United Forward Considered Leaving – Solskjaer Told Him He’s Going Nowhere

Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a plethora of attacking riches at his fingertips at Carrington.

His Red Devils blew apart Leeds United on the opening weekend of the Premier League. With the scoreline at 5-1, Jadon Sancho made his Manchester United bow without any pressure to make a notable impact.

The absence of Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani wasn’t felt either as Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes combined to hand Marcelo Bielsa’s side a thrashing in front of the capacity crowd.

While the Norwegian might relish both – the quality and quantity of attacking options, the club would ideally like to offload some of the fringe names to lighten the wage bill as well as not block the players’ development.

United are open to allowing Jesse Lingard leave before deadline, and are also exploring suitable loan destinations for Amad Diallo. Daniel James’ has been of interest to Leeds and Brighton, and reportedly considered the possibility of moving to gain regular minutes.

However, as per the Athletic, ‘a fortnight ago’ Solskjaer told James he won’t be leaving. The Welshman is in the manager’s plans for the season.

The 23-year-old started against Leeds last Saturday, and will be in contention to feature in several fixtures, with the United boss admiring the forward for his attitude and application to the tactics.