Man Utd chief Woodward considering one January decision after Solskjaer transfer meeting | Football | Sport


The Manchester United board are considering giving boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the necessary transfer funds in January to strengthen his squad following a disappointing summer.

United ended the summer transfer window with only three new players added to a team that also saw several big names leave Old Trafford.

Solskjaer had hoped that after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season he would be able to bring in the necessary reinforcements to help United progress this season.

United did break the transfer record when they signed defender Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £80million and while they also spent £50m on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, the only attacking addition to the squad came in the form of Daniel James from Championship side Swansea.

While Maguire and Wan-Bissaka are expected to drastically reduce the 54 goals United conceded in the league last season – their highest total in 40 years – there are positions in Solskjaer’s current squad that appear to need strengthening.

Ander Herrera left the club on a free to join Paris Saint-Germain after the midfielder’s contract expired and United had been in the market for Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff as a replacement, however, the Red Devils were ultimately unwilling to meet the Magpies £50m valuation.

And the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, who was also later joined by Alexis Sanchez on a loan deal, has only been replaced by the promotion of Mason Greenwood from the club’s academy.

However, according to the Manchester Evening News, the United board could make funds available for Solskjaer to strengthen his side in the January window.

The report states that Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met earlier this month to discuss potential transfer targets for next year.

And Solskjaer could look to add to his current options in the middle of the park, as he appears reluctant to use some players in that position currently at his disposal.

Fred, who was signed by Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho for £50m, has struggled to claim a place in the first-team since his arrival in Manchester and this season has not even made the bench for any of United’s games.

While Matic, who has won two Premier League titles during his career, has made the bench, the Serbian is unhappy with his manager because he has yet to start a game this season.

Newcastle are unlikely to have reduced their valuation of Longstaff in January, given that the player is still under contract, and while United have been linked with West Ham’s Declan Rice, the club are reluctant to sell their England international who has only recently signed a new five-year deal.

Solskjaer did reportedly speak with Tottenham about Christen Eriksen during the last transfer window and while the Dane appeared to favour a move to Spain he could reconsider his options come Christmas time.

Eriksen has entered the final year of his contract at the north London club and in January he can speak to foreign clubs about a move in the summer.

However, if Spurs cannot convince Eriksen to sign a new deal with them, they then face the prospect of selling him for a reduced amount in the January window or letting him leave for absolutely nothing six months later.

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