Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to get any of his priority transfer targets from Manchester United


Solskjaer didn’t get any of his primary targets (Picture: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified a list of priority targets at the beginning of the transfer window, and none of them were delivered by the Manchester United board, according to reports.

United ended up bringing in midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £40 million, and when it looked like it was going to be a quiet window, they made five signings on deadline day.

Free agent Edinson Cavani was recruited on a two-year deal, while left-back Alex Telles was brought in alongside youngsters Willy Kambwala, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellestri.

Sancho will be staying at Dortmund this season (Picture: Getty Images)

However, according to ESPN, none of these players were any that Solskjaer and his coaching staff identified as top targets, but, he was consulted about the signings and gave the green light for their arrivals.

The report states that the Red Devils boss’ shortlist included Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, Dayot Upamecano and Nathan Ake, none of which he received.

United failed to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108 million price tag for Sancho by the Bundesliga club’s deadline of August 10.

Solskjaer has Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and now Diallo, 18, and Pellestri, 18, who can play in the position.

The Norwegian manager was also keen on Grealish, but Aston Villa’s £80m valuation priced United out of a move, while new Liverpool signing Thiago was considered.

Solskjaer wanted a new partner for Harry Maguire at centre-back, but RB Leipzig’s Upamecano stayed put and signed a new deal, while Ake was snapped up by rivals Manchester City from Bournemouth.

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