Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals the five players he wanted to sign for Man United
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named the five players he wanted to sign whilst he was Manchester United manager.
After a string of impressive results, the Norwegian was offered the job on a permanent basis.
Despite a strong start, Solskjaer’s reign turned sour during the 21/22 season, which eventually led to his sacking in November.
Now, Solskjaer has spoken about his time at the helm and revealed the players he wanted the Old Trafford club to sign.
Speaking to The Atheltic, the 50-year-old said: “Erling Haaland, before he made his Salzburg debut. Declan Rice, who wouldn’t have cost what he did in the summer.
“We discussed Moises Caicedo, but we felt we needed players ready for there and then. Brighton are very good at letting players come from abroad and find their feet for a year and a half.
“At United, you don’t have that luxury and that has cost the club loads of players.”
Solskjaer continued: “We wanted Jude Bellingham badly — he’s a Man United player, but I respect he chose Dortmund. That was probably sensible. But it’s why I respect Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James and Jadon. Young players prepared to come into a team that wasn’t 100 per cent there like it was when I arrived.
“I would have signed Kane every day of the week and my understanding was that he wanted to come. But the club didn’t have the budget with the financial constraints from Covid-19, there was no bottomless pit.”
Erling Haaland ended up joining United’s bitter rivals, Manchester City and fired them to a historic Treble last season.
Whilst the likes of Moises Caicedo and Declan Rice joined Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, Jude Bellingham moved to Real Madrid and Harry Kane made a switch to Bayern Munich.
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