Two priorities emerge as the Sancho de Solskjaer plan changes


Manchester United have put aside plans to sign Jadon Sancho this summer and will look to strengthen in two other areas, according to a report.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate to get the Borussia Dortmund, 20 in the club last summer.

But now, according to David Ornstein of Athletic, United’s interest has waned and they have other areas they would prefer to strengthen.

The arrival of Amad Diallo and the continued progress of Mason Greenwood means that Solskjaer’s priority is not as a right-wing forward.

Greenwood recently signed a new long-term contract and the feeling behind the scenes at United is that Diallo is almost ready for the first team following his £ 37million move from Atalanta.

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With those two players at his disposal, Solskjaer is instead considering a new No.9 and center-back this summer.

The report claims that Solskjaer is still a big fan of Sancho, 20, and if an opportunity too good to refuse arises, a deal could still be struck.

United backed off from the £ 108million Dortmund wanted last summer and once Augist’s deadline, imposed by the Bundesliga club, passed there was no chance Sancho would leave.

Now the price has dropped somewhat due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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According to Bild, Dortmund are now only asking £ 88million for Sancho. The German club are feeling the financial effects of the coronavirus and expect losses of £ 66million.

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Solskjaer: We have the support

Anyone targeting United this summer and Sergio Ramos, Jules Kounde, Ibrahima Konate and Raphael Varane continue to be mentioned as central defenders, they will be “supported” by the Glazer family.

Solskjaer has been optimistic this weekend and insisted he has the backing of United’s board.

“We have a plan to become a very successful Man United team – and a team that the best players want to play for,” said the Norwegian.

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“It’s up to us to keep improving and getting closer to the trophies.

“I can’t say anything about individuals. But we have the support. The owners continue to support the club and myself and I hope we can improve the team.

“We’re improving, but we have to do better than last year when we got to three semi-finals.

“The next step is to qualify for the finals and become challengers in the league again.”

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