Man Utd report effectively strikes a line through deals for pair of strikers

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not go after quick-fixes in January to solve his side’s goalscoring problems, according to a report.

The Times, who have also reported that the Mannchester United boss will be given time to turn things around at Old Trafford, have also suggested that United’s transfer policy of signing young, hungry players will not go out of the window this January.

That means that Solskjaer will not be turning to 38-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic or 33-year-old Mario Mandzukic, per the source, to solve their lack of firepower in the winter window.

Ibrahimovic spent 19 months with Manchester United before leaving the club in 2018 and Solskjaer was asked about the possibility of re-signing the big Swede in August.



Solskjaer said: “If he was 28 not 38 it is a big difference He had a great time here and he is still doing well. Who knows! He knows my number, he looked at my house [to rent]. We can speak a native language, if he’s serious I’ll always speak to Zlatan.”

The Norwegian coach drew a line under it in the summer and The Times have written off United’s chances of landing any stop-gaps in January, with Mandzukic also unlikely to arrive at Old Trafford.

Tuttosport said yesterday that United had a verbal agreement to sign the Croatian, but that seems way off the mark in light of the paper’s claims.




The report goes on to suggest that United will make up to four signings in each of the next two summer transfer windows and “at least one of those signings might be accelerated to the January window”.

United are understood to have drawn up a list of targets and the forward line is their priority after the summer departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

United have scored just nine goals in eight Premier League games and he said recently that he would be looking to add a forward to his squad.

“We let Alexis and Romelu go,” said Solskjaer last month.“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it’s forward that next time we’re going to recruit.

“We’re looking for some creativity and goals.”