Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ticked off players who should leave Old Trafford in front of Ed Woodward BEFORE he landed the job permanently, reports say. The Red Devils manager has changed the playing squad drastically during his short spell in charge – and more is set to follow in the summer.
Manchester United brought Solskjaer in in December 2018 after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, whose reign came to an end after a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
It was only meant to be a temporary appointment, somebody to lift the doom and gloom mood that had derailed their campaign.
Yet Solskjaer ended up impressing enough to land the United job permanently, prompting Woodward to drop interest in Mauricio Pochettino as a result.
And before the Norwegian got the job the Evening Standard say he ‘ticked off’ the players he thought should leave the club during a recruitment meeting with Woodward.
The first player to be sold by Solskjaer at United was Marouane Fellaini.
The Belgium international was one of two signings made by David Moyes, touching down from Everton in the summer of 2013.
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He was good servant for the club, too, starring under both Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.
But Solskjaer offloaded Fellaini – even before getting the job permanently – believing it was right for the Belgian to go.
And he also took an axe to his squad during the summer transfer window.
Club stalwart Antonio Valencia was allowed to leave after a decade of glittering service at Old Trafford where he won the Premier League title twice.
Alexis Sanchez was offloaded to Inter Milan having managed just five goals in 18 months at the club.
He was joined at the San Siro by Romelu Lukaku, who completed a £73million move to Inter Milan on transfer deadline day.
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Matteo Darmian also moved to Serie A, with the Italy international joining Parma.
So too did Chris Smalling, who is spending the campaign on loan at Roma where he’s impressed at the Stadio Olympico.
And, in January, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo also headed out the door.
While United have endured a frustrating season so far, Solskjaer recently expressed a belief that their hard work behind the scenes had paid off.
“I felt a lot needed to be changed,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve signed four players (permanently) and lost quite a few and promoted from within, lots of youngsters.
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“I don’t know how dramatic those changes have been. I don’t think it feels dramatic for the squad and the ones that were here. We needed certain pieces in the puzzle, and they’ve worked.
“I believe that we’re going places. I believe that we’re on the track that Man United need to be on.
“There are different cultures at different clubs and different ways of doing things and belief in the way we do things at Man United now.
“I don’t necessarily believe in everything we’ve done before but at the moment I believe in what we’re doing.
“I think I’m the right man but I’m not going to sit here and talk about that. The proof is in the pudding at the end of the day.”
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