Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told he could do far worse than rekindle Manchester United interest in a key Aston Villa performer as he turns his transfer focus to bolstering a vital area of the Red Devils side.
The Red Devils spent heavily over the summer with Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo all arriving in major deals. And while they made a fine start to the season, their form has tailed off in recent weeks. That led to Ronaldo storming off the field following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton.
It’s also left Solskjaer under a little pressure, with the Norwegian making this plea to the Glazers over his United future.
And while Solskjaer was largely able to strengthen the areas he wanted this summer, he still remains in the market for a new midfielder.
West Ham’s Declan Rice remains a top choice, but his enormous £90m asking price certainly looks prohibitive.
His England partner – Leeds United talisman Kalvin Phillips – has also been touted as a potential target. However, he appears certain to sign a new deal at Elland Road, while he’s also made a few curt comments about the Red Devils in the past. That would, on the surface at least, make any move to Old Trafford a difficult hurdle to overcome.
One man they have been linked with in the past is Aston Villa’s John McGinn.
And while his name has not been touted as a potential option for a while, some solid recent performances have put him back in the spotlight.
The midfielder has scored 14 goals and assisted another 19 since joining Villa in 2018. As such, he remains one of the best all-round midfielders in the Premier League.
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Now Gabriel Agbonlahor has told Solskjaer they could do far worse than consider the Scotland star.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor insists McGinn would easily get into United’s midfield, indicating he’s a better option than favoured Solskjaer pair Scott McTominay and Fred.
“I say it everytime I see him play but when Fred gets on the ball, it’s just sloppy passes and he’ll give it away,” Agbonlahor said. “Even when he’s in there to win the ball he doesn’t do that. I just don’t see why he’s in that team.
“There’s a lot of central midfielders who would walk into that Manchester United team. John McGinn, walks into that midfield.”
Glazers stance on Solskjaer sack emerges
Meanwhile, despite the poor run of results, Fabrizio Romano insists Solskjaer is not in any immediate danger of the sack.
Reports over the weekend suggested his future is now in some doubt following a disappointing run of results.
He claims the message coming out of Old Trafford is that ‘nothing has changed’. Furthermore, he states that the Glazers remain “fully committed” to the Norwegian.
In addition, there is a willingness coming from United’s owners to back Solskjaer for at least this season. And there remains a belief that Solskjaer can end the club’s five-year trophy wait during the 2021/22 campaign.
They believe he needs time to intergrate their three major summer signings and that, in time, results will improve.
However, failure to deliver a trophy this season will likely see a review take place over the summer.