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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has three concerns with Eduardo Camavinga transfer chase

Paris preference

Despite Camavinga’s willingness to join United, reports have stated that his preference is to remain in France.

With Paris Saint-Germain one of Europe’s heavyweights interested in his services, they could be United’s main threat.

PSG’s interest will likely lead to the Red Devils being aggressive in their pursuit and filing a bid early to force other suitors to act.

This is a deal that looks pretty plausible, but Solskjaer has anything but a clear path to secure his man.

Expect movement on United’s interest in Camavinga in the near future as the club look to steal a march on their rivals.

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Solskjaer plots £300m Man Utd transfer spree including Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho deals

Declan Rice is Solskjaer’s preferred midfield target after the 22-year-old captained West Ham United to Europa League qualification this season.

West Ham would reportedly demand as much as £100m for Rice and have no intention of letting the England international leave in the coming months.

On the wing, Borussia Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho is unsurprisingly still, possibly, the highest priority target of all amid United’s long-standing interest.

Up top, wantaway Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane heads Solskjaer’s list of potential No 9s, despite Edinson Cavani’s recent one-year contract extension.

The report states that the Europa League final defeat hasn’t changed the club’s mindset heading into the summer, with Solskjaer’s plans firmly confirmed.

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer let down by four players in Villarreal defeat

Manchester United saw their hopes of Europa League glory ended by Villarreal in the final on Wednesday night. Gerard Moreno and Edinson Cavani cancelled each other out with goals in either half. But it was the La Liga side who ended up reigning supreme via a dramatic penalty shootout, with David De Gea missing the decisive spot-kick as United lost 11-10.
United went into the match against Villarreal looking to win their first trophy in four years.

But it wasn’t to be, with the La Liga side causing a major upset by beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on penalties.

Moreno put the ‘home’ side in front in the 29th minute, outmuscling Victor Lindelof before prodding the ball past David De Gea from close range.

United then levelled through Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguay international scoring his 17th goal of the season.

But Villarreal ended up winning via a penalty shootout, sending the yellow-wearing fans inside the stadium in Gdansk into ecstasy in the process.

Express Sport will now take a look at the four players who let Solskjaer down on the night.

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Marcus Rashford

Before the game, Marcus Rashford admitted to playing with pain throughout the majority of the campaign.

And it was clear from this showing that the England international wasn’t 100 per cent at the races.

Deployed on his favoured position on the left wing, Solskjaer gave Rashford the best possible chance to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

But the 23-year-old didn’t take it, enduring a chastening night throughout.

Rashford must do better on the biggest stages if he’s to ever live up to comparisons with Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.


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Bruno Fernandes

The best players deliver when the pressure is on.

And while Bruno Fernandes has enjoyed a fantastic individual campaign, the Portugal international went missing on the night.

Fernandes was thwarted at every avenue, with Villarreal’s game plan to stop him paying off emphatically.

Without the 26-year-old on the ball, United simply aren’t the same.

And he’ll now have to brush himself down and go again, with the Red Devils hopeful he can lead them to the Premier League title next year.

Victor Lindelof

This was a huge night for Victor Lindelof, especially with Harry Maguire sidelined.

And the Sweden international failed to sparkle on the night, enduring a rough evening as Villarreal rang rings around him.

He looked nervy when the pressure was on in extra time.

And, even before that, he failed to do enough to stop Moreno from putting the La Liga side in front.

It’s no wonder United are eyeing Raphael Varane behind the scenes, with the France international poised to leave Real Madrid this summer.

Paul Pogba

In United’s last Europa League final, Paul Pogba scored.

The France international said before the game that he remembered dancing jubilantly in the aftermath of their 2-0 victory over Ajax four years ago.

But there was to be no dancing from Pogba tonight.

This was a flat display from the 28-year-old, who was substituted with mere minutes left on the clock.

And he’ll have to do better if he’s to ever live up to his £89million price tag.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits out at Man Utd stars after Fulham draw and has Villarreal worry

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slammed his players following their 1-1 draw with relegated Fulham and has raised concerns about their form ahead of the Europa League final.

A win against the Cottagers would have confirmed the Red Devils as Premier League runners-up to rivals Manchester City.

Edinson Cavani’s stunning long-range lob handed United the lead just 15 minutes into the game, which was played in front of 10,000 supporters at Old Trafford.

It was the Uruguayan’s 16th goal of the season and is another milestone in an impressive campaign. United recently exercised a one-year extension to the deal Cavani signed when he arrived on a free transfer following his release by Paris Saint-Germain.

But United failed to see the game through and a poor run of form continues ahead of the Europa League showdown against Villarreal on May 26.

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“Maybe it’s because the crowd came in and we wanted to entertain them. It would be more entertaining if we played properly and scored goals.

Solskjaer has also raised concerns about his side’s form. They finish their Premier League campaign against Wolves on Sunday before attempting to win their first trophy in four years against Villarreal.

The former United striker believes his squad should be playing well ahead of the final in Poland.

Asked if he had worries about their plight, Solskjaer said: “Very much so because we’ve lost eight points in a period we should be bouncing, going into the next game looking forward to it, looking forward to the final, going into it confident.

“We need to sort a few things out. Stop trying to be the world beater and play as a team.

“We know that we are at the end of the season. We’re tired.

“We need to get minutes into some [players], rest some. Because we need to be ready for the last game of the season – that’s the most important one now.”

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Man Utd boss Solskjaer wants 'three world-class signings' as summer transfer plan drawn up

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants two or three world-class additions made to his squad this summer in order to truly challenge for the Premier League title next season.
United’s weaknesses – a lack of high-quality depth and a dependance on Harry Maguire at the back – have been exposed this week in defeats to Leicester and Liverpool.

