Manchester United reportedly blocked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attempts to trim down his bloated squad for this season.
It turned out to be a rather quiet transfer window for Solskjaer this summer. He only welcomed three players for United in Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of his first full campaign.
Four players, meanwhile, bid goodbye to their Old Trafford careers in Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and James Wilson. Although Alexis Sanchez looks like he could join Lukaku at Inter Milan after arriving in Italy this week to complete a move.
It turns out, though, that signing new talent wasn’t at the top of Solskjaer’s wishlist for this summer. Instead, he hoped to offload some expensive fringe players, who had no part in his plans for this season.
But the Evening Standard claims that the United board aren’t on the same page as Solskjaer on this one. Therefore, they’ve already blocked summer exits for Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian.
Apparently, Rojo was close to joining Premier League rivals Everton on a season-long loan deal. But owners, the Glazer family, did a U-turn and demanded £25m for the defender instead.
While Darmian, who made just seven appearances for the Red Devils last season, was of interest to clubs from his native Italy.
But the 29-year-old will remain a United player despite only making three appearances under Solskjaer. So, the Norwegian’s plans of a complete do-over for his squad have completely gone up in smoke.
Now, the former Cardiff City manager must find a way to fit in seven centre-backs and three right-backs into his plans.
Following failed moves for Bruno Fernandes and Sean Longstaff, Fred will likely get another chance to impress Solskjaer this season.
The Brazil international struggled to make an impact in the United midfield last term, and quickly lost his spot. However, Fred’s presence will likely be the least of Solskjaer’s worries for this season.
Should Sanchez complete his Inter move, then the Red Devils boss will only have 17-year-old Mason Greenwood as cover for strikers Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial.