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Solskjaer "not making key decisions" as Man Utd battle difficult start

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Solskjaer "not making key decisions" as Man Utd battle difficult start


Graeme Souness is not sure that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making the “key football decisions” at Manchester United as they look to recover from a poor start to the season.

The Norwegian was unable to secure his key transfer targets in the summer as United’s recruitment came in for harsh criticism.

That was then compounded as Crystal Palace won at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the season.

Things got worse as Tottenham smashed six past them a fortnight later.

Much has been made of Solskjaer’s decision not to play summer signing Donny van de Beek more regularly.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already seen his side lose two of their opening five games

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But Souness sees the Dutchman’s arrival as proof that the United boss may not be having a big enough say in recruitment.

He wrote in The Times : “I’m still not convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making the key football decisions at Manchester United.

“I come to that conclusion on the basis of their recruitment in recent windows. I like Donny Van de Beek, but United didn’t need another No 10 this summer after the success of Bruno Fernandes in the second half of last season.

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“That makes me wonder who is sitting round the table, saying: ‘These are the priority positions.’ Did Solskjaer have a say in Van de Beek coming to the club?”

Donny van de Beek has largely been used from the bench

Van de Beek is yet to start a league game with all four of his appearances coming as a sub.

The pundit also questioned the club’s decision to sign Edinson Cavani so late in the day, especially given his age.

Souness continued: “Then they signed a 33-year-old striker on deadline day that everybody knows has been available all year on a free transfer in Edinson Cavani.

“It was like a rerun of the late loan deal for Odion Ighalo last season.”

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