The Red Devils hoped to crush their bitter rivals’ Champions League hopes once and for good at Old Trafford on Thursday night but were beaten 4-2 at captain Maguire, wearing a protective boot, watched on from the stands.

United are already guaranteed their top-four finish and will hope to finish as close as possible behind newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City.

But there has never really been a title race between the two this season with City’s phenomenal 15-match winning streak, before losing to United at the Etihad in March, putting them in charge throughout.

The 20-time English champions have not truly challenged for the league ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in the summer of 2013.

United’s best campaign was finishing second under Jose Mourinho in 2017-18, a distant 18 points behind Pep Guardiola’s City, and they stand to finish 10 points or more behind their neighbours again this year.

Yet the Glazers have said amid the ongoing unrest within the United fanbase, who are keen for the Americans to give up their ownership of the club, that they will invest into the first-team squad this summer.

With Solskjaer 90 minutes away from a first trophy as manager in the Europa League, where they face Villarreal in Poland in the final later this month, the Norwegian is setting his sights on attacking the biggest honours next season.

That includes a long-awaited title triumph and per the Daily Mirror, Solskjaer wants to sign at least two or three elite-level players to strengthen his side.

A centre-half out of the top bracket is a key priority for United, who were reminded of their frailties at the back against Liverpool.

Only Newcastle and relegated West Brom have conceded more home goals this season than United have at Old Trafford, having leaked 27. It is their most in a single season since 1971-72.

A whole host of defenders have been linked but Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is thought to be the main choice, with it believed he could be signed for £40m because he is out of contract in 2022.

Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign Varane from Lens a decade ago but he has since gone on to establish himself as one of the game’s very best centre-backs in his 10 years in the Spanish capital.

While Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is also a target with the £80million-rated England international having been top of the wishlist a year ago.

It’s thought his price tag has dropped from £108m however with Dortmund willing to cash in on the player, who is out of contract with the Bundesliga giants in 2023.

Sancho is seen as the answer to United’s long-standing right-wing problem, with the 16-goal, 19-assist attacker still just 21.

He fired a brace against RB Leipzig to win Dortmund the DFB Pokal on Thursday as United were facing Liverpool, and has managed 103 direct goal contributions in 135 first-team appearances in Germany despite being so young.

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It is unclear where else United want to strengthen although a back-up right-back, a top-level holding midfielder and another striker might be on the agenda if fans get their wishes.

Whether Solskjaer wants another frontman after tying Edinson Cavani down to a one-year contract extension remains to be seen though Erling Haaland is admired at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer lauded the Uruguayan veteran as a “world-class” player when he put pen to paper on his new deal and seemingly intends to use the richly-experienced 34-year-old, who has 15 goals this season, regularly in his starting line-up.

While speaking after City won the league courtesy of United’s 2-1 loss to Leicester on Tuesday, Solskjaer said: “If you want to take up the challenge with them we need to strengthen our squad.

“Congratulations to them. They have had a fantastic season. I am very pleased with my boys that have made it to the last 10 days with a Manchester City side ahead of us that are lauded as the best in Europe.

“We want to take the next step. It might be that we need a couple more to strengthen the squad.”

Signing Varane and Sancho would surely command at least £120m although United may offset that expenditure with several sales. David de Gea and Jesse Lingard are among those who could be moved on for healthy fees.

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Man Utd 'to make £40m Raphael Varane transfer bid' as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands signing

Manchester United are preparing to make a £40million bid to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to reports. United are intent on signing a top-class central defender this summer and have now decided Varane is the best option available to them.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were always going to be on the lookout for a centre-back when the summer transfer market opens on June 9.

But Thursday’s 4-2 defeat by Liverpool at Old Trafford has underlined the team’s weakness in central defence.

Solskjaer was forced to field Victor Lindelof alongside Eric Bailly, with captain Harry Maguire out injured after picking up an ankle injury in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

The hosts were shaky at the back, with Roberto Fimino scoring twice and further strikes from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah securing Liverpool’s first win at Old Trafford for seven years.

United have been linked with Varane on several occasions and narrowly missed out on signing him from Lens in 2011, with the Frenchman joining Real instead.

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However, Varane is about to enter the final year of his Los Blancos contract, giving United confidence they can finally land their man.

According to the Mirror, the club have now settled on Varane as their number one target to partner Maguire next season and are readying a £40m bid.

It is claimed that Solskjaer has personally told United chiefs that he wants the defender signed in the summer.

The World Cup winner with France in 2018 has enjoyed a trophy-laden decade with Real but has reportedly told the club that he wants a new challenge.

The 27-year-old has made 40 appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season, helping Real reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and sit second in La Liga, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with two games left.


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The Manchester Evening News have previously reported that the Spanish giants offered Varane the club captaincy in a bid to hold on to him.

But with Real’s debt at £775m (€901m), with a net debt of £305m (€355m), the contract on the table is not in line with the club’s highest earners.

Real president Florentino Perez recently admitted to El Larguero that ‘some players will have to be sold’ and ‘if someone does not want to be [at Real Madrid], then they leave’.

While Varane has now emerged as their top target, United have been linked to other defenders in recent weeks.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana and Cristian Romero, who is currently on loan at Atalanta from Juventus, have all been linked with moves.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames Man Utd stars for creating 'own downfall' in Liverpool loss

The defensive partnership of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof struggled continuously throughout the game, with the former being fortunate to have not conceded a penalty.

The absence of the injured Harry Maguire certainly appeared to show.

Solskjaer has called on his troops to find a way to adapt in the absence of the centre-back in the final few games of the season.

“Harry has been really important for us so of course we’re going to miss him but he’s out so we have to deal with that,” he continued. “It’s about regrouping and building our own confidence again as we have two games and a final.”

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