Published On: Mon, Jul 15th, 2019

Man Utd boss Solskjaer has three-man plan but wants Woodward to seal these two transfers | Football | Sport


boss has undertaken an overhaul of his squad this summer, with the aim to improve on last season’s sixth place finish in the Premier League.

The 46-year-old manager is looking to change the style of play that has been on show at Old Trafford under the reigns of former bosses Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.

Solskjaer is looking to use the speed of Anthony Martial, and Daniel James to form the foundation of his attacking play, according to the Evening Standard.

Martial and Rashford managed 10 goals in 27 and 33 Premier League games respectively for United last season, while James scored four goals in 33 appearances for Swansea in the Championship in their last campaign.

The Norwegian boss has already made two signings this summer, with James’ £15million move from the Swans, followed by Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s £50m transfer from Crystal Palace.

However, there are still more pieces he wants to add to his new-look squad and one player he appears very close to securing is defender Harry Maguire.

According to reports in The Sun, the 26-year-old is due to fly out to Manchester to undergo a medical today ahead of his £80m move.

The reports claims United will pay the Foxes £60m up front for the England defender, with the additional £20m coming in add-ons.

If the move goes ahead for such a fee it will make Maguire the world’s most expensive defender, beating the £75m Liverpool paid to bring Virgil van Dijk to Anfield in 2017.

One of Solskjaer’s main priorities this summer was to sign a world-class defender after Untied conceded 54 goals in the league last season, which was their highest total in 40 years.

United are also still interested in signing Sean Longstaff from .

The Magpies are under no pressure to sell the 21-year-old, with the player under contract until 2022, but the Red Devils are hopeful a fee can be agreed between the two clubs and are confident they can entice the youngster into making the switch.

Longstaff only made eight Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season and has previously had loan spells at Kilmarnock and Blackpool.

He missed the final two months of Newcastle’s campaign with an ankle injury but is expected to be fit again for the start of the season.

Longstaff is reportedly keen on a move to Manchester, but is concerned that he will be priced out of a move after Newcastle placed a £50m valuation on the midfielder.

Solskjaer had seen Longstaff as an ideal replacement for Ander Herrera, after the Spaniard left the club this summer to join Paris Saint-Germain after his contract expired.

However, with the managerless Magpies quoting such a high price for a player with such little first-team experience they may well end up looking at alternative options.



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