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Report: Christian Pulisic linked with Manchester United loan move

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Christian Pulisic’s limited game time through the opening stages of the new English Premier League campaign has linked the U.S. men’s national team star with an exit from Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United is reportedly open to adding him this month.

Man United is interested in acquiring Pulisic on a season-long loan spell from Chelsea, The Athletic reported Wednesday. Pulisic has been a substitute in each of Chelsea’s first two league matches this season and is frustrated with his lack of game time so far, according to the report.

The 23-year-old Pulisic has two years remaining on his Chelsea contract and is aiming to get back to his best after an injury-plagued 2021-22 campaign. Pulisic made only 13 starts for the Blues under Thomas Tuchel last season, finishing the season with 38 combined appearances, eight goals, and five assists in all competitions.

In total, Pulisic has scored 25 goals and added 19 assists in 117 appearances for Chelsea, winning the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League title. The USMNT star is fighting for consistent minutes ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup later this fall in Qatar.

Manchester United is desperately seeking help after an 0-2 start to league play, which included last weekend’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Brentford. Erik Tan Hag has targeted Pulisic, Adrien Rabiot, and Frenkie De Jong in recent weeks, while star forward Cristiano Ronaldo remains linked with an exit from Old Trafford.

Chelsea travels to Leeds United on Sunday while Manchester United hosts winless rivals Liverpool on Monday.

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  1. [i]>>Yuck, almost anywhere else …[/i]

    Ditto. ManU is such a disaster that every sane person ought to steer well clear of it until CR7, q.e.p.d., is well out of the way. If Pulisic were to go there, however briefly, the permanent absence of Ronaldo should be an unbreakable clause in his contract.
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    Pulisic could be good at Newcastle (good coach, has kept Almirón), or, who knows, Brighton or Leeds. Even Everton? (Did Lampard play him, or prefer Mount?) Anywhere with a sane coach and the chance to play every week. Juventus seems less likely — already overloaded with players — and Atlético even less.
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    He needs to hold his nerve. If he has to stay at Chelsea and play only 10-15 minutes a game, fine, so be it; at least he should be healthy and uninjured when it comes to the World Cup.
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    • It’s pretty unlikely Leeds or Brighton could afford Pulisic unless Chelsea agreed to pay most of his 150,000 pounds per week salary. If you go on Leeds fan YouTube channels they just laugh and say we cant afford Pulisic it’s not happening. I think Pulisic would be a replacement for Almiron so I’m not sure what your praise of keeping Miguel was about maybe I misunderstood.

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  2. Was it Tuchel that benched Pulisic in favor of Sancho at Dortmund? How much would it suck if he leaves Tuchel only for that to happen again?

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    • Tuchel left in May 2017, Sancho didn’t transfer to Dortmund until August 2017. He was injured much of that season but played mostly in the LW and Pulisic on the RW under Stoger that year. The next year Favre replaced Christian with Sancho on the right in 2018/19.

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  3. Rashford, Elanga, Sancho, are regulars on the wings. Bruno, Eriksen, Von Don Beek are all 10s, who will get some time at the wings, thru injury, or who plays best with Ronaldo, and because all are versatile enough, or just in good form. Then there’s Chong, who is a queen piece, in his own right, can play all midfield positions, and all 3 forward spots. That’s 7 players, where does CP fit? How much game time can he get? Like they say on Shark Tank “On these reasons, I’m out!”. Buy or sell this move? I’m selling this move like Narcos!

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  4. Chelsea changes players like we change our clothes. Werner out..Lukaku out on loan. It seems no one is happy at Chelsea.

    Meanwhile, Man United is trending downward right now, but has always has strived to win, and is looking to make moves to right the ship. It is probably a better situation minutes-wise than staying at Chelsea, and there is upside potential with making the move if the team improves. Perhaps Ronaldo is motivated to stay with such a move. Given the options, it’s better than staying.

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    • I don’t think Pulisic really wants Ronaldo to stay. I mean, he still has a bit of magic every so often, but mostly he just still has that imperious ego and scowls at his teammates in royal fashion every time they fail to pass to him,. He also won’t press, and he’ll drift into the same spaces on the left Pulisic likes to occupy even when he’s up top, which makes playing with him a nightmare if you’re a left winger.

      Man U will be way better once Ronaldo moves on. The problem is, I don’t know who’ll take him at this point, with the contract and salary demands he has. None of the Champions League squads seem terribly interested.

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  5. Anything is better than Chelsea for him right now. I would prefer Newcastle but hey it’s Man U. They won’t be a dumpster fire for long. Ten Hag will get that team playing. Christian Pulisic being a main protagonist for Man U will only help his case for a move this up coming summer.

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  6. Man U has been a feces show thus far, but that doesn’t mean it will stay that way. With new players coming in, and others leaving, especially one particular primadonna, things will change. We don’t know if Ten Hag can manage or not yet.

    I’m not saying I’m in love with the idea, but it can’t be written off as a sure-fire disaster.

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  7. don’t like this one at all

    Leeds waaayyyy better decision for a destination. MU a straight up train wreck with only its past afloat

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  8. In my opinion Pulisic is a head case. Tuchel is not the coach for him (he seems to sap the joy out of his teams. He doesn’t even seem like he likes coaching). Pulisic needs out of his own head. Jumping from the frying pan into the dumpster fire of Man U is not the right move. Tuchel won’t last the season. Wait it out.

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    • First thing I checked. Looks like Man U is also finalizing their move for Dest.

      They’ll be getting better, anyhow. Of course, that’s a low bar at Manchester right now.

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  9. Yuck, almost anywhere else… I think staying at Chelsea might be better because of champions league…certainly Juve or A Madrid are better

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