Solskjaer orders LaLiga hunt as concerns emerge over Man Utd star

Date published: Friday 8th May 2020 4:22

Manchester United have submitted an enquiry about the availability of Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu after concerns emerged about Victor Lindelof’s form, according to reports.

Lindelof moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2017 from Benfica and made 29 appearances for the Red Devils in his debut season.

The Sweden international’s game time increased last season and he has continued to be an important asset to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester.

Lindelof has made 26 Premier League outings this term – and 35 overall – but according to ESPN, his performances and form have begun to raise questions from Solskjaer and Old Trafford insiders.

As such, the source claims that United have set their sights on signing Salisu, who has been an ever-present for Valladolid this campaign with 27 appearances in the Spanish top flight.

Indeed, reports last month stated that United are keen to trigger the buyout clause in the Ghanaian’s contract, which runs out in the summer of 2022.

As for United’s other plans in defence, another report has claimed that Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling could all be sold, with the Red Devils plotting a bid for Swansea defender Joe Rodon.

The latest ESPN report adds that Lindelof is expected to stay at United while Eric Bailly, who recently returned from knee surgery, signed a two-year extension on his deal in September.

Solskjaer is also said to be keen on promoting Axel Tuanzebe into the first team in the way that Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have progressed this term.

In other news, Gary Neville has predicted that United will be unaffected by the football shutdown in the past few months and will instead be ahead of Europe’s other big clubs in the hunt for top signings.

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