AIN’T A CLAUSE
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer insists United need two or three players to complete their squad rebuild.
Victories over City and Tottenham last week have taken the Reds to within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table and they won their Europa League group with a 4-0 stroll against AZ Alkmaar.
United face Everton at Old Trafford tomorrow and could also progress through to the Carabao Cup semi-finals
PEP Guardiola has played down reports he has a break clause in his contract that could see him leave City this summer.
His deal expires at the end of the 2020/21 season, but it has been against League Two Colchester United next week.
Despite the recent positivity, United have still only won six of their 14 league games and ended the summer transfer window without two priority targets.
The Reds are open to doing business in the January transfer window but Solskjaer indicated loan deals were more realistic. M.E.N. Sport understands United’s head of global scouting, Marcel Bout, was in attendance to watch Erling Haaland start for Red Bull Salzburg against claimed he could leave the Etihad as long as ‘certain conditions’ are met.
But Guardiola has denied that is the case and reiterated his stance that he will be staying at the club next season, and maybe longer.
When asked about the reports of a
Liverpool in midweek and United are interested in Leicester playmaker James Maddison, as well as a midfield signing.
“We’re looking to strengthen in many positions,” Solskjaer said. “If you look at our squad compared to others, we’re getting there but need two or three players to have a squad with enough numbers to rotate and we’ll see what we sign.”
Nemanja Matic is pondering a move in the New Year and that could give United the leverage to offset his departure with a midfield signing. break clause in his contract ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Arsenal, Guardiola said: “Not true. I spoke about it a few weeks ago, about my intentions for the club.”
Speaking last month, Guardiola said: “I want to stay, I don’t have any reasons to move.”
United’s head of global scouting went to watch Erling Haaland this week