Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likely to chase two transfers in January window

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly likely to try and sign Christian Eriksen and Sean Longstaff when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Norwegian admired both players during the summer but, ultimately, both transfers broke down.

United tried to sign Eriksen from Tottenham but thought he preferred Real Madrid, while their pursuit of Newcastle’s Longstaff ended when the Toon slapped a £50million price tag on the midfielder.

Yet the Athletic say Solskjaer is likely to try and make signings when the transfer window reopens this winter.

And Eriksen and Longstaff are named as the players who he will likely try and bring in.

United’s interest in Longstaff is well-documented.

The Red Devils have been keeping tabs on the 21-year-old for a while with Michael Carrick in regular talks with Newcastle about him.

Reasoning behind United’s interest can be seen in their current squad.

The Red Devils are lacking compared to their rivals when it comes to the middle of the park.

United have lost Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera over the last year and are yet to sign a replacement.

And Longstaff could join Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira at Old Trafford.

Regarding Eriksen, and United have long admired the Tottenham star.

Sir Alex Ferguson pondered signing him from Ajax back in 2012 but ultimately chose to land Shinji Kagawa instead.

Solskjaer feels United lack a playmaker good enough to unlock opposition defences.

Jesse Lingard has toiled so far this season, while Solskjaer appears reluctant to rush Angel Gomes into action.

Juan Mata has been given the nod at times this season but there’s no denying the Spain international is on the wane.

And that’s why United may make a move for Eriksen, despite giving up on the Tottenham star during the summer.

Meanwhile, former United star Denis Irwin recently admitted he expected the club to splash the cash in the New Year.

He told Sporting Life: “Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James are fantastic and have slotted in really well.

“Harry Maguire was bought late on but if you look at those three they’ve probably been our best three players so far this season. They’ve been three really good signings.

“We needed a big powerful centre half and we’ve got that, and we needed pace out wide and both Wan-Bissaka and James give us lots of that.

“There was also going to be players going out as we had a big, big squad.

“We’re in a bit of a rebuilding stage, it was Ole’s first opportunity to buy players and in January we may see some more things happening.

“The performances have been there, we’ve definitely been better but they’ve just not managed to turn that into points so far.”

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