Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad could be about to change completely


It’s amazing what impact a leader can have on a dressing room – and Manchester United’s in particular. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side appeared down and out in the battle to finish in the Premier League top four when they slumped to a nightmare 2-0 defeat to Burnley at Old Trafford. But the arrival of leader Bruno Fernandes has changed things – and any move for Harry Kane would do the same.

Manchester United, when Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the roost, had leaders all over the pitch.

Sure, the likes of Roy Keane, Bryan Robson and Gary Neville always led by example with the armband on.

But United always had many others ready to take on the mantle, to galvanise others and to pick up morale when things were down.

Even in Ferguson’s final year at United, one that many believe the Scot spent with his weakest squad of the lot, it was packed with role models.

There was Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Paul Scholes – the majority of which never got the captaincy.

But in the years since, United have struggled when it comes to leaders inside the dressing room.

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As recently as December this inexperienced side appeared lost, with veterans like Harry Maguire and Ashley Young unable to lift them.

But the arrival of Fernandes has changed things – and the Red Devils look all the better for it.

United knew they weren’t just signing a top, top playmaker when they shelved out a huge £46million on the Portugal international in January.

Solskjaer also believed he was landing a player capable of firing up the dressing room and steering them to greater things.

So far, the Norwegian’s judgement has been proven right.

Fernandes has been a big hit on the pitch, scoring three goals and registering three assists from eight matches across all competitions.


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But off it, the Portugal international hasn’t wasted time in dishing out orders and advice to his team-mates.

Fernandes has galvanised a camp that looked shot of confidence on the night Burnley came to town.

But suddenly they’ve got mojo and momentum. Whisper it, but they look like they can challenge for trophies in the near future.

And if United sign Kane at the end of the season, then Solskjaer’s dressing room would change further.

The Tottenham striker has grown fed up of life at White Hart Lane, frustrated at Spurs’ failure to end their agonising wait for a trophy.

And Kane is said to be leaning towards a move to United, something that has excited fans on social media.

Any transfer would be difficult to broker given how Daniel Levy vowed to never sell to the Red Devils again after letting Dimitar Berbatov go in 2008.

Any transfer would be difficult to broker given how Daniel Levy vowed to never sell to the Red Devils again after letting Dimitar Berbatov go in 2008.

But Kane, too, would change the culture of United.

He led Tottenham to the Champions League final last year – and has been their best player since Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid in 2013.

Kane is also England captain, a mantle that many would struggle to live up to.

But he hasn’t. He’s been just as good for the Three Lions as Spurs and, in 2018, propelled them to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Imagine what a player of that calibre could do to this United side?

It’s a possibility for the summer transfer window and, if it were to happen, Solskjaer would be the one to benefit.

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