Sancho pursuit unchanged but Solskjaer’s plans shift after Ighalo deal

Date published: Tuesday 2nd June 2020 4:36 - Jonny Whitfield

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has pushed the signing of a new striker down his list of priorities after Odion Ighalo extended his stay at the club, according to a report.

United’s need for a new striker became apparent in January when, after Marcus Rashford suffered a serious back injury, Anthony Martial was the only senior recognised centre-forward.

Youngster Mason Greenwood had impressed in the first half of his breakthrough season but he is still seen by Solskjaer as an understudy to Rashford and Martial.

As such, Ighalo was brought in and his loan was extended on Monday, with reports claiming that United were still looking to bring in a top-class centre-forward.

However, the Evening Standard claims that Solskjaer is keen to see how Greenwood continues to develop in the next seven months now that Ighalo’s future has been resolved.

Greenwood has scored 14 goals in 38 games this season, including vital contributions that helped save Premier League points against Sheffield United and Everton.

The likes of Wolves marksman Raul Jimenez and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele have both been linked but the newspaper says that Greenwood’s progress will now be carefully monitored.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho remains a top target for United, however, with a wide attacker a priority when the transfer window re-opens.

Having suffered injury problems throughout the campaign – including to Martial and Paul Pogba – Solskjaer will have a fully-fit squad to pick from upon the Premier League’s restart, pencilled in for June 17.

January arrival Bruno Fernandes has said that he is excited about the restart after his blistering start to life at Old Trafford.

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