Solskjaer and Maguire lament Man Utd's lack of discipline in Bern
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘got impatient’ with the club’s recruitment team during the final days of the summer transfer window, reports say. The Norwegian is a huge admirer of Declan Rice. And he’ll get to view the England international up close when his side lock horns with West Ham in their Premier League showdown on Sunday.
Manchester United had a great transfer window.
Tom Heaton arrived on a free from Aston Villa to provide competition for the likes of David De Gea and Dean Henderson between the sticks.
Jadon Sancho touched down from Borussia Dortmund, four years after Jose Mourinho first tried to bring him to Old Trafford.
Raphael Varane then landed from Real Madrid and, on deadline day, Cristiano Ronaldo’s blockbuster return was finalised and announced to the rest of the world.
However, according to the Independent, Solskjaer wasn’t entirely happy.
It’s claimed that, prior to Ronaldo’s move, the Norwegian ‘grew impatient’ over the club’s failure to sign a defensive midfielder.
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Solskjaer was said to be unhappy at the names put forward because all of them are well-known to the world.
United wouldn’t be unearthing a gem. Instead, it would require lavish investment to sign a proven player in that position.
Yves Bissouma was dismissed, with the Red Devils believing the Brighton star is more of a box-to-box midfielder than a defensive specialist.
But United are admirers of Rice.
Solskjaer was said to have grilled club chiefs on the budget available to him before Ronaldo signed on the dotted line instead.
And whether they’re able to acquire Rice next year, or Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, remains to be seen.
Solskjaer and United think they need a ‘shielder’ to protect the back four and allow their attacking players to shine.
And Rice, certainly, would tick all the boxes.
Speaking in July, former United star Paul Parker endorsed his old side’s interest in Rice and expressed a belief he’d be a good Old Trafford hit.
“If you’re going to talk about impact [of transfers], I think he could maybe be the most important one and could make the difference in a really-good partnership compared to an average one,” he told MEN Sport.
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“The way he plays, the authority he plays with, he nicks balls off people’s toes, he very rarely gets booked.
“United don’t really have anyone like that, the only one is ageing, Nemanja Matic, there’s no-one else in that role who can play.
“You can through Fred into the mix and he can go and do a job but he isn’t disciplined enough to do it.
“Scott McTominay isn’t a Manchester United midfielder player, if you’re looking to win things consistently, he’s not the player to play in a holding role because he doesn’t know how to play in that role.
“At this moment in time, he’s not ready for that but Declan Rice is.
“He’s young, he’s emerging and he’s already an old head on young shoulders.
“He’s absolutely the person to do that. If you look for someone abroad, you have to worry about them settling into the Premier League.
“Rice can do the job sitting in front and breaking up play. What he can do as well is get forward into the box, he can change the game by opening his legs up and running with the ball.
“I’ve seen him play a lot at West Ham and I’ve seen enough of him to know that he can do the job.
“As well as that, if you’re in a little bit of trouble, he can go and do a really good job at centre-half as well.”
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