natural, senior striker.

Edinson Cavani looks certain to depart the club for nothing when his contract expires at the start of the season. And if United finish outside of the top five, they may also have to wave goodbye to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese general has essentially carried the club on his back since his astonishing return at the start of the season. Ronaldo seemingly has one foot in and one foot out of Old Trafford with the season currently reaching its climax.

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United could start next season without Cristiano Ronaldo or Edinson Cavani

While reports from Spanish outlet AS understand Ronaldo may be keen to fulfil his full contract at Old Trafford, Ronaldo has already made it crystal clear that a race for the top four will not satisfy his huge ambitions. “I don’t want to be here to be in sixth place, or seventh place, or fifth place. I’m here to try to win, to compete,” Ronaldo said to Sky Sports News at the start of January.

Unfortunately for the former Real Madrid and Juventus ace, United will be as many as seven points below fourth placed Arsenal if Arteta’s side win their game in hand. Ronaldo’s love for United may single handily convince him to commit to the club for another season at least, but his patience may dwindle with every passing week United have not appointed a new permanent boss.

Moreover, even if Ronaldo decides to follow Cavani out of the Old Trafford doors, United will not be able to draw up a shortlist without a new manager at least confirmed. Some managers favour the so-called ‘traditional No.9’s’ who can jostle with defenders and hold the ball up, while other coaches prefer more dynamic, nimble strikers who can press opposition defenders and burst in behind.

Arteta finds himself in the same situation as he is currently set to lose both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette on a free contract at the end of the season. Except, Arteta and technical director Edu appear to have already assembled a significant list of potential strikers – United are still in the process of selecting a new manager.

Arsenal’s allure is increasing amid Arteta’s free-flowing football and their sizeable lead in the race for top four – they will likely be contenders for many of Europe’s top signatures next season. United are slipping further and further behind, and their perilous descent keep on decreasing if their current uncertainty is not addressed.

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