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Man Utd boss Solskjaer is reportedly ‘unhappy’ after the club didn’t sign a new midfielder


Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘privately unhappy’ with the club’s hierarchy for not signing a midfielder in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The Red Devils brought back Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst also buying Raphael Varane and long-term target Jadon Sancho.

This was not enough for Solskjaer, however, who also wanted to recruit a new central midfielder in the summer.


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This is according to the Manchester Evening News, who understand the Norwegian manager is ‘privately unhappy’ with his superiors.

Solskjaer has often opted for a Scott McTominay and Fred pivot in midfield, whilst also having Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, and Donny van de Beek at his disposal.

In a bid to find a winning formula in midfield, OGS has used seven different midfield partnerships this term.

Pogba and Matic started together for the Old Trafford club against Leicester City at the weekend as they suffered a 4-2 defeat.

French teenager Eduardo Camavinga was a reported target for the Premier League giants in the summer, but the player signed for Real Madrid.

Man Utd have been primarily linked with Leeds United man Kalvin Phillips and West Ham’s Declan Rice, however.

Phillips is likely to extend his Leeds contract, plus the prospect of switching West Yorkshire for Manchester is potentially harmful to the player’s relationship with the Elland Road faithful.

Rice, on the other hand, is a more realistic option. The Hammers would likely want around £100million for the 22-year-old, which could be a stumbling block for the Red Devils.

Furthermore, Garth Crooks believes it is “only a matter of time” before Rice moves to a club for Champions League football.

He said on his BBC Sport column: “If ever there was a player to take over the captaincy of West Ham from Mark Noble then Declan Rice was that player. He gets better with every game.

“He seems to cover more ground than anyone in his team and you can guarantee 100% effort every week. No doubt that’s precisely what David Moyes and England manager Gareth Southgate think of him. Rice showed all of those redeeming qualities against Everton.

“West Ham fans won’t like me for saying this but how long can the East London club hold onto him? This lad should be playing Champions League football. It’s only a matter of time.”

 





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