Solskjaer’s Comments On Forwards
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Sunday that Manchester United are a striker light after the departure of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez and injuries of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. That is not a surprise to anyone, considering that the only other remaining option for the striking position is 17-year-old Mason Greenwood.
But this comment is far more important after Solskjaer’s initial comment earlier in the season that he can see United doing well with only Rashford, Martial and Greenwood across the season. So why is now there a problem? Why is Solskjaer changing his comments?
Obviously, United are lacking in that area and Solskjaer probably just did not want to alarm the club about the problem days after the transfer window ended and did not want to send a message that he does not believe in his strikers.
But then again, the latest comment is not making the manager to look any better.
Dean Henderson To Be Sold?
While these days we are mostly talking about Man United’s forwards and the lack of both options and quality in the middle of the pitch, one position no one is worrying about right now is in goal. The club have finally renewed David De Gea’s contract and he will be staying in Manchester for many years. Also, Sergio Romero is there as the ‘number two’, which makes Man United’s goalkeeping partnership maybe even the best in the league. Depth is not a problem there.
But that could be a problem for Dean Henderson. The young Englishman is on loan at Sheffield United and he might get used to that feeling, but now certain rumours have started, claiming that Man United would be ready to sell Henderson if the right offer came in. Due to him being young and English, the Devils are apparently waiting for someone to make a good offer and one of the numbers thrown around is £20m.
However, Romero’s time at Old Trafford could come to an end next summer too, as he has been a backup keeper for so long that he might want to leave. That would give Henderson an opportunity to be second in line, but how benefitial would that be to Henderson?
Perisic Wanted To Play For Man United
Now we know all those rumours were not lies – Ivan Perisic has confirmed that he was very close to joining Manchester United. The Croatia international left Inter Milan this summer and moved to Bayern Munich on a season-long loan, where his manager is his compatriot Niko Kovac.
In his latest interview for The Athletic, Perisic confirmed that he was nearing a move to Old Trafford and we even now the timeframe when all of that was happening. Perisic said that it was amazing for him when Jose Mourinho called him and that he “really, really wanted” to join Man United. He said that he found out the real reasons why he did not move to United only “two years later”, which suggests all of that was happening in the summer of 2017, after Mourinho’s first season at the club.
In the end it did not work out for the two sides and Perisic then stayed at Inter for two more years.