Man United manager preparing to sell nine players next summer
Man Unitec coach told Ed Woodward that he wanted to replace nine footballers at Old Trafford. Norwegian manager is under major pressure at Man United following a week in which a goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar in the UEL was followed up with a 1-0 defeat with Newcastle United.
The loss at St James’ Park has left the Red Devils with only nine points from eight matches in the Premier League, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that finishing in the top 6 will be an ‘uphill task’. Man United spent nearly £150m this summer on signing Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Norwegian manager also allowed six first-team footballers to leave the Theatre of Dreams as Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Matteo Darmian, and Chris Smalling departed. But after taking over from Mourinho, Solskjaer told Woodward that he felt as many as nine footballers at United needed to be replaced.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also gave the green light for Marouane Fellaini to leave the Red Devils for the Chinese Super League in February. The report also claims that a member of staff at Old Trafford described the Red Devils current situation as ‘a quagmire of mediocrity’.
It’s also claimed multiple people behind the scenes at Man United supported the Norwegian tactician’s decision to offload both Lukaku and Alexis as it would have been ‘counter-productive’ to keep them as they did not want to stay at Man United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, has already stressed that the Red Devils need to target a new centre-forward in the winter transfer window.