Date published: Wednesday 9th October 2019 1:23
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Ed Woodward that he wanted to ship out nine players at Manchester United in the summer, claims a report.
The heat is on the Norwegian coach after a week which saw them draw 0-0 with AZ Alkmaar and lose 1-0 to Newcastle to leave them with just nine points from eight Premier League games.
Solskjaer has admitted that confidence is low with United failing to score more than one goal since the opening day of the season.
United face Liverpool next up after the international break with various reports claiming a heavy defeat could see the 46-year-old sacked just 10 months after he arrived, initially as a caretaker manager in December.
Solskjaer though will not be surprised by United’s struggles as the BBC claim that ‘sources’ told them “that Solskjaer’s initial view after replacing Mourinho was that United needed to change nine players”.
Solskjaer has sanctioned the sales of Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera and Matteo Darmian, while Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling have gone out on loan. Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini left for China in February and Antonio Valencia’s contract was not renewed.
Describing the current situation, the report also claims that a member of United’s staff labelled it “a quagmire of mediocrity”.
Despite that United’s summer arrivals have been encouraging. United spent around £150million on Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but the United chief wanted more.
The report claims: “Solskjaer was keen to make further signings but a combination of the correct players not being available, the inability to get unwanted players out of the club to create space and asking prices being deemed to be too high made it impractical.”