Solskjaer Wanted To Replace Nine Players At United, Woodward Only Signed Three So Far

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the match.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now under heavy fire for what has become of Manchester United’s season. The one-time Premier League giants are now in the midst of their worst start to life in over 30 years.

Their statistics have been an all-round nightmare and the manner in which they have been functioning in the past two weeks would make any tactical observer of the game guffaw at their plight.

Despite that, the frustration is now hovering over Solskjaer and the demands for his resignation and/or sacking are becoming prominent.

However, the Norwegian gaffer himself may have foreseen this fall from grace.

According to the BBC, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer actually intended to get rid of and replace up to nine players from Manchester United’s roster when he took on the reins from Jose Mourinho.

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This claim is certainly apt when one considers the brimming plethora of talents who were linked to the club over the summer. However, it appears that Ed Woodward and the club’s board struck again and the side was stuck with merely three arrivals and multiple departures including that of striker Romelu Lukaku.

The report goes on to add that the scenario that played out over their interest in acquiring Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff was symbolic of the larger problem at the club. Despite having the requisite funds and the commercial success to pull of marquee deals, the club chose not to.

Then again, the awful and utterly mediocre performances against AZ and Newcastle United from last week have neither injuries nor lack of transfers to blame. These are clubs that a decent set of tactics and a calm head at the helm ought to have easily seen through to convincing victories and to resounding success.

What will the Liverpool game after the international break mean for Solskjaer’s future?